Massachusetts Bass Federation Tournament Lake Champlain, Ticonderoga

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Ken Lamb and Stephen Stroz Win at Whitehall

The final Mass Bass Federation Youth Tournament of the year took place on July 19th at Whitehall Reservoir in Hopkinton.  There were 8 Junior Division anglers and 13 Senior Division anglers competing in the last tournament.  There was a lot at stake for some anglers with a trip to the Jr Nationals for the point’s winners in each division.   The weather cooperated and gave the anglers a nice day to fish on a body of water that is weedy and full of bass.

LambIn the Senior Division the winner was Ken Lamb weighing in 13.42 pounds of Whitehall largemouth.  There were also two other 13 pound limits weighed in.  Mitch Kinz took second with 13.29 pounds and Robbie Gramstorff had 13.07 pounds for third place.  There were five 5 fish limits in the Senior Division with fourth place Anthony Campbell and fifth place Max Danese also weighing in limits.  The Senior Division winner for points for the year ended up as a tie between John Sheehan and Anthony Campbell with 289 points for the year.  The tie is broken by most fish.  John Sheehan beat out Anthony Campbell by 1 fish.  We would all like to wish John Sheehan the best of luck at The Bass Federation Junior World Championship.


strozIn the Junior Division Stephen Stroz won with a five fish limit weighing 7.34 pounds.  Aiden Bertram was second place with 6.96 pounds and third place went to Nate LaCombe with 5.56 pounds.  The win gave Stephen Stroz the points Championship for the year.  Stephen came back from a three point deficit to take the title.  Congratulations to Stephen as he is off to The Bass Federation Junior World Championship.

The First thing we need to do is to thank Reynolds Garage and Marine for their support of the Mass Bass Federation Youth program.  Without sponsors like Reynolds there would be no program.  The Mass Bass Federation would like to thank all of the boaters for helping out with boats for all the tournaments for without you this also could not happen.  Also thanks to all of the parents for bringing the anglers to all of the events.  The Federation would like to recognize All State Bass Club for cooking and working at all the Youth Tournaments.  Most of all, we need to thank, Youth Director, Bob Rivet for all his hard work as.  Please if all the anglers go on Massachusetts Bass Federation Youth Anglers on Facebook and thank Bob.  I am sure he will appreciate it.

Hope to see you all next season!

Matt Hobson and Dan Dowrowski Win at Long Pond, Lakeville.


There was great weather for the second Mass Bass Federation Youth Trail Tournament held on Long Pond in Lakeville.  Long Pond is tough for any adult club to find good weighs, but these young anglers did a great job by bringing in some great bags of fish.  I would like to first thank the Federation Youth Sponsor Reynolds Boats for their support for our Youth events.  Other thanks goes out to all the boat captains that gave up a beautiful Saturday to come out and take these young anglers out fishing.   Without the support of the Federation members and sponsors these events just cannot happen.

Long Pond YouthThe Senior Division was won by Matt Hobson with 5 fish weighing 8.04 pounds.  Matt fished with former Federation Divisional Champion and Reynolds sponsored angler Jim Gildea.  Jim was gracious enough to hand out all the awards to all the anglers and answer any questions they had.  He told me he really enjoyed talking to all the future Federation anglers.

The Junior Division was won by Dan Dowrowski with 5.93 pounds.  Dan fished with many time State Championship qualifier and former State Team member Skip Bryant.  Skip drove all the way out from Western Mass to help out and also enjoyed a day with a future Federation angler.

There were almost 200 pictures take of this event.  There were some action shots of the anglers fishing as well as all anglers at the weigh-in and awards presentation.  Mass Bass Federation Youth Director Bob Rivet has been giving out goody bags to all those anglers that compete.  At this tournament there were a few rods and reels also given out as door prizes.  Bob wants to thank all those that have been so helpful with donations and all the members that show up to help out.

Don’t forget the next Youth Trail Event is July 19th at Whitehall Reservoir, on Rte. 135, Wood Street in Hopkinton, MA.  This tournament will count for the TBF/FLW National Championship in August!

Burns and Miller Win Federation Team Trail on Barton’s Cove

Bruce Burns and Dave Miller

Bruce Burns and Dave Miller

The weather was great for the Federation June Father’s Day tournament on Barton’s Cove.  Barton’s Cove has been the place of some great weigh-ins.  This section of the Connecticut River is known for big bags of Smallmouths and Largemouths.  But there were no huge bags as we have seen in the past.  Due to heavy rain up north the river was high and running hard all day.  There is always someone that figures out what the fish are doing and how to catch them.  That was exactly what the Team of Bruce Burns and Dave Miller did.  The team of Burns and Miller weighed in 14.87 pounds of Largemouths.  It was an impressive bag for the conditions of the day.  Bruce and Dave won $1210 for the win.  I believe it is their first Federation Trail win.  Congratulations to this team of anglers.

Second place went to Coleen McKay and Jarrod Spice with 13.09 pounds anchored by the tournament Lunker Largemouth that tipped the scales at 5.02 pounds.  That earned Colleen and Jarrod $1020 for second place and Lunker pool for the day.   Third place and $590 went to the team of Aldrich and Bellville with 11.93 pounds.  Fourth place and $415 and Ranger Cup money went to Jim Gildea and Mark Nugent with 11.35 pounds.  Fifth place and $280 went to EJ Nocon and Peter DiRienzo with 10.94 pounds.  Hats off to EJ and Peter they blew their motor on the way up the river at 7:05 AM and still managed to get in the money with 6 Largemouths.  Sixth Place and $215 went to the team of Joe Burchill and Bob Mazzone with 10.92 pounds.  Lunker Smallmouth went to Jason Van Hilo and Ed Gauthier with a 3.01 smallie worth $260.  The Wild Card $180 went to Joe McKinnon and Peter MacLellan.

With the conditions not favorable there were 8 limits caught which is very impressive.  Great job.

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Mass Bass Federation Team Trail Opener at Mashpee/Wakeby

Bob Rivet and Paul Carvalho Win Mass Bass Federation Team Trail Opener at Mashpee/Wakeby

mashpee1The Mass Bass Federation Trail opened up the 2014 Trail with a stop at Mashpee/Wakeby on the Cape.  The lake is known for great bag of fish at the weigh-ins.  The weather has been cold and windy, dirtying up the water which made for some tough fishing.  As always there is someone that can find the fish. The Smallmouths were starting to spawn and those that did their homework were rewarded.  The team of Bob Rivet and Paul Carvalho had an impressive bag of brown fish weighing 22.35 lb.  They also had a 3.48 lbs Smallie which took the lunker pool.

mashpee2Second place went to the father and son team of Barrett and Barrett with another great bag of smallies weighing in at 22.11 lbs.  Third place went to the team of Mike Tamburello and Toby Slagle with 7 Largies and 1 smallmouth weighing 20.95 lbs.  Mike also got the Ranger Cup money.  Fourth place went to Burns and Miller with 19.42.  Burns and Miller got Lunker Largemouth with a 4.88 lbs fish.  Fifth place went to the team of Bacon and Snow with a mixed bag of 17.89 lbs.  It was a great day of fishing by all.  Federation Vice President Dave McNary wants to remind everyone that there is only a few spots open for the Barton’s Cove Trail Tournament so if you have not sign-up yet you need to so if we are going over the 24 boat limit we can get an EPO Officer.  Be safe on the water and we will see you Father’s Day at Barton’s Cove!

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Almeida and Estes Win State Team Benefit at Mashpee/Wakeby

Almeida and Estes 2014The second Mass Bass State Team Benefit was held on Mashpee Wakeby Saturday April 26, 2014; it was overcast and cool to start the day with rain off and on. The bags brought to the scale were no surprise as Mashpee always seems to kick out big bags year after year. With the fish holding in a pre-spawn phase waiting for the water to warm the majority of the fish weighed in were caught throwing jerk baits, jigs, and rattletraps. Congratulations to the top three teams:

1st Randy Almeida & Steve Estes (8 smallmouth) 26.23 lbs

2nd Bob Rivet & Steve Forand 25.72 lbs

3rd Dave Andrews & Scott Leppanen 23.82 lbs

*Honorable mention: Team McNary finishes in top 5 in back to back State Team Opens!

Lunker Largemouth went to the team of Bob Rivet & Steve Forand with a beautiful 5.86 pound slob; Lunker Smallmouth was 4.88 lbs weighed in by Randy Almeida & Steve Estes.

On behalf of the State Team we would like to thank everyone that has come out to support us at the first two tournaments. We would also like to remind everyone that our third and final State Team Benefit will be held on Saturday July 12 at Lake Winnipesaukee launching out of West Alton Marine.

Special thanks to Dave McNary and the State Team members who helped run another successful Mass Bass tournament!

Andrews and Leppanen Top Easter Bunny Open

2014 easter openThis year’s Easter Bunny Open featured better-than-usual weather, it being toward the end of April and all. But it was still no picnic on the water, with temps in the low to mid-50s chilled further by a sustained north/northwest wind of 10-12mph and gusts to 23mph for most of the day. The bluebird skies made it nicer for fishermen but did not help the bite. Water temps barely moved throughout the event, remaining in the upper 40s for the most part, barely reaching 50 in some wind-sheltered spots, but the sun seemed to have little warming effect on the water. Needless to say there was little, if any, sign of early bedding smallmouth.

I have no reports of what the successful patterns or areas were this year.

While fish were not as difficult to come by as last year (when only 12 fish were weighed among 25 teams!), it was a very tough bite and only one limit was weighed. 37 fish came to the scales from among the 24 teams who participated. While the vast majority of fish were smallmouth, one notable largemouth was weighed, and what a beast it was! The team of Warhurs/Martin hauled a 7.56 monster to the weigh-in, which easily surpassed the previous EBO lunker record of 6.03 (smallmouth) by Proia/Bevilaqua in 2012. For as long as we’ve been keeping records anyway.

As far as the numbers go, first place went to the team of Dave Andrews and Scott Leppanen with the day’s only limit, which weighed 15.38 lbs. Second place went to the team of Paul Carvalho and John Boudreau whose 4-fish bag weighed in at 13.01 lbs. Third place and lunker largemouth were claimed by Rich Warhurst and and Mike Martin, with a 3-fish total of 10.99 lbs. The final paid spot and lunker smallmouth went to the team of Russell Kleckamp and Dave Krukeil, whose bag came in at 10.05 lbs. Their big smallie weighed 4.64 lbs.

So that’s it for this year. Thanks as usual to all who participated. We hope you all had a great time whether you caught fish or not, and hope to see you back next year when the weather is sure to be warmer and the fish more plentiful (ya, right…). Thanks for supporting Avid!



Snow and Bourque Light them up at Federation State Team Benefit Tournament on Lake Cochituate

2014 lake CochituateMass Bass Federation State Team held an open on Lake Cochituate Sunday April 12th.  You would have thought it was May 12th with the great sunny warm weather they had.  Rich Snow and Marc Bourque lite them up to the tune of 20.43 Lbs.  They had a 5.37 pound Lake Cochituate largie to take the tournament Lunker.  Rich and Marc threw jerk baits, chatter baits and jigs to catch to walk away with the tournament.  Second place went to Jason Bacon and Brian Carmichael with 13.5 Lbs.  The State Team wants to remind everyone the next State Team Open Benefit will be April 26th at Mashpee/Wakeby Pond.

Dave Andrews and Scott Leppanen Win Federation Youth Benefit Tournament

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Reynolds Garage and Marine

Mass Bass Federation held its annual Youth Benefit Tournament on Lake Wequaquet on the Cape.  The weather was good for an early April tournament.  The winners were Dave Andrews and Scott Leppanen with 13.02 lbs. and lunker Smallmouth that weighed 2.85 lbs.  Dave and Scott primarily fished a variety of jerk baits along break lines while rotated through various spots. They caught one key fish on a jig under a dock. They culled only once during the day while catching four Largemouth and two Smallmouth. They found water temps of 42 to 47 F.  Second Place went to Bob Rivet and Ralph Glebus with 9.15 Lbs.  Bob and Ralph also had Lunker Largemouth of 5.73 Lbs.  Third Place went to the team of Jenkins and Jenkins with 5.91 Lbs.  Mass Bass Youth would like to thank all those that attended and our Youth sponsor Reynolds Garage and Marine.

2014 Massachusetts Bass Federation Awards Banquet

Dave McNary named Massachusetts Bass Federation “Man of the Year” for 2013!

Massbass Mcnary The Federation rewarded Dave for all of his hard work and all of the time Dave has put in to make the Federation better for all the members.  Many other awards were given out at the Federation banquet held at Ken’s Steak House.  The banquet was well attended as usual with a lot of great raffle prizes donated by our sponsors.  There were many awards presented.  “Club of the Year” went to Northeast Bass Anglers.  Youth “Club of the Year” went to Wildside Bass Anglers.

President Erik Kaplan welcomed everyone and thanked everyone for attending the Mass Bass Federation annual awards banquet.  Erik started out by acknowledging important attendees in the room.  Tom Flannery from MA DCR our guest speaker for the evening.  John Candalmo TBF of RI President, and Jerrilyn and Mike Deflippo from the TBF RI Federation as well.

Erik thanked all of the Mass Bass Federation board members, Vice President Dave McNary, Treasurer Pete Demoya, our new Secretary Joe McKinnon and our two new Youth Directors Bob Rivet and Randy Almeida.  Erik also thanked Rich Snow and Marc Bourque the 2013 Youth Directors.  Without all of their help we would not be where we are today. Erik also thanked his wife Rachael and our daughter Rylee for putting up with all that goes on with being the Federation President this year.

Erik introduced Tom Flannery, Aquatic Ecologist for the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.  Tom gave a very interesting speech on invasive aquatic plants.

Erik thanked all the Federation sponsors, Northern Bass, Stormr, Fitt’s Insurance, MinnKota, Humminbird, Navionics, Reservoir Dawgs Customs, Go Graphix, USA Marine, Portside Marine, Boatworks, Casa Mia Italian Restaurant, RMR Associates, Lakeside Motel and Cabins, Lead Free Bass Jigs, MacLellan Metal Finishing and Paul E. Worms as local sponsors and Lowrance, Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Berkley, Cabela’s, Soar Bat, Chevy, and FLW Outdoors as National partners.  Without the help of these sponsors we would not be able to provide you with the benefits and opportunities that we do.  Thanks to Kens Steakhouse as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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