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FLY ROD STRIPED BASS CATCH &
RELEASE TOURNAMENT
This is one of the premier fly fishing events in the United States. It's run by volunteers and fosters the best qualities of the sport.

Every year in late spring, hundreds of participants from California to Maine come to the island to catch and release hundreds of stripers. Islanders are teamed up with off-islanders to create exciting learning and friendship experiences as they discover the thrills of hooking up with monster stripers on a fly rod.

Following a long night of fly fishing, participants enjoy a bountiful hot breakfast prepared by the future chefs in the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School's Culinary Arts Program. The club pays these kids for the breakfast, which is their major fundraiser of the year.

This tournament is open to the public and the winners' names are engraved on trophies in the clubhouse.

Fly Rod Striped Bass Catch &
Release Tournament Champions
Robert Germani Trophy
  Most fish caught and released:
    1992   Cooper Gilkes III
    1993   Cooper Gilkes III
    1994   Greg Schmidt
    1995   Jim Goggin, Bryan deBlois
    1996   Keith Maciel, Gary Zwyk
    1997   Steve Moretti, Don MacGillivray
    1998   Bill Dreyer, Mark Twiss
    1999   Lew Bonito, Robert Paccia, David Paccia
    2000   John Fuller, Charlie Finnerty
    2001   Phil Cronin, Jay Cronin, Janet Messineo, Clint Zeltzer
    2002   Bill Dreyer, Wayne Smith (56 fish)
    2003   Phil Cronin, Jay Cronin, Clint Zeltzer, Gary Hoffman (16 fish)
    2004   Ernest, Victor, Josh, Jeff and Justin Prabanic (44 fish)
    2005   Sandra Demel and John Kollett (10 fish)
    2006   Team Flytech
Josh Sullivan, Jake Sullivan, Lee Beals,
Dave Seale, Rick Marshall and Kevin Allen
95 Fish
    2007   Team Capanok
Phil Cronin, Jay Cronin, Ross Brawn,
Gary Hoffman and Tom Fay
51 Fish
    2008   First Place - Team Doublehaul
Eric Capulupo, Wilson Kerr,
Clint Eiler and Chip Bergeron
45 Fish - 11.25 average
        Second Place - Team Capawock
Phil Cronin, Jay Cronin, Jim Herbert,
Gary Hoffman and Tom Fay
35 Fish - 7 average
        Third Place - Team Finders Keepers
David Thompson and Paul Fiedler
10 Fish - 5 average
    2009   Seth Nickerson and Jeff Iadonis (20 fish)
    2010   James Dropick, Mike Valenti, Chuck
Hudgkinson and Dick Denzer (6 fish)
    2011   Frank Anderson and Thor Farish (7 fish)
    2012   Ned Casey, Nelson Sigelman, Jason Zimmer,
John Zimmer, Peter Dugan, Brian O'Neil,
and Charles Newhall (38 fish)
Sonny & Joey Beaulieu Trophy
  Largest fish caught and released:
    1993   Ken Reback
    1994   Paul Doyle
    1995   Sam Talarico
    1996   (No Winner)
    1997   Bob Commeau
    1998   Shawn Beaulieu
    1999   Jonathan "Moe" Flaherty
    2000   Tom Taylor
    2001   Ray Pupedis
    2002   George Clondas (37")
    2003   Brian Nunes-Vais (29")
    2004   Bill Hassen (38")
    2005   Rich Harvey (50.5")
    2006   Jake Sullivan (55" Bass)
    2007   Jay Beaulieu & Gary Mirando (47.5")
    2008   Gary Mirando 64" Total Length and Girth (43 and 21 inches)
    2009   Kevin Cooke (66.5")
    2010   Andy Monty (59.5")
    2011   Tony Jackson (32")
    2012   Rene Seht (43")
Arnold Spofford Trophy
  Most fish caught on one fly:
    1996   Matt Graillert, Chris Windram
    1997   Ed Lepore, Eric Ryan
    1998   John Pope, Brent Baer
    1999   Mac Haskell, Charlie Finnerty, Bill Dreyer
    2000   John Pope
    2001   Ed Lepore, Dave Loren, Dave Souza, Dave Nuttall
    2002   Mac Haskell and Charlie Finnerty (30)
    2003   Mac Haskell and Charlie Finnerty (26)
    2004   Mac Haskell, J.C.Giordano and Charlie Finnerty (6)
    2005   Mac Haskell, J.C.Giordano and Charlie Finnerty (9)
    2006   Team Caddyshack - Mac Haskell and Charlie Finnerty (22 Fish)
    2007   Team Scurvy Sea Slugs - Herbert Tilton and Harold Dozier (12 Fish)
    2008   First Place - Team Scare and Release
Jim Lepore and Ed Lepore (13 Fish, 6.5 average)
        Second Place - Team Rhody 1
Tony DiRobbio, Ed Tatro
Jim Erhardt and Ron Cavalaro (5 Fish, 1.25 average)
        Third Place - Team Flock of Sigels
Tom Robinson, Nelson Sigelman, Jason Zimmer,
Peter Duggan and Chris Newhall (6 Fish, 1.2 average)
    2009   Tony DiBobbio, Ed Tatro and Jim Ehrhadt (9)
    2010   Mac Haskell and Charlie Finnerty (4)
    2011   Team Last Cast - Ed Tatro, Mike Mathias,
Jeff Stevens, Scott Maccagerria (1 fish)
    2012   Team Norton-Berkov - Ralph Norton and Ken Berkov (4 fish)

Archery Champ In the middle of fall before the archery deer season opens, the club hosts its annual Fall Archery Championship on its 50-yard archery range. Archers hone their archery skills in a series of competitive events.

This event is open to members and their guests.

The club's Archery Champion is awarded to the member who has the most points. The winner receives a trophy and his or her name is engraved on the Archery Champion's trophy in the clubhouse.

Club Archery Champions
2000   Brian T. Welch
2001   Brian T. Welch
2002   Brian T. Welch
2003   Brian Cioffi
2004   Brian T. Welch

The club's best skeet shooters compete head to head every fall to see who will wear the crown of Club Champion. The winner receives his or her own personal trophy and has his or her name engraved on the Skeet Champion's trophy in the clubhouse.

This event is open to members and their guests, however only members receive trophies.

Club Skeet Champions
1997   Karen Kukolich
1998   Jim Malm
1999   Harold Green
2000   Bob De Lisle
2001   Bob De Lisle
2002   Bob De Lisle
2003   Bob De Lisle
2004   Bob Merry
2005   Jack Corse, Jr.
2006   Mark Plante
2007   Mark Plante
2008   John Montes
2009   Matt Tobin
2010   Matt Gamache
2011   Bill Damora
2012   Bill Damora

From the 27-yard line and beyond, the club's most accurate trap shooters line up every fall and break the clay pigeons as they compete for the prized Club Championship. The champion receives his or her own personal trophy and has his or her name engraved on the Trap Champion's trophy in the clubhouse.

This event is open to members and their guests, however only members receive trophies.

Club Trap Champions
1997   Jim Malm
1998   Jim Malm
1999   Bob Hurley
2000   Harold Green
2001   Mike Zadeh
2002   Jim Malm
2003   Ed Goodby
2004   Cooper Gilkes III
2005   Bob De Lisle
2006   Alan Albee
2007   Nick Bologna
2008   Bob De Lisle
2009   Bob De Lisle
2010   Knolls Ward
2011   Knolls Ward
2012   Brian Lane

This is an annual skeet-shooting event held in the fall using the club's modern skeet machines. The "Klays For Kids" competition is a fun-filled and spirited afternoon with all of the proceeds going to help fund the club's many programs for the kids of Martha's Vineyard.

This event is open to members and guests and the winner, member or guest, receives a trophy and his or her name is engraved on the Klays For Kids Champion's trophy in the clubhouse.

Klays For Kids Champions
1998   Harold Green
1999   Harold Green
2000   Mike Zadeh
2001   Harold Green
2002   Jim Malm
2003   Jack Corse, Jr.
2004   Bob De Lisle
2005   Alan Albee
2006   Nick Bologna
2007   Mark Plante
2008   Andy Braillard
2009   Matt Tobin
2010   Matt Tobin
2011   Bill Damora
2012   Dick Carlson

CLUB SHOTGUN GRAND SLAM TROPHY
Shooters who are members, and have previously won the Skeet Championship, the Trap Championship and the Klays For Kids Charity Skeet Shoot will have their name engraved on the "Shotgun Grand Slam" trophy in the clubhouse and also receive a personal trophy.

Shotgun Grand Slam Champions
2000   Harold Green
  1998   Klays For Kids Champion
  1999   Club Skeet Champion
  2000   Club Trap Champion
2002   Jim Malm
  1997   Club Trap Champion
  1998   Club Skeet Champion
  2002   Klays For Kids Champion
2005   Bob De Lisle
  2005   Club Trap Champion
  2004   Club Klays for Kids Champion
  2000, 01, 02, 03   Club Skeet Champion

CLUB SKEET STRAIGHT CLUB
The first time a shooter, who is a member of the club, shoots a perfect round of skeet with a 12 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge or .410 shotgun, he or she becomes a member of the Skeet Straight Club.

As a member of this elite skeet group, the shooter receives a custom skeet-shooting pin and his or her name is engraved on the trophy in the clubhouse.

Straights of 25, 50, 75 and 100 clay targets are recognized.

The Skeet Straight Club member is also recognized on the skeet range with a gathering of the shooter's squad mates performing the club's ritual of lining up on the range, with shotguns loaded, then throwing the new Straight Club member's hat into the air and blasting holes in it.

Club Skeet Straight Club Members
Name   25   Gauge   Date
John Gardner   25   20   07/19/98
Harold Green   25   12   10/04/98
John Mead   25   .410   12/06/98
Harold Green   25   20   08/04/99
Bob De Lisle   25   20   04/30/00
Mike Zedah   25   12   10/15/00
Phil Cronin   25   12   11/25/00
Bob Hurley   25   20   01/24/01
Brian Lane   25   12   03/25/01
Jim Malm   25   20   10/24/01
Bob Merry   25   20   10/27/01
Bob De Lisle   25   12   05/26/02
Bob Merry   25   28   07/21/02
Jim Malm   25   28   08/24/02
Ralph Leighton   25   20   10/25/02
Chuck Redington   25   12   01/05/03
Ed Goodby   25   12   01/26/03
Steve Milkovich   25   12   05/25/03
Jack Corse, Jr.   25   12   08/10/03
Rodolfos Alexakos   25   12   10/26/03
Bob Merry   25   12   02/04/04
Orlando Corsi   25   12   04/01/05
Alan Albee   25   12   07/17/05
Spider Andresen   25   28   07/20/05
Brian Welch   25   12   07/30/05
John Montes   25   12   07/31/05
Nick Bologna   25   12   04/21/06
Mark Plante   25   12   06/03/06
Bill Damora   25   12   07/08/06
Mark Plante   25   20   07/15/06
Vito Palermo   25   20   08/06/06
Bill Damora   25   20   10/03/07
Andy Braillard   25   12   07/12/08
Andy Braillard   25   20   07/20/08
Matt Tobin   25   20   11/28/08
Jiri Luncar   25   12   12/09/08
Matt Tobin   25   12   09/30/09
Jiri Luncar   25   20   02/15/10
Matt Gamache   25   12   04/18/10
Joseph Smith   25   12   09/18/10
Knolls Ward   25   12   08/14/11
Name   50   Gauge   Date
Bob De Lisle   50   12   07/10/02
Bob De Lisle   50   20   09/25/02
Orlando Corsi   50   20   07/01/05
Nick Bologna   50   12   07/09/06
Mark Plante   50   12   07/26/06
Bob Merry   50   20   06/11/08
Vito Palermo   50   12   09/02/09
Bill Damora   50   12   07/04/11
Brian Welch   50   20   06/17/12
Dick Carlson   50   12   06/23/12
Matt Gamache   50   12   02/27/13
Name   75   Gauge   Date
Bob De Lisle   75   12   07/10/02
Bob De Lisle   75   20   09/25/02
Nick Bologna   75   12   07/23/06
Mark Plante   75   12   03/17/07
Name   100   Gauge   Date
Mark Plante   100   12   03/17/07

Pistol Champ
Every fall many pistol members from the club go head-to-head for a day of intense competition to see who will wear the Club Champion's crown. They shoot for accuracy and speed from a variety of distances using an Island Police qualifying course. The champion receives his or her own trophy and his or her name is engraved on the Pistol Champion's trophy in the clubhouse.

This event is open to members and their guests, however only members receive trophies.

Club Pistol Champions
2000 - Bob Hurley
2001 - Bob Hurley
 
  Large Caliber         Small Caliber
2002 - Bob Hurley   Laurel Redington-Whitaker
2003 - Dave Roberts   Dave Roberts
2004 - Dave Roberts   Dave Roberts
2005 - Dave Roberts   Dave Roberts
2006 - Jon Cristea   Jon Cristea
2007 - Jon Cristea   Joel Cristea
2008 - Joel Cristea   Jon Cristea
2009 - Jon Cristea   Jiri Luncar
2010 - Jonathan Gill   Jim Dorsey
2011 - Dave Roberts   Dave Roberts
2012 - Joel Cristea   Dave Roberts

This one-day event in the late fall is held the day before the shotgun deer season opens on the island. Hunters are given the opportunity to fine-tune their eyes and shotguns in a series of competitive events.

This event is open to members and their guests.

The club's Top Gun Trophy, awarded to members only, is given to the shooter who has the most points. The champion receives notoriety, his or her name is engraved on the trophy in the clubhouse and he or she receives a beautiful jacket embroidered with the club logo and his or her name.

Club Top Gun Champions
1983   Chris Look III
1984   Jeffrey G. Corr
1985   Jamie Gasper
1986   Cooper Gilkes III
1987   Chris Look III
1988   Ned Casey
1989   Bernie Arruda
1990   Ned Casey, Bob Graves
1991   Chris Look III
1992   Chris Look III
1993   Chris Look III
1994   Bob Graves
1995   Karen Kukolich
1996   Ned Casey
1997   Karen Kukolich
1998   Chris Look III
1999   Eric Ben David
2000   Phil Cronin
2001   Phil Cronin
2002   Phil Cronin
2003   Cooper Gilkes III
2004   Phil Cronin
2005   Bernie Arruda
2006   Tim O'Bryan
2007   Cooper Gilkes III
2008   Steven Carlson
2009   Matt Gamache
2010   Cooper Gilkes III
2011   Richard Carlson
2012   Richard Carlson

In the late fall, on the day before the black powder deer season opens on the island, the club hosts its annual Black Powder Championship. Hunters load, shoot and re-load for accuracy and points in this rugged competitive event. Spectators thrill to the sight of Civil War type powder guns in action.

This event is open to members and their guests.

The Black Powder Championship trophy is awarded to the member who has the most points. The winner receives a trophy and his or her name is engraved on the Black Powder Champion's trophy in the clubhouse.

Club Black Powder Champions
2000   Tom Taylor
2001   Tom Taylor
2002   Tom Taylor (Traditional Firearm)
2002   Steve Jordan (Modern Firearm)
2003   Matt Cromwell (Traditional Firearm)
2003   Steve Jordan (Modern Firearm)
2004   Bernie Arruda (Traditional Firearm)
2004   Steve Jordan (Modern Firearm)
2005   Brian Athearn (Traditional Firearm)
2005   Cooper Gilkes III (Modern Firearm)
2006   Mark Plante (Traditional Firearm)
2006   Phil Hughes (Modern Firearm)
2007   Mike Ferry (Traditional Firearm)
2007   Cooper Gilkes III (Modern Firearm)
2008   Phil Hughes (Traditional Firearm)
2008   Steve Jordan (Modern Firearm)
2009   David Blackinton (Traditional Firearm)
2009   Steve Jordan (Modern Firearm)
2010   Mike Ferry (Traditional Firearm)
2010   Philip Jordan (Modern Firearm)
2011   Ladi Navratil (Traditional Firearm)
2011   Mike Ferry (Modern Firearm)
2012   Dick Carlson (Traditional Firearm)
2012   Mike Ferry (Modern Firearm)

Presented each year to the outstanding participant of the Annual Martha's Black Powder Championship. In memory of Civil War and Primitive Firearm Enthusiast, Bill Nicholson.

Donated by his friend, Eddie Belisle, December 9, 2007.

Club Black Powder Champions
2007   Nicholas Giliberto
2008   Steve Jordan and Phil Hughes
2009   Richard Carlson
2010   Tom O'Hanlon
2011   Mike Ferry
2012   Matt Cromwell


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