Delegates Meeting - March 13 @ 7pm (Augusta VA Center, at Togus, in the Theatre Building 210, 1st floor auditorium)
Father's Day Application Available Now
So far we have 2 applications, the Father's Day Classic Open Application posted for you to print out and send in to secure your spot in the annual event. Print yours now to get priority take off numbers, first application in first out! We also have the Special Olympics Open on Cobbossee Application available. To have your application posted please email your application in Word or PDF form to email@example.com and we'll get it online for you.
2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic Lake Guntersville
Randy Howell wins it all!
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Every angler dreams of catching bass after giant bass like Randy Howell did on Sunday. Howell began hauling in Lake Guntersville lunkers minutes into the final round of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro. He lost track of how many culls he was able to make, but at one point he was trading 4- and 5-pounders for even larger bass. Read more
Mueller so close! B.A.S.S. Nation champion sets one day Classic record
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Twenty years ago, B.A.S.S. Nation champion Bryan Kerchal won the Bassmaster Classic on North Carolina’s High Rock Lake. This week the Nation’s Paul Mueller, another son of the Nutmeg State, threatened to match Kerchal’s feat but ultimately fell short by a pound. Over three days, Mueller weighed in 13 Lake Guntersville bass that weighed a cumulative 66 pounds, 8 ounces. Read more
Ban on Plastic Baits, we need to educate the public
126th Maine Legislature, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee See the latest news here
Ban of soft baits in Maine hearing today 2/28, basically it looks like we're looking at pushing the education and collection/recycling of used plastic baits since it is more of a littering problem as the report states. Report stated that bass tournament water bodies were not the problem. The report favored the plastic recycling program the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation's has been involved in over the last few years. The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation will continue to work in leading the way to educate the public and move forward with our recycling efforts as we have been doing. It looks like the committee vote will take place 2 weeks from today (3/11?). When the report comes available we will post the link here. Thanks to everyone in the fishing community for attending todays hearing and sending your comments to the committee.
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New 2014 Boat Inspection Forms Available
The new 2014 boat inspection forms that are needed to be filled out by the club hosting any Maine bass tournaments is now available. When holding your bass tournament please use these forms, all previous outdated forms will not be accepted by MDIFW. Once filled out you must submit these new forms within 7 days of your tournament to MDIFW, Fisheries Division, 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0041 OR e-mail to Carol.Tompkins@maine.gov OR Fax to 207-287-6395
Maine Bass Tournament Listings
The 2014 Bass Tournament Permit Drawing was held on Dec 12, 2014. the above links will take you to the current listing of all 2014 Maine Bass Tournaments.
Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship, Dec 9-13, on DeGray Lake out of DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge and Convention Center in Bismarck, Ark
Through this new event, one angler will qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell out of Greenville, S.C. In addition, one two-angler team will emerge as the national champion. The teams will qualify for the championship through various B.A.S.S.-sanctioned team trails across the country operated independently of B.A.S.S. (For a list of sanctioned trails, go to Bassmaster.com.) After two days of team competition on DeGray Lake, and the crowning of the inaugural Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Champion, the Top 3 teams will be split up. Those six anglers will return to the water to compete for the one Bassmaster Classic spot. “As we do with the B.A.S.S. Nation program, with this new event we’re reaching grass-roots anglers and giving them a shot at being a Bassmaster Classic competitor,” Stewart said. “Not every angler has the opportunity to turn pro, but this event gives one amateur a shot at competing against top pros in the world championship.”
B.A.S.S. Team Championship Comes To Maine
Man vs. Bass Maine Trail is very happy to announce that we will be the B.A.S.S. sanctioned trail for its Team Championship and Bassmaster Classic Qualifier! Our top points team will gain entry into this new event and get to fish for a spot in the 2015 Classic. This will not change any of the rules that we have previously posted, it is a bonus to anyone fishing the trail. (It will be worked into the rule sheet) There is a $10 registration fee per TEAM to fish MVB and an optional $20 per TEAM to register for the B.A.S.S. Team Championship. You do not need to be a Maine B.A.S.S. Nation or National B.A.S.S. member to enter either, but is recommended.
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Finding Fish with Today's Cool Map and GPS Tools with Professional Bass Angler Gene Ellison "The Fishing Machine"
Monday, March 10, 2014 6:00-7:30 PM
You know how to use your electronics, GPS and sonar features, but do you know how to use today's mapping tools to eliminate non-productive areas and focus on the higher percentage areas? Have you ever wondered how tournament anglers can come to a new lake and find fish so fast? Come meet Professional Angler Gene Ellison and learn how easy you too can become an expert at finding fish fast! Gene will be explaining how he finds fish from the boat ramp parking lot before he even launches! Gene will also be talking about seasonal patterns and which techniques to utilize when you first hit the water and are searching for fish! Come join us, we are going to have a blast! Professional Bass Angler Gene Ellison "The Fishing Machine" is considered one of the country's most enthusiastic and successful tournament & promotional anglers today! Gene competes in National, Regional and Local Bass Fishing tournaments, as well as organizing dozens of Shakespeare & Berkley "Teach Me Fishing" Classes for kids each year. Gene can often be found on our Maine waters as he and his wife enjoy summer time on Long Lake in Bridgton! No charge for seminar. Feel free to pass the word.
Registrations requested to prepare handouts and refreshments.
Location Marine Learning Center at Portland Yacht Services 58 Fore St, Portland 04101 See green arrow on Google Map for building location. Park on either side of building. Entrance in alley under elevated walkway. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=43.662541,-70.244029&num=1&t=h&z=20 Gene Ellison "The Fishing Machine" Web Site www.thefishingmachine.net
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Maine Wins Team Competition, Hogue and Volkernick Advance to Nationals & JWC
Three days of high skies and winds less than 5mph is unheard of on Maine's Sebago Lake, which most of the anglers agree that added to the tough fishing conditions they all faced.
Several anglers including the junior anglers had seen 4-6 lb. smallmouth roaming the shallows, and one adult angler caught a 9 lb. largemouth in practice. However most of these brutes all but stayed away from anything that was thrown at them or had completely disappeared on the final few days of competition.
Maine Tournament Director Jim Lowe had guessed a 3 day winning weight of 53 lbs but was well over Mueller's 34-14. "We just missed the big bite that Sebago is capable of this time of year, and the weather was way too nice for the good bite" said a local Sebago angler.
Mueller of Connecticut wins B.A.S.S. Eastern Divisional with 34-14. Laurence Hogue of the Maine Team is Maine's champion with 26-1.
The Maine team won the Team Championship competition and brings home a Triton Boat package. Their total weight over the three days was 175-8 with Connecticut right behind them with 168-12.
Junior angler, Brian Volkernick of Maine weighed in a limit of bass which was hard for most to find in the three days of competition. Volkernick brought in 5 smallmouth weighing 7-12 all caught on a Grizz Baits spinnerbait. Volkernick's co-angler, Thomas Behan brought in another 1-1 to add to the Maine Team which helped the overall team competition total weight.
The Eastern Division is made up of 9 teams from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Ontario, and Spain. The top anglers from each of the States competing will advance to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Lake Dardanelle, Russellville, AR on October 24-26.
Special thanks goes out to B.A.S.S. and Point Sebago, and all the help of the volunteers throughout the three days of fishing.
Champions Crowned at 2013 Maine Junior Bassmaster State & High School Championships
Junior Championship - The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation held the 2013 Junior Bassmaster State Championship at Pleasant Pond/ Cobbossee Stream on Oct 12. Gardiner Sportsman’s Club was the host site as seventeen Junior Bassmaster members from across Maine gathered to compete for the state title. After breakfast provided by the Sportsman’s Club, the contestants were paired up with the volunteer boat captains and the anglers headed out on a cloudy and warm fall day, trying to catch a limit of three bass to bring to the weigh-in scales. Read more about the Junior Championship here
High School Championship - The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation held its inaugural High School Championship Oct 13 on Pleasant Pond/ Cobbossee Stream at the Gardiner Sportsman’s Club. Seven teams from high school bass clubs and outing clubs who had joined the B.A.S.S. high school program were present to vie for the state title and opportunity to advance to the 2014 B.A.S.S. High School National Championship. The high schools represented were Dirigo, Madison, Windham Christian, Biddeford and Kennebunk. The Gardiner Sportsman’s Club provided breakfast for the high school teams and their boat captain/coaches then the teams took to the water, heading for their favorite fishing holes to try to catch a team limit of five bass. Read more about the High School Championship here
Portland Yacht Services will teach NASBLA Boating Safety courses
Portland Yacht Services will teach NASBLA Boating Safety courses on the following Saturdays in 2014. JAN 18, FEB 8, MAR 1, MAR 22, APR 5, APR 19, MAY 3, MAY 17. Classes will run 8AM-3:30PM including lunch and a written test. Successful completion of the class results with NASBLA certification in hand before leaving. Marine Learning Center Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marine-Learning-Center/152642771455615 or contact Tom Russell Marine Learning Center Portland Yacht Services 58 Fore St Portland ME 04101 207-774-1067(x245) to sign up for your one day class.
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New Fish-Finding Tool Provided To B.A.S.S. Nation And Collegiate Anglers
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