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2011 Hook The Cure Recap

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2011 Hook The Cure Recap Photograph by Gregg Crisp

Saturday September 10 the 7th Annual Hook The Cure - Striped Bass Fishing Derby was hosted by the Elks Lodge in Winthrop, MA, after a two week delay caused by Hurricane Irene. Over the last 7 years over $100,000 have been raised for the Michael J Fox Foundation which helps fund Parkinson’s disease research. For the first time this year there was a kayak division that was catch, photo, & release instead of the traditional weigh in. The conditions were great on the water with light winds, calm seas, big tides and lots of fish caught.


This would also be the first time my 10 year old son Ryley would get a chance to catch a Striper in the ocean. We launched around 3AM and were soon trolling our tube & worm set up in hope that we would find some fish.


Just before sunrise a bass hit Ryley’s Butchie Built tube, and after a nice sleigh ride he landed his first Striper ever, a fat 30 incher.

After the Derby the Elks hosted a nice BBQ and awards ceremony which included a raffle with lots of nice prizes. There were some familiar names at the top of the leader board with BillyBass Eicher catching a new personal best 45” Striper to win his second tournament of the year. The winning fish in the open division was also 45” and Jeff Lopez placed 3rd in the Open Division with a 32.6# bass from a kayak. Ryley won the youth division with his 30” striper.


Open Division        
1st    Steve Malatesta    39.2#
2nd    Bill DelFuoco    33.6#
3rd    Jeff Lopez (from a Kayak)    32.6#

Kayak Division        
1st     Billy “BillyBass” Eicher    45”
2nd     Eric “ Slappy” Harrison     43.5”
3rd     John Pitts    43”

Youth Division        
1st    Ryley “HotRod” Crisp    30”

Thanks to all the Derby organizers and sponsors.  It was great day fishing while raising money for a good cause.

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.


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