Dick's Sporting Goods "Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit" held their second consecutive tournament at Pymatuning Lake on May 16. Warm temperatures, cloudy skies, and light rain presented near perfect conditions for the K.B.B.C anglers to have a fantastic catch. Robert Hirosky & Ben Lipiec topped the field winning first place with 19.99 pounds with a 3.64 pound lunker. Blain Bartley and Joe Dugas took second place with 18.65 pounds and a 4.07 pound lunker. Jack Miller and Curt Ferri rounded out the top three with 18.62 pounds and a 4.27 pound big fish. Rick McNulty and Shelly Bush caught the big fish of the tournament and won the lunker pool with a 5.33 pound largemouth.
Mid May is the prime time to fish at Pymatuning Lake, the bass are in various stages of spawning and fairly easy to locate. The K.B.B.C. competitors brought 372 fish to the scales for almost 800 total pounds. Sixty teams had a full limit of six fish.
See the full results here.
With 392 anglers, waiting for the blastoff, Jimmy White of Jacksboro, Tenn., and Chris Lambdin of Lafollette, Tenn., made a split decision to fish a different area than they had originally planned and that decision was worth $10,500 for first place and the first highest finishing Lowrance. White and Lambdin won by 1/100ths of ounce with a winning weight of 15.23 pounds. They pulled out the closest victory in the history of the Morristown Marine Team Trail Invitational over second place team of Mike “Magic” Milton of Lafollette, Tenn., and Paul “Razor” Sharpe of Lafollette, Tenn., with a weight of 15.22 pounds.
The White/Lambdin team took home a total of $10,500 consisting of $10,000 first place money and $500 for Highest Finishing Lowrance. Second place team of Milton/Sharpe had winnings of $7,000 which was $3,000 for second place, $500 second highest finishing Lowrance, and $3,500 for first highest finishing Skeeter. Mike Jackson and Rodney Cochran had a total weight of 14.98 and a total winnings of $1850 for overall third Place. Charles Mitchell and Kelly Millsaps had a total weight of 14.80 and took fourth place with a payout of $1350. Rounding out the top 5 was Jeremy Gordon and Phillip Gordon with a total weight of 14.53 and a payout of $1050.
Jimmy White and Chris Lambdin 1st Highest Finishing Lowrance $500.
Michael Milton and Paul Sharpe 2nd Highest Finishing Lowrance $500.
Berkley Big Bass Award of $885 for smallmouth was won by Jon Lawson and Steve Sharp with a total weight of 3.92.
Berkley Big Bass Award of $885 for largemouth was won by George Lewis and Jeff Burchett with a total weight of 5.12.
The top 7 Skeeter/Yamaha boats owners received a total of $10,000 payout.
1st Highest Finishing Skeeter: Michael Milton/Paul Sharp $3,500
2nd Highest Finishing Skeeter: Jack Faulkner/Dexter Goins $2,500
3rd Highest Finishing Skeeter: Travis O’Quinn/Shannon O’Quinn $1,500
4th Highest Finishing Skeeter: Clifford Bunch/Paul Napier $1,000
5th Highest Finishing Skeeter: Allen White/Jim Byington $750
6th Highest Finishing Skeeter: John Minor/John Lowe $500
7th Highest Finishing Skeeter: Ronnie Carey/Brad Barton $250
129 teams are vying for a berth in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic qualifying through the B.A.S.S. Team Championship.
Our next point’s tournament will be June 6, 2015 on Douglas Lake out of the Shady Grove Access Area. Signups will be taken starting Monday, June 1, 2015 at Morristown Marine by walk-in or by phone. Off-site signups will be taken be taken Friday, June 5, at Bucks-n-Bass in Dandridge, Tenn., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For any questions, call Morristown Marine at 423-587-5555.
The Indiana B.A.S.S. Nation Team Trail had a great tournament Saturday, May 9 at Geist Reservoir with every team weighing in a limit. Additionally, there were a couple of fish weighed for Big Bass that were over 6 pounds.
Congratulations to Ed Bauer and Matt Bishop for their win with 15.19 pounds, including a 6.45 pound Big Bass. Thanks to everyone who fished and also thanks for their patience at weigh-in. We had some unforeseen issues come up and a storm roll through, all of which delayed it slightly.
The team will take June off for everyone to practice for and fish in the Indiana B.A.S.S. State Finals. The team trail will pick back up on July 12 at Wawasee.
Mother Nature set the stage for a picture perfect day as the anglers rolled in to fish the Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation's second stop of their trail. The Upper Chesapeake Bay known for its scenic beauty and big largemouths, anglers were eager to get started. This fishery will be the host of the 2015 Bassmaster Elites this August. With sunny skies heating up the waters the excitement of nice limits of bass were anticipated.
The top team for our May 2 event was Terry Algier and Jeff Semans gracing the scales with a weight of 19.86 pounds. Right on their heels was the team of Bobby Austin and Jim Clatcher who captured second with a 19.75 pound bag. Finishing in thirrd place was the team of Greg Alexander and Jay Walls who brought in a 17.53 pound bag. The largest fish of the day was a 5.59 pound bass caught by the team of Brian LaClair and Mike Morris.
See the full results here.
William Ward and Homer Jenkins won First Place at the Dick's Sporting Goods Keystone Bass Buddy's Pymatuning #1 Tournament on May 2nd, 2015, with a limit of largemouth weighing in at 18.84 pounds and 3.99 pound Big Bass. Second Place honors went to Robert and Paul Hirosky with a limit consisting of five smallmouth and one largemouth for a total weight of 17.88 pounds and 3.02 pound lunker smallmouth. Woody Knis and Deron Eck rounded out the top three with a total weight of 17.49 pounds and 4.08 pound kicker.
Pymatuning Reservoir ranked No. 71 in the Bassmaster Top 100 Bass Lakes in America for 2014. The lake has consistently put out good numbers of quality fish for the K.B.B.C Tournaments over the years and this first of two events to be held at Pymatuning were no exception. This fishery is amazingly healthy and supports huge numbers all types of game fish. Walleye and Crappie are most popular among recreational anglers, but the bass fishermen know it is the best Pennsylvania bass lake south of Erie Bay.
See full tournament results here.
Decatur, Ala. – After an extremely successful year two, the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series (ABTTS), the largest team tournament trail in Alabama is pleased to announce the 2016 tournament schedule. The 10 lake team-style tournament series will be held on ten of the lakes of the Alabama Bass Trail beginning February 20, 2016, with the championship tournament to be held on Lake Eufaula Oct. 7-8, 2016.
“The Alabama Bass Trail tournament format has been wildly successful, pulling anglers from six states for two years consecutively and creating an economic impact of over $2.5 million in the areas around the Trail’s lakes,” said ABT Program Director Kay Donaldson. “I am so proud of what our state has accomplished while promoting the sport of bass fishing. We have showcased these lakes to the world and provided a needed boost to the local economies. We are extremely excited to take tournaments to two new locations in 2016, Lake Martin in the South and Weiss Lake in the North.”
Sanctioned by B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series gets underway Feb. 20, 2016. The tournament trail contains two divisions: North and South. Each division is made up of five tournaments on five different lakes. Maximum number of boats for each tournament is 225. In 2016, no single entries will be allowed. Teams must fish in all five tournaments in their respective division.
Lewis Smith Lake Feb. 27, 2016 hosted by Chamber of Commerce of Walker County
Lake Guntersville March 19, 2016 hosted by the Marshall County CVB
Pickwick Lake April 23, 2016 host TBD
Neely Henry Lake May 21, 2016 hosted by City of Gadsden Parks & Recreation
Weiss Lake June 18, 2016 hosted by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
Lake Martin Feb. 20, 2016 hosted by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce
Lay Lake March 12, 2016 hosted by Shelby County Commission
Mobile Delta April 9, 2016 hosted by the Mobile Sports Authority and the Mobile CVB(held at Live Oak Landing)
Millers Ferry May 14, 2016 hosted by the City of Camden
Lake Jordan June 4, 2016 host TBD
The 145 boats in the championship are comprised of the 10 divisional tournament winning teams, top 55 teams in points from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective divisions, along with the top 25 student boats collectively from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective division. Hosted by the Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, the championship tournament is set for Oct. 7-8, 2016 on Lake Eufaula.
Anglers who fished all five events in their respective divisions in 2015 will be given a priority entry period from August 1 to August 14, 2015 to register online at www.alabamabasstrail.org. Registration will be open to the public on August 15, 2014. Entry fee per tournament is $1250 per team, which includes registration for all five tournaments in respective division.
According to Donaldson, in 2015 the both the North and South Divisions experienced growth in participation “A trail like the ABT is a collaborative effort requiring time and energy from many individuals and steadfast support from sponsors and anglers who are all focused on a common goal – to showcase bass fishing in Alabama,” added Donaldson.
Alabama Bass Trail Tournament sponsors include Bill Penney Toyota, the Alabama Tourism Department, Phoenix Bass Boats, Inc., Academy Sports & Outdoors, Garmin, T & H Marine Supplies Inc., Alabama Power Company, Buffalo Rock, Inc., Jet-Pep, Inc., AFS Inc., Tennessee Valley Authority, Window World Inc., LEER Truck Caps And Tonneau Covers, Vicious Fishing, E3 Sports Apparel, Navionics and Frogg Toggs, Inc. Fishlife will be the official tournament directors and Southern Stream Live will be the live-streaming company.
For more information, call Donaldson at 855.934.7425 or visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.
As one might expect, the first Team Series event at Patoka on Sunday, April 26 was greeted with less than favorable weather and water conditions. A cold front and high water made it tough on many teams. There were only two limits brought in but Mark Nies and Gordon Lamb put together a great bag of fish and won the tournament with 16.57 pounds. They also had big bass at 5.91 pounds. Congratulations to you both!
By Frank Labanowski – IBN Tournament Director
On April 26, 2015 the Illinois Team Series held its second event of the season. The day before was cold and rainy and the temps in the morning during team check in were in the mid 30’s.
There were a lot of new faces registering for the event and it was shaping up to be another great one. As the sun rose so did the temps and at take-off it was 40 degrees.
The current point’s leaders, Josh Robey and Brent Lundstrom, would have the work cut out for them as Clinton was giving up some really big fish.
After take-off we began to hear that there were several boats with a big bass over 5 pounds and the weigh-in would be a good one.
As the anglers came in and headed for the scale the word was there were six big bass over the 5 pound mark.
During the weigh-in big bass and the lead for the event changed hands several times. The Big Bass for the day went the team of Michael Pena and Scott James with a 6.24 pound pig.
Allen Williford and Austin Moore held the lead with 13.45 pounds It was not long before Robert Pointer and Adam Settelmyer bumped them out with a limit that weighed in at 16.34 pounds. The next team only had 4 fish but they were the right ones. Michael Kazmierczak and Mike Pappas had a bag with four fish that weighed 17.58 pounds and clinched the first place spot for the tournament.
Congratulations to Kazmierczak and Pappas on their victory!
The Top 5 for the event were.
1. Mike Pappas and Michael Kazmierczak – 17.58 pounds
2. Robert Pointer and Adam Settelmyer – 16.34 pounds
3. Allen Williford and Austin Moore – 13.45 pounds
4. Brent Swartz and Matt Birmingham – 12.93 pounds
5. Steve Mui and Alex Peric – 10.99 pounds
A special Thanks to Mystery Tackle Box our event sponsor.
Our next event will be at Lake Springfield on Saturday, May 16.
The Anglers in Action Tournament Trail held an event at Table Rock Lake on April 26th, 2015.
See results here.
The Anglers in Action Tournament Trail held an event at Grand Lake on April 25th, 2015.
See results here.