Category: Results

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.


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.


Night Tournament Nightmare

So our first night tournament was—how you say?—terrible. Haha.

Leading up to today, the weather was looking pretty bleak: thunder, lightning, rain. But then, today, the forecast just kept getting better and better. Seemed like it was going to be a great night!

As the sun was going down, the wind kicked up, as it does at sunset sometimes. Only it never stopped. And it was brutal!

It calmed briefly around 10 PM or so, which was nice. But then it picked back up again, worse than before, and the temperature dropped with it. All of a sudden it felt like it was late November. Frigid!

Anyway, we had a nice turnout: 10 anglers. Unfortunately, only four of us caught bass, and only one of us caught more than one. Nothing big.

Craig Page took third with a hard-won 14-incher.

My beastly 14.5-inch bass, which I caught early, on a Whopper Plopper 190 (the giant one, go figure), landed me in second place.

Donald Davis also caught his two fish early, before the bite died. He caught both on a frog. One was 14.25 inches, and the other 15.5. Small fish, but enough to take first place and lunker.

Congrats, guys! And congrats Miles, for catching the only other two bass of the night.

And thanks to everyone for coming out!

Maybe we’ll start the night tournaments earlier in the season next year. Haha.


A-Whoppin’ and A-Ploppin’

Tournament #9 is in the rearview!

It was a calm, chilly, foggy start on Lake Nippenicket this morning. We had six anglers, including newcomer Justin Rollo, who joined us for his first tournament ever. We paid out two spots plus lunker.

As usual at the Nip, some of us struggled, while others caught a lot of small fish. Water levels were extremely low, but the fish were biting, at least. It wasn’t on fire or anything, but everyone caught fish.

I got my first and biggest fish early, on a Picasso Lures chatterbait. I was hoping that was a pattern, but I never got another bite on it all day. I caught another on a Fat Ika, and then two more on a Spintrix Underspin, with a soft plastic swimbait trailer. I lost one other bass, had a huge blow-up on the frog, which might have been a pickerel. Aside from a few pickerel and a crappie, that was all I caught.

I didn’t get my fourth fish until 2:54.

Donald Davis and Bruce Levy both caught a lot of fish, but they couldn’t find any kicker bass. Don’s biggest five went 73 inches even, which was enough to squeak past Bruce’s 71.75 for a second-place finish.

Chris Diranian struggled for the first four hours with no bites—until he took off the perch-colored Whopper Plopper and tied on, I think, the blue gill-colored Plopper. Today, that’s what the big girls wanted. A couple of them, anyway.

Chris’s biggest fish went 20.5 inches, while his five went 75.5, good enough for both lunker and first place!

Congrats again, guys! Well deserved on a tough day. And as always, thanks for coming out!

Our next tournament—and final “official” tournament of the year—will be at Norton Reservoir on October 8.


From Whine to Shine

Dudley Pond is in the can!

We had 12 anglers today for the eighth stop on this year’s trail. The weather was good and the fish were biting. Everyone caught bass, on all kinds of different baits, and nearly everyone had a limit. Unfortunately for most of us the fish weren’t very big.

Overall, 58 bass were submitted, with a grand total length of 818.75 inches.

I caught fish all day, at least two dozen, probably more, but my biggest was a measly 15.25 inches. I just couldn’t find anything bigger. I did hook up with a decent one, about 3.5lb, but she came unbuttoned.

Troy Brown and Domenic Eno caught the biggest fish of the day, both hauling in a fat 21-inch largemouth, with the tie-breaker for lunker ultimately going to Dom. He took third place as well with his biggest five going 73.25 inches.

Second place went to Bruce Levy, who had a solid 78.25 inches of bass. A nice little comeback after a rough start.

And then there was Edmar Junior, who said he had maybe a fifteen percent chance of winning because, as he said-complained-whined (we love you, Edmar!), in the seven times he’d been to Dudley, he “never caught anything bigger than a 2.5-pounder.” Well, that experience paid off, and his 79.75 inches of bass got him first place, a fat wad of cash, and a sexy trophy.

His first ever tournament win! Congrats, sir.

And congrats to Dom and Bruce! And Troy!

Thanks again to all who came out today, especially the first timers! Great meeting you, Dave and Joseph! Hope you join us again.

Next tournament is in three weeks, September 17, at the Nip.


Back to Back, Baby!

We fished Neponset Reservoir today for the seventh stop on this year’s trail. We had 12 anglers show up, which was great considering the forecast.

Luckily there were no thunderstorms, though rain probably would have been nice. It was pretty hot out there. Definitely not as hot as I expected, though, thanks to a strong breeze. It was bearable. Whenever I got out of the wind, though, I could hear my skin sizzling. Haha.

Anyway, at launch my father and I made a B line to the big cove to the right of the launch area. That cove gave him a tournament win in 2014 and me one last year. I spent an hour or two in there, but it didn’t produce much at all, just three dinks and some pickerel.

I caught a ton of fish throughout the day, but all small. I ended up with 63.75 inches. Not very good.

It was a dinkfest in general, which is typical of Neponset; but in between all those dinks, some guys found the bigger fish.

Chris Diranian found five good ones for a total of 71.5 inches, which put him in the winner’s circle at third place.

Edward Neely reeled in 77 inches of bass, anchored by a 19.5-inch slob. Both good enough for second place and lunker.

Late in the day, Evan McCarthy tied on a Whopper Plopper and launched a Hail Mary cast, hooked up, and then tossed it some more. And it paid off. All that whopping and plopping was like a dinner bell to some of the bigger fish buried down in the weeds. He took first place—back-to-back victories—with 77.5 inches.

Good work, fellas! Congrats!

As always, thanks for coming out, everyone. Good to see some new faces out there as well.

The next tournament is on August 27, at Dudley Pond.


Battle of the 6-Pounders

Hell of a day today.

Eleven of us braved the potentially bad weather and fished Stump Pond and its neighbor, Robbins Pond, for the sixth MAKB tournament of the year.

The day started with some mist and a bit of a spring chill in the air. Luckily it never really rained on us. Always a good thing. And no lightning! Even better.

I know some people caught fish early, but it took me about an hour to get a bite. The rest of the day was a grind, as it was for most people. I only caught six keeper bass. I don’t think anyone else “slayed ’em,” either.

Despite the grind, a lot of quality fish were caught. It was a quality over quantity kind of day.

How about two 6-pounders? My father, Paul Reed, caught a 6.4lb slob on a white spinnerbait. Also on a spinnerbait, I think, Craig Page landed a beastly 6.2lb bass.

Though Paul technically caught the bigger bass, as happens in by-length tournaments, his 21.25-inch bass lost out to Craig’s 21.5-inch bass. Lunker by a quarter of an inch—and the big bass of the year so far!

Congrats, Craig! Sorry, Dad. Wunh wuuuuuuuh.

I caught one bass on a spinnerbait, also white, but the rest came on frogs—one on the Damiki Air Frog, one on a Yamafrog, and the rest on a Culprit Marsh Frog. My five went 82.5 inches, good enough for third place.

Though he lost lunker, my father slung his trusty spinnerbait out over deeper weeds and hauled in a hefty five that went 85.75 inches. A little second place redemption. Congrats, dude!

First place went to newcomer Evan McCarthy. This was his first kayak tournament! If I remember correctly, most if not all of his fish came on a chatterbait. His biggest five went 88.75 inches, the second biggest limit of the year.

Congrats, Evan!

(I owe you a trophy, by the way. Sorry I forgot to give it to you. Though I guess it’s not a big deal since I need to swap out the engraving plate. The one on it is for the Johns Pond tourney, which we canceled. I’ll get it to you as soon as possible!)

Collectively, we caught a ridiculous 700.25 inches of bass! Outstanding job, fellas!

As always, thanks for coming out. It is very much appreciated!

And special nod once again to Edward Neely who came all the way from Springfield, and to Bruce Sullivan who made a two-hour trek from New Hampshire! Check out his club, Granite State Kayak Anglers, if you’re from NH.

The next tournament is in two weeks, July 23, at Neponset Reservoir. Hope to see you there!