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The Fisherman | October 20, 2011
490 Pound Mako

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Capt. John Vlahakas and the crew of "RUNAWAY" weigh in a 369lb Thresher; the Heaviest Shark of the 23rd Annual Star Island Yacht Club Shark Tournament.


Capt. Al Cacciola and Anglers John Reid and Bruce Mosler weigh in a 114 lb and 120 lb Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

Capt Harry Garrecht, and Angler Bill Parmenter pose with a 186lb Bluefin Tuna caught aboard the "Breakwater" on 7/17/13


Dr. Stephen Sachs (right), Captain of "Open Bite," holds up a 265-lb. bigeye caught south of the dip. Dr. Sachs is joined by Pat and Kevin Dunkley







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28th Annual Shark Tournament

Thursday Night, June 12, 2014 at 7:30pm
Captain’s Meeting & Beer Bust

Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, 2014
Tournament Fishing 2 Days

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28th Annual Shark Tournament

2013 Results |2013 Gallery | 2012 Gallery | 2011 Gallery | 2010 Gallery | 2009 Gallery

Thursday Night, June 12, 2014 at 7:30pm
Captain’s Meeting & Beer Bust

Friday and Saturday, June 13 - 14, 2014
Tournament Fishing 2 Days

Saturday Night, June 14, 2014
Awards Dinner

With over $300,000 paid out last year in cash, custom trophies and other prizes, this is one tournament the avid sportfisherman does not want to miss.

Mario Cervone aboard Capt. Jason Blake’s “Blue Eyes” landed a 346-lb. Thresher, earning the crew top honors for the Heaviest Shark of the Tournament, the Heaviest Shark of Day 2, Heaviest Fish (Other) and the Heaviest Shark in its category. These awards earned the crew just shy of $40,000 in cash prizes.

The Heaviest Blue Shark was caught by Jenner Smith, aboard Capt. Eric Stegich’s “Miss O,” weighing in at 251 lbs. Sean Kinny aboard Capt. Chuck Mallinson’s “Joy Sea” hauled in a 311-lb. Mako, earning $5,000 for Heaviest Mako.

Over the course of these two days, 92 boats and 600 anglers brought in 20 fish, including five Makos, two Threshers and 13 Blue Sharks.

So mark your calendars; the Captain’s Meeting for the 28th Annual Star Island Shark Tournament will be held on Thursday night, June 12th, with tournament fishing Friday, June 13th and Saturday, June 14th. The awards ceremony and dinner will follow fishing on Saturday night, accompanied by live music and dancing under the stars.

There are 12 Tournament prizes, including $30,000 for the Heaviest Qualifying Shark of the Tournament; $5,000 each Day for the Heaviest Qualifying Shark of the day; $5,000 for the Heaviest Qualifying Mako; $3,500 for the Heaviest Qualifying “Other” category Shark which includes Thresher, Hammerhead, and Tiger Shark; and $2,500 for the Heaviest Qualifying Blue Shark of the tournament. In addition there are seven Calcuttas ranging from $200 to $20,000 each.

For those anglers who wish to get in on the action but do not own a boat, Star Island Yacht Club is home to Montauk’s finest and most accomplished Charter Captains. These boats can accommodate up to six anglers and can be chartered for ONE or BOTH days of the tournament.

In addition to this outstanding competition, all anglers can contribute to the study of the shark by tagging and releasing sharks that do not meet strict weight requirements. Last year, over 250 sharks were released back to the ocean. Of the sharks that were weighed in, over 650 lbs. of edible shark meat was donated to the Long Island Council of Churches’ food pantry to help feed those in need!

PRIZES
Heaviest Shark Tournament $30,000
Heaviest Shark Day 1 $5,000
Heaviest Shark Day 2 $5,000

Heaviest Mako $5,000
2nd Heaviest Mako $2,500
3rd Heaviest Mako $1,500
Heaviest Blue Shark $2,500
2nd Heaviest Blue $1,500
3rd Heaviest Blue $1,000
Heaviest Other Species $3,500
2nd Place Heaviest Other $1,500
3rd Place Heaviest Other $1,000
Total $60,000

Entry Fee $1,000 Per Boat

ENTRY FORM
Rules & Regulations
Past Results

For Reservations Call (631) 668-5052

TOURNAMENT DOCKAGE FEES

Transient rates for this tournament will be $5.50 per foot up to 59' and $6.00 per foot for 60' and up + $30.00 and up for utilities (wi-fi, cable TV, electric & water) per day payable in advance. For transient dockage, please check the appropriate box on entry blank and mail payment to reserve your slip reservation. Dockage is available on a first come - first serve basis.

Reserve Dockage Now!

 

1st Annual Fluke Tournament

Friday Night, July 11, 2014 at 7:00pm
Captain’s Meeting

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Tournament Fishing

1st Annual Fluke Tournament

 

22nd Annual Mako & Thresher Tournament

2013 Results |2012 Results |2011 Results | 2009 Gallery

Thursday Night, July 31, 2014 at 7:30pm
Captain’s Meeting & Beer Bust

Friday and Saturday, August 1-2, 2014
Tournament Fishing 2 Days

Saturday Night, August 2, 2014
Awards Dinner and Live Entertainment

Big fish and big money — that is the best way to summarize the two exciting days that took place during the 21st Annual Mako and Thresher Tournament. Two hundred forty anglers aboard 33 boats hit the water to snag the biggest catch and get their share of over $111,000 in cash, prizes and custom trophies. Fourteen fish were caught, including eleven Makos and three Threshers.

Day 1 saw Capt. James Gravle bring on board his boat “Dream Catcher” a 289-lb. Thresher that would later be named Heaviest Thresher of the day and the tournament and earning the crew almost $15,000 in cash winnings. Rob Padula on Capt. Frank Rotundo’s “Am Sam” caught the Heaviest Mako of the Day and the tournament — a staggering 203 lbs. — and more than $13,000 in cash prizes and Calcuttas.

During the second day of the tournament, it was Capt. Gary Ramesberger on his boat “Better Days” who had the best day. A Thresher weighing in at 260 lbs. netted Ramesberger and his crew second place for Heaviest Thresher for Day 2, 2nd Heaviest Thresher of the tournament and almost $22,000 in cash prizes and Calcuttas. Troy Hazen caught a 240-lb. Thresher aboard Capt. Jeff Woerz’ “Crack-Oar,” giving the crew the 3rd Heaviest Thresher in the tournament.

But it was the crew of “Jack Pot” who lived up to their name, walking away with the most money in the tournament — almost $50,000 in prize money and Calcuttas. Tony Sansevario snagged a 186-lb. Mako aboard Capt. Rob DiNoto’s boat, earning the crew 2nd Heaviest Mako of the tournament honors. In third place was a 167-lb. Mako caught by Juan Baron aboard Capt. Mike Hegarty’s “My Rock.”

So circle your calendars for July 31st-August 2nd as this two-day competition kicks off with the Captain’s meeting on Thursday night, July 31st with tournament fishing on Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. With prizes expected to exceed $100,000, this is the late-season tournament that sport fishermen won’t want to watch from the dock!

For those anglers who want to get in on the action but don’t own a boat, the Star Island Charter Fleet is available for either ONE or BOTH days of the tournament. So round up your crew and get in on the action — July 31st-August 2nd at Star Island Yacht Club in Montauk, the sportfishing capital of the world!

PRIZES
Heaviest Mako $2,500
2nd Heaviest Mako $1,500
3rd Heaviest Mako $1,000
Heaviest Thresher $2,500
2nd Heaviest Thresher $1,500
3rd Heaviest Thresher $1,000
Total $10,000

Entry Fee $600 Per Boat

ENTRY FORM
Rules & Regulations
Past Results

For Reservations Call (631) 668-5052

TOURNAMENT DOCKAGE FEES

Transient rates for this tournament will be $5.50 per foot + $30.00 for utilities (water, electric & cable TV) per day payable in advance. For transient dockage, please check the appropriate box on entry blank and mail payment to reserve your slip reservation. Dockage is available on a first come - first serve basis.

Reserve Dockage Now!

 

4th Annual White Water Sportfish Challenge

Thursday, September 4th  (Captains Meeting):

  • 12:00-6:30pm > Boats arrive at Star Island Yacht Club.
  • 6:30-7:30pm > Captains and crew sign-in.
  • 7:30-9:30pm > Captain’s Meeting/BBQ, under tent by pool.
    Introductions, tournament rules and regulations, captain’s prizes and raffle.
  • <<< Bait & Fuel will be available at Star Island >>>

Friday, September 5th (Day 1):

  • 5:30am > All captains must hand in angler cards at the dock prior to start.
  • 6:00am > Tournament start. (All boats must meet at the head buoy directly outside Lake Montauk to check in with committee boat on channel 69.)
  • 5:00-7:00pm > Weigh in at Star Island Docks. (All boats must check in with committee boat located at the head buoy outside Lake Montauk, please use channel 69. Please refer to the rules and regulations for further details.)
  • <<< Bait & Fuel will be available at Star Island >>>

Saturday, September 6th (Day 2):

  • 5:30am > All captains must hand in angler cards at the dock prior to start.
  • 6:00am > Tournament start. (All boats must meet at the head buoy directly outside Lake Montauk to check in with committee boat on channel 69.)
  • 5:00-7:00pm > Weigh in at Star Island Docks. (All boats must check in with committee boat located at the head buoy outside Lake Montauk, please use channel 69. Please refer to the rules and regulations for further details.)
  • <<< Fuel will be available at Star Island >>>

Sunday, September 7th (Awards Ceremony):

  • 10:30-12:30 Awards Ceremony & Brunch by the pool.

2014 Tournament Rules & Regulations

PURPOSE:

  1. The White Water Sportfish Challenge is a sporting event designed to encourage and promote rod reel angling, good sportsmanship and fair competition, along with lots of fun.

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Open to all outboard boat owners by invitation only. White Water and tournament committee reserve the right to refuse any entry. Limited space available!

ENTRY:

  1. Entry fee of $975.00 paid in full by August 1st, 2014. A $500.00 deposit will be required to secure a spot in this tournament. Availability is based on a first come first serve basis. This tournament will be capped at a certain number of boats. This number will be determined by tournament committee at a later date.
  2. Fee includes 4 Angler Bracelets for captain and crew to participate in Thursday’s Captains Meeting BBQ and Sunday Awards Ceremony Brunch. Additional bracelets can be purchased for $80 per Angler for additional crew members.
  3. The Captain or at least 1 crew member must attend the Captain’s meeting on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 7:30 pm, at the Star Island Yacht Club.
  4. Liability waiver must be signed by Captain and Crew to be eligible to compete in this tournament. An unsigned waiver will be immediate grounds for disqualification for that day and possibly for the entire tournament.

REFUND:

  1. If the contest is called off for any reason by the Tournament Committee on both days, ($475.00) will be refunded to the Captains. The rest of the entry fee is non-refundable.

SUBJECT TO FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATIONS:

  1. ALL State and Federal Regulations and Laws apply. Contest is limited to the following species: Bluefish, Striped Bass, Shark (Mako & Thresher) and Tuna.

FISHING RULES

  1. The fishing days are Friday and Saturday. Each day will begin with a 6:00am start at the head buoy directly outside lake Montauk and the weigh in will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Star Island Yacht Club dock scale. (Please refer to weigh in section for more details.)
  2. All fish must be caught on rod and reel from the boat entered in the contest.
  3. All fish must meet the minimum weight and length requirements.
  4. 1-Striped Bass, 1-Bluefish, 2 Tuna and 1 Shark (mako or thresher) per day per boat will be eligible for prizes. Contestants will take full responsibility for ineligible fish.
  5. No harpoon equipment of any kind may be used.
  6. Any fish shot or unduly mutilated in any way will be disqualified by tournament committee.
  7. International Game Fishing Association rules will apply; the only exception will be wire line rod and reels + spreader bars are acceptable. All fish will be inspected for fair play, and the decision of the tournament committee judges will be FINAL!
  8. Use of a bang stick or co2 stun gun is illegal.
  9. Any weight alteration will disqualify the fish and the Capt. & crew will face disqualification from the tournament. This decision will be made by tournament committee.
  10. Contest fishing dates will be on September 5th and 6th, 2014.
  11. Any boat fishing for tuna or shark must obtain a Federal Atlantic HMS angling permit. This permit can be obtained by calling 1-888-872-8862 or online at www.nmfspermits.com. All captains must present a Federal Atlantic HMS angling permit at weigh-in to validate their offshore catch, or face disqualification.
  12. All anglers must follow the current New York State Fishing License requirements
  13. All Federal and State rules, fishing sizes and closures at the time of tournament will apply.
  14. All boats must come in under their own power. Any vessel assisting another vessel in distress with weighable fish must notify the Tournament Committee before check in time – final decision will be made by Tournament Committee.
  15. Completed angler cards must be handed in to the tournament staff (at the dock) at the start of each day. Any boat that fails to hand in the angler card will be disqualified from fishing on that day.

FISH CATEGORIES + POINTS: (all State + Federal length + weight regulations apply)

  • BLUEFISH
3 POINTS PER LB. (min. 5 lbs.)
  • STRIPED BASS
1 POINT PER LB. (min. 36 Inches)
  • SHARK (Mako or Thresher ONLY)
1 POINT PER LB. (min.125 lbs.)
  • TUNA (Yellowfin, Bluefin, Longfin + Big Eye)
2 POINTS PER LB. (min. 30 lbs.)
***1 POINT PER LB. FOR TUNA OVER 300 LBS.

PRIZES: (Payout based on 100% of Prize Money)

  1. Offshore Champion: (30% payout) Highest total aggregate points of Tuna and Shark for both fishing days.
  2. Inshore Champion: (30% payout) Highest total aggregate points of Blue Fish and Striped Bass for both fishing days.
  3. Largest Tuna: (10% payout) Highest total aggregate points of Tuna for both fishing days.
  4. Largest Shark: (10% payout) Highest total aggregate points of Shark for both fishing days.
  5. Largest Blue Fish: (10% payout) Highest total aggregate points of blue fish for both fishing days.
  6. Largest Striped Bass: (10% payout) Highest total aggregate points of Striped Bass for both fishing days.
      Please note the Following:
    • If a category isn’t filled, the prize money will be divided into the remaining categories.
    • To be eligible for prize money a boat needs to fish at minimum one of the two days.

WEATHER:

  1. All Anglers, Captains, Crew and guests fish at their own discretion and at their own risk. There will not be a weather committee for this tournament! The tournament will follow the NOAA Coastal Weather Forecast for Moriches NY to Montauk Point NY out 20 Nautical Miles. If the NOAA 4:30am to 5:00am forecast for that day reads “Small Craft Advisories”, the offshore fishing will be cancelled. All Tuna and Shark fishing will be prohibited for that day. This means the tournament will be inshore category (blue fish and striped bass) ONLY for that day. All captains and crew are required to monitor the NOAA forecast that morning and will also be notified by tournament staff while handing in angler cards. The Anglers, Captains, Crew and guests of each individual boat will be solely responsible for the decision to fish and are encouraged and advised to be familiar with the current local weather conditions and forecasts.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF CONTESTANTS

  1. All tournament competitors, captains and crew are 100% responsible for their own actions and are liable for any/all damages they cause. We require all tournament competitors, captains and crew to act in a respectable and responsible manner at all times while participating in this event. If any tournament competitor, captain or crew member’s actions are in question they could be disqualified from this tournament. This decision will be made by the tournament committee and all tournament committees’ decisions are final! Any participant or guest whose actions cause White Water Marine or Star Island Yacht Club, its officers, directors, sponsors, owners and employees, to incur legal expenses, shall indemnify, hold harmless from any loss or liability, including attorneys fees and reimburse said persons or entities from such costs.
  2. Radio: It is mandatory for all boats fishing in this Tournament to have a functional VHF radio and abide by the safety regulations set forth by the US Coast Guard. An EPIRB and life raft are not mandatory, but are highly recommended.
  3. Channel 69 on VHF Marine Band will be monitored throughout the Contest.

EMERGENCY:

  1. Captains are reminded that they are responsible to act in accordance with their best judgment and U.S. Coast Guard regulations in an emergency situation. Contact the COAST GUARD on VHF Sea Channels 11, 16
  2. Montauk Coast Guard phone #631-668-2716. We suggest you program the phone number into your SAT Phone.

WEIGH IN:

  1. The tournament ends at 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday. The weigh-in will take place on the dock at Star Island Yacht Club (Look for the banner + scale). To be eligible for the weigh-in, all boats must be within 100 yards of the committee boat and verbally check in with the committee boat on channel 69 before 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday (NO EXCEPTIONS!). The committee boat must reply back to the vessel that is checking in. Any boat that doesn’t properly check in with the committee boat before 7:00pm on each day will be disqualified for that day.
  2. All boats must check in with the Committee boat on channel 69 regardless of whether or not they have fish to weigh. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
  3. 1 striped bass, 2 tuna, 1 bluefish, 1 shark per day will count.
  4. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be split.

PROTESTS:

  1. In the event of a protest, the Captain will be the only spokesperson for the crew. The protest must be in written form and handed in to tournament committee member before 9:00pm Saturday September 7th to be valid. The tournament committee has been appointed to handle and make the decisions in the event of extenuating circumstances not covered by the rules in this pamphlet. In all cases, the decision rendered by the tournament committee is absolute and final. The committee reserves the right to bar any angler from this tournament, or any future tournaments due to unsportsmanlike conduct.


TBA

2012 Results

Mark your calendars for the White Water Sportfish Challenge to be held in September. 2 Days of World Class Tournament Fishing: Tuna, Shark, Bass, Bluefish! Outboard boats only! The Captains meeting & BBQ Thursday and Awards Ceremony & Brunch on Sunday!

PRIZES
Over $30,000 in Cash & Prizes, Captain's Raffle!

Entry Fee $975 Per Boat

ENTRY FORM
Rules & Regulations

Tournament Hotline: (800) 894-9383

Click Here to Sign Up:
sportfishchallenge.net

TOURNAMENT DOCKAGE FEES

Transient rates for this tournament will be $2.50 per foot + $15.00 for utilities (water, electric & cable TV) per day payable in advance. For transient dockage, please check the appropriate box on entry blank and mail payment to reserve your slip reservation. Dockage is available on a first come - first serve basis.

Reserve Dockage Now!

 

5th Annual Striped Bass Tournament

2012 Results | 2012 Gallery | 2010 Gallery

Saturday, October 11th 2014 at 7:00pm
Captain’s Meeting

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 6:00am - 4:00pm
Tournament Fishing

Sunday Night, October 12, 2014
Awards

With over $52,000 in cash and prizes paid out during last year’s Striped Bass Tournament you won’t want to miss out on the event held on Columbus Day weekend. The captains meeting will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7pm. The Awards Ceremony will follow fishing on Sunday night.

For those anglers who wish to get in on the action and don’t own a boat, The Star Island Yacht Club Charter Fishing Fleet is home to Montauk’s finest and most knowledgeable Charter Captains. Their boats can accommodate up to 6 Anglers and are available for the day of the Tournament!!

PRIZES
$10,000 - Based on 40 entries
Heaviest Striped Bass $5,000
2nd Heaviest Striped Bass $2,500
3rd Heaviest Striped Bass $1,500
Heaviest Bluefish over 10 lbs. $1,000

Calcuttas:
$1,000 - Heaviest Bass - Winner takes all
$500 - Heaviest Bass - 75% 2nd=25%
$200 - Heaviest Bass - 50% 2nd=30% 3rd=20%
$100 - Heaviest Bass - 50%/30%/20%
$50 Bluefish Calcutta - Heaviest Bluefish

Entry Fee $475 Per Recreational Boat up to 6 Anglers. $50/Add'l Angler.

Early Entry before September 15th: $425/Private Boats

Entry Fee $475 Per Charter Boat up to 6 Anglers. $50/Add'l Angler.

ENTRY FORM
Rules & Regulations

For Reservations Call (631) 668-5052

TOURNAMENT DOCKAGE FEES

Transient rates for this tournament will be $2.50 per foot + $15.00 for utilities (water, electric & cable TV) per day payable in advance. For transient dockage, please check the appropriate box on entry blank and mail payment to reserve your slip reservation. Dockage is available on a first come - first serve basis.

Reserve Dockage Now!

 

"When we come in from a day of fishing, we are dog tired and irritable. We appreciate the level and quality of Star Island's service tremendously."
-Bob Malerba, Vice President, Northeast Saltwater Fishing Club