StriperFest 2017 – The Biggest And Best Fishing Party In The East!

StriperFest 2017 was a huge success, with the biggest turnout of anglers and the best party yet!

Setup was postponed by Hurricane Jose

Setup was postponed by Hurricane Jose but the On The Water crew, their partners, and a team of volunteers combined forces to have the venue setup before the crowds arrived.

Folks from all over came to Falmouth to join the 2017 StriperFest party!

Folks from all over came to Falmouth, Cape Cod to join the 2017 StriperFest party!

Striper Cup participants dropped their golden tickets for a shot at the grand prize Cobia Boat!

Yamaha Demo rides were a big hit!


Pure Fishing was ready for the crowds with a huge selection of Sebiles.

Sebile was ready for the crowds with a huge selection of striper lures.

The Black Dog served wine, oysters, bbq, and other goodies.

Fighting Chair

Anglers of all ages stopped by to try out the Fighting Chair sponsored by Keep America Fishing.

Young angler faces off against an airborne marlin

A young angler faces off against an airborne marlin on the Fighting Chair.

Families posed for pictures in the striped bass photo booth.

Lots of smiles at StriperFest!

The kids area and casting competition was buzzing all afternoon.

Craig Cantelmo of Van Staal

Craig Cantelmo of Van Staal Reels was at StriperFest to discuss the latest Van Staal models.

Joe's Fresh Fish Prints demonstration

Joe Higgins from Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints demonstrated the steps involved in creating a piece of his gyotaku artwork.


Costa Sunglasses and all of our generous sponsors offered incredible prizes for winning competitors!

Corey Novak is all smiles after receiving his Yeti prize package.

Catch And Release week 7 random drawing winner Corey Novak is all smiles after receiving his Yeti prize package.

Prizes ready for presentation to the monthly winners.

Prizes from Simrad, St. Croix, Quantum and Fish Unlimited Taxidermy ready for presentation to the monthly winners.

Sudden Relic rocked all afternoon.

The crowd assembled at the end of the day for the award ceremony and grand prize drawing.

The Golden Tickets were escorted up to the stage by pipers.

Youth angler Michael Bridges was presented a mount from Fish Unlimited Taxidermy by John Kushnerick of Quantum.

Matt Weckbacher

Matt Weckbacher holds up the replica mount of his 69-pound Striper of The Year!

Craig Cantelmo of Van Staal presented the Angler of the Year trophies to Eric Harrison (kayak) Chris George (shore) and Russ Zivkovich (boat).

Chris George

Chris George shows off his trophy for Angler of The Year in the Catch And Release Shore Division.

Youth anglers drew for an Old Town fishing kayak.

Boat monthly winners received Simrad GO7 Chartplotters and drew for a Predator PDL kayak.

Shore anglers were awarded St. Croix Legend Surf Rods.

Robbie Taylor gave his prize to Ben

Robbie Taylor generously passed along his his St Croix Legend Surf Rod prize to young angler Ben.

2017 Striper Cup Golden Ticket drawing

Fingers were crossed in hope that their names would be called in the StriperCup Golden Ticket drawing.

Dave Ittner of Yamaha read off the name of the Striper Cup participant who won the grand prize…

Grand prize winner Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers came up HUGE in the grand prize drawing for a new Cobia 220CC with Simrad electronics package and Yamaha power!

Congratulations to Hookers Inc, your 2017 Striper Cup champion!

In the end there can be only one team to take home the Striper Cup.
Congratulations to Hookers Inc, your 2017 Striper Cup champions!

  1. Bill Erickson

    I was standing about 15 feet away from Paul when they announced his name. I was very happy for Paul when I saw his reaction and the reaction of the group that was with him. Congratulations and use it in the best of health!

  2. buzz goodly

    i would love to enter but i strictly fish boston harbor and i cant compete with all you cape of cod guys , i think you should consider certain parts of new england not just the cape,because you guys know there are two capes in mass cape ann and the cape of cod hope this dosent fall on death ears im just saying i would love to get a reply but we will see

    • Kevin Blinkoff

      Hi Buzz, The Striper Cup is open to anglers from New Jersey to Maine. We have many competitors from the Boston area who fish the Harbor and do quite well.

  3. Lori Rizzo

    I can just about bet one of those winners on that stage pulled the winning fish out of Boston Harbor, and I got my personal best (48″) out of the harbor this year.

  4. edzecc1

    Does anyone know what happened to Steven Squillante Jr. from Mass who was the original winner or the grand prize Cobia Boat. His ticket was pulled first but was nowhere to be found. Sorry Steven next time leave the wife and kids home.

    • Dan DiStefano

      I’m right there with you edzecc1 and I’m sure everyone else. Where was Steven Squillante? Just terrible

      • Rich Z

        I am very interested into why Steven left as well….have you guys got any information?

        -Rich Z

      • John

        a lawyer wont do him any good… the rules clearly state you must be present when your ticket is pulled .. if you leave early thats his mistake … it does suck id be upset to .. but rules are rules

    • John C

      Leo, get with the program and stop being an ambulance chaser. It has been that way since the inception of this Tournament in 2006! Do us all a favor and do not enter anymore if that is the way you feel. I have moved away from MA and live in MO, but I still enter. He knew the rules when he arrived at the venue. Have a nice day!

  5. ERNEST Wyatt

    Sorry i didn’t get in the STRIPER / BLUEFISH contest,but you better believe it next year i’ll be prepared.But it was a great event.5

  6. Tim

    I think I know Steve. Was his ticket really pulled? I am sure he will be devastated to hear that happened.

  7. Rich Z

    On The Water/Striper Cup

    Is there anyway you could contact Steven Squillante and do a short story or interview on what happened? Like many people at Striper Fest I am interested into why he left. Did he have a family emergency? Did he just leave thinking he wouldn’t win?

    I think it peaked a lot of our interest for those of us who were there. It seems funny someone would come to Striperfest enter their golden ticket and then leave.

    Just an idea as I think a lot of us would be interested.

    -Rich Z

    • Sully

      FWIW, I just googled Mr Squillante and it appears he’s a young entrepreneur who recently launched a business. Perhaps Mr Squillante had to leave the event due to business reasons? In any event I think it is only right the On The Water/Striper Cup returns the boat to its rightful winner, especially given the fact we dont want to discourage entrepreneurship

  8. Fran

    Rules are rules and that how it was set up you have to be there to win if your name is pulled final


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