Inaugural August Blues Fishing Tournament Begins August 1

David Creed •


The first ever August Blues Nantucket Bluefish Fishing Tournament is scheduled to begin August 1 and will run all the way through August 31. All proceeds raised will support Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in the ongoing fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The motive behind the tournament is to bring the community together while raising money for a worthwhile cause that hits close to home for Nantucket’s oral surgeon and avid fisherman Greg Chotkowski. His son, August, lives with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy courageously every day with a smile on his face. The tournament proudly bears his name.

August Chotkowski
August "Augie" Chotkowski

This catch-and-release tournament is open to all. Anyone from seasoned anglers to newcomers are encouraged to join. There will be daily and weekly prizes based on what anglers catch and Instagram posts of their catches. Corey Gammill of the Bill Fisher Tackle daily fishing report on 97.7 ACK FM will also feature announcements of the winners.

“Everyone stands a chance to win, even if your catch is just a single Bluefish,” tournament organizers said in a release. “Whether you're a local or just visiting the island, this event is all about bringing people together for some friendly competition and a great cause.”

There will be divisions for beach, boat, and junior anglers. Prizes will span from the Gator Prize awarded to the angler who catches the Longest Bluefish to the Snapper Prize, which will be awarded to the angler who catches the smallest bluefish. There will also be prizes for the first Bonito and False Albacore caught in August and a Unicorn Prize for a unique catch.

Tournament entry is $25; tournament entry and a tournament t-shirt costs $50; and tournament entry, a t-shirt, and an Island X lures package is $100. Juniors (17 years or younger) are automatically entered for free on submission of their first catch.

To learn more about the tournament, click here.

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