Falmouth, Massachusetts; Saturday, September 26, 2015

On a picture-perfect fall afternoon on Cape Cod, more than 4,000 fishermen, friends and families partied at Marina Park on Falmouth Harbor, enjoying great food from The Black Dog Tavern, drinking Budweiser beer, dancing to the music of Sudden Relic, and celebrating the beloved striped bass.

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A good time was had by all including kids who had their shot at prizes in the kid’s casting competition range.

Prizes and awards were presented to anglers who fished in the Striper Cup tournament in Boat, Shore, Youth, Team, and Kayak divisions. An increased emphasis on the Catch and Release competition resulted in over 50,323 inches of striped bass submitted for weekly prizes and Angler of the Year honors.

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Team Reel Deal claimed the Striper Cup trophy for most points scored by a team of anglers.


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From left to right: Angler of the Year honors went to Joe Diorio (boat) Mike Benzinger (shore) and Tom Fucini (kayak). On The Water publisher Chris Megan presented the honors and awarded each angler a set of Van Staal Titanium Pliers.

On The Water awarded over $150,000 in prizes to Striper Cup participants at the event, including weekly and monthly tournament prize packages. A brand new Striper 220CC boat with a Yamaha engine and Simrad electronics was won by tournament participant John Dyer of Salem, Massachusetts when his Golden Ticket was randomly selected at the culmination of the event.

Grand Prize Winner Joe Dyer (center) of Salem, Massachusetts is congratulated by Matthew Ventzer of Striper Boats (left) and Dave Ittner of Yamaha (right).
Grand Prize Winner John Dyer (center) of Salem, Massachusetts is congratulated by Matthew Vetzner of Striper Boats (left) and Dave Ittner of Yamaha (right). Dyer did not weigh a fish in the tournament, but like all entrants he received a Golden Ticket that gave him a shot at winning the Striper Boat.

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Striper of the Year honors went to Vincent Vetere (left) for his 64-pound striper, while Mitchell Carroll took home a replica mount of his 48-pounder, the largest bass weighed in by a youth angler.

Striper Cup sponsors, including Van Staal, Quantum, Sebile Lures, Spiderwire Line, Simrad and Lowrance electronics, and Costa Sunglasses, displayed their newest products for fishermen at StriperFest.

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Patrick Sebile demonstrates techniques to effectively fish the Sebile Bull Minnow

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Yamaha offered demo rides out of Falmouth Harbor from 9 am to 5 pm so attendees could experience their V6 Offshore 4-Stroke on the waters of Vineyard Sound.

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Craig Cantelmo of Van Staal Reels demonstrates the new X-Series reels for interested anglers at StriperFest.


StriperFest attendees check out the Grand Prize Striper Boat and Yamaha Engine outfitted with Simrad Electronics.
StriperFest attendees check out the Grand Prize Striper Boat and Yamaha Engine outfitted with Simrad Electronics.


Again this year, the StriperFest partnered with The Melanoma Foundation of New England to increase awareness of skin cancer among anglers. A silent auction of items donated by Striper Cup sponsors raised over $3,400 dollars.

Old Town offered on-the-water trials of their Predator XL Minn-Kota kayak on Falmouth Harbor.
Old Town offered on-the-water trials of their Predator XL Minn-Kota kayak on Falmouth Harbor and donated a kayak to the Melanoma Foundation silent auction.

Make plans to celebrate with us next year at StriperFest 2016!
Make plans to celebrate with us next year at StriperFest 2016!

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