Barone to "Entertain" at Nation Banquet
Ramada in Lewiston Dec 2nd ~ 4-530 Happy Hour ~ Supper 530pm
Another season has come and gone and we are now planning for the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Awards Banquet. It's a great time with good food, good fun, and some great raffle items for men, woman, and children. If you've never been you must attend this one for not only the above mentioned but to see the one and only Don Barone who states "I'm baaaack...hey Maine dudes/dudettes I'm coming back up there for your annual end of season shindig dinner thing on December 2nd (a Buffalo guy ain't worried about snow) drinks, eating, talking (by me). Once again it's the "db off the cuff tour," no notes, nothing planned, Q&A (if it's off the record, only Q if it ain't), I'm looking forward to it, had a blast last time, going to blast it again this time. Hope to see you then..
As listed under his Facebook profile he's a "Storyteller with lens and pens about Inside the Outside and those folk in it." Don is also affiliated with B.A.S.S., New England Outdoor Writers Association. He's a 3 Time Emmy Winner, New York Festival World Medal for Investigative Journalism, 3 Cable Ace's, writing/photography awards NEOWA. So as you see Don is quite accomplished and for those of you that have met, know of, or have seen Don speak at our banquet a few years back it's an honor to have him back this year. Contact your club president or Steve Wilson to attend.
New MEBASS Calendar
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Permit Draw Dec 9th, and Club Tournament Wish List
Permit Draw is scheduled for Dec 14, 2017, Check In 6-630pm. Draw at 7pm at Augusta VA Center, at Togus, Building 210, 1st floor. Directions
We have put together a wish list for clubs to post their tournaments that they would like to get a permit for. This is intended for clubs to interact with each other on lakes and dates. The goal is to spread out open and trail events in hopes of more participation, and so we don't crowd tournaments into the same days. Please use the form link to submit your events, and you can then see the responses from other clubs using the wish list schedule link. The wish list is not a guarantee it is just a helpful tool between clubs.
Support The Modern Fish Act
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Maine Bass Club Soft Plastic Lure Weigh In - Pledge to Pitch It
Maine Bass Club Soft Plastic Lure Weigh In contest is over.
Congrats to Eagle Bassmasters who had the most weight, and second place went to Androscoggin Bassmasters.
All clubs collected used soft plastic lures for recycling and weighed them in at the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Fish Off back on Sept 9-10, 2017 on Long Lake/ Brandy Pond.
Prizes awarded by JACKALL Lures
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Lodge finishes 5th at 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors Lake Hartwell, Anderson, South Carolina
October 19 ~ 21, 2017
5th Place Mark Lodge 31-7 in the boater division.
46th Place John Fisette 2 bass for 5-6 in the co-angler diviision.
The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation got to ask Mark a few questions on his trip to the Nationals here is what he said.
Can you give us a rundown on how day 1 went? "I went out boat 43, and ran down to the dam area which was about 10-12 miles from the take off site. I fished areas that I located during practice that held some fish. The first day was a struggle to get bit. I only got three bites all day. One bite came on an underspin, one on a drop shot, and the last one was a schooling fish on a topwater (lucky craft gun fish)." Did you lose any fish or is there anything you could have done better? "I didn't loose any fish that day, just didn't fish my areas effectively. I wasn't crowded out and had very few people fishing the areas I was targeting.
How did you adjust on Day 2 to move up in the standings? "I ran back to the same starting point as day 1. This time I targeted my fish with a green pumpkin shakey head with a 6" zoom trick worm. This did the trick and I had four good keepers in the first hour which was a relief because of the fog shortened day. I then ran to a similar spot and got my limit and culled twice. This technique was critical in the morning. After the sun came up and around 11 in the morning that bite totally died for me. I had to go chase schooling fish after that. I did upgrade once that afternoon with a schooling fish on an underspin." Did you lose any fish that would have boosted your weight? "Did not loose any fish that day but a big schooler missed my top water that would have really helped."
After a good day 2 did you change anything or did you continue to do what worked the day before? "I did exactly the same thing as day 2. I ran to my spot that had produced the day before and it reloaded with good fish. On my very first cast of the day I hooked a quality spotted bass. That calmed me down a lot. I was able to make two passes through my prime area and get a solid limit. I then ran to that same similar spot as day 2 and culled twice while I was there. All my fish came on that shakey head and trick worm combo on day 3. Again after the sun got overhead the bite died and fish began to chase bait and bust on the shad and herring. I did have a few bites that were missed on this day. I missed a couple on the shakey head and one big schooling fish kept busting my topwater and just never got it. That would have helped for sure if he would have hooked up."
Overall what do you think would have been the best game plan for what you were fishing? "I had finally figured out a winning strategy but it was slightly to late. I executed my game plan on day three but I needed that big bite to make up for my poor day one weight. I believe that if you fished the shakey head first thing in the morning to get a solid limit then go chase the schooling fish to get the bigger bites for the remainder of the day. It was very frustrating because so many schools of fish were breaking and the schooling bite for me was inconsistent. I knew I was around the right fish, but I just needed to figure out how to get them to bite. My two main spots/areas were main river islands that had a sharp channel swing on them. The bank was very steep dropping into about 70-80' of water very quickly. The drop off had some standing timber that held lots of baitfish along with natural rock/gravel mixed with red clay. The front on the islands had long gradual sloping points into the main river. The quality fish tended to school out on the end of these points. I would catch them on the shakey head in depths between 20'-40' on the steep channel break on the island slowly working it down the sharp drops."
How did you feel going into day 3 and knowing you were just a few real good fish away from a Classic birth? "Going into day three I was very relaxed. I knew at that point the only place I could go was up in the standings. I knew I had something that was going to produce but I just knew I needed a big bite to make it happen. I was confident in my plan I just needed to execute it. I wasn't able to get that big bite but I managed a quality limit. Not the outcome I was there for, but a strong finish."
Everyone want a chance to sit in the hot seat, tell us your thoughts as you sat there. "As I sat on stage thinking I could possibly qualify for the classic, I was very nervous cause the tourney leaders were yet to weight in. Being so close to achieving a lofty goal of mine was right there in front of me. I have no regrets other that Day 1 but hindsight is 20/20. Based on the practice I had I knew anything could happen on this lake. On Day 3 I knew something was going on because the camera boat found me on the lake and stayed with me for a long time. I had to refocus on the task at hand. My mind started spinning out about the possibility of making the classic."
You didn't make the Classic but you had a heck of a run to get this far, how do you feel? "Overall, I am very pleased with how I fished/finished but I am somewhat disappointed because I wanted one of those three classic spots. The fire inside is now hotter than ever to get back there and try to make it happen again."
You seem to have a ton of support from what we've seen on social media is there anyone you would like to thank? "I would like to thank the entire Maine Bass Nation, and my friends and family for all the support that was given during the tournament.
Mark finished the tournament in 5th place with 31-7 missing a Classic birth by a little over pound, still a great finish. For those that know Mark they know this wont be his last chance to punch his ticket to the big dance.
Hinds Boater Division Champion
Sept 9-10, 2017
A quick search of Scott Hinds on Facebook will take you to a black/white cover page of a young man fishing from shore as he looks on as another angler is fishing from a boat. Now we don't know if that boy is Scott or not but we can only imagine what that young man is thinking or dreaming about, we've all been there. A look through Scott's photos will show you just how good an angler Scott is...man that's a lot of big bass in those pics!
So when 106 anglers compete for a chance to advance to a Bassmaster Regional event and when one of those anglers finish 9 pounds more than the rest of the field everyone else wants to know what they didn’t do right, and what did he do so right? Well here's what we got from Scott.
How did you approach the event? "I heard the fishing was tough but didn't realize just how tough it would be. I decided to fish the conditions which were mostly sunny coming off a full moon. My main pattern was targeting docks with patience and confidence. I tossed a jig and senko. I also found a backup shallow rock pile in practice that produced key fish both days."
"It was 12:00 day 1 I had 4 fish in the livewell for about 8 1/2 pounds when I pulled up to a couple docks. After fishing the 1st one thoroughly with no bites I approached the 2nd dock. After making repeated casts with no bites I decided to make one more flip to the right side of the dock as my camo Skeeter floated past. That's when the 5.59 pounder hit and bolted under the dock. As I tried running to the back of the boat, I stumbled over the driver’s console/windshield and landed on my Lowrance HDS, steering wheel and into the net. I yelled to my Co-Angler Jimmy Lowe, "It's a giant get the net!" He replied, “I can't, you're in it! If any of you know Jimmy you can imagine what that must have sounded like! After fighting the fish while sitting in the driver’s seat, Jimmy calmly got the bass in the net. That's when I went "Ike" as some people call it. Five minutes later I moved out to my backup shallow rock pile and caught a 4+lb largemouth. It was another "Ike" moment of exuberation to say the least." In writing this we can confirm the stumbling from a picture of a painful looking black/blue bruise Scott sent us.
Now for the rest of the field Scott's Day 1 weight of 5 bass for 16.58 would have been plenty to make the team. Hinds never looked back and here's what Scott did on Day 2 to seal the win.
"I tried a chatterbait on day 2 in some shallow grass when it got cloudy and the wind picked up but didn't get bit then the sun came back out so I went back to my dock pattern, and that's when I caught the 6.43 lunker on day 2 which gave Hinds a 2 day total of 8 bass 27.98 in the Boater Division... Bring on Winyah Bay in South Carolina!
Respectfully Roger LaFlamme finished second in the Boater Division with 9 bass for 19.06.
Recapping the event Hinds says "the key was sticking shallow after the full moon and being patient on each and every dock, telling myself there's one under there looking at it. It took confidence, patience and very accurate casts."
Any special thanks you'd like to share? First I have to thank Corey Vose and his family for inviting me to stay at their camp on Long Lake Labor Day weekend to prefish and again during the tournament. I also learned from Joe Holland to thank all my ex-girlfriends for getting out of the way which allows me to fish every weekend. I couldn't have done it with them. I also have to thank my co anglers, day one Jimmy Lowe and day 2 Herb Macomber for not only netting fish but for putting their rods down and holding the boat in place so I could make an impossible cast. It shows how selfless those two gentlemen are.
Wight Co-Angler Division Champion
Sept 9-10, 2017
Each morning 53 Co-Anglers loaded their gear into their partners boats on Long Lake/Brandy Pond with the dream to be one of the top ten to make the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation State Team. Catching 3 fish big enough each day may seem like a fairly easy task most of the time, but when the bass on the lake your on for those two days have other plans you're happy to just get a limit.
Jim Wight, the top co-angler out of 53, was the the only angler in his division to get a limit both days.
Partnered with Boater Tyler Burrill on Day 1, Wight says " Saturday the first, and second fish came off a buoy in 8 feet of water. A pattern was now in motion and I caught a couple more duplicating this pattern. I did catch 1 smallie with a spinnerbait off a shallow rock." Wight was able to weigh in 3 bass for 5.67 setting him in 3rd place after Day 1. Co-Angler Shawn Barnes led Day 1 with 6.79 which included the Day 1 big largemouth of 5.73.
Sunday morning came and Wight loaded his gear in Phil Hebert's boat. Taking off 53rd as starter boat is not what you want but you have deal with the cards you were dealt with. When asked how Day 2 went here is what Wight hasd to say.
"Phil Hebert granted me full taxi service with some great humor to boot. We were boat 53, starter boat. Phil asked me where I wanted to start? I told him well the best 52 spots are already taken we might as well go to a bank that was available and I had a few blow ups on during a previous prefishing trip. It paid off big time. Within a few minutes, I had landed two shorts and missed a giant, and Phil also caught a short. This was pretty good action and we began sharing stories. The next thing Phil heard was get the net, "I have a giant on". Phil landed the lunker and said we should make another pass. Yes sir was heard and I was fortunate to land a couple more."
"It was 9am and I had met my personal goal for the tournament. My goal was 6 pounds per day based on how the lake was fishing. I had hit an emotional high and had to sit down and relax to eat lunch and drink some water while watching Phil in action. Wow what a morning, I felt overwhelmed and was ready for weigh-in time. Phil continued to work the bank down for a couple of hours but the bite had quit. We made a run to fish new water with no luck as I struggled not to look at the clock every 30 minutes longing for 3pm weigh-in. Phil asked if there was another place I wanted to visit. So we headed to a cove were I had caught a couple during prefishing. I gave him the dock to work over and turned, and tossed a jig toward a buoy. Yes, another fish on, keeper size but not a cull. I couldn't believe that I was still catching them."
Wight ended Day 2 with 3 bass for 7.22 including his 3.82 smallmouth kicker which gave him the Co-Angler win, 6 bass totalling 12.89 a 4 pound cushing over second place finisher Daniel Delicino who had 4 bass for 8.87.
Wight summed up the weekend in a few words. "The key to the weekend was the morning bite. You needed to be on the fish early before the wind picked up. The water cleared up over the last couple weeks and I believe the pressure on the banks pushed the fish off shore by two full casts. I found fish in the 8 foot zone."
At the weigh-in you could hear me say, It wasn't me, but it was just meant to be. Jim will advance to the Bassmaster Regional next year with 9 other Co-Anglers and 10 Boaters.
2018 Maine State Team
Top ten boaters and 2 alternates advance to the Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Regional at Winyah Bay Georgetown, SC
|1. Scott Hinds 27.98||7. Justin Douglas 14.03|
|2. Roger LaFlamme 19.06||8. Mike King 13.71|
|3. George Cooper 18.96||9. John Farrand 13.38|
|4. Keith Aucoin 16.24||10.Marco Morin 12.53|
|5. Eric Low 15.14||Alt 1. Brenda Mossman 12.28|
|6. Dave Cousins 14.27||Alt 2. David Reiss 11.48|
Top ten co-anglers advance to the Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Regional at Winyah Bay Georgetown, SC
|1. Jim Wight 12.89||6. Shaun Avery 7.12|
|2. Daniel Delicino 8.87||7. Shawn Barnes 6.79|
|3. Eric Winsor 8.58||8. Chris Bryant 6.58|
|4. Peter Diaco 8.19||9. Andre Caron 6.49|
|5. Toby Cross 7.62||10. Marc Charron 6.37|
Fisette and Lodge Advance to B.A.S.S. Nation Championship
Congratulations to John Fisett and Mark Lodge as the top Maine finishers at the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional presented by Magellan Upper Chesapeake Bay, North East, MD.
Fisett and Lodge will now advance to the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell, Oct. 19-21.
Co-Angler Division - 36th John Fisett 14-12, 53rd Dale Libby 10-15, 95th Trevor Bowden 6-12,
Boater Division: 11th Mark Lodge 40-9, 15th Jonathan Carter 38-2, 27th Chuck Towns 29-15.
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Delegates Meeting Jan 11, 7pm
Augusta VA Center, at Togus, Building 210, 1st floor. Directions
2017 Big Bass Champion Casey Dall 8.39 lbs Lovewell Pond
Harris Team wins China Lake Open AR-15
These two AR-15’s were the first place prize for the Maine B.A.S.S. Nations China Lake Fall Classic. Pretty cool!! Special thanks for the crew at A & G Shooting in Fairfield for the great service.
Maine's Lead Law
News from PYS
PYS Podcast Series - Bass Fishing in Maine
Top Finisher Program
All anglers must submit a new sign up sheet this year...even if you participated in years past.
There will be one surprise tourney this year and there will be NO decals available that day, don't miss out get yours now!
Sign up and receive a decal, place that decal on your boat windshield, (Larger PYS decals on the hull sides are eligible on PYS team boats.) fish a sanctioned tournament and if you win Portland Yacht Services will write you a check for up to $200.00.
Camp for Rent
Hidden Lake Lane West Newfield, ME
Special offer for all Maine B.A.S.S. Nation members who may be fishing in the area. Enjoy a quick 15 minute ride to Great East Lake, Arrowhead, or Little Ossippee, or a 35 minute ride will put you at Sebago Lake. See More Camp Details Here
Man vs Bass Trail
2018 Guide Book Advertising
Father's Day AR-15 Raffle Winner was Jay Languct of Sidney, Congrats!
Get your Custom AR-15 built by A&G raffle ticket from a member of the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation or contact President Steve Wilson.
Prop Selector will help you calculate the right prop for your boat type and how you use it. Try it Now
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.
Plastic Lure and Line Recycle Tube Locations
Androscoggin Bassmasters - Auburn Lake, 3 locations
Bronzeback Mainiacs - Annabessacook Lake. Androscoggin Lake State launch, Wilson Pond, Monmouth, Maranacook Lake (Winthrop and Readfield). Bronzeback Mainiacs plan on making 5 more for other lakes.