Fisher’s of Men Raystown

Check out the results from the Fisher’s of Men tournament held on Raystown Lake, April 11, 2015. Nice job to the guys that mananged to get keepers in the boat.

PlaceTeamIDNamesNet LunkerNet Wt#Fish
17813Randy Rawlings / Metz Weko016.635
217483Jamie Ferdarko / Jim Fallecker / 015.035
316325Dave Kindelberger / Chris Lanager / 013.954
49151Daniel Peterman / Tom Belinda /012.975
512406Ron Ruggiero / Jeff Bloom /5.7912.734
617482Roland Paronish / Mark Westrick /09.623
717532Samuel Fulmer / Chris Wright /09.293
814878Michael Frazee / Joe Lloyd /09.204
916899Shawn Skobel / Logan Crayton /08.553
107917Mark Rice / Jacob Rice / 07.372

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Visit the Fisher’s of Men website at www.fomntt.com to see the full list of results as well as pictures from this event.

If you are interest in fishing a Fisher’s of Men event you can download an application from there website.

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Fishing Line in Outboard Prop

Watch this video about how to properly remove fishing line from your outboard motor prop. In the past when fishing on friends boats or my own we have had this same situation and immediately removed the line when we got back to the house. A few minutes or your time can save some major issues in the future.

 

 

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YRBA – Cross Creek

Sunday marked the first tournament of the Yough River Bass Association. It was held at Cross Creek Lake. We had 19 teams battling it out as we looked for valuable points towards team of the year, prize money and bragging rights.

Jon and I started the day hoping for a solid finish to defend our run of 3 straight team of the year titles. I was unable to practice for the event, but Jon got down 1 morning to practice and found a stretch that had a fair amount of fish on it. Much like both of my previous tournament we decided we were going to grind that area all day. It paid off because we caught over 20 bass and landed 4 keepers that went 9.79lbs. That doesn’t sound very good, but on this day it was enough to win the tournament. All of our fish came pitching or dragging soft plastics or jigs. We gained a 50 points and lead the team of the year standings heading into the Pymatuning events where we will try to keep the momentum going.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Yough River Bass Association (YRBA), here is a break down of the club and how it works. Annual membership is $50 per adult or $30 per junior angler. Junior anglers are considered 15 or under as they go by the fish commission rules for fishing license. Once a junior member is paid on the team you take any junior member from either adult members house without another membership fee. Each single day tournament costs $50 and 2 day events cost $100 to fish. Single day tournaments are worth 50 points to win and the 2 day events are worth 50 points per day, but the money is combined for a larger payout. At the end of the year the top 10 teams in point standings fish in the club championship which is a free entry with a high payout. Membership includes a free T-Shirt and you and a guest can come to the end of year/kickoff banquet. The payouts are based on the $50 entry fee. $20 goes to first place, $10 goes to second place, $5 goes towards third place, $5 goes towards lunker, and $10 goes to the end of the year championship. The same break down applies to the 2 day events, but the amounts double. In my opinion this club has a great group of guys, goes to great fisheries, and give you a great opportunity to compete with low team fees.

 

 

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Another Good Finish

KBBC MoraineThe second Keystone Bass Buddy Event (KBBC) was held this past Saturday on Lake Arthur. Dad and I came in with the points lead because we won the first event. We were just hoping not to give up any ground and get another top 10 finish. The ice had been off for a week and the water was much warmer than I had expected but the fish still were not eating actively.

Friday I had practice from 6:00 until 1:30 and decided that I would do more scanning, temperature reading, and checking water conditions than actually fishing. After searching for a while I decided that I would fish certain area and see if I could get bit on soft plastics so that I could not hook the fish. People are thinking to themselves isn’t that the point of fishing to catch the fish. My answer is not the day before the tournament. All I need to know is that they are in the area and I will come back the next day and work the area hard. Needless to say I found a really good area that I was getting a bunch of hits and 2 other areas that I felt I could get 1 or 2 keepers from.

Tournament day we went straight to my good area. We fished that area until 1:30 and never caught a keeper bass. The only fish we were able to catch were a few short bass and 3 large stripers. We made a move and caught 2 keepers in my secondary spot. Had we been smart we probably should have worked the area back and forth trying to get more, but my head got in the way and we went to my other spot to finish out the day and never caught another fish. When we got back to check-in we were shocked to hear that everyone had struggle except for a couple of guys. Our two keepers ended up weighing 4.79lbs and would give us an eighth place finish. That good finish also allowed us to put a little more distance in the team of the year race standings. Now we have a 9 point lead heading into 2 events at our favorite lake to fish. With any amount of luck we will add to our points lead.

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KBBC Lake Arthur 2015

2015 Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit Event #2 – Lake Arthur Results

PlaceTeamIDNamesNet LunkerNet Wt#Fish
1154Jankovic / Jankovic /5.1417.675
2438Covert / Walker, Jr /4.0717.256
3327Gray / Sirakos / Knoll2.5210.195
4335Mounts / Farabee / Locy2.299.995
5126Melega / Corazzi2.297.584
6168Kneidinger / Kneidinger /2.017.354
7221Bartley, Jr. / Neal /2.985.822
8201Cancilla / Cancilla /2.444.792
9187McMaster / Gavula /2.944.682
10192Conlon / Mostoller /2.374.652

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Visit the Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit website at www.kbass.com to see the full list of results as well as pictures from this event.

If you are interest in fishing a K.B.B.C. event you can download an application from there website.

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Cleaning Your Livewell

Here is a video explaining how to clean your livewell and aeration system of a Bass Cat bass boat. Even if you do not own a Bass Cat there is some good information about how to clean your livewell, pumps, and aeration bars. Enjoy as Kevin Short explains.

 

 

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KBBC Win!

Raystown 1After fishing the Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit (KBBC) on and off for 12 years, my dad and I have won our first event. I am not surprised that we have won an event because we have been really close in the past couple years. What I am surprised about is where the tournament took place. For years we have been lucky to catch 1 or 2 keepers at Raystown Lake. This year we were able to catch 12 keepers which allowed us to cull 6 times! That may not be the most shocking part of this story. What most people will be shocked by is that we were only able to catch 2 keepers in practice on back to back casts, in two days of fishing!

All through practice we search spots we new, spots we have hit in the past, and spots that looked like we should have fish. As most fisherman do we made a lot of our decisions based on the water temperature and clarity. What we had found was that the river end of the lake was much warmer while the dam end had better clarity. What did we decide? Let’s fish the middle and compromise both factors slightly. The decision really paid off as the water was 46 degrees and we could see about 3′.

Raystown 2On tournament day we ran to the only spot we caught a keeper in practice and sat there all day. Now we had worked up and down a stretch of water that probably totaled about 1/4 mile but all of our fish came off very specific spots. Each time we hit one of them we would catch another fish. Go back to the same spots and catch another one. It was a classic case of maximize your fishing time and besides we have nothing else to run to.

This win puts us into the KBBC classic and is a great start to the seven event season. I am looking forward to the rest of the year and pushing for our first points title. Good luck to everyone this weekend at Lake Arthur.

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KBBC Raystown 2015

2015 Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit Event #1 – Raystown Results

PlaceTeamIDNamesNet LunkerNet Wt#Fish
1201Cancilla / Cancilla /4.7721.276
2175Thompson / Ritchey /5.0320.856
3173Everhart / Everhart /5.3219.106
4208McCreary / Brumbaugh /5.2718.706
5158Genter / Potts / 4.4417.216
6163Reffner / Fisher /3.4717.046
7115Spirk / Thomas /4.6515.364
8122Kopelic / Towne / 3.2913.355
9136Savino / Ellis /3.1613.166
10134Mislevy / Mislevy / 3.6313.155

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Visit the Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit website at www.kbass.com to see the full list of results as well as pictures from this event.

If you are interest in fishing a K.B.B.C. event you can download an application from there website.

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Donkey Rig

The donkey rig has been around for quite a while now. Check out this video by Mark Menendez explaining how he rigs it, when he uses it, and the best times to try the rig. My experience is that it is at it’s best during the prespawn in clear water.

 

 

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Raccoon Creek State Park

If you are looking for a small quiet peaceful family destination with quality fishing Raccoon Creek State Park may be the place for you. There is no shortage of outdoor opportunities for every season of the year. Raccoon Creek Lake is 101 acres and is open to electric power motors, row boats, canoes, and kayaks only. If you have a gas powered motor on the boat the motor must be trimmed to a point where the prop is out of the water at all times. There is a boat rental that is equipped with canoes, kayaks, and rowboats. There are also, 48 slips for boat mooring

The 101 acre lake is filled with bluegill, sunfish, bullhead catfish, yellow perch, walleye, crappie, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and muskellunge. Brook Trout and Rainbow trout are stocked in the lake and feeder streams annually. See the PA Fish & Boat Commission website for stocking information. There is also a 12 acre upper lake that is catch and release all year long.

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Zoom Horny Toad

When fishing the lake you must realize that the water is on the clear side. The fish can be spooky because the water is clear. Focus on the weeds which grow throughout the lake. Some of the best lures include frogs and flukes. Live bait is always a good option for the trout and panfish species. Don’t let the size of this lake fool you. There are quite a number of big fish swimming around this lake. As usual big fish eat big baits and sense trout are stocked in the lake, big trout swimbaits are a great option for the trophy bass or muskellunge.

There are many other activities you can participate in. First, there is a 500 foot ADA accessible sand beach for swimming. If you like mountain biking there are 17 miles for trails designated to this sport. Perhaps you would enjoy hiking the 44 miles worth of trails. There are also 16 miles of equestrian horseback riding trails. Pioneer and Sioux backpacking areas have 5 Adirondack shelters and tent areas. These areas are only open to backpackers and can be reserved through the park office or online. Some winter activities include ice fishing, ice skating, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

If your family enjoys to camp there are 172 modern campsites that are open from the second Friday of April until mid October. These sites are for tents and campers. They also include a playground, 5 central washhouses with hot showers, and a dump station. There is also a Sioux rustic campground. If you prefer there are 10 modern cabins. These include a living area, dining/kitchen, bathroom with shower, and 2 or 3 bedrooms. For all of the comforts of home reserve the lakeside lodge. Group cabins are also available. The 3 cabins hold 30, 80, and 130 people and are intended for church and school groups. Group tent camping is also available. To make a group camping reservation click here. For more information about reservations and the state park visit PA DCNR Webiste.

 

 

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