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June 19, 2014

Striper tourney benefits Yankee Homecoming

NEWBURYPORT — The 9th Annual Yankee Homecoming Striper Tournament and Barbecue will take place Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ring’s Island Marina in Salisbury.

All proceeds will benefit the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming fireworks display.

Prizes are awarded for the longest striper caught from land, dock or a boat at sea. The winner will receive $500 with $250 for the second-place catch. The third-place winner will receive a pair of Red Sox tickets. There will also be a raffle with other prizes during the barbecue after the fishing is finished.

To enter, a registration form must be filled out and the entry fee is $40 per fisherman. A junior fisherman fee is $25 for youth age 15 and younger. Forms are available at Ring’s Island Marina.

The tournament is a memorial tribute to John Babson and Rick Cavanaugh. It is sponsored by the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.

For updates during the day, tune in to Channel 7 on the two-way radio.

Fishing will begin at 7 a.m. (rain or shine) on Saturday. The tournament closes at 3 p.m. on Saturday, at which time Bridge Road Bait and Tackle will determine the winners.

All judges’ decisions are final.

Anglers may enter only one striper to be measured. All stripers must be of legal size limit in order to be considered.

All stripers must be fresh at the end of the tournament to qualify for measurement as determined by judges. Stripers will be measured from tip of tail to end of mouth.

In case of a tie, the striper will be weighed and heaviest striper will win.

This tournament is conducted on the basis of the honor system and relies on the good sportsmanship of the registered anglers. Any participant caught violating the tournament rules will be banned from the tournament and will lose all eligibility for prizes.

For any questions or further information, call Bill Cremens at 978-667-1981 or the marina direct at 978-465-0307, or email ringsisland@comcast.net.

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