About Cheeky Schoolie Tournament
The World's Largest Fly-Fishing-Only Tournament
2024 Dates Tournament Date: Saturday May 18, 2024
Rules at a Glance
- Cheeky Schoolie is a one-day, catch-photo-release, fly-fishing-only tournament with teams of two anglers.
- Scoring is a team's top 4 striped bass photographed and released safely in accordance with Keep Fish Wet Guidelines. The team with the most total inches wins.
- Boundaries are all of Cape Cod (you cannot cross the canal), and no use of any boats, paddles, flippers, ladders, etc. of any kind. Two feet on the ground and no swimming. If you can’t get there by walking, it’s out of bounds.
- The minimum fish size you can measure and enter in the Tournament is 20 inches. This will ensure little fish are released safely and quickly.
The Cheeky Schoolie Tournament is about the fish. This is a Catch-and-Release-only tournament, and proper fish handling during a release is of paramount importance. Cheeky Fishing partners with Keep Fish Wet to provide an opportunity for everyone to learn more about best practices for catching and releasing fish.
In addition, it was our great privilege to donate $30,756 from last year’s event following the $27,380 donated in 2022. The proceeds go to Stripers Forever, a nonprofit dedicated to striped bass conservation,
American Saltwater Guides Association, who work on striped bass conservation policy for all fishermen, and Keep Fish Wet. Thanks to all the participants and sponsors for making the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament possible.
Thank you to our 2023 sponsors:
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 Scot) 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 love how the angling community comes together to celebrate the fish and work together to make the fishery better,” 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 recovery of more than 1,000 fish over the course of this year with that amount or more data in 2025 as well. “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.
Thank you to our 2022 sponsors:
Once again the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament garnered millions of eyeballs before, during, and after the event. With almost 10 live Instagram look-ins with our sponsors, to on the ground reporting from the biggest names in fly-fishing journalism, it was hard not to stumble into something of interest if you are following fly fishing media. See some of the coverage below. We would like to give a special thanks to Max Holmes from Science on the Fly and the Woodwell Climate Research Center who hosted fly fishing press from around the country on the Tournament's Conservation Day to give them insight into the impactful research that is being conducted in Woods Hole and on Cape Cod in general.
American Museum of Fly Fishing: https://www.amff.org/amff-heads-cape-cheeky-schoolie-tournament/
Star Chef Brad Leone even made an appearance: https://www.themanual.com/outdoors/brad-leone-fishing-guide/
Berkshire Eagle: https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/northern_berkshires/phyllis-mcguire-view-from-the-village-buying-in-to-the-berkshires-hook-line-and-sinker/article_5c2ec2bc-c3b8-11eb-be67-df52c724b8bd.html
Fly Fishing Film Tour: https://flyfilmtour.com/f3t-on-tap/the-10th-annual-cheeky-schoolie-tournament/
Bear’s Den: https://www.bearsden.com/product17193.html