The Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club - Long Beach Island's Premier Oceanfront Resort Hotel
Long Beach Island's Premier Oceanfront Resort

Striped Bass Derby

2019 Striped Bass Derby



Registration is by BOAT and not angler. Only one cash prize per boat. Entry fee: $150.00 per boat for two anglers plus $50.00 for additional anglers. All prizes go to the boat captain. Entry fee includes 1 commemorative shirt per angler, entry to both cocktail parties, and entry to Sunday’s fish fry and awards party.


  • Start fishing: 9:00 PM Friday Oct. 25th

  • Final weigh-in: 10:00 AM - 12 noon Sunday, Oct 27th NO ALIBIS OR EXCUSES ! (AT&T cell time), when clock strikes noon, weigh-in is over, unless there is a line and you have checked in with the judges.

  • Fishing limited to inshore waters within 3 miles of the beach. North boundary – Seaside Pier, GPS #39.56.500.

  • South boundary – Hard Rock Casino & Hotel, Atlantic City .

  • Western boundary - The Garden State Parkway.

  • All fish must be caught on the captains boat, and must be from rod and reel. Captain’s may register and fish one boat only. Registered anglers will be allowed to fish on one boat only, the use of multiple boats is not allowed, nor are anglers able to switch boats during the event. In the case of a documented mechanical issue with your boat, please contact the derby committee. Captain’s attempting to switch boats to gain a competitive advantage will be disqualified.

  • Only one fish per boat will be eligible for a cash prize 

  • In case of a tie in weight, the prize money for that prize and the next lowest prize will be divided equally by the respective boat captains.

  • Official weigh-in station is located at the Sea Shell's tiki bar.

  • Captains agree to donate all weighed fish for the Sunday fish fry.

  • Weigh in Schedule (Sea Shell Tiki bar)

    • Sat. Oct. 26th , 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM.

    • Sunday Oct 27th , 10:00 AM till 12 noon (AT&T cell time).

Schedule of events:

Friday October 25th

Welcome Party - 1 hour open bar (7:00 – 8:00) with hors d'oeuvres for captains and registered anglers. Cash bar open to general public. Captains meeting 8:00 PM, at the Sea Shell. 

Friday Oct. 25th  Fishing starts: 9:00 PM, and continues until final weigh-in at 12:00 noon, Oct 27th  at the Sea Shell.

Saturday Oct 26th

6:00 to 8:00 PM Cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres for all captains and registered anglers. Open bar 6:00 to 7:00, cash bar open to the general public. 

Sunday Oct 27th

10:00AM - 12:00 Noon - Final weigh-in 

12:00 to 2:00 PM Fish Fry for all captains and registered anglers.

Friends and family are welcome for fish fry ($15.00). Cash bar 

12:00 to 4:00 PM,  2:00 PM awards ceremony

Press Release - 2019

The Sea Shell is currently planning its 23rd Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby. Our goals for this event are to provide yet another reason for people to frequent our island during the fall season; to provide a venue for boat fishermen; and most importantly, to provide funds for worthwhile local nonprofit organizations and noteworthy community projects. To date, our Derby has generated nearly $400,000.00 for local nonprofits. This year's derby will benefit:

The Beach Haven Charter Boat Fishing Association’s  Junior Mates Program

“Rebuilding Long Beach Island’s Artificial Reefs”

This is a grassroots project, steeped in the tradition of charter boat and recreational fishing in and around Long Beach Island. Started in 1984, The New Jersey Artificial Reef program includes a series of 15 sites where rock and dense manmade material is placed on the ocean floor to create a habitat for fish. These reefs become home for all types of small bait fish, who in turn attract larger predatory fish. These fish become the quarry for our fishermen. The reefs also attract a plethora of other organisms who attach themselves to the reef, creating a diverse and healthy aquatic ecosystem. This reef system provides an incredible boost to our local economy. 

Unfortunately, artificial reefs do not last forever; eventually they sink into the sand. As anyone who has ever stood in the sand at the water’s edge knows, eventually your feet sink and get covered. The same thing happens to the artificial reefs. Because of this, the artificial reefs need to be constantly reinforced by adding additional reef building material. This material consists of old trains, tanks, concrete, sunken boats, bridge pieces, and other materials. The problem is that while many of the artificial reefs in New Jersey have continued to have additional material placed on them, the two reefs around southern Long Beach Island have had no new material placed in more than 14 years. If something is not done soon, these reefs will simply disappear under the sand. A dedicated group of local charter boat captains and local fishing enthusiasts, along with other environmentally conscious individuals, have taken on this project.

The short-term goal is to acquire two tugboats, currently located in New York Harbor. They would be stripped of all toxic and non–environmentally friendly components. These boats would then be transported to Long Beach Island and sunk off of Beach Haven or Holgate. These are the sites of the Garden State South and Little Egg artificial reefs. The cost of this endeavor is $100,000.00. It would be a tremendous start to their efforts to rebuild the reefs of Long Beach Island. It is our hope that together,  we can show this wonderful organization just how much we appreciate their efforts. 

Tom Hughes, Derby Coordinator

Harvey Kelsall, Bob Smith, Rich Conaway, Rich Ferguson, David Cowles, Derby Committee