VIP Fishing Tournament

For the ninth year, the Berlin Lions are pleased to announce they will sponsor the Annual Connecticut Junior and Senior Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) Fishing Tournaments. There is no charge to register or attend either of the tournaments. Everything  needed for an exciting day of fishing: a light breakfast, fishing poles, bait, lunch, and awards are all provided. The three top anglers in both tournaments receive trophies.

Connecticut VIP Tournaments work closely with BESB, the Blind Veterans Association, the Federation of the Blind, Berlin Lions, and Lions Clubs from across the state. With their help, tournament participation has grown every year since its beginning.


  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Junior VIP Fishing Tournament
  • Monday, June 5, 2017 – Senior VIP Fishing Tournament

Junior VIP Fishing Tournament

The Junior event is open to any visually impaired children 3 to 15 years of age. Every child that registers for the event will receive a participatory trophy and if registered before April 15th they will also receive a tournament sweatshirt. BESB is a strong supporter of this event and with their encouragement, participation has increased every year.


Sage Park Pond
1591 Berlin Turnpike
Berlin, Connecticut


8:00 – 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 16 years and older, is a full day of fishing aboard the Black Hawk Fishing Charter out of Niantic, CT. In addition to competing for trophies, three of the top anglers (if they have not attended in the past two years) are eligible to represent Connecticut at the 2017 New England and National VIP Fishing Tournaments held October 16-18, 2017 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


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


6:30 – 7:00 am Check in and board the Black Hawk.
Coffee, beverages and a “boxed” breakfast will be available.
7:30 am Depart for fishing.
Food and beverages will be provided on the boat.
2:00 pm Approximate return to dock, Charley’s Place (Restaurant), and awards.


If you know of visually impaired children or adults from your community who would benefit by participating in this event, please contact us. If you need more information, 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)
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