2023 Cheeky Schoolie Tournament Results

For Immediate Release:

May 22, 2023 (Cape Cod, MASS): The 12th Cheeky Schoolie Tournament presented by Simms concluded on Saturday, May 21st, with a record score sheet and record donations to striped bass conservation. Schoolie, as it is called by many, is the world’s largest fly fishing tournament. Team P Rex consisting of Rex Messing and Peter Markano, took first place with a record length of 119.5 inches. Second went to the Flailing Fly Fisherman (Seth Gilroy & Steve Schaeffer) with 119 inches while third was claimed by Team Schoolie (Marc Savaria and Chuck Scott) at 114 inches. Schoolie is a catch-photo and release tournament for fly anglers on Cape Cod. Teams of two anglers combine the inches of their 4 longest striped bass to get their score. The tournament is focused on conservation, with all proceeds going to conservation groups Keep Fish Wet, Stripers Forever, and the American Saltwater Guide Association. This year they will split $30,756.

“We love this event and how the angling community comes together to celebrate the fish and work together to improve the fishery,” said Ted Upton, Cheeky CEO. “We think this was the best Schoolie yet.”
New to this year’s tournament, science teams from UMASS Amherst conducted catch-and-release research in and around the tournament. Directed by Dr. Any Danylchuk and funded with a prestigious Woods Hole Sea Grant, catch and release researchers will be attempting to catalog the recovery of more than 1,000 fish over the course of this year with that amount or more data in 2025.

“Honing our set of best practices for catch and release can make a big impact on fish mortality and save a significant number of striped bass,” Said Danylchuk at the Costa Captain’s Party Friday night.


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  1. My son has started reception this year at the local school around 5 minutes walk away. On the odd time I have took my neighbors son to school with me when she had an emergency or she was feeding her baby.

    Yesterday morning she dropped into conversation that they cannot keep affording to send their 12 year old to school via taxi anymore and as he has anxiety he cannot go by bus so will be needing to drive her to school and can I permanently take her younger son to school and in the afternoons pick him up and bring him home with me till 5pm ish as she needs to collect baby from childminder and it’s becoming too tight. (She is stopping after school wrap around care as it is too expensive).

    When I mentioned I will be saddled with a newborn next month her response was “well you would still be doing it anyway so what’s an extra child” and I just was so shocked I didn’t reply and my toddler started crying so I said my goodbyes.

    I think it’s because I’ve martyred myself over the past 5 years, I’ve never asked for help and come whatever weather I’ve made that school run even when she complained that she didn’t want to take her 10 month old out in the hailstones when it was okay for me to take mine and her kid out! And it’s a feeling of I give give give constantly.

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