Shillelagh Fluke Tourney to Benefit RFA

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Shillelagh Fluke Tourney to Benefit RFA

Manasquan & Shark River Inlets Host Fourth Annual Charity Contest

The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore will be holding their fourth annual fluke tournament this Saturday, August 20th. With $10,000 in prizes, the Shillelagh is quickly becoming one of the top fluke contests along the Jersey Coast.

"This is the time of year when the big fish are starting to line up along the beaches, so the timing just couldn't be any better," said Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) which is recipient of 50% of the 2011 tournament proceeds.

There will be two weigh stations for this Saturday's event, including A.P.'S Inlet Marina at Shark River Inlet and Hoffman's Marina at Manasquan Inlet, with $4,700 for the top fluke, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for third prize. Tournament Director Gary Friedhoff said a Shillelagh bonus prize of $1,000 will also be paid out to the Shillelagh member scoring the biggest fluke of the contest.

"The last couple of days with the weather being what it was, it's hard to say where the fluke will be, but there was a 10 pounder caught off the Manasquan Inlet just a few days ago, so we know the fish are there come tournament time," Friedhoff said. He said he expects to see a full tournament field of 175 boats to ensure maximum prize payouts.

The captain's meeting will be held on Friday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shillelagh Club at 815 16th Avenue in Belmar, and walk-in entries are welcome with no late fee. Tournament entry is just $125 per boat for up to four anglers. There's also a tournament picnic to follow at the club starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

"The event has been growing year after year, and we're thrilled to partner with the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh again this season. Hopefully I'll get to talk with many of our RFA members on Saturday at the picnic following another successful weigh-in," Donofrio added.

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