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Monday, 09 September 2013 20:20

2013 NEKF Striper Shootout

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2013 was the ninth time New England Kayak Fishing held its Striper Shootout. This annual tournament brings kayak anglers from all over the Northeast and Canada together for three days of fishing the waters around Salem, MA in search of striped bass. This year we had a record number of anglers, with 174 paid entries in the four divisions; Open, Artificial, Fly, and Junior. The official start of the tournament was Friday at 5:00pm, although many people arrived earlier to get more time on the water...

It finished with a Catch-Photo-Release weigh-in and BBQ catered by Galindo's Roadside Roasters at the Winter Island Park Pavilion on Sunday at noon. The weather was perfect all weekend with light winds and warm days.

This tournament is as much about the camaraderie we share as kayak anglers as it is about catching big fish. The fact that we can do it while supporting some worthy charities makes all that much better. This year, the charities supported were 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 battling cancer at the Floating Hospital for Children). We also could not put this together without all the great sponsors we have. This year we were able to raffle off four kayaks donated by Old Town Kayaks, Jackson Kayaks, and Hobie, as well as lots of other great prizes donated by the following companies:

Advanced Elements - Al’s Bait and TackleAquapac - Backwater Paddle Company

Tomo’s TackleEngle CoolersThe Fish GripFlying FishermanGuy Harvey - Shankas

HogyFished ImpressionsKittery Trading PostKokatatBelle Isle Kayak Adventures

Yak GearLuminAIDMalone Auto RacksMilwaukee ToolsMTINavionicsGoPro

ORCA CoolersOverboard Fishing RodsPelagicPolar Bear CoolersRat-L-Trap

Rite in the RainSalt LifeSealect DesignsSkwooshTackle WebsGullwing Paddles

YakAttackWaterbug’s Rescue LaddersOn The WaterAlden of Sunapee

Zoar Outdoors - Benson Ski & SportMonahan’sMegrew’sLittle Harbor Boathouse

Of course there were some big fish caught, and the winners are:

Artificial Division:

Place Name Length
1st Eric “Slappy” Harrison 47"
2nd Luis “LatinLui” Santillana 45"
3rd Carl “CHVONN” Vonnegut 43"


20130828113147 Art Trophy


Open Division:

Place Name Length
1st Eric “Linehaul” Hromada 46.25”
2nd Tommy “T_Foo” Fucini 43” 42.5”
3rd Gary “TurtleCrossings” Esteves 43” 37”


20130828113147 Open Trophies


Fly Division:

Place Name Length
1st John “Jayboy” Craine 34.5”
2nd Chris “Frogman” Howie 30”
3rd Diana “LadyDi” Kilroe 23”


20130828113147 Fly Trophies


Junior Division:

Place Name Length
1st Cassie 33.5”
2nd Jason 33”
3rd DJonathan 29.5”


20130828113147 JR Trophies

Last modified on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 05:44
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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