October 8, 2015

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

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Nation & State News

New Contact for Completed 2015 Bass Tournament Inspection Forms

Carol Tompkins is no longer working for IFW, she has been our contact for our completed inspection forms for the last few years, Carol has turned over the reins to Sue-Ann Brann. As in the past within 7 days from the tournament, all completed forms must now be emailed, mailed, or faxed to Sue Ann Brann at the State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Fisheries Division. Email Sue-Ann.Brann@maine.gov.

Tournament News

Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional, Williamson advances to Nationals

Connecticut River - Hartford, CT, Sep 16 - 18, 2015

Team Results l State Results l Angler Results

Leaderboard l Live Weigh In 2:30 ET l Maine Team l Main l Info Sheet l Tournaments on the Ct River l Facebook Page

Rob Williamson secured a trip to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship in Louisiana this coming November by netting 17-5 for his 3 day total that bested the other Maine team anglers.

The rest of the team finishes: 2nd Joe Holland 14-2, 3rd Mark Desjardin 12-5, 4th Glen Bruce 9-12, 5th Keith Poulin 7-14, 6th H.S. Rogers / Williamson 6-12, 7th Jeremy Von Oesen 6-9, 8th Jason Kervin 3-4, 9th Bill Rider 3-1, 10th Dwayne Turnage 2-3, 11th Steve Wilson 1-15, 12th Brian Chadwick 1-15, 13th Shane Hatch 0-0. Overall the team finished in 7th place.

Fitzgerald and Cross - Maine State Fish Off Champions


The 2015 Maine B.A.S.S. Nation State Fish Off was held on Androscoggin Lake on September 12-13 from 7am-3pm each day with all functions held at Riverbend Campground. There were 54 boats signed up, 108 people entered to fish the event.

Darryl Fitzgerald is the overall champion with a 2 day total of 40.97 lbs for 10 bass. Darryl's big bass was a 5.29 LM on day 1 and a 5.31 LM on day 2.

Toby Cross was the overall Co-Angler champion with a 2 day total of 20.72 lbs for 6 bass, topped off with a day 1 LM that weighed 5.55 lbs.

Man vs Bass Trail

Man vs Bass Maine Trail, Maine Team Championship

2015 Man vs. Bass Maine Trail OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM, In partnership with The Maine BASS Nation

*May 2 Great Pond, *June 21 Androscoggin Lake, *June 28 China Lake, *July 25 Damariscotta Lake, *August 8 Messalonskee Lake, *September 26 Androscoggin River, *October 10 TOC Event Maranacook Lake.

Don't let the name fool you. This trail isn't just for men, but all competitive anglers and their goal to bring the heaviest bag to the scales. 6 Lakes - 7 Fish Limit - 12" minimum - Large & Smallmouth - 8 Hours and a $125 entry per tournament - Who can consistently catch them and make the Tournament of Champions? We designed this trail for all anglers in the state. We have reasonable entry fees, good payouts and great lakes. Our goal is to be the premiere Bass Trail in the State of Maine by having well run tournaments, promoting good fish care and good sportsmanship. There is a $30 registration fee per te​am, ($10 MVB Registration & $20 Bassmaster Team Championship Required Prior To First Event). 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.

Man vs Bass Website l B.A.S.S. Team Championship l Register with Man vs Bass

Youth News

Maine B.A.S.S. Nation High School & Junior Bassmasters Championship are set for Oct 11

High School Info l Junior Basmasters Info

The 2015 Maine B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship will be held Oct 11 at Pleasant Pond/Cobbossee Stream at the Gardiner Sportsman’s Club in Gardiner, Maine. This is a private facility (FYI: they are hosting a large wedding on Saturday), so teams wanting to prefish will need to use the public launch on the causeway at the south end of the lake. All anglers must have their 2016 dues paid prior to the tournament – that means updating your club roster & paying the B.A.S.S. dues after Sept 1. Read more here High School Info l Junior Basmasters Info

B.A.S.S. plans three regional High School tournaments for 2016

By B.A.S.S. Communications Sep 25, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — High school anglers will have the chance to fish the No. 1 bass lake in the nation during the 2016 Bassmaster High School tournament season. Toledo Bend — the best bass fishery in the United States according to Bassmaster Magazine’s 2015 Best Bass Lakes list — will be the first stop on the 2016 Costa Bassmaster High School Series tournament trail. Read more

Conservation News

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.

Androscoggin Bassmasters - Auburn Lake, 3 locations

Bronzeback Mainiacs - Annabessacook Lake. Androscoggin Lake State launch, Wilson Pond, Monmouth, Maranacook Lake (Winthrop and Readfield). Broneback Mainiacs plan on making 5 more for other lakes.

Please send your information and questions to: mebass@mebass.com

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

Rebaits.org l Options for proper disposal l Where are the recycle canisters or collection programs near you?

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Paralyzed Veterans' Association event on North Pond

This is maybe our best reason for volunteering all year! Please help out. I know we have discussed this at meetings the last two months (it has been an agenda item), but now it is near. The event will be on October 3rd and it will be held out of the PineTree Camp for at the opposite end of the lake from the launch site. They have a cap of 25 anglers max, currently there are 23 signed up but boats are needed. What is needed are boats and boat captains. If you are able and can call me to let me know it would be great.

Their Schedule: Plan to arrive Friday. A dinner will be provided. There will be an 8:00pm meeting for all participants.

On Saturday morning, breakfast will be provided. Tournament fishing starts at 8:00am Weigh-in time is 2:00pm. A barbeque lunch before the weigh-in will be served for those not fishing. Anglers and boat captains will be provided with a bag lunch. Dinner will be provided early evening, followed by awards banquet, and catching up with friends. Participants may stay overnight on Saturday night.

Breakfast will be provided on Sunday. Depart for home.

You may participate in as much or as little as desired. Again what is needed is boats and boat captains on Saturday, yes you can fish as well.

Contact Information: Steve Wilson at 207-671-2571 Tiny LaFontaine at 781-460-9293- Emergency contact Soupy Campbell at 781-935-2266 Lori Chase at 603-581-9617 Thanks in advance for your consideration on this project, Steve.


Maine B.A.S.S. Nation members can Beta test Navico's new fishing app!

We are looking for Maine BASS Nation members with iPhones to Beta test Navico’s newest digital product, the GoFree Hooked app. (Navico is the parent company of Lowrance). Anglers can use this great new app to log fish catches and hold a few “braggin’ rights” tournaments with their fishing buddies. If you know of some anglers that would be interested in beta-testing this new app.

Here’s a little more information about the app: With the app Go Free Hooked app, you use your smart-phone to log fish-catch details and photos, compete in live-leaderboard tournaments, and populate Insight Genesis maps with pins marking the locations of the fish you catch — whether you hooked ‘em in your boat, a buddy’s boat, or from shore. What’s more, those pins can be exported later for use in Lowrance or Simrad unit(s) on the water. And it’s all private. The location of any fish-catch you log with GoFree Hooked is automatically marked with a pin in the online displays of both custom-made Insight Genesis maps and personals view of Insight Genesis Social Map charts. Click on the pin to see all the details about the catch you logged with the app — species, weight, length, bait type and color, depth, cover and/or structure, etc. Those pins — along with your notes — can then be converted easily to a GPX file, saved to an SD (or micro-SD) card, and imported as waypoints into your compatible Lowrance or Simrad sonar/GPS unit. Learn more about that functionality in this blog article: http://tinyurl.com/nhf5dcc

Anglers can sign up for the app’s Beta Test here: www.gofreemarine.com/apps/hooked (after clicking this link, you’ll see the sign-up area at the bottom of the page at the link) Keep in mind that the app is under development. It’s stable, but there is the possibility that not all functionality is intact and it may even crash. That is why we need your input, ideas and diversity of experience. For now, only anglers with iPhones should join the Beta test, Android Beta tests are scheduled for a later date. 

Big Discounts on Bulldawg Rods

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Lou Zammarelli of Classic Bassmasters is offering Bulldawg Rods at wholesale prices no matter how many are purchased to Maine B.A.S.S. Nation members. Lou Zammarelli, Classic Bassmasters. Contact information: Email: Jen@zammarelli.necoxmail.com or 401-572-6347

Nation Discounts & Deals

Folds of Honor Veterans Organization Boat Raffle

Folds of Honor Veterans Organization Boat Raffle tickets @ $10 each to fund scholarships of $10k to the kids of disabled veterans. Triton boats donated a 17’ Triton for the raffle, winner to be drawn at the nationals. Contact Steve Wilson for tickets.

Berkley Discount Purchase Program for B.A.S.S. Nation Members

Berkley Discount Purchase Program for B.A.S.S. Nation Members.

All Berkley products will be available for purchase to all B.A.S.S. Nation members throughout the year at a 25% discount off MSRP. Click Here to access. Only B.A.S.S. Nation Members should access this discount. Discount will show on product.

We reserve the right to terminate this program for any reason at any time. This program will run from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015.

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!

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