Striped Bass Conservation

12th Annual Cheeky Schoolie Tournament - 2023

The Cheeky Schoolie Tournament, slated for its 12th annual striped bass tournament on May 20th, raises significant funds for striped bass conservation groups including Stripers Forever, Keep Fish Wet and the American Saltwater Guides Association. The tournament, held each spring on Cape Cod, is the largest fly-fishing tournament in the world and is adamantly catch and release. With all the proceeds going to conservation, last year the tournament donated more than $28,000.

During this year’s Cheeky Schoolie Tournament, scientists from UMass Amherst will be working side-by-side with some tournament teams to collect data on how striped bass respond to capture, handling, and release. Their efforts during the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament are a part of a larger study to determine how different angling techniques impact striped bass and what anglers can do to ensure that each striped bass released swims away healthy and strong. With funding from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant, data collected by the UMass Amherst team will help refine best practices for the striped bass recreational fishery, inform grassroots efforts by Keep Fish Wet, and guide management decisions.

11th Annual Cheeky Schoolie Tournament - 2022

The Cheeky Schoolie Tournament is about fun and about the fish. All of the proceeds from the tournament go to our selected conservation partners. We love these fish and do everything we can to bring light to their declining population. With the help of our conservation partners we are constantly adapting the rules for less impact on the fish and the best fish handling. 
For one this is an all Catch, photo and release tournament. We have also worked closely with Keep Fish Wet to adapt our rules. 
In 2021 we donated nearly $21,000 to striped bass conservation...in 2022 we donated EVEN more, with $27,380 being donated to our conservation partners.

This was split between our 3 conservation partners

 Keep Fish Wet, American Saltwater Guides Association, and Stripers Forever

Head over to the Cheeky Blitz Blog for an update on Striper Conservation, Keep Fish Wet best practices, and more.