Nonprofit Hosts Second Annual Fishing Tournament

The New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is hosting their second annual Fishing Tourney on Saturday, August 10. This fishing tournament is a catch and release tournament except for Porgies. Each participant can bring 1 Porgy back to NESS for an official measurement. All other fish will be measured on the water, photographed for proof, and released! While everyone is invited to participate, prizes will only be awarded to participants under age 18.
Don't have a boat to go out on? No problem! Participants may fish from land or rent a kayak from NESS. Limited spots will be available on a first come, first served basis to get out on NESSie, the nonprofit’s open-air Carolina Skiff. Fishing from the NESS property (i.e. docks) will not be allowed. Fishing rods, bait, and buckets will be available for rent.
Registration is available online at The check-in table will open at 8:00am for day of registrations. Fishing time is from 9:00am - 11:00am with awards at 11:30am.
Event Schedule:
8:00 Registration at NESS
8:45 All Anglers Meeting
9:00 Fish On!
11:10 Weigh In at NESS & Judging
11:30 Awards at NESS
All participants over the age of 16 must have a valid salt water fishing license from Connecticut or a reciprocal state. Participants under the age of 16 must have a youth fishing passport free from the state of Connecticut DEEP. Please visit the CT DEEP website for more information on licenses and youth fishing passport.
Prizes will be given to the top three anglers in the 12 and under age category, the top three anglers in the 13 to 18 age category, and the top three anglers in the kayak fishing category.
This event is made possible by the generous support of Francis Pandolfi, Tom & Nancy McLaughlin, Tom & Kathy Bishop, Watch Hill Outfitters, and Mike Wade.

About NESS: The New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. (NESS), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ocean adventure education organization that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Marine sciences, adventure sports, powerboating, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities. For more information, visit