ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, NJ (Ocean County) – A Flanders man has been crowned the champion of the 28th annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament, held Sunday at Island Beach State Park.
John Kolacy of Flanders landed the grand prize when he caught a 37 1/2″ striped bass. He received two rod and reel combinations, a plaque and will have his name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, which is permanently on display at Island Beach State Park, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
In addition to the grand prize, 14 anglers received rod and reel combinations for their prize-winning fish in the bluefish and striped bass categories. There were categories for children, teen and adult anglers, including sub-categories for male and female anglers.
The event was sponsored by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the NJ Beach Buggy Association.
More than $145,000 has been raised since the inception of the tournament for conservation and education projects and improved beach access.
Winners of the 2019 Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament are:
First Place: Logan Apello, Cliffside Park, NJ – 20 5/8″
Second Place: John Ryanfalk, Ossining, NY – 20 4/8″
First Place: Morgan Vicidomini, Forked River, NJ – 19 4/8″
First Place: Nick Donato, Toms River, NJ – 28 4/8″
Second Place: Colin Graham, Toms River, NJ – 26 2/8″
Third Place: Benjamin Brenner, Toms River, NJ – 25″
First Place: Dawn Wesemann, Churchville, PA – 27 6/8″
Second Place: Norma Kasper, Downington, PA – 26″
Third Place: Margaret Crossley, Mount Laurel, NJ – 19″
First Place: Gary Galbraith, Carlisle, PA – 32 1/8″
Second Place: Damon Lofton, Morris Plains, NJ – 29 3/8″
Third Place: James Bielski, Forked River, NJ – 29″ (6:45am)
Striped Bass Category
First Place: John Kolacy, Flanders, NJ – 37 4/8″
Second Place: Michael Mastrian, Toms River, NJ – 31 2/8″
High School Team
First Place: Toms River High School South – 26 2/8″ Bluefish
Second Place: Manasquan High School – 25 6/8″ Bluefish
Third Place: Columbia High School – 18 3/8″ Bluefish