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 couldn’t 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. Some have used it in KBF online 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 some of us caught our first bass, he had over 63. That jumped to 78 shortly after. Talk about demoralizing!

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

Moving baits were getting Ken Wood nothing but pickerel, so he managed to slow things down and get a limit. Just five, and it took all day (his fifth was caught in the last hour). They went for 68.25 inches and nabbed him third place.

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. When the fog cleared, I think all of us were surprised to find out where we actually were compared to where we thought we were! Ken Wood said he 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!

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 this year, Donald Davis would certainly take the crown. He’s won three regular tournaments, plus our night tournament. He placed second once, as well as third, and he took lunker four times!

Well, add another second 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!

Ken Wood caught his fifth fish with about two hours left in the tournament—and then his phone died. He had about 67 inches at the time, which he thought might be good for second place. He 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 he hooked up with a 20.75-inch swamp donkey that went 4.11lb.

Luckily Don was nearby and he was kind enough to let Ken borrow his phone to take a photo.  (Deep down he probably kind of hates himself for it. Haha.) That fish bumped Ken up to 77.5 inches, good enough for 1st place and lunker!

And there you have it.

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 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!


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.

Ken Wood’s 14.5-inch bass, which he caught early, on a Whopper Plopper 190 (the giant one, go figure), landed him 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 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.

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 Munky Butt color. 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, for a grand total length of 818.75 inches.

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 expected, though, thanks to a strong breeze.

Plenty of fish were caught today, but it was a dinkfest in general, which is somewhat typical of Neponset. In between all those dinks, however, 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. 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—and 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.

Some people caught fish early, but the rest of the day was a grind. Despite this, a lot of quality fish were caught. It was a quality over quantity kind of day.

How about two 6-pounders? Paul Reed caught a 6.4-pound slob on a white spinnerbait. Not to be outdone, Craig Page landed a beastly 6.2-pounder, also on a spinnerbait.

Though Paul technically caught the bigger bass, as happens in by-length tournaments, his 21.25-incher lost out to Craig’s 21.50. Lunker by a quarter of an inch—and the big bass of the year so far!

Congrats, Craig and Paul!

Ken Wood 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. His five went 82.5 inches, good enough for third place.

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

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!

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

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

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