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Welcome to the Manasquan Fishing Club


Important Notices and Upcoming Events

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We meet at 7:30 PM the first Friday of every month at the Women's Club in Manasquan, NJ (62 Main Street). 


2023 Meeting Schedule and Other Noteworthy Events

Black = General Meeting, Blue = Non-MFC related event, Gold = MFC related event

Upcoming Events/Dates:

October 6th  2023 - General Meeting - Doug Zemeckis, Ph.D. topic: TBA

November 3rd  2023 - General Meeting - Speaker Topic TBD

December 1st 2023 - General Meeting - Election of officers

Past 2023 Events/Dates (Reverse Chronological):

Labor Day Weekend (Friday Sept. 1 - Monday 4th) 2023 – MFC Ocean Fluke Tournament # 2 -4 days, prizes, going to be a lot of fun Click for More details here

September 1st 2023
- General Meeting - Eric Wasnesky - Topic: Fall Surf Fishing & Our Prize Raffle Fund Raiser and Fish Fry

August 5th 2023 (Saturday) - Manasquan "Big Sea Day" Inlet Fishing Contest


MFC Big Sea Day Youth Fishing Contest August 5, 2023
(Rear, left to right: John Sheehan, John Gassner, Bill Schwarz, Luis Cadalzo, & Paul Hennigan;Front, left
to right: Joe Choma, Jack Pongracz, & Bill Beck)


Contestants collecting their prizes at Big Sea Day. 

August 3rd - 6th, 2023 (Thursday to Sunday) - JCCA "Heavy Hitters Fluke" Tournament 

Tournament Dates August 3rd to August 6th, 2023. You choose the date to fish but you may only fish one day. 

Win $25,000 for the largest fluke over 12 lbs if caught on 8/5/23. 

Prizes based on weight of single fluke: 1st place $5000, 2nd place $2500, 3rd place $1500, 4th place gift cards/merch valued at $250, 5th place gift cards/merch valued at $150

Early Entry Fee $125 per boat (if postmarked by 7/26/23), Entry Fee $150 (after 7/26/23). Maximum 6 anglers/people per boat. 

For additional info call Paul from JCAA at 973-943-8201 or the JCAA office at 732-506-6565. For entry forms, rules, and info, go to or visit their Facebook Page. Completed entry forms can be faxed to JCAA office: 732-506-6975 or mailed to JCAA, 1594 Lakewood Rd. Unit 13, Toms River, NJ 08755.

Online registration may be done through the JCAA Event page or through the Jersey Coast Anglers Association Facebook Page.

To be eligible for the $25,000 prize each entrant must email his name, his boat’s name and the name of each of his crew members to our insurance company, SCA Promotions by 9 PM Friday, 8/4. Email the info to and cc:


August 4th 2023 - John Tiedemann, Monmouth University, topic: Stripers in the Manasquan

July 13th 2023 (Thursday) – MFC Ocean Fluke Tournament - 


Our Ocean Fluke Tournament, originally scheduled for Thursday, July 13th, was postponed to Thursday, July 20th, due to weather. The weather was much better on the 20th, but, remarkably, only 7 anglers competed. The prize winners were:

1st Place – Luis Cadalzo
2nd Place – Frank Cuccio
3rd Place – Paul Hennigan

The after-party weigh-in featured sandwiches from Jersey Mike’s, they were delicious, but the fun is always getting together with the guys and sharing, what else, more fish stories. Congratulations to the winners and to all that competed. A special thanks goes to Fred Truex who very graciously invited members, up to 3, who wanted to fish the tourney, to join him aboard his boat, Dar Lyn. Fred did a great job finding the fish and, in fact, all tourney winners were fishing with Fred.

July 7th 2023 - General Meeting - Speaker Cancelled - We told our best fishing stories and had some good laughs. 

June 17th 2023 (Saturday) - JCCA Fluke Tournament

The JCAA has scheduled its Fluke Tournament for Saturday, June 17th with awards presented on Friday, June 23rd. Please go to their website,, for more information.

June 13th 2023 (Tuesday)   – MFC River Fluke Tournament - 

Congrats to the winners. We had 16 anglers.

First place: Freddy Y (Past member) @ 2.94 lbs

Second place: Fred Truex @ 2.39 lbs

Third place: Luis Cadalzo @ 2.35 lbs

June 2nd 2023 - General Meeting - Speaker: Fred Truex Topic: Fishing Secrets

Fred Truex has stepped-up and volunteered to discuss "What I've learned to catch more fish and enjoy a day on the water."  How often do you run across a fisherman that’s willing to share his secrets?  Fred is an absolute great fisherman, boater and great guy, so listening to him tell his experiences and learnings will be a fun time in and of itself. But it will also be sure to help us raise our game and make us better catchers and not just fishers, and have more fun trying.  Nothing would be better than that!

May 6th 2023 - Manasquan P.B.A. Children's Fishing Tournament - 8 am to 1 PM Rain date is 5/7/23

This fishing tournament is hosted by the Manasquan Police Benevolent Association with support from MFC members. It is held at Macs Pond and is open to kids from 3 - 13 years old. Registration starts at 8:00 AM and the event wraps up about Noon after lunch and the presentation of awards. Typically, over 100 kids participate, so MFC membership is needed to help run the event. Please let Bill Beck know if you can lend a hand.

May 5th  2023 - General Meeting - Paul Shafer is speaking about his recent haddock trip out of New Hampshire.

April 7th 2023 - General Meeting - Prize Raffle Fundraiser and 2022 Fishing Awards at the monthly meeting.

Frank Cuccio will also discuss the MFC website and Social Media presence. 

March 17th - 19th 2023 - The Saltwater Fishing Expo at New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ. 

The show will not only feature a huge number of products and vendors but a host of seminars and demonstrations, including our own Captain Jim Freda who will be speaking on “Jersey Striped Bass Blitzes; Make
Memories of a Lifetime” on Friday at 4:45 PM and “Inshore Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna; Troll,
Jig, and Pop!” on Saturday at 12:15 PM. For more information, go to:

March 4th 2023 - Manasquan Fishing Club Annual Sinker Party - Hosted at Dome Sheet Metal in Belmar. 

All MFC members are free to join. You make your own sinkers and/or jigs with free lead, you just need to pay for hooks if you use them for your jigs. If you’ve checked on the cost of sinkers and jigs lately, you won’t want to miss this. Also, our line winder will be back in action and at the sinker party so if you have a reel that needs new line, bring the line and reel and we’ll spool it up for you.

March 3rd 2023 - General Meeting - Doug Zemeckis, Ph.D. topic: Wind Energy

March 1st - 5th 2023 - Atlantic City Boat Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center

February 3rd 2023 -  General Meeting - Capitan Paul Eidman, topic: Forage Species and the work of Menhaden Defenders

January 6th 2023  - General Meeting - John Toth, Pres JCAA, topic: JCAA activities and angler issues





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