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2016 March Madness Recap

2016 Cheeky March Madness Recap

April, 2016

Arlington, MA - The 6th annual Cheeky March Madness: Road to the Final Fish tournament concluded in exciting fashion on Monday, April 4th, as perennial powerhouse Golden Dorado clashed with cult hero Giant Trevally in the 2016 championship match. Seeking its second title in as many years, Golden Dorado pulled away on the final day of voting to secure a decisive 74%-26% victory and maintain the crown of Top Sport Fish of the Year.

From the championship drubbing, Landlocked Salmon’s surprise first round exit, Striped Bass’ first ever Final Four run and Tarpon’s collapse in the Sweet Sixteen, 2016 had more than its fair share of Madness. But it was two-time champ, Golden Dorado, that consistently turned in the tournament’s most impressive performances. In consecutive opening round matchups, Golden Dorado defeated Steelhead, Tarpon, Redfish, 2014 champion Permit, and ultimately Giant Trevally on its path to the title.

While Golden Dorado donned the crown, as always, the real winners are Casting for Recovery and Trout Unlimited. This year, Cheeky March Madness helped raise over $1,800 for Trout Unlimited and Casting for Recovery, and reached over 60,000 people through websites, blogs, newsletters and social media outreach.

Cheeky would like to thank everyone who donated, voted and helped make the 2016 tournament a success. We would also like to extend a special thank you to this year’s sponsors, whose donations and support make Cheeky March Madness possible. This year, sponsors donated over $5,000 worth of fishing gear and prizes. Sponsors include Costa Del Mar, FishPond, Yeti, Rep Your Water, Buff USA, Arc Fishing, Mud Dog Flies, PostFly, Howler Brothers, Cortland, Montana Fly Company, Why Knot Fishing, The Fly Pack, GuideHire, Free Fly Apparel, Fly Lords, Smathers & Branson, Cheeky Fishing and Wingo Belts.

Cheeky is already looking forward to more Madness in 2017!