Register for the Lake Winnipesaukee KBF Trail Event on July 8!

Okay, folks, the registration and tournament info pages for the KBF Trail event we’re hosting on Lake Winnipesaukee on July 8 are live!

Lake Winnipesaukee KBF Trail Event

This event is open to KBF members and non-members, though non-members pay an additional $25 admin surcharge on top of the $50 entry fee. This surcharge can be used toward a KBF membership within one week of the end of the tournament.

At 30 anglers, AOY points will be awarded to all participants who are KBF members at the time of the event, and at least five National Championship slots will be awarded. Payouts go to 10% of the field (not a 10% payout overall, as the graphic kind of suggests), and the minimum payout for first place is $1,000! It goes up from there. If we reach 100 anglers (or possibly 50), NuCanoe will award to the winner a brand new NuCanoe Pursuit. Expect additional prizes and raffles as well.

The host venue is Funspot in Laconia (579 Endicott Street North). We will meet there in the parking lot on July 8 at 5 AM for a brief Captain’s Meeting, and then again at 5 PM (inside, second level party room) for check-in and the awards ceremony.

Please register as early as you can. The more anglers who sign up early, the more it encourages others to do so as well. And I would suggest finding lodging as soon as possible, as this is event is very close to July 4 and places to stay nearest to Winnipesaukee will likely become harder to find the closer we get to July.

For all the tournament info you need, click here. To register, you can do so here on TourneyX.

If you have any questions, let me know!


A-1/Stump Pond Tournament Results

Great turnout today! We had 17 anglers, paid out four spots and lunker.

Tough bite for some of us. I couldn’t put anything together today. Two fish, and that was a struggle.

But as always, some people found fish.

In his first MAKB tournament, Steve Scott took fourth place, with a solid 73.25 inches. Good meeting you, man!

Third place went to Donald “Dropshot” Davis. He caught seven of his nine fish on the dropshot, for 74 inches even.

Shawn Renes doesn’t get to fish with us often, but when he does he usually does pretty damn good. Today was no exception. Shawn hauled in a hefty 78.50 inches worth of of bass, with a 17.75-inch kicker that took the lunker prize as well.

For the second time this year, first place went to Bruce Levy. Bruce fished the thick slop, way back in the stuff most fishermen overlook, and as often is the case, it paid off. He sealed the deal with 81.50 inches courtesy of his trusty “black and blue.”

You can see the full results here.

This was our biggest turnout yet! Thanks to everyone coming out. We appreciate it. It was a good time, as always.

Congrats, fellas. Great job out there!


Lake Boon Results

I’m heading up to Maine, so no big write-up today. Check out the final standings here.

Lots of dinks, but some got into some good ones. We paid out four spots. Deeka Collins took 4th, Donald Davis came in 3rd, 2nd place went to Valber Santos, and 1st place—by a healthy margin—and lunker went to 15-year-old Hunter Leger in his very first kayak tournament! Awesome job!

Congrats, everyone! Thanks for coming out.

The next tournament is on June 10 at A-1/Stump Pond. Hope we see you there!


Glen Charlie Pond Results

Glen Charlie is in the books!

We had ten hardcore manly men show up for this one. Prior to launch, it was relatively calm. A little windy, sprinkling a bit, not bad at all. But literally the moment we launched the wind ratcheted up to…oh, 90 mph or so, and it started to downpour. I struggled to get out into the main lake and over to the coves. I could barely move the kayak.

Thankfully the coves and some other areas weren’t bad.

And because Mother Nature is a cruel beast, the moment we beached our yaks at 3 PM, the rain stopped, the clouds broke, and sun came out. Pretty sure I heard it laughing at us. Haha.

Anyway, Mark Johnson took third place with 70.75 inches. He also took home the money for lunker with an absolute SLOB largemouth (21.50″) that weighed 8 pounds! Unreal, man. Congrats!

Kyle Freddrick Dudley also got in on the lunker action with the only smallie caught. Not an 8-pounder, but close (11.75″).

Due to an open-mouth deduction and a judging mistake on my part, I announced Mark as the second-place finisher at the lake. However, Anthony Tempesta actually placed second with 71 inches even.

I managed to get on an early bite in one of the coves, starting with a 19.50-incher, which was tournament lunker until Mark crushed that dream. I caught seven fish total, with my biggest five going 81.50, good enough for first place.

I caught all but two of my fish on a Rocky Ledge Tackle Swimming Spinnerbait (such a killer bait) and the other two on a Fat Ika (also killer).

Congrats, everyone! I appreciate you guys coming out, especially in that kind of weather.

You can check out the full results here

Next tournament is Lake Boon in Stow on May 20. Hope to see you there!


Billington Sea Results

Our first tournament of 2017 is in the books.

The day started off fairly nice. A little chilly, a little windy, but comfortable. By the end, however, the wind was relentless—probably blowing 25mph, sustained! Luckily it was blowing toward the ramp and most of us were able to ride the two-foot waves in.

We had 15 anglers. You can check out the full results here.


The Season Kicks Off on Saturday, April 15!

Our first tournament of the year is coming up on Saturday, April 15 at Billington Sea in Plymouth. If you would like to participate, REGISTER HERE at TourneyX.

Use the code in the description to bypass the entry fee requirement. We will be taking payment at the ramp. Hope to see you there!


T-Shirts Are Now Available!

Okay, the first run of MAKB T-shirts is back up for pre-order.

Since a number of you expressed a desire to have the larger logo on the back, and many more chose that option in the poll, I had my artist come up with two new, simpler designs for the front of the shirts because I didn’t think our older, smaller logo looked good on the front.

After sitting with them for a few days, I decided I didn’t like one of the new designs, either. It just looked awkward. Since my only preference is that each T-shirt looks good and is high quality, here’s the compromise:

The T-shirt with the new stylized red-and-white logo will remain the same—big logo on front, small on back. The T-shirt with the new “vintage” logo will go on the back, with the new, simpler text-based logo on the front.

These will be printed on high quality, 100% preshrunk cotton, 5.3 oz black Gildan T-shirts. Sizes range from small to 5XL.

(Hoodies are in the works; might wait until fall for those.)

Order between now and Sunday to secure the pre-order sale price! You can place your order by clicking the SHOP link above.

If you have any questions, let me know.


Knockout Series Sign-Up Is Live

The sign-up period for this year’s Knockout Series has begun. If you would like to participate, please let us know by commenting on the pinned sign-up post on our Facebook group or by sending an e-mail through our Contact page above.

If you’re not familiar with what the Knockout Series is, it’s a bracketed, three-fish limit, CPR (catch, photo, release), one-on-one tournament series. You fish until you’re knocked out of the competition!

Entry fee is a one-time, non-refundable (after March 14, 2017) payment of $50. Payments can be made via PayPal (preferred) or by check/money order.

Check/money order payments must be received by March 1, 2017. Cutoff for PayPal payments is midnight March 14, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS! Pairings will be selected the following day

Anglers will be randomly paired to start and beginning on April 1 will have one month to six weeks (depending on how many anglers sign up) to get their match complete.

Each round will run for six weeks, starting April 1 (depending on ice out) until all matches are complete. The exact time periods are as follows:

Round 1: Apr 1–May 12
Round 2: May 13–Jun 23
Round 3: Jun 24–Aug 4
Round 4: Aug 5–Sep 15 (last round with 16 anglers)
Round 5: Sep 16–Oct 28 (last round with 32 anglers)

Winners of each round move on until one angler remains victorious above all others.

We need 16 anglers minimum and will cap it at 32.

You can find the official rules here and FAQs here. Please note that the rules for the Knockout Series are more relaxed than those for our regular tournaments. If you plan to fish both series, make sure you know the rules.

If we’ve missed anything or you have questions, let us know.


In the ZONE!

We could resist doing it one more time!

Seven of us ventured out to Canton Reservoir today for a “zone” tournmanet, where we were all restricted to one zone every two hours. It was an interesting format on a pretty tough day.

We used TourneyX for the first time. I’ve used it in KBF tourneys, but it was different using it in a live tournament, where you can check the standings and see how good—or bad—you’re doing. It adds a nice new element of stress to a tournament, that’s for sure. Haha.

We’ll be using TourneyX for all our events in 2017.

From the start, Chris Diranian was killing it. Before most of us even had a fish, he had three bass for 50+ inches. By the time I finally caught my first bass, he had over 63. That jumped to 78 shortly after. Talk about demoralizing!

Anyway, moving baits were getting me nothing but pickerel, so I managed to slow things down (which is really hard for me to do) and get a limit. Just five, and it took all day (my fifth was caught in the last hour). They went for 68.25 inches and nabbed me third place.

Donald Davis once again placed in the money, taking lunker with an 18.25-incher.

Second place went to Domenic Eno, who hauled in a solid 72.25 inches of bass on a variety of baits.

As mentioned above, Chris was on fire today, fishing extremely shallow with a fluke. His five went for 80.75, which was more than enough to best the field.

You can view the complete results here on TourneyX.

Congrats, everyone! And thanks for coming out. Good times as usual.


A Foggy Start to a Fantastic End

Well, that does it. Our first ever tournament series is done!

Ten of us fished Norton Reservoir today. Great turnout! The weather was nice (for October). The day started calm and extremely foggy…and stayed that way for about three hours, I think. When the fog cleared, I’m pretty sure all of us were surprised to find out where we actually were compared to where we thought we were! I know I was about a half-mile off course. Haha.

The bite was tough if you were looking for bass. Only two limits were caught. Some of us found plenty of pickerel, though. Valber caught 14! I caught at least half that.

We paid out three spots, but Donald Davis was kind enough to donate a $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card, so that went to the 4th place angler, which was Chris Diranian. He had three fish for 43.75 inches.

Third place went to Michael Andreasen, who hauled in four bass that went 57.5 inches.

If we had an Angler of the Year category, Donald Davis would certainly take the crown. He won three regular tournaments this year, plus our night tournament. He placed 2nd once, as well as 3rd, and he took lunker four times!

Well, add another 2nd place finish to that list! Don not only caught a limit, but he culled a few times. His five went 75.5 inches.

Hell of year, bud!

I caught my fifth fish with about two hours left in the tournament—and then my phone died. I had about 67 inches at the time, which I thought might be good for 2nd place. I contemplated heading back to the launch to charge the phone for a bit, but decided to keep fishing and see what happens. That was a good call, because shortly after I hooked up with a 20.75-inch donkey! She went 4.11lb.

Luckily Don was nearby and he was kind enough to let me borrow his phone to take a photo. Thanks again, dude! (I know deep down he kind of hates himself for it. Haha.) That fish bumped me up to 77.5 inches, good enough for 1st place and lunker!

And there you have it. Probably a bit poorly written, but I’m in a rush.

This was a great first year! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to one of our events! No drama, no fights, no egos. You’re all awesome!

As I mentioned before, we still have more tournaments planned. If the weather cooperates, the next one will be on October 22. It’ll be a “zone” tournament, meaning that we’ll quarter the lake, and each angler will be restricted to one zone every two hours. It’ll be a random draw. If you start in section A, you’ll move to B after two hours. If you start in C, you’ll move to D, then A, then B, etc.

Major League Fishing does something similar. Should be a good time! We’ll probably run it mid-morning till late afternoon, like 10 AM till 6 PM. Something like that. We’ll nail down the details soon.

Anyway, thanks again, fellas! It’s been a great year! And thanks for the gift. That was awesome! I REALLY appreciate it.