NH BASS Nation held its third team tournament of 2014 on August 10th at Squam Lake. The anglers were greeted with a beautiful day of mixed clouds and sun with temperatures in the low 80’s. The STA-BIL Start Boat sent the 43 teams out on the water after making sure everyone’s safety equipment including livewells were functioning properly.
The veteran team of Scott Canelas & Alan Denise were sitting atop the leaderboard by day's end. This is another New Hamshire team that is certainly no stranger to the leaderboard – between the two they have been on about 32 state teams. They brought in a solid bag of 8 smallmouth for 20.61 pounds, including a beautiful 3.15 pounder that secured the NUMA Sport Optics Lunker Smallmouth award for the day. Not only did they take the top payout spot and the NUMA smallmouth lunker award but they also will receive Skeeter Real Money payouts for their efforts. The Dobyns Rods Lunker Largemouth award went to the team of Bill Kuslaka and Jim Picardi with a 4.30 pounder.
The second place team of John Diaco and David Tsao had a slow start to their day with only about 10 pounds in the Skeeter livewell, but rallied late in the afternoon to cull up to a mixed bag of 17.41 pounds. They targeted fish in 10-18 feet of water with scattered cabbage and rock. The more productive areas also had a deep water ledge nearby. For full results, click here.
Each event we give out Redneck Remedy products to the angler who received the most sun exposure during the day. This time it was Rick Landry and John Foster.
There is starting to be some separation in the Lowrance Team of the Year competition standings. With their win, Canelas and Denise are leading the charge by 10 points followed closely by Dan Greenwood and Rick Landry. The complete standings can be found here.
The majority of the fish from this event were held on site after the weigh-in so 33 of the fish could be radio tagged by NH Fish and Game. These fish were released into Little Squam Lake later that evening. There is a permanent antenna/receiver mounted in the channel connecting Big and Little Squam lakes that will record when each fish passes through the channel. This is joint research project with NH Fish and Game, Squam Lakes Association and NH BASS Nation in order to better understand bass movement. Data from this project will be used to provide evidence based rule making for tournament organizers and fish and game departments. Project funding was supplied from Fish America Foundation and BASS. Updates on the project can be found here.
Thank you to all our sponsors for their support: Dobyns Rods, NUMA Sport Optics, EGO S2 Slider, Lew’s, StormR, Granite State Rod & Reel, Redneck Remedy, Hullspeed, Lock-n-haul, STA-BIL, Toyota of Nashua, Nationwide, Triton, Mercury, Lowrance, Motorguide, Skeeter, Yamaha, Carhartt, Rigid Industries, Toyota, BoatUS, Power Pole, Berkley and Evan Williams. A special thank you goes out to Cottage Place on Little Squam for allowing us to hold the weigh-in and tagging of fish on their beach. We could not conduct these successful events without all of you!
Our next event is scheduled for October 19th on Lake Winnipesaukee where the Lowrance Team of the Year will be crowned. Additionally, the top two teams on our trail will be invited to fish the Bassmaster Team Championship December 9-13, 2014 on Lake Degray, Bismarck, AR. The top angler from this Championship will move on to fish the Bassmaster Classic in 2015 on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, SC.