For the third consecutive year, Cheeky Fishing and Wingo Belts are proud to sponsor the "Release a Breeder Club" for 2017. Launched in 2015 by Stripers Forever, the "RBC" is a nonexclusive angling community designed to encourage the conservation and preservation of large, breeding sized striped bass through safe catch and release practices. This year, hundreds of dollars of Cheeky Fly Reels, Spinning Reels, and Wingo Belts will be up for grabs for anglers who release a striper of 36" or more in length.
Cheeky Ambassador Matt Zimmermann releases a healthy striper caught on his Boost 400 Fly Reel. The Boost 400 is one of six Cheeky Reels that will be given away this year to RBC members.
The Release a Breeder Club is free to join and open to both fly fishing and conventional tackle anglers. To join the RBC, anglers must catch and safely release a striped bass of 36” inches or more in length, and document the catch with either a photo or witness. Every RBC member will receive a gift card from Cheeky Fishing, RBC swag, and a certificate commemorating his or her membership. In addition, three RBC members will be randomly selected to win a Limitless 425 Fly Reel, a Boost 400 Fly Reel, and a Tyro 375 Fly Reel (one reel per winner), while three more members will be randomly selected to receive a CYDRO Spinning Reel of their choice. Additionally, three other club members will be randomly selected to win an Everyday Belt and Wading Belt set from Wingo Belts.
Each RBC member will be entered to win one of six Cheeky Reels during the 2017 season, in addition to receiving a Cheeky Gift Card and swag just for being a member.
Over the last few decades, commercial fishing practices and Striped Bass regulations have led to stark declines in the populations of these trophy fish. As more breeding sized stripers are removed from the population, fewer juvenile bass are reproduced to fill their place. The result has left a bleak outlook for the future of striped bass sport fishing in the Northeast. Cheeky Fishing, Wingo Belts, the Release a Breeder Club and the Stripers Forever organization seek to promote the catch and release of large striped bass to ensure the preservation of the species for years to come.
To learn more about the Release a Breeder Club or to join for yourself, visit: www.stripersforever.org/release-a-breeder-club