About the LBI Surf Fishing Classic

Started in 1954, the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic is one of the nation's oldest and most recognized surfcasting tournaments. (Check out our Tournament Archive) The nine week surf fishing tournament for striped bass and bluefish offers surfcasters the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in daily, weekly, segment and grand prizes. There's additional special prizes presented by businesses, fishing clubs as well as participants and supporters. For more details about the Tournament Rules and Prizes see below.

The LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee in partnership with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is ready for the 2018 fall fishing season! The 64th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic kicks off on October 6th and runs until December 9, 2018. Don't miss out! Attend the opening day seminar.

Save the date now! Registration will begin in September at participating tackle shops (see link Sign Up & Weigh In on right). Early registrants get free goods.



2018 Will Be Loaded With Special Prizes which will be listed here...

  • Lure Only - No Bait Prize:  John Parzych, a long time friend and participant of the Classic, offers two custom rods; one to the largest bluefish and one to the largest striped bass caught on a lure (artificial).
  • One $100 Cash Award For First Legal Red Drum
  • $100 Fisherman's Headquarters Gift Certificate for Heaviest Striped Bass Each Saturday & Sunday.
  • More Prize Info Coming Soon


2018 Bonus Cash Days: These are big money days...Save The Dates!

  • TBD - $500 Cash Award For The Largest Striped Bass
  • October 12 - $250 Cash Award For Largest Striped Bass
    (In honor of Robert "Jingles" O'Brien from Jingles B&T)
  • October 19 - $250 Cash Award For Largest Striped Bass
    (In honor of Ric O'Brien from Jingles B&T)
  • October 31 - $500 Cash Award For Largest Striped Bass
    (Courtesy of Surf City B&T)
  • TBD - $500 Cash Award For Largest Striped Bass
  • November 16 - $500 Cash Award For Largest Striped Bass
    (In Honor of Frank Panzone)
  • November 23 - $250 Cash Award For Largest Striped Bass
    In Honor of Bruce Hoagland from the Hoagland Family) 


Winners based on fish weight & time of weigh-in as per standard contest day, not day of catch.  See details pertaining to “Weighing” Rules Section 8.  In the event no fish are scored the Special Daily Awards will roll over into the following day(s) until awarded.


*See the Rules & Prizes Brochure listed below for more details. Click to download printable pdf version.





Additonal Special Prizes Will Be Listed Below Once Finalized...

Tournament Rules & Prizes Brochure

The Official 2018 Tournament Brochure will be posted here once finalized. This document is provided at time of sign up and details the specifics of the tournament, including the rules, prize structure and sponsors.


NOTE: The document below is last year's for reference purposes only.

Tournament Rules & Prizes Brochure Side Two

48 days

until the tournament

About the LBISFC

2018 64th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic
October 6, 2018

Tournament Contact:
Tournament Manager