2015 Bass Tournament Permit Draw - (packets deadline expired on Friday, 11/21 @ 5:00 to Carol at IFW)

Permit Draw Packets

The deadline to be eligible to draw permits has expired at 5pm on Nov 21. If you did not get your packets to Carol at IFW by Nov 21 5pm you will not be able to pull any permits.

When: December 11, 2014 Where: VA Togus Auditorium, Theatre Bldg. 210, 1st Floor Doors open at 6:00 pm – Anyone eligible to participate in the Bass Draw should be signed in by 6:30. Registration closes at 6:30 pm Anyone eligible for the draw must be signed in before by 6:30 pm 6:30 – 7:00 - Discussion of relevant topics by DIF&W, DEP, and Bass Draw Planners Bass Draw will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Be sure to have all your weed inspection forms passed in to Carol.

Date TBD

(Augusta VA Center, at Togus, in the Theatre Building 210, 1st floor auditorium)

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Plastic Lure and Line Recycle Tube Locations

We are looking at putting together a list of all the Plastic lure and line recycle tubes that the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation clubs or other organizations have placed at boat launches throughout Maine.

This will help identify who placed the tubes at each location as well as give clubs an idea where they are located.

Please send your information to: mebass@mebass.com

Huge Sale at Northern Bass Supply Nov 28-29

Northern Bass Supply is holding a big sale on everything they carry in the store on Friday November 28th from 9-5pm and Saturday November 29 from 9-4pm. Customer emails will be sent out but to see all the great prices you will need to stop by and see the good folks at NBS. Sandy would also like to thank all of the NBS customers for your support over the last 25 years. www.northernbass.com

Jon Stewart, Travis Mills speak at Annual Awards Banquet

Banquet Photos

Jon Stewart, Director of B.A.S.S. Nation, spoke at the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Awards Banquet. Jon spoke of his passion for his career with B.A.S.S. and how he ended up where he is today. Jon also spoke of how successful the High School program has been.

Travis Mills, www.travismills.org/foundation of the 82nd Airborne is a wounded warrior, motivational speaker, actor, and an advocate for veterans and amputees. Travis spoke about his foundation, and his background while keeping the guest laughing.

Several others spoke to the crowd of 100 plus. Maine B.A.S.S. Nation member Jason Kervin of Androscoggin Bassmasters summed the evening up best when he said "It will never cease to amaze me how GREAT the people are involved in bass fishing. Our Maine BASS Nation banquet tonight was filled with moving gestures. The money they raise for charities, the volunteer work, and giving to others whenever they see an opportunity, is a vivid reminder that there are still amazing people in the world! There are WAY too many individuals to list, but they exemplify generosity and appreciation for the rest of us to follow. The selflessness these people show, make me want to be a better person, and I'm incredibly proud to be a part of it. Whatever fishing may have in-store for me, I'll never forget what this sport is all about, and the integrity that it's participants stand for."

Several raffles were donated by sponsors, members and local businesses.

Cooper finishes 3rd in Eastern Division and 12th overall at 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship

Follow the latest news at the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship l Weigh In Archive

George Cooper of Maine competed in his third BNC, finishing in 12th overall and 3rd in the Eastern Divsion with a respectable 22-4. Coopers last BNC he was in was also on the Ouachita River. Cooper is a mechanical engineer. He's a member of the Southern Maine Anglers, and when he's not fishing, he's still outdoors, whether he's hunting, snowmobiling or four-wheeling.

Team Championship set for Arkansas

BISMARK, Ark. — This December, one angler will qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic from the new Bassmaster Team series. The inaugural Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship is scheduled for Dec. 9-13 on DeGray Lake in Bismarck, Ark. Weigh-ins will take place at the DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge and Convention Center. Through this new event, one angler will qualify for the 2015 Classic on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, S.C. In addition, one two-angler team will emerge as the national champion. More

Towns top Maine angler at 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional
St. Lawrence River, Waddington, NY, Sep 24-26, 2014

Leaderboard l Main l B.A.S.S. Nation Blog l Maine Team l Video: Dramatic rescue on St. Lawrence (with Joe Holland)

Smallmouth bass of 3-4 lbs were common with a few 5's and a couple that reached six! The bass were mostly caught by dragging tubes, or drop shotting in depths of 25-45'. The Maine team caught a bunch of fish during the week and ended the tournament 9th place overall.

Chuck Towns, added 15-9 with his 15-3 Day 1 weight to give him over a 4lb lead on the Maine team with 30-12 after 2 days. Towns knew he had Maine angler George Cooper looking to take over the Maine lead on day 3. However, Towns kept up his pace and finished strong on day 3 with 11-1, that bag gave Towns a 3 day total of 41-13 earning him a spot in the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Ouachita River, Monroe, Louisiana on Nov. 6-8, 2014. Towns said he was excited to move on to the Championship. Congrats Chuck and good luck at the Championship, Maine's rooting for you!

After leading the Maine Team on Day 1 with 5 bass for 15-4, George Cooper said "his fish shrank in size a little" on Day 2 and they shrank a little more on day 3. Cooper's 3 day weight of 37-1 was good enough for 2nd place on the Maine team, eliminating his chance for another trip the Nationals.

Joe Holland after a slight struggle on day 1 and 2 redeemed himself on day 3 with 17-5 to give him a 3 day total of 32-15 and 3rd place on the Maine team.

Dwayne Turnage ended the tournament with 31-5, good enough for 4th place on the Maine team. Turnage had a rough day 1 but came back strong on day 2 and 3.

Kevin Busch weighed in a 14-4 bag on day 3 after removing a hook that was lodged in his palm on day 2, see photo on day 2 weigh in on bassmaster.com. Busch ended the tournament with 31-3. Busch finished in 5th place for the Maine team.

Scott Guimond had two big consistent days to start the event unfortunately day 3 was a lot slower. Guimond netted just 2 bass on day 3 which gave him a 3 day total of 29-0. That weight gave Guimond a 6th place finish on the Maine team.

After a good start on day 1 Mark Lodge fell a bit on day 2 but came back strong on day 3 with 10-5 to give him a 3 day total of 27-14, earning him 7th place on the Maine team.

Steve Wilson, Maine B.A.S.S. Nation President who was very consistent on day 1 and 2 was just looking for a ten pound bag on day 3. Wilson known as a very good shallow largemouth angler was a little short on what he wanted, but squeaked out just 5-4 on day 3 giving him a 3 day total of 23-15 good enough for 8th place on the Maine team. Although Wilsons fish were not as big as he wanted he did an excellent job on stage thanking all the sponsors, tournament hosts and many more on a job well done.

Scott Barker had a down and up day to start the event and day 3 he weighed in just 2 bass for 5-3 for a 3 day total of 20-15. That weight put him in 9th place on the Maine team.

Windham Christian Academy Daniel Rodgers & Alex Williamson had a slow day 1 and managed 1 bass for 3-3. Day 2 saw the high school team come back huge with a 14-13 bag for a 2 day total of 18-0. The team culled 3 or 4 times and caught most of their fish on 1 spot which was a small eddy. The teams coach was Maine team member, Dave Reiss. Their weight puts them in 10th place on the team.

John Grondin had a tough first 2 days but finished strong on day 3 with 9-1, giving Grondin a 3 day total of 14-9 which gave him a 11th place finish for the Maine team.

Scott Laliberty weighed in 1-4 and 11-12 for a 3 day total of 12-6, earning him 12th place for Maine team.

Also attending the event was Maine team member and 2nd alternate Keith Poulin.

Another highlight on day 3 was when Javier Guillen of Spain proposed to Victoria(Spains Interpretor) on stage after having her pull out an engagement ring from a bag of soft plastics, Victoria gave him a huge hug so we can assume the wedding is in the works!

Glen Bruce, Maine State Champion

Day 1&2 Standings l Photos

Glen Bruce of Rocky Coast is the Maine Champion with 10 bass weighing 27.41. Day 1 big smallmouth, 4.41 was caught by Jed Harris of Knox County Bassmasters. Toby Cross of Classic Bassmasters has the Day 1 Big largemouth, that bass weighed 4.06. The average sized bass of all fish caught today was 1.98. Day 2 smallmouth lunker Glen Bruce 4.02. Day 2 largemouth lunker Bob Smith of Classic 3.84.

Over 100 anglers competed in the two day event.

The slow moving stretch of the Androscoggin should produce a number of limit sized bass for all with a chance at a few 5 bass limits that may reach weights up to 15 lbs. The average 5 bass limits should be around 10-12 lbs.

The 2 day event will send Maine's top anglers to the B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional on the Connecticut River in Hartford, CT. More info

Trickey Pond Clean Up, a success!

Photos l Camerons Web site: www.helpsaveourfish.com

On Saturday Sept 6 Cameron Patterson a Boy Scout working on his Eagle project organized a clean up on Trickey Pond. The day was spent gathering litter from the pond.

The Maine Warden Service was there to help with diving, and members of the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation were also on hand as were other volunteers. Cameron was also involved in installing a Recycling Container to help with the recycling of soft plastic lures.

The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation has been installing these recycling tubes for a few years now throughout Maine with positive results which have been improving each year. The tubes are out there around Maine's lake, ponds, and rivers and we need to make sure they are visible to people as well as making sure people are educated on the use of these tubes.

Winslow Boy Scout Aims For Honor Not Bestowed In Maine In 72 Years

By Rob Poindexter

Read full article with video at WABI

A Boy Scout from Troop 433 in Winslow is spearheading an effort to clean up Maine’s lakes and earn a prestigious award that hasn’t been given out in Maine in more than 70 years. Cameron Patterson is about to become an Eagle Scout, quite an accomplishment for a 15 year-old. But Cameron Patterson is not your ordinary teenager. A bout with bacterial meningitis almost took his life when he was younger and now he says he uses scouting to prove that nothing in life is impossible. When his scoutmaster challenged him to qualify for the William T. Hornaday Award in addition to his Eagle Scout, he jumped in with both feet. Read article

MLF Wraps Up Filming Sixth Cup Event General Tire Summit Cup Features Lakes in Waterville, Maine, Region

Major League Fishing Full Article

WATERVILLE, Maine – Jack Link’s Major League Fishing this past weekend concluded the filming its General Tire Summit Cup event, a six-day competition that took place on four lakes in the Waterville, Maine, region. The General Tire Summit Cup, featuring an expanded field of 30 anglers, is the first of two Major League Fishing events to be filmed this fall. The Summit Cup will be broadcast beginning in January on Outdoor Channel, America’s Leader in Outdoor Television. - See more

Central Maine lakes draw Major League Fishing anglers for tournament

CHINA — The biggest names in fishing, and the roughly 100-person-strong television production team that follows their every move and later broadcasts the action on national cable and network television, plied the waters of central Maine for bass over the last several days. Major League Fishing brought 30 of the nation’s elite competitive anglers to the area to fish Long Pond, Great Pond, Messalonskee Lake and China Lake. However, in the league’s unique format, none of the anglers knew what bodies of water they were fishing until the morning of each fishing day, so they wouldn’t have time to research the best places to fish. Full Story

Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Offers Triton Boat at a Discount

The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation has a new Triton Boat at a discounted price for any member or non member looking to purchase one. All you need to do is go to Triton Boats, build your dream rig and print your specs and contact Maine B.A.S.S. Nation President Steve Wilson to see your discount and purchase your dream rig!

Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Offers Skeeter Boat at a Discount

The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation has a new Skeeter Boat at a discounted price for any member or non member looking to purchase one. All you need to do is go to Skeeter Boats, build your dream rig and print your specs and contact Maine B.A.S.S. Nation President Steve Wilson to see your discount and purchase your dream rig!

Anglers Crowned Champions at Junior Bassmaster State Championship

Bryce Poulin of Lisbon retained his state champion title in the newly under 11 age group capturing first place with a limit of fish weighing 6.29lbs.

Finishing second was Owen Gray with 2.51lbs.

Hamilton Gray reeled in the state champion title in the 11-14 age group and had the biggest bag of the day with three bass weighing 7.54lbs.

Abe Lafrance of Hebron landed second place, catching three bass weighing 3.76lb.

Third place was awarded to Bode Meader of Gorham with 3.56lbs in his first state championship appearance. Read more, see results and photos here

2014 Maine B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship Winners

The cool, frosty morning did not deter the anglers and their boat captain/coaches from taking to the water, heading for their favorite fishing holes to try to catch a team limit of five bass. After the fish were weighed in and released, the winners were declared. The Windham Christian Academy team of Alex Williamson and Daniel Rodgers weighed in a limit of bass weighing 12.45lbs to capture the High School State Championship title and continue Windham Christian Academy’s reign as state champions. Read more and get results on the tournament here

Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Guide publication now available in print and online

The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation annual Guide is now available in print from your club presidents or from Steve Wilson. You may also view the current and past years Guide online here.

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Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Continues its ReBaits Program

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Once again the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation will take the leadership role of collecting used plastic baits by way of collection tubes that have been placed at boat launches in Maine and during local bass tournaments. The ReBaits program is designed to keep potentially discarded soft plastic baits out of the water and out of the stomachs of fish, and into recycling, not landfills.

FMI, MBN Conservation Director, Dick Gaudreau

Lowrance Facebook Contest...Post, Post, and Post some more!

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HOW TO PLAY! The Facebook program is based on a points system. Points are awarded for posting on Lowrance’ s Facebook as follows: 1 point: Post or picture about Lowrance 2 points: Video with Lowrance 3 points: Video with Lowrance tip 1 point bonus: Potential for special circumstances. Eligibility will be determined by Lowrance. When you post videos, it is important that you notify Doug OHara by email at Doug.OHara@navico.com .

How to participate: Any B.A.S.S. Nation member can make a post. Lowrance Facebook site is located at: https://www.facebook.com/Lowrance . The B.A.S.S. Nation member will need to “like” the Lowrance Facebook page first. For State to get credit for the post, it must begin with “ #Lowrance BN and the two digit State abbreviation”, then post. An Example for Maine it would be: (begin post as) #Lowrance BN ME The program will run January through March, April through June, July through September. It will reset to zero at the beginning of each quarter. The awards will be given at the end of each quarter. The awards are: HDS 12 touch - 1st place HDS 9 touch - 2nd place HDS 7 touch - 3rd place So awards will be sent out in April, July, and October. There is no limit on how many times a State can win.

Maine Team Championship

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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New Bass Tournament Boat Inspection Forms

In 2013, 49 bass clubs conducted 5,999 inspections at club tournaments.

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

2014 Boat Inspection Form l Leaving Early Form l Other Tournament Documents and Information

Weigh-to-Win Contingency Program

Towing you can trust, plus the chance to collect Weigh-to-Win cash bonuses. The only string attached to this offer is your fishing line,because when you become a member of BoatU.S. ANGLER, with Unlimited on the Road and/or Unlimited on the Water benefits you get reassurance in the event of a mechanical breakdown somebody will be dispatched to help. Plus, by registering for the Weigh-to-Win program you'll be eligible to win cash bonuses. Just post the highest place finish amongst BoatU.S. ANGLER members in a B.A.S.S. or FLW event and you’ll take home the cash. It pays to buy a highly affordable membership, especially when you're registered for the Weigh-to-Win cash tournament bonus program. Program Overview and Register Here

Poulin, Doucette, and Wood win Jr Event

Norway Lake was the first club event of 2014. Within 30 minutes of the start 1 of this rain soaking tournament, one angler had a limit and another had caught the big largemouth for the day.

Bryce Poulin of the 1-10 year old division showed that he's a chip off the old block when he recorded a 5.63 lb largemouth to start his day. Bryce came within ounces of the club 5 bass record as he tallied a whopping 18.51 lbs for 5 bass! Second place went to Zachary Morris, 4 bass 7.07 lbs. Read more at www.lajrbassmasters.com

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B.A.S.S. Fantasy Fishing

Join the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Group

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Lowrance Announces Insight Genesis™ B.A.S.S. Nation Challenge

Anglers Compete to Win Over $150,000 in Lowrance Prizes Tulsa, Okla. - Download the complete information flyer

Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today its Insight Genesis™ B.A.S.S. Nation Challenge. Starting April 1 and continuing through December 31, 2014, the free contest is open to all B.A.S.S. Nation members. Monthly and annual awards will be given to individuals, as well as B.A.S.S. Nation clubs and state associations that upload the most acres of sonar recordings from a compatible* Lowrance fishfinder/chartplotter. The Insight Genesis B.A.S.S. Nation Challenge is a great way for anglers to win the latest Lowrance technology.

Ban on Plastic Baits, we need to educate the public

Report on Plastic Lures - Presented By: Dana DeGraaf – Fisheries Biologist, IFW

Ban of soft baits in Maine hearing on 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.

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