BIG NEWS!

Starting in 2023, Massachusetts Kayak Bassin’ will have four divisions: Eastern, Western, Central, and Northern!

We’re excited to bring Anthony Campbell and Patrick Brown on as directors for the Northern Division, and Jonathan Medina, Bill Galeckas, and Joseph D’Addeo for the Central Division. All of them have history with MAKB and are friends to many of us, so we have no doubt they’ll be a great asset to the group.

Welcome aboard, fellas!

Below shows the general area in which these divisions will host their events.

We don’t have any dates or locations for next year just yet, but we’ll begin working on that soon. We’ll be doing a poll to choose locations for at least the Eastern Division, as has been tradition for the past for years or so. Look for that shortly!

Anyway, we’ll have a few additional announcements coming soon, but 2023 should be another great year for MAKB!

If you have any questions, let us know.


MAKB Jerseys and Hoodies Available Again!

It’s taken a few years, but MAKB jerseys and hoodies are finally available again!

Newly designed, you can order yours here on our Thrasher Sports Apparel page.

There are two versions available to you:

STANDARD JERSEY/HOODIE

The standard MAKB jersey/hoodie features all our sponsor logos, which cannot be altered or removed. Just add your first and last name and choose which division you’re in (if you have the Online Series membership, just choose the division closest to you).

CUSTOM JERSEY/HOODIE

The custom jersey/hoodie allows you to customize the jersey as you see fit, save for our logos and the American flag. If you would like to represent our sponsors but are also sponsored by a competing company, feel free to add all our other sponsors as you see fit.

Follow this link to order the standard jersey/hoodie, or from there click Add Your Own Sponsors to access the custom jersey/hoodie page.

If you have any questions, let us know!


Change to Our Angler of the Year Format

After some discussion, we have decided to adjust how our Angler of the Year is determined. We have removed the championship from the equation.

Now only an angler’s best five events (Western Division) or seven events (Eastern Division) will count for Angler of the Year.

You can read the details here.


Fishing with MAKB: The Essentials

The more popular kayak fishing becomes, the more we get asked one question: How do I get involved in kayak tournaments?

The answer to that question will vary depending on what trail you’re fishing (though they’re all similar), so let’s just focus on what you need to fish Massachusetts Kayak Bassin’ events…

RULES

This is the most important thing every tournament angler needs to pay attention to, and yet it’s probably the one aspect of our sport that anglers pay the least attention to.

To help promote consistency in kayak bass fishing competition nationwide, Massachusetts Kayak Bassin’ adopted Kayak Bass Fishing’s Competition Rules Standards. You can find those rules here.

However, there are a few things that we do differently, so we have our own rules addendum, which you can find here. In addition, some events may have its own rules addendum, further restrictions or less. Those details will be provided in the event description on Fishing Chaos.

All anglers wishing to compete in our tournaments are required to understand and comply with these rules. Failure to do so could result in deductions or disqualification.

MEMBERSHIP

To fish our events, you need to have an active MAKB membership. Our memberships are annual and can be purchased here through Fishing Chaos, which is what we use for our tournament management system.

We have four divisions now—Eastern, Western, Central, and Northern—plus an online division. With an annual membership, you can fish events in any division unless you choose the online division, which does not allow access to live events. When choosing any of the four other divisions, the division you choose will be the only division in which you will receive divisional Angler of the Year points. For overall Angler of the Year, any regular-season live event counts toward your yearly total.

Non-Angler of the Year live events and online events do not count toward Angler of the Year.

TOURNAMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

We use Fishing Chaos as our tournament management system, which means we run our events through their website and app, as well as control our memberships, communicate with our members, etc.

You will need a Fishing Chaos account and the app on your phone. They have subscription plans—monthly and annual—or you can pay an additional fee per event. The choice is yours. You can read more details about their plans here, but at a minimum, you will need to create an account with them and have the app on your phone in order to fish our events.

APPROVED MEASURING DEVICE

All anglers fishing MAKB events must use a Ketch Products measuring board, any version of their aluminum board or their plastic Karbonate board.

Ketch boards are the industry standard.

PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD)

This is detailed in the rules, but emphasizing it doesn’t hurt. All anglers are required to wear a PFD (i.e. life vest) at all times during our events. The one exception is when you are adding or removing closing (specific details on that can be found in the rules, section 15).

There are many other things that will help you on your journey into competitive kayak fishing, but all of that comes in time, comes with experience, engaging with your fellow anglers, and so forth. Everything listed above is the essentials, the stuff you must have to fish our events.

There are some more obvious essentials, of course, like a phone, an approved vessel (kayak, canoe, etc.), but everything above should cover all of the less obvious requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact us here.


Sponsor Announcement: X Zone Lures

We are extremely excited to announce that we have partnered with X Zone Lures for the 2022 season!

With an extensive lineup of high-quality, uniquely-designed soft plastics and terminal tackle, including tungsten, and proven success on the water, X Zone Lures will make a great addition to the MAKB family!

For our members, X Zone Lures has offered a generous 30% off all online orders! We will also have a variety of bait packs to give away at each event.

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Sponsor Announcement: Nocqua

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Nocqua Adventure Gear for the upcoming season!

At the end of each regular-season event, we will run a random number generator using the numbers 1 through 8, which will represent the hours of the tournament. The angler who submits the biggest bass during that randomly drawn hour—the Nocqua Power Hour—will win a Nocqua Powerbank and USB Flex Light!

For our championship, the Nocqua Power Hour winner will walk away with a 20ah Pro Power Kit.

The adventure begins next month!

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Sponsor Announcement: YakAttack

We are very excited to once again be partnering with YakAttack for our upcoming season!

YakAttack is the industry leader in kayak fishing gear and accessories, and they have generously provided us with gift certificates for our events!

One of our other sponsors, Three Belles Outfitters, is a YakAttack retailer, so if you’re ever in need of some new YakAttack gear, be sure to check them out for additional savings!

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Sponsor Announcement: The Rod Glove

We are very happy to announce that we have partnered with The Rod Glove for the 2022 season!

Started in 2010, The Rod Glove has become the industry leader in fishing rod, reel, and bait covers. Backed by powerhouse pros like Brandon Palaniuk, Gerald Swindle, and Brent Ehrler, protecting your investment with The Rod Glove is a no-brainer!

This season, at each regular-season live event, one lucky angler will walk away with a Rod Glove! Members will also receive a generous 25% off all online orders!

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Sponsor Announcement: Torege

We are very happy to announce that we have partnered with Torege for the upcoming season!

Torege makes high-quality sunglasses in a variety of styles for a variety of different scenarios, from biking to skiing to fishing and more. And we all know how important sunglasses are on a bright, sunny day on the water.

Torege has graciously provided a pair of their Theseus series sunglasses to give away at every event! That includes our regular-season live events and championship, Thursday Night Throwdowns, Monthly Online Challenges, and Catch ‘Em All Brawls. MAKB members will also receive 25% off all online orders. Amazing!

So elevate your performance with Torege this season!

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Sponsor Announcement: Yakrods

Yakrods may be relatively new to the game, but they’ve made a big impact in a short period of time. And we’re thrilled to announce we have partnered with them for the 2022 season!

Yakrods has a growing line of high-end fishing rods made specifically for kayak anglers by kayak anglers, which is all backed by a lifetime warranty! Anchored by a strong pro team comprised of some of the best anglers in the business—local hammer Derek Brundle, Jimmy McClurkan, Ivan Cruz, and the 2022 KBF the TEN champion Cody Henley—you can expect nothing but great things to come from Yakrods.

Massachusetts Kayak Bassin’ members will receive a 10% discount on all online orders, and Yakrods will be donating one of their signature rods for our championship event!

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