Category: Tournament News

2023 Schedule Reveal

If you missed our Facebook Live schedule reveal, here it is:


Apr 1 – Wequaquet Lake (Barnstable)
May 13 – Cook Pond (Fall River)
Jun 10 – Snipatuit Pond (Rochester)
Jul 1 – Charles River (Roadrunner)
Aug 26 – Long Pond (Plymouth)
Sep 16 – South Watuppa Pond (Fall River)


Apr 22 – Connecticut River – Oxbow (Easthampton)
May 13 – Lake Rohunta (Athol)
Jun 17 – Onota Lake (Pittsfield)
Jul 22 – The Route 57 Run (Roadrunner)
Aug 26 – Connecticut River – North (Roadrunner)
Sep 23 – Ashmere Lake (Hinsdale)


Apr 15 – Webster Lake (Webster)
May 13 – East/West Waushacum Ponds (Sterling)
Jun 10 – A-1/Stump Pond (Westboro)
Jul 22 – Tully Lake (Athol)
Aug 19 – Flint Pond (Shrewsbury)
Sep 23 – Singletary Lake (Millbury)


Apr 29 – Chebacco Lake (South Hamilton)
May 20 – Lake Cochituate (Natick)
Jun 17 – Sudbury River (Roadrunner)
Jul 8 – Merrimack River (Roadrunner)
Aug 5 – Lake Attitash (Merrimac)
Sep 16 – Nashua River (Roadrunner)


Oct 7 – Mashpee-Wakeby Pond (Mashpee)


Mar 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Apr 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Apr 16 – The Catch ‘Em All Spring Brawl*
May 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Jun 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Jul 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Jul 16 – The Catch ‘Em All Summer Brawl*
Aug 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Sep 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Oct 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Oct 22 – The Catch ‘Em All Fall Brawl*

*Sunday event

We will also have a few “fun” events, but we’re still working out those details. The Thursday Night Throwdowns will also return, but we won’t have any dates until the weather warms up.

As for the Knockout Series returning, that’s still up in the air. If it does return, it will likely revert back to the original format: Massachusetts only, anglers compete head-to-head on the same body of water. We’ll make a final decision soon…

More details were revealed in the live stream, which you can still view at the link above. Otherwise, you can find all this info on the individual event pages on Fishing Chaos.

If you have any questions, please reach out.


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.

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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Please support those who support us by giving them a like and follow on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

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: 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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Sponsor Announcement: Neverlost Gear

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Neverlost Gear for this season!

Whether you’re new to the kayak world or a seasoned veteran, the day will come when one minute you’re holding your rod or phone, and the next minute it’s sinking to the bottom of the lake. There are YouTubers making millions through views on videos where they recover all these items that people lose while out on the water.

Some of them have unfortunately flipped a fully rigged kayak and lost thousands of dollars’ worth of gear in an instant. And that’s where Neverlost Gear comes in. From rod tethers to paddle leashes, drag and tow ropes to phone savers, Neverlost Gear has what you need!

And they have generously donated some of these to giveaway at our events, as well as offered all members a 10% discount on all online orders.

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Sponsor Announcement: Three Belles Outfitters

Kayak fishing in the Northeast has grown exponentially in recent years, due in no small part to great companies like Three Belles Outfitters, whose motto is “Life is better on the water.” As one of the biggest kayak dealers in the nation, we are very grateful that they never forget the “little guys.”

For our 2022 season, Three Belles Outfitters will be offering Massachusetts Kayak Bassin’ members additional savings on in-store and online purchases, as well as providing an outstanding prize pack for our championship event, sweetening the pot for what should already be an amazing event.

Whether you need kayak accessories, rigging, or you’re in the market for a new kayak, Three Belles Outfitters has you covered. They also run one of the biggest saltwater tournaments in the region, the Trifecta Challenge, and will be stepping into the kayak bass fishing tournament ring this year, running a small Connecticut trail of their own.

Life is better on the water, and Three Belles Outfitters understands it better than most.

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