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The NJ SAT fest Tournament is to be held on August 28th!

All participants 18 years and older must register with NJ Saltwater Registry. Registration is free! You can register at:
NJDEP | NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program

• You must show your Salt Water registry card at check in! You will not be allowed to enter the contest without it.

• On the day of the tournament you will need to check in at the Absecon Lighthouse to claim your 3 (three) fish cards that you will need to be eligible to enter fish in the tournament.

• Participants must read and acknowledge all rules BEFORE entering the tournament.

• There will be no refunds on any tickets bought for any reason so make sure you understand the rules of the event before buying an entry into the tournament.

• In-Person Sign-Ups are available at the Absecon Lighthouse starting at 5AM on August 28th, the day of the tournament!

• Tournament tickets ARE limited so make sure to get your ticket as soon as possible!

The Rules

  1. 1. The fishing portion of this contest is from 7am until 3pm all fish caught before or after this time will not be registered in the tournament!

  2. 2. Only one of each species of the following fish exceeding the minimum length listed below are eligible for entry in this tournament:

    • o Striped Bass — one (1) fish @ 28 to <38 in

    • o Summer Flounder — one (1) fish @ 17in-17.99in OR one (1) fish @ >18 in

    • o Bluefish — one(1) fish @ >12 in

    • o One fish per species per person makes it harder to win because you have to make the decision no different than throwing your money down on black or red, it's the angler's choice what fish to register but you can only register ONE fish per species!

    • o Before the start of the tournament you’ll need to report to the Absecon Lighthouse to collect your 3 fish cards that you will need to register your 3 fish in the tournament.

  3. 3. All fish are measured. Length determines winner, not weight. No fish can be iced prior to measuring. In the event of a tie, the first fish entered and measured is the winner.

  4. 4. Participants must be present to claim any prizes during this event. Each contestant will have a number and a member sheet.

  5. 5. All anglers must sign an affidavit attesting to the authenticity and method of catch prior to entering their catch.

  6. 6. All participants should register their first fish even if it is known that a larger fish has already been caught.

  7. 7. Fish caught from any boat, surfboard or other floating device will not be eligible, and will disqualify you from the tournament.

  8. 8. Terminal tackle will be limited to 2 hooks. A plug counts as 1 hook.

  9. 9. Individuals are limited to 2 rods while fishing.

  10. 10. Abide by current circle hook regulations.

  11. 11. Only one fish per person, per species will be eligible for prizes. Anglers may enter fish of more than one species.

  12. 12. To enter a fish into the tournament make sure that the fish adheres to our guidelines listed above, bring this fish to a judge table with the corresponding fish card.

  13. 13. Only 1 (one) fish can be entered per species

  14. 14. At all times in the tournament you must fish for yourself and yourself only!

  15. 15. You are not allowed to share fishing poles, your poles are yours to use only.

  16. 16. All fish must be ALIVE at time of measurement by a qualified judge.

  17. 17. A physical altercation is immediate grounds for disqualification no exceptions.

  18. 18. Any judge has the right to disqualify or not register a fish if they deem it to be “suspicious”.

  19. 19. 2nd and 3rd place prizes will only be given out if there are 100 Anglers present.

  20. 20. All participants agree to be subject to a Lie Detector Test.