2014 Mon-River Open Bass Buddy Tournament

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2014 Mon-River Open Bass Buddy Tournament

Sunday July 27th

6:30 am to 2:30 pm

100.00 per team plus an optional 10.00 lunker pool

Labelle Launch on the 10 mile pool

Boat numbers will be determined by the date that the paid application is received.  Applications accepted at the ramp will be given boats numbers in order of acceptance.

Mingo Creek Anglers will accept apps by mail until July 10th.

You can sign up the day of the event, CASH ONLY the morning of at the ramp- no exceptions.

Two man team, 5 fish limit per team.  49 boat capped field.  Top 5 teams paid.

Rules:

 

1. Boat owners must carry 300,000 Liability Insurance to fish this event.

2. Boat operator must be at least 16 years old or older. Under 18 must furnish

parental consent.

3. Life jackets must be worn while combustion engine is running and must

comply with any federal, state, and local regulations as applicable.

4. Artificial lures only, no live bait except pork bait.

5. Each contestant may use only one rod at a time.

6. Kill switch mandatory on engines 20hp and larger.

7. Mandatory functional live well(s) capable of sustaining bass.

8. No alcoholic beverages consumed on board during tournament hours.

9. Citation or field acknowledgement issued by PFBC or other governing agency

during tournament hours is reason for disqualification.

10. Boat operator is responsible for boat’s wake.

11. Twelve (12) inch or state regulated minimum on bass; measured mouth

closed and tail fanned. Penalty for short fish is 1 pound plus loss of fish.

12. Only 5 bass per 2-man team may be weighed.

13. Four ounces (0.25lbs) deducted from total weight for each dead fish.

14. Lunker weight will be dead or alive for the purpose of the lunker pool. It is the

contestant’s responsibility to have their team’s big fish weighed for the

purpose of the tie breaker and the lunker pot.

15. 50-yard rule from anchored boat will be in effect. Contestants must display

visual symbol provided by tournament director.

16. The highest degree of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation are

expected. Infractions are reasons for disqualification.

17. Ties will be broken by weight of heaviest fish in tied teams live well; still tied

money split 50/50. It is the contestant’s responsibility to have their team’s big

fish weighed for the purpose of the tie breaker and the lunker pot.

18. Late penalty will be 1 pound per minute, disqualified after 5 minutes. All

boats must check in at weigh in site.

19. Protests must be filed within 10 minutes of completion of announced results.

20. Refunds on a case by case basis. Decisions of the tournament director are

final.

21. All safety equipment is subject to inspection at boat check.

22. At no time may a contestant return a dead fish to the water with the purpose

of replacing it with a live fish. If a fish dies in the live-well, it counts in the

catch of the individual and may not be culled during the tournament

Check out  www.mingocreekanglers.com

Downlaod App Here:  MCA buddy event

 

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Fishers of Men National Tournament Series

Welcome to the Central Pennsylvania Division of the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail.

Although you don’t hear much about “Bass Fishing” in PA, we have some great fisheries and in my opinion, some of the best fisherman in the country. So, call all your fishing buddies, and let’s put Central Pennsylvania on the “Bass Fishing Map”

You can check out all the details and membership information at www.fomntt.com and look for the Central Pennsylvania Division for tournament details.

You can contact your director, Jason Porter, by email at jporter@fomntt.com or 814-360-8496.

There will not be any off limit periods for our 5 regular season tournaments.

Division Events
Event 1 Raystown Lake – Seven Points Launch – 4/5/14
Event 2 Mosquito Lake – Main Launch – 5/17/14
Event 3 Lake Erie – Launch TBD – 6/21/14
Event 4 Shenago – Mahanney Launch – 7/12/14
Event 5 Kinzua – Elijah Launch – 8/9/14

For more information visit the Fishers of Men website.

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Soft Plastic Molds

In my last post I stated that we would discuss the difference between injection and hand pour molds for making soft plastic lures. First, you need to know the basics about molds. Molds can be bought or made out of multiple materials. The highest end molds are made from aluminum. These molds have great detail and last the longest with little wear. You can also purchase molds made from resins and copolymers. Some guys make molds from wood and plaster of paris or POP molds. All molds can have the same amount of detail, however, if you want a mold to last stick with aluminum.

Injection Mold

Injection Mold

Let’s talk about injection molds a little bit. When it comes to injecting soft plastic the most important thing to remember is safety, safety, and safety. Start by wearing a respirator, protective glasses, and gloves. Injectors are very good, but all parts on them can come loose, or you can over shoot plastic. The plastic you are injecting is between 300 and 340 degrees. Injection molds will have multiple wing nut and bolt combinations or call for multiple clamps. Do not try to use the molds without all the bolts or clamps secured. Injection molds can come from as few as single cavity and can have as many chambers as the injector can hold plastic. Typically there will not be more than 20 cavities. My recommendation is to find a mold that has at least 2 cavities. It will be worth the extra money in the long run. After experimenting with molds I have found myself buying the highest cavity quanties that I can find.

Injection lures is not something that will come easily. You have to learn the ins and outs of using them and it is best to learn by trial and error. You will get frustrated but once you master the system you will be producing perfect baits at a much faster pace.

Hand Pour Stick Mold

Hand Pour Stick Mold

Hand pour molds come in many forms. They can be made from wood, plaster of paris, resin, aluminum and just about any other material. The molds can be 2 pieces or they can be 1 piece that is open to one side. Open face molds will always have a flat edge to them. Open face molds are good molds to learn from because they often take less skill and you can tell if you have made a mistake as you are pouring the lure. Two piece hand pours are typically made from aluminum and most of the time you will be able to use an injector in them once you mastered using the injector. Do NOT try to learn how to use an injector on a hand pour mold. Stick worm and beaver molds are very good hand pour molds that are 2 pieces. The 2 piece molds require you to pour the hot liquid plastic into a small hole in the top of each chamber. This takes a steady hand and some patients, but you will master these molds in a hurry.

There are many websites that you can use to buy molds that are premade. I recommend visiting them before you start. Often times the guys on those websites are willing to help you along and can really help you get started. Some of the companies will even send you samples of the lures so you can make sure that you like the lure the mold produces. Those companies charge for the samples, but it is worth the little bit of money to make sure you are getting the right mold for you.

In my next post I will discuss how to pour stick baits and what makes a stick bait sink and how you can change the fall rate when rigged weightless.

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TBF State Championship

Last weekend was the TBF State Championship held at Cayuga Lake in New York. This year I was fishing the tournament as a boater and with one tournament and weeks experience on the lake I felt confident that I could do well. After 2 days of practice I was ready to get the tournament started. What I had found was there were more fish shallow that were willing to bite that deep, but the deep fish were bigger.

Day one I left in the 3rd flight boat 60 of 71. I actually wanted this because the fish I had found seemed to bite better in the afternoon. My strategy was to go shallow and get 12-13 pounds and move deep to look for a kicker. This was a case of not knowing what I had truly found in practice until tournament day. I had never left the shallow water day 1 because I boater my kicker 4.89lb largemouth at 11:30 and would cull fish all day to get to a total weight of 15.89lbs. This left me sitting in 5th place with a chance to move onto the mid-atlantic.

Day 2 I drew boat 5 in the first flight so I was going to be able to lay my claim to the same water as the day before. However, day 2 would not go as smoothly. It started great because I landed a kicker fish of 4.88lbs at 8:30am. At this point I was thinking it was meant to be. My entire bite was based on sunny weather and I would sit in the areas waiting for 1 hour of sun if I knew it was coming. I culled throughout the day with overcast conditions, but couldn’t get enough quality bites. Then at 2:00 the sky got brighter and the big fish started to bite. The only downfall was that I couldn’t keep them on the hook. I lost 2 fish in the 3lb range on back to back casts. At the end of the day I brought a limit of 12.58lbs to the scale giving me a 2 day total of 28.47lbs. Which before the tournament started I would have expected that to get me to the mid-atlantic. I ended up finishing in 8th place just out of the cut line by 1.4lbs.

Normally, I try not to think about what might have been because everyone in the tournament probably lost a couple fish that mattered, but this one hurt a little extra. Some of the lures that helped me were Berkley Havoc Pit Boss, Chatterbait, Mann’s Minus 1, Spro Popping Frog, but most of my fish came on hand poured senko’s that I make myself. If you have never fished the finger lakes I highly recommend taking time to travel to that area and experiencing some of the best fishing our great country has to offer.

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Wednesday Nighter #10 2013

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #10  held on Lake Arthur and launched from 528 Launch – August 28, 2013.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stChuck WalkerBode Walker12.674
2ndJeff McMasterRich Gavula7.043
3rdKeith BrownDawn Brown6.952
4thMark Errico, Jr.Mark Errico, Sr.6.213
5thJason KneidingerDoug Hinchberger6.163
6thRon Feits5.152
7thKen ZaludekJosh Macko4.392
8thErnie Pate4.022
LunkerKeith BrownDawn Brown5.32LM

2013 Points Race

For more information about the Butler Bass Casters you can find them at: http://www.butlerbasscasters.org/

 

 

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Wednesday Nighter #9 2013

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #9  held on Lake Arthur and launched from 528 Launch – August 21, 2013.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stScott KinardMike Doerflinger9.254
2ndCraig WozniakJoe Wozniak8.893
3rdAdam RozicPhil Rozic7.433
4thPete SeppiDale Saunders6.443
5thJeff McMastersRich Gavula6.273
6thTodd DiggersMark Kelly6.273
7thTyler StangJustin Kappler6.013
8thMark KeeneAaron Dickey5.263
LunkerCraig WozniakJoe Wozniak4.94LM

2013 Points Race

For more information about the Butler Bass Casters you can find them at: http://www.butlerbasscasters.org/

 

 

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Wednesday Nighter #8 2013

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #8  held on Lake Arthur and launched from Bear Run Launch – August 14, 2013.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stTyler Stang12.004
2ndScott Kinard9.734
3rdChris SingerRob Singer9.674
4thDaryl YoungIan Young7.944
5thGreg RogersonTodd Kradel7.723
6thTim ByersScott Casper7.444
7thBlain BartleyBlain Bartley, Jr.7.384
8thAnthony OliverioDave Oliverio7.052
LunkerAnthony OliverioDave Oliverio5.33LM

2013 Points Race

For more information about the Butler Bass Casters you can find them at: http://www.butlerbasscasters.org/

 

 

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Wednesday Nighter #7 2013

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #7  held on Lake Arthur and launched from Bear Run Launch – August 8, 2013.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stBlain BartleyBlain Bartley, Jr.7.944
2ndTyler ShepardTyler Branca6.883
3rdJeff McMasterMatt McMaster6.293
4thScott Kinard5.663
5thDave Stellfox5.642
6thMatt SullivanRyan Sullivan5.613
7thMike MorganAlan Morgan5.592
8thGus KneidingerBill Parenti5.132
LunkerTyler ShepardTyler Branca3.75LM

2013 Points Race

For more information about the Butler Bass Casters you can find them at: http://www.butlerbasscasters.org/

 

 

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Wednesday Nighter #6 2013

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #6  held on Lake Arthur and launched from Bear Run Launch – July 31, 2013.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stKen ZaludekJosh Macko8.723
2ndMike ZachochiChris Spencer8.293
3rdRich ConlonBrendan Conlon7.703
4thJohn Keene, Sr.Dave Adam7.132
5thChuck PalaceJohn Grystar6.842
6thChris SumanskyJohn Mazzanti6.423
7thDaryl YoungIan Young6.303
8thBill hellerJohn Daniels6.153
LunkerKen ZaludekJosh Macko4.98LM

2013 Points Race

For more information about the Butler Bass Casters you can find them at: http://www.butlerbasscasters.org/

 

 

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Wednesday Nighter #5 2013

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #5  held on Lake Arthur and launched from Bear Run Launch – July 24, 2013.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stMike MorganAlan Morgan10.102
2ndCraig WozniakJoe Wozniak9.724
3rdChuck WalkerCole Walker9.263
4thPaul NordQuinn Ellis7.122
5thErnie PateKen Pate7.073
6thGus KniedingerBill Parenti5.953
7thBlain BartleyBlain Bartley, Jr.4.592
8thMike Kelly4.342
LunkerMike MorganAlan Morgan5.18LM

2013 Points Race

For more information about the Butler Bass Casters you can find them at: http://www.butlerbasscasters.org/

 

 

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