Bayshore Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth

fishing at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Come get hooked on fishing while competing in our fifth annual saltwater fishing derby. This derby is fun for the whole family and open to beginners as well as experienced anglers.

No experience in saltwater fishing? Let us teach you how to rig and cast your fishing pole. Then join our Park System Naturalists as they conduct free seining demonstrations and help them identify what they catch. Finally, try landing the longest fish.

Participants must supply their own fishing poles, tackle and bait for the fishing tournament. Prizes are awarded for the longest fish caught in three different age categories, see derby rules for more information. Only fishing from the beach is allowed.

The cost is $8 per person; $4 per additional person.  Pre-registration is suggested; however, walk-ins are welcome. Cash or check on site.

We'd like to thank the below for their generous donations:

Atlantic Bait & Tackle, Middletown

Beach Time Products, Belford

Up Front Bait & Tackle, Keyport

Fisherman’s Den North, Atlantic Highlands

Giglio’s Bait Shop, Sea Bright

Keyport Marine Basin INC, Keyport

Mariners Mart, Belford

Physical Therapy of Red Bank, Red Bank

Sciortino’s Tackle Box, Hazlet

TAK Waterman, Long Branch


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Freshwater Fishing Derby
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 & 17

fishing at Turkey Swamp Park


The Park System is hosting its sixth annual freshwater fishing derbies for beginners as well as experienced anglers. So, come out and get hooked on a new hobby!

No idea how to fish? No problem!  Our staff will provide FREE hands-on clinics from 12:30-1:30 p.m. each day to show you how to cast, how to rig and answer any questions you may have.  Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish in three different categories. See derby rules for more details.  

The cost is $25 per family of 4; $8 per person. Pre-registration is suggested; however, walk-ins are welcome. Cash or check on site.

  • Manasquan Reservoir, Howell      
    Saturday, June 16 from 2-5 p.m. 
    Free fishing clinic from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold        
    Sunday, June 17 from 2-5 p.m. 
    Free fishing clinic from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Fishing pole rentals available on a first come, first served basis, limited equipment. The cost is $5 per pole.