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2017 SURF FISHING CLUB CHALLENGE

“24th Annual”


Hello:
We would once again like to cordially invite your club to participate in the annual
Surf Club Tournament. All proceeds are to be donated to charity in the name of each participating club

The tournament dates are Oct. 13, 14 and 15.

NOTE:

THERE WILL BE (3) WEIGH STATIONS THIS YEAR

THE NEW CHARITY WILL BE THE JONNYCAKE CENTER OF WESTERLY

THE MINIMUM LENGTH FOR STRIPED BASS WILL BE 36 IN.

NOTE:

There will be 3 day beach passes available for the tournament. The cost will be $15.00. A detailed explanation on how to get the passes will be e-mailed out to each club in September. NOTE: I WILL NOT KNOW UNTIL AFTER LABOR DAY.

Anyone who would like to join in and help out with the tournament is welcome.

We look forward to seeing you this fall.

Sincerely,
Jim McKeough

CONTACTS:

Steve Andrus
Cell Phone 413-537-3261 E-mail saajr53@comcast.net

Jim Mckeough
9 David Ave
Westerly, RI 02891
Tel. 1-401-348-0132
Cell Phone 401-405-6015
E-Mail jdmckeough@verizon.net

“ SURF CLUB CHALLENGE "
SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT
STRIPED BASS - BLUEFISH



This TOURNAMENT the Surf Club Challenge was established in 1993. The purpose is to bring together Atlantic Coast Surf Fishing Clubs, in an effort to unite members from different clubs and regions, to meet each other, discuss fishing and conservation in their respective areas. All proceeds are donated to charity in the name of Surf Fishing.

DATE AND TIME:

START -FRI. OCT.13, 2017 - 6:00 PM
ENDS - SUN. OCT. 15, 2017 - 8:00 AM

ENTRY FEE AND REGISTRATION

1.) A $75.00 donation is required from each club participating in the tournament
2.) Please send in your entree fee by October 10, 2017
3.) 2017 donations will be made to the JONNYCAKE CENTER of WESTERLY Make checks payable to the jonnycake center of westerly
4.) All clubs participating in the tournament are requested, prior to the start of the tournament, to send in a list of members who will be fishing in the tournament. Clubs can fish with as many members as they wish This list can be mailed in or dropped off at Misquamicut Bait & Tackle or sent to Jim McKeough before the tournament begins.

RULES
1.) All organizations participating in the tournament must be a club, fresh or salt water.
( officers, by-laws etc.)
2.) FISHING AREA: Napatree Point to Narrow River Narragansett, Rhode Island.
( NO BLOCK ISLAND )
3.) All fish must be caught from the Shore/Surf and weighed at
Misquamicut Bait & Tackle in Weekapaug, R.I. , Snug Harbor Marina in
Wakefield, R.I. and Quonny Bait and Tackle in Charlestown, R.I.
4.) In the event a tie occurs: The measured length of each winning fish will
be added to the total weight.
5.) All fish will be measured from the nose to the end of the tail.
6.) All fish weighed and entered in the contest, will be entered in the book by someone
other than the person who caught the fish.
7.) After a fish is weighed and entered in the contest a punch mark or knife cut will
be made near the tail.
Note: If the angler is going to mount the fish the mark or cut is not necessary.
8.) Rhode Island Fishing/ Beach Regulations will be adhered to at all times.
9.) All anglers fishing in the tournament must have a valid saltwater fishing license.
( Rhode Island License -- License from another State
10.) Note: Striped Bass must be 36 inches minimum length to enter in the contest.

11.) Any angler fishing in the tournament can only weighin ( 1 ) Striped Bass per day.

AWARDS:

1.) Surf Club Champion. Determined by the combined weight of the
(3) heaviest Striped Bass and the ( 3) heaviest Bluefish from a participating club
A continuing trophy with the surf club champions name and year will be awarded.
The winning club maintains the trophy for ( 1 ) year.

Note:
There will be awards given for the Largest Striped Bass and the Largest Bluefish.

The first pick of the raffle table will be awarded for the Largest Striped Bass and the Largest Bluefish.

FISHERMEN'S BREAKFAST

The fishermen's breakfast and awards ceremony will be held at the Andrea Hotel located on Atlantic Ave. in Misquamicut, R.I. at approx. 8:30 am Oct.15,2017.



Special Invitation by RIMS

RIMS welcomes all MS Tournament participants to the RIMS Cabin for a fisherman's breakfast, Saturday morning Oct.15. (8:00am to 10:00 am.) RIMS breakfast consists of eggs, bacon, toast, home fries, orange juice, and coffee.
Donations are gratefully appreciated and will be presented at the Sunday Awards Breakfast.
The RIMS Cabin is located on Quonny Beach. ( 4 wheel drive vehicle is required)
WEIGH STATIONS

MISQUAMICUT BAIT AND TACKLE SHOP ( CONTEST HEADQUARTERS )
CONTACT: Tony Pocchia
664 ATLANTIC AVENUE
WEEKAPAUG, RHODE ISLAND 02891
TEL. 401-322-7297
E-mail -Tone82257@yahoo.com

HOURS:
FRI. CLOSES at 7:00 PM,
SAT. OPENS at 5:00 AM CLOSES AT 7:00 PM SUN. OPENS 5:00 AM


SNUG HARBOR MARINA
CONTACT: AL CONTI
410 GOOSEBURRY ROAD
WAKEFIELD, R.I.
TEL. 401-783-7766

HOURS:
FRI. CLOSES at 6:00 PM.
SAT. OPENS at 6:00 AM CLOSES AT 6:00 PM SUN. OPENS at 6:00 AM.


QUONNY BAIT AND TACKLE
CONTACT ROBIN AND JEFF NASH
5223 B OLD POST ROAD
CHARLESTOWN R.I.
TEL. 401-315-2330
CELL 413- 330-5037

HOURS:
FRI. CLOSES AT 6:00 PM
SAT. OPENS AT 6:00 AM CLOSES AT 6:00 PM
SUN. OPENS AT 6:00 AM


I will need a volunteer to pick up the fish affidavits at 8:00 AM at Snug Harbor Marina and Quonny Bait and Tackle and deliver them to Andrea Hotel by 8:30 AM
Sunday Oct. 20, 2013


Lodging: (Sampling of available lodging)
RADISSON HOTEL PHIL & ANN’S MOTEL
2081 POST ROAD OLD POST RD., RT. 1A
WARWICK, RI CHARLESTOWN, RI
401-739-3000 401-364-3321

OCEAN VIEW MOTOR INN PINE LODGE
RT 1 RT. 1
CHARLESTOWN, RI WESTERLY, RI
401-364-0080 401-322-0333

WICKFORD MOTOR INN OCEAN BLUE MOTEL
7650 POST ROAD FIRST STREET
NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI MISQUAMICUT, RI
401-294-4852 401-596-0721

HOLIDAY INN, SO. CNTY ANDREA HOTEL
3009 TOWER HILL RD. ATLANTIC AVE.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI MISQUAMICUT, RI
401-789-1051 401-348-8788
 


The 213 Shuffle


As the fall inches closer and the realization sets in that you haven’t nearly had your share of fishing time this summer, you’ll inevitably start to think of the Fall Migration and the improvement of your chances at some table fare or maybe a trophy! But as usual fishing time comes at a premium, but hey- you’re a long time dead, so when time is tight try doing the 213 shuffle. Easily accessed from I-95 in Waterford near the junctions of Rts.1 & 156, Route 213 makes a leisurely loop through the area making up the West End of the Thames River.
Starting south from its junction with Rt. 156 go approx. 1.5 miles and go right onto Goshen Rd.. Stay straight as the name changes to Shore Rd. and look for the Boat ramp signs (Dock Rd.). If you have a small boat or a kayak this is a super spot to put in. If you’re shorebound there’s some nice rocks and beach area. There’s even a smelly Port-O-Let for your comfort. Deep water within easy casting distance and structure to pen up bait can lead to fast paced action with False Albacore and Blues in the Fall that can happen any time of the day. There’s enough room for flycasters to work unencumbered also. Weekends will bring Porgy fisherman with bait lines during the day, but evenings thin out nicely.
Heading further south and east on 213 will bring you past Harkness Memorial Park. On weekend days you might have to pay for parking till sometime after Labor Day , at night you can park outside the gate but it’s a hike. Travel light with a cart or backpack for gear or bike it. The beach can be worth the price of admission when a blitz of blues is on. There’s also a rocky point at the East Side to set out a chunk or toss some tin. From the rocks you can see down to our next stop.
Ocean Beach Park just inside the New London line is accessed by going south on Ocean Ave. from its junction with 213. Again, during the day they might charge, but evenings you might slip in. During the day fishing is limited to the rocky area but after the bathers vamoose go nuts.
Last stop heading north in the downtown area is Fort Trumbull Park. I’ve only been there once but was impressed with the nice pier the city built. Baitdunkers & Bullshooters heaven. The forts kinda cool too.
So there you have it. Only an hour from Hartford, four spots within minutes of each other so you can stick and move to find action or hunker down and hope.

. The Hartford Surf vs. Pioneer Valley Challenge! Friday all night fishing starts Sept. 15th at 6:00 pm. Fishing ends at 10:00 am Saturday.

Rules are 3 largest stripers and 3 largest blue fish weighed in per team. 32 inch bass minimum size in an effort to promote conservation. Boundaries are Napatree Point to the Narrow river in Rhode Island. All fish to be weighed in at Misquamicut Bait and Tackle. We will have our cookout immediately following at 10:30. Please let the club know if you will attend the cookout and if you would like to bring something to share.
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