2017 Striper Mafia March Madness presented by Striper Soup
We had a great tournament a couple of weekends back on 3/18. 49 teams registered, with almost 130 anglers - We had 6 youth anglers and 6 lady anglers participate as well..... I was hoping we'd break 50 teams but a few guys had sickness in the family and one or two struggled with bait and bailed at the last minute.... but it was a great group regardless.
We also were collecting jars of peanut butter for the Food for Kids Backpack program - where kids in need are provided backpacks with food to help ensure they have some solid meals through the weekends. These go to the local community and there is a need for 300 jars of peanut butter a week. We held a raffle for a Tim Wade cast-net - for every 5 jars donated a raffle ticket was received. Our goal was to raise one weeks worth, and we exceeded that by collected approx 370 jars - its always great to see the support that comes from our anglers to these causes.
Fishing was hit or miss this time - in fact it was probably the lowest percentage of teams checking in fish of any of our tournaments thus far, but at the same time we had the most citations checked in and the biggest fish of the year and tie for the biggest/longest of any of the events.
Team WAHOOLIGANS took 1st place with two citations - a 37.25" and a 38.25" - great catches - $2100 for 1st and $1200 for Big Fish (along with a $250 Green Top Sporting Goods gift-card)
Team LiveBait JUNKEE took 2nd place with 71.75" total inches - and $950
Team PrimeTime (Harley Cox here on the Soup) took 3rd place with a 37.25" citation and 69.75" total length - $550
Team StripedYam took 4th with 66.75" total length - $400
Team Toolman took 5th with 64.75" total length - $250
On our Youth Anglers - we had 6 youth compete & well, the tourney director - namely me - screwed up and failed to recored Lauren from Team Linesiders (daughter of Jay Daniel here on the Soup) results - and thus missed her strong finish.... Harley Cox is a newer member here on the Soup and his daughter took 1st - the results below reflect the accurate outcome:
1st - Kaylee - Team PrimeTime - 37.25"
2nd - Lauren - Team Linesiders - 31"
3rd - Matthew - Team Lawrence - 30.5"
4th - Kamran - Team Claytor Kings - 28"
5th - Carson - Team SeaJay - 27.25"
We had 6 ladies compete today - the biggest ladies fish today was a 32.5", so Renee Kissela holds on to the top-spot in the series-long ladies competition with here 35" striper.
We have a new leader for the Doug Hill Preservation Award for Big Fish ($1000 cash) of the series - Team WAHOOLIGANS takes the top spot with their 38.25" fish today.
We've turned our sights to the April event - on 4/22 - would love to see a group of Soupers make the trip up to VA and hang with us. As always we greatly appreciate the support of our sponsors - Shawn with Striper Soup, Troy with Striper Sniper and all the others - they help make these events possible.