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The 4th Annual Fall Berkeley Striper Club Catch & Release Tournament is coming up. Mark your calendars for November 14 - 16, 2014, that’s THIS FRIDAY. You can sign up by mail (application is downloadable from our tournament facebook site) or in person at Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle in Seaside Park. If you need an application you may also send me a private message and I will send one to you.


This year we have some great prizes, as follows:


• First Place - $100 Gift Card to Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle in Seaside Park, NJ and a set of lures built by the BSC Custom Lure Builders (DMag Lures,Choopy Lures, Ron Muccie Glitter Plugs, Black Label Plugs)

• Second Place – $75 Gift Card to Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle in Seaside Park, NJ

• Third Place - $50 Gift Card to Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle in Seaside Park, NJ

• Fourth Place - $25 Gift Card to Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle in Seaside Park, NJ


Details on the lure package is as follows:


• One Dmag small swimmer in "Midnight Special" .Weighs 1 3/4 oz and is 5 inches long. Donated from his personal stash. Thanks Dmag.

• One Ron Muccie Glitter Plug dyed birch needlefish. Weighs 2 oz and 7 inches long. Thanks Ron.

• One Choopy large darter. Weighs 5 3/8oz and is 8.5 inches long. Donated from his personal stash. There are not many of this size darter around. Thanks Charlie.

• One Black Label spook in good old Red, White & Blue for Veterans Day. Weighs 2.5 oz and is 6.5 inches long. Thanks Bob.


We have some good additional news for fall C&R Tournament. As many of you know, we have many great sponsors of our spring tournament that donate fantastic prizes without which we wouldn't be able to run a tournament. Upon seeing we were holding a fall C&R tournament for the surf, two of those sponsors stepped up and donated additional prizes to the first place prize donated by our BSC plug makers.


The first was Ryan McCluskey from Stormr. Stormr, as most of you know, makes a fantastic line of jackets and bibs for both surf and boat fisherman. Last spring they donated a typhoon jacket, and for this tournament they have donated their new & improved typhoon jacket. The TYPHOON Series Jacket, originally introduced in 2011, is the garment from which all other STORMRs were born. Through word of mouth among serious anglers, mariners and hunters, this jacket quickly gained a reputation as the warmest, most comfortable and most functional foul weather jacket available. The NEW & IMPROVED TYPHOON remains the heartbeat of the STORMR line, providing a baseline of important features and unmatched maneuverability.


Stormr was closely followed by Richard Hedenberg from CTS / RH custom rods (and by closely, it was maybe a half hour later on the same day.) Rich and RH Custom rods donated our first place prizes for the spring tournament, plus the rod that was part of the grand prize of that tournament. Just when you thought Rich couldn’t get any more generous, he has donated another rod for us. For the fall tournament we have a CTS Surf & Jetty, model number CB903. This is a 9 foot one piece rod rated to throw 2-4oz. The Surf & Jetty series was designed with the northeast fisherman in mind. Constructed from 44msi carbon these blanks are extremely light for what they are capable of handling, whether you are throwing a lure or working a bucktail on your favorite rock pile.


Additionally, we had a NEW sponsor jump on for this tournament. Stephen Weitzen for KAST Gear reached out to us and is donating a pair of KAST Steelhead Gloves for our tournament. The KAST Steelhead glove is hardcore protection for extreme environments. Designed for cold environments, OutDry technology creates a 100% submersible waterproof, windproof, and breathable glove.


On Sunday November 16th at 8:00 pm, the tournament committee is going to meet at Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle to draw the winners of our three grand prizes. We will enter the names of every participant into a hat (or bucket) and draw two winners. You do not need to be present to win, nor do you even need to enter a fish in the tournament. You do, however, need to be signed up. All are welcome to come by for the drawing.


Thanks again Ryan, Rich and Stephen. It is through the support of companies like yours that we are able to run this tournament and collect funds we use to support programs that protect the striped bass.


For any questions, send a message to: Berkeley Striper Club Catch & Release Tournament through Facebook, send an IM through SOL to John B or Steven, or e-mail us at bsc_catchrelease at yahoo dot com



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BUMP !! Still Time to Sign-Up but I would suggest to get on over to Grumpy's B&T Seaside Park NJ as we are just 35hrs from the start of this event..



1st - Lures by our BSC plugmakers and a $100 gift card to Grumpy's B&T

2nd- $75 gift card to Grumpy's B&T

3rd - $50 gift card to Grumpy's B&T

4th - $25 gift card to Grumpy's B&T


( Custsom Plugs by: DMag,Ron Muccie,Choopy & Black Label )



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Final Standings for the 4th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Catch & Release tournament:


1) Will Fredericks - 38" (Submitted first)

2) Maren Toleno - 38" (Submitted second)

3) Chris Butcha - 37"

4) Frank Murcko - 35"


Congratulations to all the winners.



Winners of the grand prize drawings:


CTS rod - Tim Molchan

Stormr Jacket - John Budish Sr

Kast Gloves - Jim Lusby


Thanks to everyone who participated, and to the sponsors who hlped make this tournament a success. They are Grumpy's Bait & Tackle, RH Custom Rods/CTS, Stormr Four Weather gear, Kast Gear, DMag Lures, Choopy Lures, Ron Muccie Glitter Plugs and Black label Lures.

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Congrats to the winners and thanks to the sponsors. That being said, its a sad time when those fish win a 3 day tournament in mid November in NJ. Maybe time to hang the rod up for an extended period, like forever.

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