On September 11, 2001, Brett Bailey was taken from us, but his spirit, passion, and his eternal pursuit of a good time live on, especially chasing BIG FISH! Anglers, family and children join us in celebrating Brett’s life, and support those who need our help.


Over the last 16 years the Foundation, with the support of our sponsors, donors, local partners and the fishing community has raised over $550,000 for military families, underprivileged children and families who needed assistance after Hurricane Sandy.

The 17th ANNUAL BTB MAKO RODEO will be held at Hoffman’s Marina West in Brielle, NJ on June 14-16, 2018


  • $600 entry fee – winner take all largest Mako
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Mako and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Thresher
  • Numerous Calcuttas
    • $100 First Mako
    • $200 Mako
    • $200 Thresher
    • $500 Mako Magic Jackpot
    • $200 Bluefin Tuna (NEW)

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In addition, this year we are proud to introduce


      • 10 points for any Mako, Tiger, Great White, Hammerhead or Porbeagle released
      • 5 points for any Thresher released
      • 2 points for any Blue, Brown, or other species released

We will be working with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Cooperative Shark Tagging Program (CSTP). This is a collaborative effort between recreational anglers, the commercial fishing industry, and NMFS to study the life history of Atlantic Sharks. Tags and information on how you can be part of the program will be available at our Captains Meeting.

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Please also remember your circle hooks and make sure your permits are up to date and have a shark endorsement. For more information pls visit –

Results from last year’s 16th ANNUAL BTB MAKO RODEO

Which was at Hoffman’s Marina West in Brielle, NJ on June 16-17, 2017 in honor of Brett T. Bailey, an avid fisherman lost on September 11, 2001. For the sixteenth consecutive year, the Brett T. Bailey Foundation raised money for various local charities. Despite a poor weather forecast twenty seven boats participated and the weather ended up cooperating for those who sailed.

The fishing was very good especially with multiple large makos and threshers weighed over the course of the day and hundreds of sharks caught and released. The Foundation paid out over $19,000 in prize money. The winning Mako weighed in at 269lbs and was boated by Chris Mikulicz and the crew of the ‘Step Up.’ The winning 353lb Thresher was landed by Captain Jared Polick who was aboard the ‘Fin-Ominal.’ Several other makos were weighed including a 226 by tournament regular Marc Lavery aboard Capt. Bernie Roth’s ‘Tenacious,’ a 216 by ‘Lovin Life’ and a 210 by the ‘Big Boy’ who also won the calcutta for the first mako of the day. The thresher results were similarly impressive but also not surprising from a tournament roster that consistently puts up big numbers year over year. ‘Tin Knocker’ brought in a 306, ‘Andiamo’ a 290 and ‘Andrea’s Toy’ a 226.

The Foundation would like to thank the Grafas Family and everyone at Hoffman’s Marina for their efforts, hospitality and support as well as all of our sponsors and the people that participated in this weekend’s festivities. The turnout for the awards ceremony Saturday night was amazing as was the energy shown by all of our supporters who enjoyed the day at Hoffman’s. All of the money we raised will hopefully make a difference in the lives of the many worthy charities we work with including Team Red, White and Blue – For information on next year’s tournament or how you can help the Brett T. Bailey Foundation, please contact Art DellaSalla at 212.945.8704.
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Working with charities that align with Brett’s spirit, portion of entry fees and proceeds support efforts to better lives of people that need our help. Your donations are tax deductible.

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