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June 25, 2014

'Wicked Tuna' cast to judge stripers tourney

AMESBURY — When Hatter’s Point Marina office manager Paula McPartland found out the marina’s first annual Striper Tournament would be competing with Amesbury Days this weekend, she knew she had to find the best first mate she could. So she called up her brother, “Wicked Tuna” star Greg Chorebanian.

“When I found my sister was doing a tournament for local charities, we were more than happy to come out and be the judges in her tournament,” Chorebanian said.

Currently first mate on the fishing vessel Bounty Hunter, which has been showcased in season three and the soon-to-shoot season four of the National Geographic hit show, Chorebanian will be one of three special guest judges for the tournament, along with Bounty Hunter captain Bill Monte and his wife, Donna.

Prizes will be awarded for the longest striper for male, female and youth anglers. The tournament begins Friday at 8 a.m. and will run through 2 p.m. on Sunday when the winners will be announced.

“Bill and Donna are more than happy to do these types of things,” Chorebanian said. “We have people from all over the world that come to see us. Last week we had a couple from Australia, two weeks ago we had someone from Israel, and they come specifically to find us down at the boat. It is kind of overwhelming sometimes.”

Self-described “Rocky Hill Road river rats,” Chorebanian and his sister, as well as dock manager Andy Knapp, grew up on Point Shore. They are happy to be involved with the 135-slip public marina that co-owners Jay McPartland, Jay Knapp and Mike Picard bought the day before it was scheduled to go to auction in 2009.

For his part, Knapp is looking forward to seeing what contestants come up with over the weekend.

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