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A Weekend of Fun At Island Beach State Park

Two events kick off the summer season

Ocean Fun Days at Island Beach State Park. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Ocean Fun Days at Island Beach State Park. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Memorial Day Weekend is still a few days away, but the beach season began at Island Beach State Park this past weekend with Ocean Fun Days and the annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament.

Ocean Fun Days, sponsored by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, featured exhibits, fishing seminars, clamming trips – and, of course, crab races. The well-attended event at the park also featured a classic four wheel drive truck from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association as well as samplings of beach sand from around the world to show the differences between Ocean County and far-off beach communities.

An official announcement of the tournament results from Sunday is forthcoming, and Patch will publish the names of the winners upon confirmation from the state.
Bill Storm, May 19, 2014 at 07:12 AM
You have 10 photos of IBSP but no explanation of what the photo is showing. Is this a guessing game? How hard is it to put a caption with each photo?
I was at one event all day - "The Governor's Cup", hosted by NJBBA. Over 200 tags were turned in, and a great time was had up and down the beach among the surf-fishermen/women. The New Jersey Beach Buggy Association was on hand, as always, making sure that all were safe and scoring the competition. I was judge in sections 18-21, and had a blast, as ours was one of the busiest sections, with over 40 tags turned in. Great time with fathers/sons/mothers/daughters/grandparents all sharing their love of the outdoors in general, and fishing in particular. Some of the nicest early Bluefish I have seen in many years showed up at the party - as evidenced by the 36+ incher that went on the cup, and the two dead-on 34 inchers caught in our sections, only 50 yards apart (and less than 10 minutes apart)...as they were a tie for length, they became second and third place for bluefish in "caught" order. Longest non-tournament fish was a 4'4" dogfish. The weather was gorgeous, and fishing only slowed for about 2 hours (10-12) in spite of the tide, with otherwise steady action all day. Only legal keepers were recorded, but there were few who had only empty hooks before the 1:30 cut-off. Paul Harris is seen at Right in the picture of "Ol #7"...a familiar parade guest along the shore. Paul was president for many years, finally retiring only this season, with veteran Tim Burden taking his place. Mark Pantle ran the show this year, and did a superb job of organizing the judges and contestants. Well done, Mark - well done. I am proud to have been a member of this organization since 1995. The silver and blue suburbans, tags 3816 and 3611, can often be found prowling the sand in Brigantine and at IBSP. NJBBA has been protecting wildlife, protecting resources, and fighting for beach access for over sixty years. If you don't know who they are - you should. And, Tim, you were right - the barbecue was delicious.

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