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October 3, 2000

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Jim Sciascia at 609-984-6295

More than 1,000 participants took part in the Governor's 9th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament on Sunday, October 1 at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County. Sunshine and warm temperatures allowed participants to take advantage of a beautiful autumn day outdoors with family and friends.

"I would like to thank the many sponsors, prize volunteers and participants who have helped make the surf tournament a success for the past nine years," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "Their cumulative efforts have helped raise nearly $60,000 for a variety of conservation projects such as the construction of a beach access ramp, two mobile fishing education carts and specialized wheelchairs for the disabled and elderly."

The event was sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.

Approximately 700 participants pre-registered through the mail and almost 350 registered on the morning of the tournament. Many of the entrants invited guests to observe the fun, bringing the total number of spectators and participants to about 1,300.

Albacore, striped bass, blackfish, bluefish, red drum, fluke, kingfish and weakfish were eligible for entry in the tournament. Of these, striped bass, blackfish, bluefish, fluke and kingfish were the species submitted.

Overall length determined the grand prize winner as well as place winners for each of the species categories. There were children, teen and adult angler categories, including sub-categories for male and female anglers. In addition, there were categories for fly fishing and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman students (female and male novice anglers who attended the surf fishing and fly fishing workshops held Saturday, Sept. 30). The inclusion of first, second and third place winners was dependent upon the number of entries submitted in each species category.

Grand prize went to Joe Earley of Toms River, New Jersey for a 32 5/8" striped bass. Mr. Earley received the Governor's Trophy along with a Penn rod and reel combo, various gift certificates and other assorted prizes. Additionally, his name will be engraved on the Governor's Cup, which will be permanently displayed at Island Beach State Park. More than 50 surf rod and reel outfits were awarded as prizes. DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn was present to make the awards to the successful anglers.

Included in the prizes were 15 rod and reel combinations donated by Penn Reels. The Orvis Company of Paramus donated a fly fishing rod and reel combo to the winner of the fly fishing category. Though the category had no entrants, the prize will be held and offered next year. Ultimus lures donated all of the free early entry prizes. Along with the tournament prizes offered, the registration forms of pre-registrants and same-day entrants were placed into special drawings for additional prizes.

A complete list of winners follows:

2000 Governor's 9th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament Winners

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Category
First Place - Rita Carey
Forked River, NJ  
24 1/2" Striped bass

Fly Fishing Category -- No entry
Orvis of Paramus donated a Silver label 909 fly rod with a Vortex 9-10 large arbor reel
including line and backing (retail value approximately $1,000).  This prize will be held over
for next year's tournament.

Kingfish Category
Teen (Female)
Second Place - Brielle Talarico  (16 years old)
Sicklerville, NJ
13 1/2" Kingfish
First Place - Kerry Cameron   (14 years old)
Churchville, PA	
13 5/8"  Kingfish
Adult (Male)
Second Place - Jerry Talarico
Sicklerville, NJ
14 1/2" Kingfish

First Place - James Baisley
Stony Point, NY
15 1/8" Kingfish

Fluke Category 

Child (Male)

Second Place - Cody Myers  (9 years old)
Delran, NJ
16 1/4" Fluke
First Place - Jason Jayanty (11 years old)
Jersey City, NJ
22 3/4" Fluke

Teen (Male)

Third Place - Josh Dudash (15 years old)
Beachwood, NJ
15 1/2" Fluke
Second Place - Chris Clawson  (13 years old)
Hamburg, NJ
15 7/8" Fluke

First Place - Robert Zangari  (14 years old)
Cherry Hill, NJ
16 1/4" Fluke

Adult (Female)

Third Place - Magda Swift
Morristown, NJ
16" Fluke

Second Place - Dorothy Harrison
Wayne, NJ
16 3/4" Fluke

First Place - Carole Carey
Florence, NJ
18" Fluke

Adult (Male)
Third Place - James Rosso
Lambertville, NJ
21 1/4" Fluke

Second Place - Anthony Ingram
Levittown, PA
22" Fluke

First Place - Jason Garey
Toms River, NJ
24 1/8" Fluke

Blackfish Category

Teen (Male)

Third Place - Joe Rosetti (16 years old)
Bloomfield, NJ
14 1/8" Blackfish	

Second Place - Michael Battista (16 years old)
Howell, NJ
15 1/4"  Blackfish

First Place - John Salato IV  (14 years old)
Toms River, NJ
16 3/4" Blackfish

Adult (Female)

First Place - Arlene Parrino
Middletown, NJ
15 1/2" Blackfish

Adult (Male)

Third Place - Alex Vegh
Trenton, NJ
16 1/8" Blackfish	

Second Place - John Salato
Toms River, NJ
17 1/4" Blackfish

First Place - Zoltan Egyed
Trenton, NJ
19 1/2" Blackfish

Bluefish Category

Child (Female)

Second Place - Rachel Jochem  (12 years old)
Tabernacle, NJ
14" Bluefish

First Place - Katie Abdill (8 years old)
Delran, NJ
14 3/4" Bluefish

Child (Male)

Third Place - Travis Watson (7 years old)
Sussex, NJ
17" Bluefish

Second Place - Joshua Buckalew (9 years old)
New Egypt, NJ
17 3/4" Bluefish

First Place - Steven Senese Jr. (12 years old)
Manville, NJ
17 7/8" Bluefish

Teen (Male)

Third Place - Mike Henry Jr. (14 years old)
Fairless Hills, PA
16 1/4" Bluefish

Second Place - Bill Nastasiak (14 years old)
Pt. Pleasant, NJ
16 1/2" Bluefish

First Place - Andrew Nastasiak (14 years old)
Pt. Pleasant, NJ
16 5/8" Bluefish
Teen (Female)

Third Place - Jessica Dickson (15 years old)
Jackson, NJ
15 1/4" Bluefish

Second Place - Krisla Batesko (16 years old)
Lakehurst, NJ
15 1/2" Bluefish

First Place - Autumn Parkerson (13 years old)
Toms River, NJ
16 1/4" Bluefish
Adult (Female)

Third Place - Lynn Catalano
Browns Mills, NJ
16 3/8" Bluefish

Second Place - Sharon Becker
Little Egg Harbor, NJ
16 1/2" Bluefish

First Place - Elizabeth Haines
Berwick, PA
16 5/8" Bluefish

Adult (Male)
Third Place - John Pedone
Toms River, NJ
17 1/2" Bluefish
Note: time of catch was 9:54 a.m.

Second Place - Don Szymanski
Basking Ridge, NJ
17 1/2"Bluefish
Note: time of catch was 7:00 a.m.

First Place - Timothy Fleury
Franklinville, NJ
17 7/8" Bluefish

Striped Bass Category

Child (Female)

First Place - Jaime Jonach  (11 years old)
Toms River, NJ
28 1/4" Striped Bass
Note: Jaime also caught a 24 1/2" Striped Bass

Child (Male)

Third Place - Vincent Pomponio  (8 years old)
Howell, NJ
26 1/2" Striped Bass

Second Place - Zach Paone (8 years old)
Toms River, NJ
28" Striped Bass

First Place - Mark Anthony Langal  (8 years old)
Lanoka Harbor, NJ
29 1/4" Striped Bass
Teen (Female)

First Place - Arelys Rodriguez (16 years old)
Absecon, NJ
26" Striped Bass

Adult (Female)

Second Place - Hope Cordes
Brooklyn, NY
25 1/2" Striped Bass
First Place - Deborah Mitchell
Toms River, NJ
27 3/8" Striped Bass

Adult (Male)

Third Place - Bob Blaszak
Wharton, NJ
30 1/4" Striped Bass

Second Place - Mike S'dao
Port Murray, NJ
31" Striped Bass

First Place and Winner of the 2000 Governor's Cup

Joe Earley
Toms River, NJ
32 5/8" Striped Bass