The Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament ended on July 24th with a winning striped bass measuring 51 inches caught by team ‘Frayed Knot’ led by Capt. Richard Lipsitz of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Over 90 anglers participated in the two day event. Capt. Chris Willi of Block Island Fishworks, tournament host, said, “We doubled the number of anglers we had last year, and with a matching grant for Capt. Nick’s Rock & Roll Bar, we were able to make a $4,350 contribution to the Block Island Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department.” Capt. Willi said, “Thanks to Ørsted (owners of the Block Island Wind Farm) and their sponsorship of the tournament we were able to donate 100 percent of tournament fees to the Fire & Rescue Department.”
Over $10,000 in prizes, gift cards and tournament swag were awarded at the ‘after party’ which took place at Capt. Nick’s Rock & Roll Bar, Block Island on Sunday at 2 p.m. There was a three-way tie for first place team between teams Frayed Knot, Green Mountain Boys and Grateful 5. Block Island Fishworks and Ørsted agreed to award each of the teams a $500 Visa gift card.
The Tournament included shore, fly fishing, youth and boat divisions. Striped bass and bluefish for all divisions plus black sea bass and fluke for boat and youth divisions. Also a team prize with photo division prizes taken with the Block Island Wind Farm in background were awarded for best fish, best scenic and best team photos.
Tournament co-sponsors included The Saltwater Edge, Middletown, RI; Ocean State Tackle, Providence, RI; Snug Harbor Marina, South Kingstown, RI; and Watch Hill Outfitters, Westerly, RI.
Visit www.SandyPointCo.com/bi-inshore-tourney for a full breakdown of the tournament results.