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.
MONTAUK SURF-FISHING CLASSIC Montauk Point State Park, 2000 Montauk Hwy. (Route 27) east to end, Montauk, 631-668-2940, nysparks.com. 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. In person: 9 a.m. July 21-Sept. 23. Fee: $15. Dates: Noon Sept. 22-24.
STRIPED BASS COLUMBUS DAY TOURNAMENT Star Island Yacht Club and Marina, 59 Star Island Rd., Montauk, 631-668-5052, starislandyc.com. Eighth annual. $10,000 in cash prizes plus trophies and other prizes. Captains’ meeting, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Register in person or online. Fee: $475 per boat by Sept. 1, $500 after. Date: 6 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 8.
SOUTH SHORE SURF FISHING CLASSIC Captree State Park, off Robert Moses Causeway 3500 E. Ocean Pkwy., Bay Shore, 631-321-3510; 631-587-3430, nysparks.com; 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. 15. $750 prize for each winner of striped bass and blues fishing. Bring your own equipment. Call for more info. Fee: $15. Dates: Noon Oct. 13-15.