Dave Micus, Plum Island Sound

January 3rd, 2005

Host Your Own Fishing Tournament
It's Easier Than You Think, Part 2
By Dave Micus


A beautiful trophy will be presented to the fisherman who catches the biggest striped bass.

Eagle Hill Striped Bass Fly Fishing Tournament Trophy (Artist's conception)

I'd suggest a joke award; this keeps the tournament fun and also fosters an atmosphere that is not overly competitive. Most trophy stores can provide you with an inexpensive plaque or trophy that will meet the needs of your tournament. Don't be embarrassed to ask for a gag trophy; the trophy dealer told me that the gag trophies are his biggest sellers.

For our award I bought a trophy that consisted of a base with a horse's behind, painted with stripes, mounted on top. The plaque on the base read:

Eagle Hill River Striped Bass Tournament, 2003
Biggest Ass

When I presented the award I explained that when I called the trophy dealer I asked for a striped bass on top, with Biggest Bass on the plaque, but due to celluar static (like the commercial), this is what I ended up with. Mike Tovalen, a legendary bass bum and raconteur, won the tournament with a 31 inch striper. The presentation of the trophy got big laugh, especially from Mike.

Mike Tovalen


There are a few other things you might need to consider. Is there adequate parking? If not, where can participants park? Do you have an alternate date/location in case of bad weather? Bad weather usually doesn't stop fishermen from fishing, but it will stop you from eating outside. Do you want to pay for the tournament, or do you want to charge an entry fee? The total cost of the Eagle Hill River Striped Bass Fly Fishing Tournament came to about $80.00, including the trophy. I decided to foot the bill (I felt more like I was hosting a party), but if I had charged just a $5.00 entry fee it would have covered my costs.


Was our tournament a success? We fished hard, ate well, and had a lot of laughs, all the while strengthening old friendships and making new ones.

We planned and held the Second Annual Tournament:

There's talk of getting together more often, and one participant is planning on inviting the whole group to his camp in New Hampshire for a weekend of trout fishing.

Below is a group shot of some of this years participants.

I'm already working on next year's tournament, and I suspect that it will be an annual event for many years to come. I'd call that a success. By following these simple suggestions, your tournament will be, too. ~ Dave

About Dave:

Dave Micus lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He is an avid striped bass fly fisherman, writer and instructor. He writes a fly fishing column for the Port City Planet newspaper of Newburyport, MA (home of Plum Island and Joppa Flats) and teaches a fly fishing course at Boston University.

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