MarineMax team launches fishing tournament on Long Island

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MarineMax Lindenhurst said Thursday that the MarineMax Fishing Team will host the first MarineMax Striped Bass Shootout on Oct. 25 and 26 at the MarineMax Lindenhurst Marina on Long Island, N.Y.

The tournament is expected to be an annual event.

“We are very excited about hosting this inaugural MarineMax Striped Bass Shootout. After our success with the 1st Annual South Shore Shootout earlier this year, we expect a great turnout,” MarineMax fishing team captain Kevin Graffagnino said in a statement.“Better yet, we’ll be supporting a great local charity, WAVES. The more boats that participate, the more we can help this great cause.”

A portion of the tournament proceeds will benefit WAVES, or Wheelchairs and Veterans Enjoying Summer, a unique organization that allows small groups of physically or mentally challenged people to experience a day of fishing and sightseeing on Great South Bay.

All striped bass weighed must be 36 inches or longer. Awards will be for the heaviest striped bass weighed.

Sponsors of the tournament include Sailfish Boats, Mercury Marine, Security Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram, BayVue Restaurant, Dynamic Auto Body, Cieslak’s Modern Bakery, Pelagic Outfitters, Sea Tow and The Fisherman Magazine.

The entry fee of $250 covers both days of fishing. There will be an optional calcutta, which is at the discretion of each boat to enter. An awards barbecue will follow Sunday’s weigh-in.

“The MarineMax Fishing Team is proud to be launching this local tournament,” Graffagnino said. “Long Island is a special place to live and conduct business. Connecting with our local community and promoting fishing and boating on the island is what MarineMax is all about.”