VIP Fishing Tournament

2018 marks the 10th Anniversary of VIP Fishing in Connecticut! The Berlin Lions are pleased to announce they will continue to sponsor the Connecticut Visually Impaired Person’s (VIP) Junior and Senior Fishing Tournaments. No fee is charged to register or attend 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 the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind, the Blind Veterans Association, the Federation of the Blind, Berlin Lions, and Lions Clubs from across the state. These tournaments are possible due to their help and financial support from these organizations, private and corporate donations.

The VIP tournaments are not just a day of fishing. It’s also a day of friendship and networking, it’s also educational and offers the opportunity for personal growth and empowerment.


  • Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Junior VIP Fishing Tournament
  • Monday, May 21, 2018 – Senior VIP Fishing Tournament

Junior VIP Fishing Tournament

The Junior event is open to all visually impaired children 3 to 15 years of age. Every child that registers for the event will receive a participatory trophy. If registration is received before April 14, 2018, VIP’s will also receive a tournament shirt. 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 or the Sunbeam Fleet 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 2018 New England and National VIP Fishing Tournaments held October 15-17, 2018 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 Black Hawk or the Sunbeam (we will inform you which boat you will be on)
Coffee, beverages and a “boxed” breakfast (muffins, donuts, bagels) 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, restaurant to be determined, and awards.


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)
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