Category: Tournament News

Big Win at the Central Division Opener

Yesterday, forty anglers took to the water for the first MAKB Central Division event at Webster Lake. What started out as a hopeful cold but windless morning, turned into a grinding eight hours for most anglers, with only sixteen anglers turning in measurable fish. On top of that, only two anglers caught limits!

Twenty-four skunks in an event must be a record for MAKB.

Western Division member Gerald Howes took the top spot, with a limit of 81.75 inches. He even managed to cull a fish!

In his second event with MAKB, Donald Anyon secured second place with 68.00 and overall lunker with a 19.50-inch largemouth; while Eastern Division member Matthew Conant finished third, with five fish clocking in at 65.00 inches.

Fourth place went to Kevin Senecal, who had four fish for 63.75; and nabbing Double Down and the last paying spot, fifth place, was Ken Wood with four fish for 62.50.

Smallmouth lunker went to Carl Hartwick, who hauled in three smallmouth, which were tight-lipped for most anglers during this event. Only two other anglers caught a smallie, and only one each. Carl’s 15.75 was big enough to take the pot.

Jeff Lin’s 22.75-inch pickerel was lunker for the event (we do pickerel lunker pools in MAKB, if you didn’t know).

Check out the full results here.

Congrats to all, and thank you to everyone who came out to fish with us. Happy to see new faces and the usual suspects yesterday. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next event at A-1 on May 11th.


2024 Schedule Announcement

For those who missed the livestream (or just don’t want to watch it), here is the current 2024 schedule…

DIVISIONAL EVENTS

Apr 6 – Wequaquet Lake (Eastern)
Apr 7 – Webster Lake (Central)
Apr 13 – Lake Cochituate (Northern)
Apr 27 – East Brimfield Lake (Western)
May 11 – A-1 (Central)
May 18 – Snipatuit Pond (Eastern)
May 25 – Onota Lake (Western)
May 25 – Nashua River (Northern)
Jun 1 – Singletary Lake (Central)
Jun 8 – Ashmere Lake (Western)
Jun 15 – Pawtuckaway Lake (Northern)
Jun 29 – Mashpee-Wakeby (Eastern)
Jul 13 – Sudbury River (Central)
Jul 14 – Charles River (Eastern)
Jul 27 – Buel Lake (Western)
Jul 27 – Lake Attitash (Northern)
Aug 10 – Chebacco Lake (Northern)
Aug 24 – Upper/Lower Mill Ponds & Walkers Pond (Eastern)
Aug 31 – Quaboag Pond (Western)
Aug 31 – Whitehall Reservoir (Central)
Sep 7 – Lake Quinsigamond/Flint Pond (Central)
Sep 8 – Billington Sea (Eastern)
Sep 14 – Sudbury River (Northern)
Sep 14–15 – Congamond Lake & The Oxbow (Western)
Sep 28 – Otis Reservoir (Championship)

As you can see, there are very few conflicts between divisions (and none with EKF, if you were wondering), so anyone looking to chase the 2024 MAKB Angler of the Year title should have plenty of opportunity.

A few other things:

Webster Lake, Billington Sea, and the Charles River are on Sunday.

The Pawtuckaway Lake event in New Hampshire is not yet approved. We need to wait until March to submit the permit.

The Western Division is running a two-day event for the season closer. Two days, two separate bodies of water, ten best fish (best five each day).

The championship is on September 28 on Otis Reservoir. Plan ahead!

ONLINE EVENTS

Mar 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Apr 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Apr 21 – The Catch ‘Em All Spring Brawl
May 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Jun 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Jul 1–28 – Monthly Online Challenge
Jun 30 – 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 20 – The Catch ‘Em All Fall Brawl

TNT SERIES

TBA

COLD WATER SERIES

TBA

KNOCKOUT SERIES

Apr 1–Oct 28


2023 Schedule Reveal

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

EASTERN DIVISION

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)

WESTERN DIVISION

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)

CENTRAL DIVISION

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)

NORTHERN DIVISION

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)

CHAMPIONSHIP

Oct 7 – Mashpee-Wakeby Pond (Mashpee)

ONLINE SERIES

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.


BIG NEWS!

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.


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!

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


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.

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