The Muskegon Lake qualifier was greeted with a warm beautiful morning. Sixty-seven teams registered and were fishing for a total purse of cash and prizes of over $5,000.00. A total of 245 bass were brought to the scales for a total weight of 585.46 pounds. There were 38 limits brought to the scales.
Congratulations to Kyle Kempkers and Brett Haveman for the winning limit of fish weighing 16.27 pounds. Second place was taken by Jason Munch and Scott Berg with a total weight of 15.80 pounds. They also took Second Big Bass, weighing 4.49 pounds. Dave Hoeker and Kyle Borst took third place with 14.90 pounds. First Big Bass, weighing 5.19 pounds, went Thomas Clingen and Andy Atwood.
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The final regular season tournament for the Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit was held on August 8th at River Front Park in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. The tournament waters included all three rivers of Pittsburgh: Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio. Anglers have a wide range of options on the three rivers and can lock through as many dams as they wish so long as they can make it back for check-in.
Anticipation was high as the Top 10 teams in the K.B.B.C. points standings were within reach of qualifying for a spot in the B.A.S.S. National Team Championship. The Top 3 teams were also battling for the title of K.B.B.C 2015 Point Champions.
The team of Dan Gray Scott Sirakos with 10.07 pounds and a 3.17-pound lunker largemouth. Ken Baumgardner and Mark Flament took second place with 10.02 pounds with 1.91-pound lunker. Third place went to Rob Genter and Darren Potts with 10.01 pounds with a 1.90-pound lunker. Top Lunker Award was won by Woody Knis and Deron Eck weighed in a 3.28-pound smallmouth. For complete results, click here or visit www.kbass.com.
When the final season points totals were added up, Mark Mounts and Matt Farabee came out on top as the 2015 Keystone Bass Buddy Points Champions. Rob Genter and Derren Potts took second in the points standings. Dan Gray and Scott Sirakos finished third and the team of Mike Kopelic and Mark Towne came in fourth. These top four K.B.B.C. points finishers have earned a qualifying spot in the 2015 Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship.
The Rochester Bassmasters held their 3rd event on Saturday, August 8th, on Chaumont Bay.
Chris O'Brien brought in a limit of smallmouth bass each day of the tournament. He won Day 1 with 21.32 pounds and finished second on Day 2 with 19.32 pounds.
Casey Smith earned third place on Day 1 with a 20.50-pound limit of smallmouth. He followed that up on Day 2 with another smallmouth limit of 19.49 pounds to claim the Day 2 winners trophy.
David Livingston placed second on Day 1 with 20.56 pounds and third on Day 2 with 17.17 pounds.
The season finale on the Pocomoke River would be an historical event for the Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation. It would end in the crowning of the 1st Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation’s Team Trail Champions.
The anglers arrived on August the first to another beautiful morning on the Pocomoke River. The team of Tommy Dadds and Vince Mitchell would start fast boating two 4lb class fish early in the morning. That would prove to be the deciding factor as they brought 13.74 pounds to the scales to claim 1st place honors and close their season with a 10th place overall finish.
The team of Rodney Oberdick and Amos Dixon weighed in 12.39 pounds to claim 2nd Place. Jason Vaughn and Ronnie Littleton’s 10.41 pound bag was just enough to secure their 3rd place finish. The team of Tommy Dadds and Vince Mitchell, along with a 4.28 pound largemouth, would capture lunker honors for the day.
When the dust settled, it was the team of Kurt Mitchell and Alan Draper that earned the right to be called Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation’s B.A.S.S. Team Champions for 2015. They posted 5 consecutive top ten finishes along with a win on June 28th event on the Pocomoke to earn the right to represent Delaware at this year’s National B.A.S.S Team Championship on Lake Guntersville. Congratulations to them and all the teams that took part in this year’s 1st ever Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation’s B.A.S.S. Team Trail.
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The White Lake qualifier was greeted with a beautiful morning. 62 teams registered and were fishing for a total purse of cash and prizes of over $5,000.00. A total of 236 bass were brought to the scales for a total weight of 629.86 pounds. There were 43 limits brought to the scales.
Congratulations to Doug Meekhof and Josh Geerts for the winning limit of fish weighing 19.98 pounds. Second place was taken by Gary Bierling and Mark Byker with a total weight of 17.38 pounds. Brent Ellens and Nick Compagner took third place with 16.86 pounds. First Big Bass, weighing 5.31 pounds, went Tom Overholt and Kevin Gruppen. Second Big Bass, weighing 5 pounds, was taken by Ken and Kody Bauswell.
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The 5th event in the Illinois Team Series took place on the Cal Sag out of the Alsip City launch on July 26th. This was the first event this season held north of Interstate 80 and several new teams came out to compete. Jeff Miller and Al Huhra were one of those teams.
Take-off began at 6:00 am and, because of the size of the field, there were two flights. The weather was very overcast. A front was approaching and rain was forecasted for the late afternoon. With the front coming it should have been great for the bass being active.
As the boats came in we heard of only a few 5-fish limits and anglers said they had a tough day. Many of the anglers went out on Lake Michigan looking for schooling smallmouth and that meant a long run and a lock to deal with. There were two boats that did not make it back on time and after 10 minutes they lost any weigh that they had so both decided to release the fish they had in the live well.
As the weigh-in continued, the lead as well as Big Bass for the event changed several times. The team of Allen Williford and Austin Moore held Big Bass at 4.41 pounds and John Mizerka and Kris Gaertner had the leading weight of 15.75 with one more team to weigh in. Jeff Miller and Al Huhra brought up a 5-fish limit and they had a good fish in the bag as well. Their best fish weighed in at 4.46 pounds, taking Big Bass by five one hundredths of a pound. Then the five fish were placed on the scale and it locked in at 17.88, giving them the victory.
Miller and Huhra's win secured them a spot in the Team Series Classic Tournament, were the field of the Top 20 teams will compete for the biggest payout of the season. Other teams that have won an event and have a spot in the Classic are Josh Robey and Brent Lundstrom, Mike Kazmierczak and Mike Pappas, Mel Hedrick and Ed Trevino. The rest of the field for the Classic will be filled according to the team’s points at the end of the series.
The top teams by points will move on to the Old Milwaukee Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Series Championship, where they will compete for big payouts, new boats and a spot in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic.
The last event for our season will be on the Illinois River out of the Morris launch on August 23rd. Come on out and compete or be there for the weigh in. Either way it will be a great event.
The Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation returned home for its final stop on the Nanticoke River. Even though triple-digit heat indexes made it uncomfortable for the anglers, there still were some impressive limits brought to the scales.
Weighing in a stout 15.22 pound limit and taking 1st Place was the team of Mike Mullett and Jacob Coverdale. Their bag was also anchored by the tournament lunkerm a 4.56-pound largemouth. Second Place was the team of Josh Muncy and Jeff Valentine. Their 12.26 pounds proved to be enough to hold off the team of Craig Morris and Jay Weber, who brought in 12 pounds even, securing their third place finish.
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With teams still trying to qualify for the Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation’s Classic and win the season’s point’s race, our final tournament on the Pocomoke River is sure to be filled with excitement. For information on how to participate in our final Open Tournament please visit our website www.delawarebassnation.com.
NH BASS Nation held its second team tournament of 2015 on July 12th at Lake Winnipesaukee launching out of West Alton Marina. The anglers were greeted with temperatures in the 90’s and expected plenty of pleasure-boater traffic. The STA-BIL Start Boat sent the 51 teams out on the water after making sure everyone’s safety equipment including livewells were functioning properly.
The team of Justin Spraske and Joseph Parrott were sitting atop the leaderboard by days end. They brought in a beautiful bag of eight smallmouth for 20.73 pounds. Throughout the day they concentrated on submerged vegetation in 22-30 feet of water with lots of bait in the area. The quality fish were all caught on various topwater lures. See full reults here.
The smallmouth expert team of John Wright and Pete Weeks bought in a 3.77-pounder that secured the NUMA Sport Optics Lunker Smallmouth award for the day. The Dobyns Rods Lunker Largemouth award went to the team of Rob Messenger and John Levesque with a 5.66 pounder. After two events, John Wright and Pete Weeks have a solid lead in the Lowrance Team of the Year completion. Full standings can be found here.
Our next event is at Lake Winnipesaukee on August 9th out of West Alton Marina. The top teams from our trail will move on to fish the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship December 9-12at Lake Guntersville in Alabama. Based on our participation so far this year, the top three teams from our Lowrance Team of the Year competition will qualify for this championship.
Thank you to all our sponsors for their support: Dobyns Rods, NUMA Sport Optics, EGO S2 Slider, Lew’s, Traeger Grills, West Alton Marina, 303 Boat Care Products, StormR, Granite State Rod & Reel, Lock-n-haul, STA-BIL, Toyota of Nashua, Livingston Lures, Nationwide, Triton, Mercury, Lowrance, Motorguide, Skeeter, Yamaha, Carhartt, Rigid Industries, Toyota, Power Pole, Berkley and Evan Williams. We could not conduct these successful events without all of you!
The Rochester Bassmasters held an event on Oneida Lake July 11th-12th. Will Rogers topped the field both days of the event with limits of 16.31 and 18.07 for his first club victory.
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The Grand River qualifier turned out to be a very interesting day of fishing. 68 teams registered and were fishing for a total purse of cash and prizes, thanks to our fine sponsors, of over $5,000.00. A total of 260 bass were brought to the scales for a total weight of 531.96 pounds. There were 43 limits brought to the scales.
Congratulations to Kelly Geertman and Chad Nauta for the winning limit of fish weighing 15.43 pounds. They also had the 1st Big Bass of the tournament weighing 5.14 pounds. Second place was taken by Doug and Nick Holtrop with a total weight of 13.83 pounds and the team of Kyle Kempkers and Brett Haveman took third place with 13.52 pounds. Ron Harrison and Joe Colegrove took 2nd Big Bass weighing in 4.35 pounds.
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