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2012 NEKF Striper Shootout VIII Recap

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The 8th Annual NEKF Striper Shootout was held August 17-19 at Winter Island in Salem, MA. This turnout this year was great, with over 150 registered anglers. The format changed this year as the competitors competed for the largest two-fish bag in a Catch-Photo-Release format. Additionally, a Youth division was added to the existing Open, Artificial, and Fly divisions...

The tournament started at 5pm Friday, and you had until noon Sunday to submit your catches. The weather was pretty good for the weekend after a front blew through Friday night. This tournament is just as much about getting together and having fun with friends as it is about fishing, and there was plenty of fun to go around.

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Fishing on Saturday morning
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Sunday morning sunrise

Thanks to all the hard work by the tournament organizers, there were anglers from as far away as Canada. As always, a large portion of the anglers camped in the Winter Island Park, where off the water time was split between BBQ’s, hanging around campfires, and now and then even a little rest. It was great to see that many people from many different walks of life all come together and have a good time. In addition to fishing and having a good time, the tournament raised money for some worthy charities: Heroes on the Water (HOW), Casting for Recovery (CFR), Greater Salem Boys & Girls Club, the Friends of Winter Island, and Sofia’s Fund, which supports children and their families that are battling cancer at the Floating Hospital for Children. We have to give thanks to all the great sponsors and individuals that donated lots of great prizes for the raffles, including kayaks from Hobie and Wilderness Systems. There was also a special raffle for HOW for a large tackle bag filled with gear donated by manufacturers, shops, and individuals. After winning a kayak in the raffle, Eric Harrison put it up for a live auction and raised another $700 for HOW.

Tournament Sponsors

Hobie – Wilderness Systems – Alden of Sunapee – On The Water Magazine – Al’s Bait and Tackle – YakAttack – ThermaCELL – Butchie Built – Skwoosh – Scotty – Surf to Summit – RonZ – Pelagic – Navionics – Okuma – Hogy – Guy Harvey – GreenFish – Backwater Paddle Company – AquaSkinz – Advanced Elements

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The awards ceremony, raffle, and BBQ
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The Motley Crew

Of course between all the fun, a lot of fishing was done and some big fish were caught. The winners were:

Open Division Name Total
1st Tom “T-foo” Fucini 82"
2nd Matt “Calm-Seas-Big-Fish” St. Pierre 81"
3rd Mark “MarkN” Nelson 80"

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Tommy Fucini and his 44” striper

Artificial Division Name Total
1st Eric “ Slappy” Harrison 95.25
2nd Carl “Chvonn” Vonnegut 92"
3rd Billy “BillyBass” Eicher 74"

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Eric Harrison’s 48” bass

Fly Division Name Total
1st Tucker “Shinyfakekharma” Bixby 51"
2nd Val “Macawbird” Omond

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Tucker Bixby at the 2010 Shootout; he was not able to attend this year’s BBQ
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Val Omond fighting a striper with her fly rod

Youth Division Total

Youth Division Name Total
1st Name withheld for privacy 29"
2nd Catherine 19"

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Catherine and her 28” striper
Last modified on Friday, 31 August 2012 05:59
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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