June 3, 2014 – Lindenhurst, NY – MarineMax Lindenhurst announced today that the MarineMax Fishing Team will be taking on the pros at the Star Island Yacht Club & Marina 28th Annual Shark Tournament. With over $300,000 in cash and prizes awarded in 2013, this year’s tournament is predicted to draw some of the best competitors in the Tri-State region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The event kicks off with the Captain’s Meeting and Beer Bust Thursday night, June 12 at 7:30 PM. Fishing begins at Friday morning, June 13 and continues through Saturday, June 14. Both days boats participating in the tournament cannot leave the inlet before 6 AM and all boats must return by 6 PM on Friday and 5 PM on Saturday. The awards and buffet begin at 7:30 PM and includes live entertainment.
“The MarineMax Fishing Team is excited about competing in this prestigious event,” extolled Captain Kevin Graffagnino, team member and Sales Consultant at MarineMax Lindenhurst. “Fishing off the eastern tip of Long Island is an experience like no other and Star Island Yacht Club, in the middle of Lake Montauk, provides a premier venue for the competitors and spectators alike.”
The shark species targeted are mako sharks, 125 pounds minimum weight, blue shark, 200 pounds minimum weight and other species, 150 pounds minimum weight. Other species include hammerhead, thresher and tiger shark. There will be prizes for the heaviest shark for the tournament, heaviest shark for day 1, heaviest shark for day 2, heaviest mako, heaviest blue shark and heaviest of the other species.
In addition to the competition, all anglers are requested to contribute to the study of the shark by tagging and releasing sharks that do not meet the strict weight requirements. Last year over 250 sharks were tagged and released into the ocean.