VIP Fishing Tournament

Postponed Due to COVID-19 we have had to postpone these events. We hope to post updated information soon once we are able to reschedule.

2020 marks the 12th Anniversary of VIP Fishing in Connecticut! The Berlin Lions are proud to announce they continue to sponsor the VIP Junior and VIP Senior Fishing Tournaments. No fee is charged to register or attend the tournaments. Everything needed for an exciting day of fishing: a breakfast, fishing poles, bait, lunch, and awards are all provided. The three top anglers in both tournaments receive trophies.

The Tournament Committee works closely with BESB; Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind, the BVA; Blind Veterans Association, the Federation of the Blind, Berlin Lions, and Lions Clubs from around the state. These tournaments are possible through the volunteer support and financial assistance of these, as well as private and corporate donations.

The VIP tournaments are not just any day of fishing. They are exciting days filled with old and new friendships and networking. They are also educational and offer the opportunity for personal growth and empowerment.


  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 – Junior VIP Fishing Tournament
  • Monday, May 18, 2020 – Senior VIP Fishing Tournament

Junior VIP Fishing Tournament

The Junior event is open to all visually impaired children 3 to 18 years of age. Every child that registers for the event will receive a participatory trophy. If registration is received before April 10th , our junior VIP’s also receive a tournament shirt.


Sage Park Pond
1591 Berlin Turnpike
Berlin, Connecticut


8:30 – 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – Noon Fishing
Noon Lunch and Awards

Senior VIP Fishing Tournament

The Senior tournament, open to those visually impaired or blind age 18 years and older, is a full day of fishing aboard the Black Hawk Fishing Charter or the Sunbeam Fleet out of Niantic, CT.

Competition is fierce! In addition to competing for trophies, three top anglers (if they haven’t attended in the past 2 years) are eligible to represent Connecticut at the 2020 New England and National VIP Fishing Tournaments held October 18-22, 2020 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The North Carolina Lions VIP Fishing Tournament is the largest service project of its kind in the world.


Black Hawk Fishing Charter
11 East Main Street (GPS Address)
Niantic, CT

Sunbeam Fleet
15 First Street
Waterford, CT


6:30 – 7:00 am Check in and board the charter.
Coffee, beverages and a “boxed” breakfast will be available.
7:30 am Depart for fishing.
Food and beverages will be provided on the boat.
3:00 pm Approximate return to dock, Old Lyme Tavern for dinner and awards.

Additional Information

For additional information and pictures from past tournaments, go to:


If you know of a visually impaired child or adult from your community who would benefit by participating in this event, please contact us. For more information, or if you would like to become a volunteer, or make a donation, please contact Charley or Lori Satkowski at 860-828-1427 or email

Junior Application (PDF) Senior Application (PDF)
Nicholas GalottiVIP Fishing Tournament