Pabst Blue Ribbon has announced that its 5th annual Northeast Fishing Tournament will be an entirely catch and release event as an effort to make the tournament more sustainable.

The 2016 Tournament will start on Sunday, June 12 and run through Saturday, August 20, 2016.  Registered anglers will compete in three divisions: Striped Bass, Bluefish and Fluke. Participants are eligible to catch their fish in the salt waters of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Long Island.

“Sustainability has always been one of the major goals of the PBR Northeast Fishing Tournament and for 2016 we really wanted to take it to the next level. The Pabst Brewing Company is excited to announce the change in format to a 100% catch and release tournament! This change makes the PBR Northeast Fishing Tournament one of the largest catch and release tournaments in America and we are beyond thrilled to kick off our fifth year in the waters of the Northeast. Best of luck to all our competitors and we will see you on the water” said Rob Reilly of Pabst Blue Ribbon in a press release.

To be eligible for the season ending cash prize, a minimum of three fish must be caught, released, and submitted to the tournament office.  The combined length of the longest three fish submitted will make up the angler’s total entry. At the end of the tournament, an overall grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded in each of the three divisions along with a second place prize of $1,500 and a third place prize of $500.

There is also a chance to win a weekly prize of $300, awarded to the angler with the longest fish submitted that week. Junior division winners are not eligible for cash prizes, but will be awarded a rod/reel combo or a gift certificate to a tackle shop in each of the divisions.

Registrations are open at with a registration fee of $35 per adult angler, $20 for Juniors (under the age of 15) and $20 for seniors (over the age of 65.) All participants receive a limited edition PBR ruler to use for submissions, a t-shirt, hat, koozie and keychain.

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