Monthly archives: May, 2016

Fishing Was Good—Pleasure Boaters, Not So Much

Ye Olde Ham is a wrap! We had eight anglers. Weather was great. Hot, but breezy enough that it wasn’t unbearable. Can’t say the same about the pleasure boaters. Maniacs, all of them! One of our guys was knocked out of his yak thanks to a boat that nearly hit him. Another angler helped a couple who were knocked from their canoe for the same reason. And at the end of the day, by the ramp, we watched as two swimmers were nearly decapitated by a boat.

That said…

Ken Wood started out fishing docks, but caught nothing but a giant crappie. He worked his way down the shoreline toward the back of the pond, picking up a few bass along the way. When all was said and done, his best five went 76.50 inches, which landed him in third place.

First-timer Craig Page hauled in 78.25 inches for second place. Congrats, Craig! Good too see some new blood out there.

Then there was first…

And Donald Davis did it once again! With a hefty “bag” of five bass that went 82.75 inches! He also took lunker with an 18.25-inch chunk.

So there you have it. Another successful tournament! Thanks a ton for coming out, guys. We appreciate it! And congrats!

Ponkapoag is next! June 11.

Wet, Breezy, and Cold, But the Bass Were Biting

What a dreary day!

Eight of us made the trek out to Billington Sea to fish the second MAKB tournament of the year. It was foggy/misty, breezy, and cold. Water temps were in the mid-50s for the most part. Not the best of conditions, and definitely not as good as it was looking just a day or two ago. But there were a decent number of fish caught.

We decided against doing a separate lunker pool for smallies, since rarely more than one or two are caught in a tournament, if any. Bummer for Donald “Dropshot” Davis since he caught a fat 16.25-inch smallmouth, probably the biggest I’ve seen come out of that place. He had two more fish, all caught on a dropshot, for a total of 48.75 inches.

That was good for third place. He also took home the lunker prize with a 17.25-inch largemouth. Nice!

At launch, Ken Wood made his way directly across the lake. He was going to try to find my way into Trask Pond, if at all possible, but then realized he’d forgotten the remote for his Power Pole. A little blessing in disguise, because on the way back he tossed a white spinnerbait into a laydown and nailed his first and biggest bass of the day. He managed a few more throughout the day and ended up with a total of 49.25 inches, taking second place.

(Four of us also chipped in five beans apiece for a pickerel lunker pool, and Ken was lucky/unlucky enough to land a 3lb 6oz aquatic snot rocket to increase his bean count by fifteen.)

Edward Neely came all the way from Springfield with borrowed gear, after some lowlife turd stole his rods. This didn’t stop him from hauling in four solid bass for 52 inches and the win!

So a big congrats to Ed! Use that trophy wisely…you know, for, like, bludgeoning to death fishing-pole thieves or something. Haha!

And thanks for traveling so far, man. I appreciate it!

Congrats to Don as well. And a respectful nod to Chris Diranian and Mike Elrick, both of whom had three fish each for 39 inches and 33.75 inches, respectively.

Our next tournament is in three weeks at Oldham Pond in Pembroke. Hope to see a good turnout! Great little pond.