Team Stripah Wins Cheeky Schoolie Tournament by half an inch!
May 18, 2013
WEST DENNIS, MA - The second annual Cheeky Schoolie Tournament was held this past Saturday on Cape Cod. The tournament field grew significantly from 28 anglers in 2012 to 64 anglers in 2013, making this year’s event the largest one-day saltwater fly fishing only tournament in New England. Building on the tradition of last year, the tournament promotes interest in and growth of saltwater fly fishing in true grassroots fashion – no engines, paddles or flippers. All fish had to be caught from shore, on the fly, and released.
The weekend kicked off on Friday night with the Cheeky Fly Fishing crew hosting a pre-party at The Sand Bar in West Dennis. Many anglers made it out for the event and enjoyed a night of great stories, refreshing beer and rockin’ live music. The tournament began early Saturday when teams hit the road with hopes of returning that afternoon to win the tournament’s grand prize, a pair of new Cheeky Mojo 425 fly reels outfitted with Cortland Striper fly line and a cash prize.
There was a dynamic mix of teams representing states from all over the Northeast and as far away as Colorado. The fishing was hot from the start as teams reported seeing large schools of sizeable fish all over the Cape.
As the tournament day came to a close, teams funneled in to the award’s ceremony to hear the results. Brenda Sears and Joe Danubio of Team Stripah took the 2013 crown by half an inch over the 2012 Cheeky Schoolie Tournament’s defending champions, Jeff Iadonisi and Seth Nickerson, who finished in second. Team Stripah also caught the largest fish of the tournament, a 31” striper on the flats. George Schwartz and Jeremy Louise rounded out the podium by finishing in third place.
Cheeky Fly Fishing would like to thank all the sponsors, supporters, and anglers for making the second annual Cheeky Schoolie Tournament a huge success. Title sponsors include: Mud Dog Saltwater Flies, Patagonia, Fishpond, Cortland, Montana Fly Company, Vedavoo, Free Fly Apparel, WikdFLY, Cape Cod Fly Fishing, High Hook Vineyards, Howler Bros, Fish Porn Media and Simms.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2014 Cheeky Schoolie Tournament coming next May!
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