The Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club will be holding the 37th annual Offshore Open August 26th through September 3rd 2017. The captain’s meeting will be held at the host marina Crystal Point on Friday August 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Weigh-ins are nightly at Brielle Yacht Club in Brielle.
The tournament provides anglers with the unique opportunity to fish two separate days or one overnighter during the course of the week. Once again, the Ray Catena Auto Group is the presenting sponsor and has offered the Ray Catena Audi Challenge- a $2,500.00 cash award to the largest yellowfin. The tournament also has returning diamond sponsor Costa del Mar, with the addition of Crystal Point, and Popovitch Builders.
The tournament offers Calcuttas for every eligible specie, with this year’s estimated payout to exceed $200,000.00. This year offers a new $500.00 winner take all category and a new $500.00 tuna stringer category for the heaviest combination of 2 tuna (no bigeye), with first and second places. This stringer format will provide much action at the scales. Last year’s tournament paid over $200,000.00 to the winners and raised funds for numerous fishing and conservation related charities, including the RFA, RFA-NJ, the Catch a Dream Foundation, Menhaden Defenders, Re-Clam the Bay, NJ Beach Buggy Association and the George Burlew Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships to marine biology graduate students.
The base entry fee is still $500.00 which provides tickets to the captain’s meeting, awards dinner and the entry for the tuna category. The all-in Calcutta fee is $4,200.00. The tournament rules can be found at www.MRMTC.com/offshoreopen. Entrants may sign up at the captain’s meeting or in advance via online forms. Any questions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.