Mark your calendars! Star Island Yacht Club & Marina is kicking off the sport fishing season on Father’s Day Weekend with the 33rd Annual Shark Tournament, taking place from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15.
The full Shark Tournament schedule is as follows:
- Captain’s Meeting & Beer Bust: Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 PM
- Fishing: Friday, June 14 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Fishing: Saturday, June 15 from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Awards with open buffet and live entertainment: Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 PM
Participating anglers will compete for their share of $60,000 in cash prizes and trophies. The angler who brings in the heaviest shark will win $30,000. Cash prizes will also be awarded for Heaviest Shark of the Day, the top three Heaviest Makos, the top three Heaviest Blues, and the top three Heaviest Other Species.
The entry fee is $1,250.00 per boat. Those who register before April 15 will be entered into a raffle for a $500 certificate to the Star Island Ship’s Store.
As Star Island and nearby marinas often fill up quickly for the holiday weekend, anglers are encouraged to reserve dockage early. Dockage for the tournament is a three-night minimum stay, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Thousands of spectators flock to the Shark Tournament each year. If you want to check out the action, it is strongly recommended that you make hotel reservations as soon as possible. These rooms will fill up fast!
For anglers who would like to get in on the competition but do not own a boat, the Star Island Yacht Club Charter Boat is home to Montauk’s finest and most accomplished Charter Captains. Each of Star Island’s charter boats can accommodate up to six anglers for one or both days of the tournament.
All anglers can contribute to the study of the shark by tagging and releasing sharks that do not meet strict weight requirements. Last year, over 250 sharks were released back to the ocean.