Long Island offers competitve fishing tournaments for every angler. And if you’re a novice, can catch a free clinic, many of which offer loaner rods and bait. Here’s a sampling of clinics and tournaments coming up this summer, many of which carry large cash prizes.
GLEN COVE MAYOR’S SNAPPER DERBY Prybil Beach Fishing Pier, Germaine St., Glen Cove, glencove-li.us, 516-676-3766. Children ages 6-16 are invited to compete. Those looking to join must bring one rod and reel and while supplies last, participants will receive a Glen Cove Mayor’s Snapper Derby T-shirt, a hot dog and soda, and a raffle ticket for other prizes. Trophies awarded to the top catches of the day in several divisions, as well as to the Best Angler of the day. Fee Free. Date 8 a.m.-noon, Aug. 25.
MONTAUK SURF-FISHING CLASSIC Montauk Point State Park, 2000 Montauk Hwy. (Route 27) east to end, Montauk, 631-668-2940, parks.ny.gov. Annual bluefish and striped bass fishing classic runs three consecutive days. Fishing boundaries are waters from western most tip of Napeague State Park, east, no age requirement, all fish must be hooked and landed from the beach, surf, jetty, bank or pier, and be accessible by foot or wading. All participants must register either by mail or in person at State Park Headquarters or Paulie’s Tackle in Montauk. By mail: PO Box 247, Babylon, N.Y. 11702; make checks payable to NHT-LI. Mail in deadline Sept. 14. In person: deadline 9 a.m. Sept. 22. Fee $15. Dates Noon Sept. 21-23.
STRIPED BASS COLUMBUS DAY TOURNAMENT Star Island Yacht Club and Marina, 59 Star Island Rd., Montauk, 631-668-5052, starislandyc.com. Ninth annual. $10,000 in cash prizes plus trophies and other prizes. Captains’ meeting, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Register in person or online. Fee $475 per boat by Sept. 1, $500 after, charter fishing also available. Dockage fees: $6 per foot for up to 59 feet, prices available upon request for boats 60 feet or larger, plus $30-$50 utilities. Date 6 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 7, fishing and awards ceremony.
SOUTH SHORE SURF FISHING CLASSIC Captree State Park, off Robert Moses Causeway 3500 E. Ocean Pkwy., Bay Shore, 631-321-3510; 631-587-3430, parks.ny.gov; captreefuelbaitandtackle.com. Fish must be hooked and landed from the beach, surf, jetty, bank or pier within legal boundaries. Runs three consecutive days, ends at noon Oct. 14. $750 prize for each winner of striped bass and blues fishing. Bring your own equipment. Call for more info. Fee $15. Dates Noon Oct. 12-14.
FALL FAMILY FISHING FESTIVAL Hempstead Lake State Park. 631-444-0283. Fishing for the whole family, free loaner rods and bait available (while supplies last) and instruction. Date 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20.
SURF-CASTING CLINIC Smith Point County Park, County Rd. 46, Shirley, 631-444-0283, dec.ny.gov Instruction, followed by fishing, 10 and older, meet at Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center, free loaner rods and bait; preregistration required. Fee, Free, $10 parking. Date Noon-2:30 p.m. Sept. 15.
I FISH NY SALTWATER FISHING & CRABBING CLINIC Corey Beach, Corey Avenue, Blue Point, 631-444-0283. Loaner rods and free bait will be provided, while supplies last. Focus on both snapper fishing and crab fishing techniques, fish biology and stewardship, followed by crabbing and snapper fishing. Crabbing participants are encouraged to bring an uncooked package of chicken (drumsticks and thighs work well). Important items to bring: string, crab net, crab trap and a bucket, no preregistration required, space is limited. Fee Free, parking fee may apply. Date 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15.
PECONIC RIVER SNAPPER FISHING CLINIC Peconic Riverfront Park, Peconic Avenue, Riverhead, 631-444-0283. Summer evening fishing for families, focus on recreational fishing regulations, fish biology, and stewardship; free loaner rods and bait provided, no preregistration required. Fee Free. Date To be announced.