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Greater Atlantic Bluefish Tournament
P.O. Box 1633
Absecon, NJ 08201

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2010 Tournament Press Release


The 23rd Annual

GABT 2010

The Greater Atlantic Bluefish Tournament


The 23rd Annual Greater Atlantic Bluefish Tournament, one of the longest continuously running tournaments on the east coast, was held on Saturday June 5th, 2010 and a field of seventy four boats answered the starting gun. Tournament day dawned slightly overcast, and with a mild breeze. The fishermen departed the box checks in good spirits and with high expectations. As the day progressed, the breeze stiffened a bit, and the seas picked up a little, but conditions remained very fishable throughout the day. The bluefish were all of good size, and very cooperative again this year. As lines were put out, most boats were soon hooked up and happily fighting fish. At the final tally, roughly half of the fleet returned to the weigh stations to register their catch. Those boats that fished deep seemed to have better success, and schools of bunker were evident everywhere. Some boats got into bluefin tuna, and for a while, completely forgot about the bluefish, as they maxed out on tuna. Several boats also raised some good sized Mako sharks, with at least a few being boated and released. All fish retained by the tournament were donated to local charities to help feed the homeless.

The awards banquet was held in Brigantine on Sunday evening, and a very lively crowd soon filled the hall to capacity, partaking of the excellent food and beverages, good fellowship, and the inevitable tall fishermen’s tales. Cash prizes were awarded to the first through tenth place crews, and for the single heaviest fish of the tournament. Several thousand dollars in door prizes were distributed to those in attendance. Several first timers were overheard to say “we had a ball. We’ll be back again next year.”

Results of the tournament for the three heaviest fish on each boat were as follows:

  • 1st Place:
    • Sakana Kira 38.67 lb. Captain: Tim Ichinaga, of Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
  • 2nd Place:
    • Reel Time 38.06 lb. Captain: Jim Golkow, of Bryn Mawr, PA
  • 3rd Place:
    • Attitude Adjustment 36.37 lb. Captain: John Nolen, of Ocean City, NJ
  • 4th Place:
    • E-Sea-Money 35.52 lb. Captain Joe Smith, of Atco, NJ
  • 5th Place:
    • Reel Determined 35.44 lb. Captain: Jimmy Zavacky of Wrightstown, NJ

The award for the single heaviest fish of the tournament went to Captain Jim Golkow on the Reel Time. The big fish weighed in at 17.18 pounds.

The three port winners were:

  • Little Egg Inlet:
    • Skinny Dipper II 34.73 lb. Captain: John Schwartz, of Tuckerton, NJ
  • Atlantic City Inlet:
  • Sea-E-Owe 28.66 lb Captain: Gaetan Simiriglio of Sewell, NJ
  • Great Egg Inlet:
    • Reel Time 38.06 lb. Captain: Jim Golkow of Bryn Mawr PA

    As a new addition this year, by popular request, the GABT has incorporated a flounder division for those who wish to fish inshore and in the back bays. Only the single heaviest fish is counted. Results of the flounder division are as follows:

    • 1st Place:
      • Lori Ann II 4.87 lb. Captain Frank McGinley
    • 2nd Place:
      • Summer Wind 4.32 lb. Captain: Steve Amato
    • 3rd Place:
      • Wonderful 4.31 lb. Captain: John Lawson
    • 4th Place:
      • Pappa John 3.75 lb. Captain: Charlie Elwell
    • 5th Place:
      • No Brakes 3.61 lb. Captain: Ed Sica

    The tournament committee wishes to thank the many contestants and sponsors for their support in making this a very successful tournament, and is looking forward to their participation in next year’s event, which is already being planned. This year, the tournament raised over thirty thousand dollars to help in the fight against cancer. This amount is more than what was raised in the first six tournaments combined. Since its inception in 1988, this annual event has raised well in excess of half a million dollars to help people in the local area combat cancer and other devastating illnesses. Congratulations are in order, to all the fishermen, sponsors, volunteers, and committee people. YOU helped make it happen!!!

    The members of the GABT Tournament Committee, along with the GABT Board members, are dedicated to the cause of helping our neighbors fight the effects of cancer. This is done through education, financial aid, and services directly to the patients and their families. Additionally, beginning in 2006, the GABT began offering a scholarship to a medical student specializing in the treatment of cancer. With the help of the dedicated volunteers of the GABT, and those who support this event, we can make a difference in the fight against cancer, and to help those in need.