Wednesday Night Tournament #9

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #9 held on Lake Arthur and launched from 528 Boat Launch – August 13, 2014.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stScott TreasterWill Morgan9.014
2ndRay RegesBrian Morgan7.782
3rdJeff McMasterRich Gavula6.513
4thSteve SellBlaze Adamski6.362
5thPete SpeicherScott Casper5.403
6thMike KellyBob Gaskill4.972
7thLeo CancillaDominic Cancilla4.302
8thMark KeeneAaron Dickey4.272
LunkerRay RegesBrian Morgan4.35LM

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

 

 

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Wednesday Night Tournament #8

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #8 held on Lake Arthur and launched from Bear Run Launch – August 06, 2014.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stKeith BrownDawn Brown12.774
2ndChirs CovertCyle Covert11.273
3rdBlain Bartley, Jr.Blain Bartley, Sr.7.834
4thMike KellyBob Gaskill7.282
5thScott TreasterWill Morgan7.203
6thGus KneidingerJason Kneidinger7.073
7thLeo CancillaDominic Cancilla4.842
8thJeff McMasterMatt McMaster4.442
LunkerMike KellyBob Gaskill5.70LM

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

 

 

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Oil City Bass Tournament

The Fraternal Order of Police Tri-City Lodge #50 will host its 6th annual October bass buddy tournament on the Allegheny River. This tournament is open to the public and you can register in advanced by check, or register the morning of the tournament cash only.

6th Annual October Bass Tournament

Sunday October 12, 2014th

Registration Begins at 6:30 am.

Tournament Hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

100.00 per team plus an optional 10.00 lunker pool

Oil City Boat Launch

For more information visit their page on facebook.

Download App Here: October 12th Buddy Tournament

 
Come on out and support our local police and enjoy some of the best smallmouth bass fishing our state has to offer.

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Oil City Buddy Tournament

The Fraternal Order of Police Tri-City Lodge #50 will host its 5th annual bass buddy tournament on the Allegheny River. This tournament is open to the public and you can register in advanced by check, or register the morning of the tournament cash only.

5th Annual September Bass Tournament

Sunday September 14, 2014th

Registration Begins at 5:30 am.

Tournament Hours 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

100.00 per team plus an optional 10.00 lunker pool

Oil City Boat Launch

For more information visit their page on facebook.

Download App Here: September 14th Buddy Tournament

 
Come on out and support our local police and enjoy some of the best smallmouth bass fishing our state has to offer.

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Wednesday Night Tournament #7

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #7 held on Lake Arthur and launched from Bear Run Launch – July 30, 2014.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stBlain Bartley, Jr.Blain Bartley, Sr.11.194
2ndJeff McMasterMatt McMaster7.833
3rdDan GrayScott Sirakos7.503
4thKevin KrauseMike Woodward5.713
5thLinda VincentJohn Keene, Sr.5.422
6thJustin WhiteNate Smith5.162
7thTyler SheppardHarold Sheppard5.052
8thMark KeeneAaron Dickey4.212
LunkerBlain Bartley, Jr.Blain Bartley, Sr.6.20LM

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

 

 

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Wednesday Night Tournament #6

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #6 held on Lake Arthur and launched from Bear Run Launch – July 23, 2014.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stTyler BrancaTyler Sheppard12.604
2ndMark KeeneAaron Dickey8.544
3rdBlain Bartley, Jr.Blain Bartley, Sr.7.904
4thJustin WhiteN/A7.684
5thMike KellyN/A6.593
6thJustin RichardsonBrian Riponi5.583
7thErnie PateSteve Radage4.812
8thMike ZachodniChris Spencer4.582
LunkerMike MorganAlan Morgan4.08LM

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

 

 

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Wednesday Night Tournament #5

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #5 held on Lake Arthur and launched from Bear Run Launch – July 16, 2014.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stRon FeitsTerry Feits8.453
2ndScott KinardJustin White8.103
3rdGus KneidingerJason Kneidinger6.764
4thBlain Bartley, Jr.Blain Bartley, Sr.6.493
5thJim LambertMark Jankovic6.393
6thJeff McMasterMatt McMaster5.193
7thChris SagerClyde Snyder4.342
8thErnie PateSteve Radage4.192
LunkerRon FeitsTerry Feits3.54LM

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

 

 

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How to Pick the Right Fishing Rod

I have been told for a long time that I need to use this brand of rod, reel, lure, color, boat and anything else that can be used for fishing. For most people they may not be able to tell the difference between a good rod and a bad rod. To me there is non such thing as a bad piece of fishing equipment if it gets people on the water. However, there is a difference in quality and technique preference. I am going to explain how to pick the right rod for your situation based on several factors.

First, you need to know who is using the rod. Are you someone or are you buying for someone that fishes a lot, occasionally, or 1 to 2 times per year? Is the rod for a beginner or a novice? If the fisherman is a child or not would play a major role in what kind of rod I purchased. Like I previously stated, I believe the most important thing is to be able to go fishing and if that means going and buying a $30 rod/reel combo then that is what should be done. My recommendations for children is to look at the line of Shakespeare kids fishing combos. They are great for beginners and are easy on the budget. Your budget should always drive the quality of rod should purchase or how many you purchase.

Next, I examine the target species we are looking to catch. You don’t need to have a ocean surf fishing rod to catch panfish. Length, weight, reel type, type of eyes and action are just a few options that you have to considered. There are many options out there that can determine how you will view the quality of your rod. Often times people buy a rod with expectations, but never use the rod for the intended use or target a species that it will not be able to handle.

Once you determine who you are buying the rod and what species that will be targeted, you will need to figure out the type of lures that are going to be used. There are many rods that are good for more than one application. However, I have rods that I will only use for one technique. Which sounds crazy to someone outside the competitive fishing world, but most competitive anglers only use 1 rod for 1 technique for a few reasons. First, the rod is typically built with a certain technique in mind. Second, the settings in the reel don’t need to be changed. Third a comfort level with technique and rod can be developed.

Now for my suggestions about which rods to buy. I already gave my suggestion for children. My suggestion to everyone is to look at the line of Abu Garcia fishing rods. The Vengeance model is only $50 and the line spans to the Villian model which is $180. There are several levels in between. My favorite model of Abu Garcia fishing rods is the Veracity. Fenwick fishing rods are probably my favorite brand that I have ever used. They combine the feel, durability, and cost efficiency that I look for. If I were to only have one spinning rod in my boat it would be a 6′-9″ Fenwick Smallmouth Series. It is good for every bass technique I have tried to use it for and doesn’t cost as much as more expensive rod with the same sensitivity.

Hopefully, this article will help you make a better informed decision on which rod to buy. If there are any questions make a comment and I will try to answer whatever question you have.

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You Never Know

This past weekend I fished a PA TBF district tournament @ Shenago Reservoir. My dad and I practice most of the day on Friday and we only managed 7 bites between the 2 of us and only 3 keepers. If that wasn’t bad enough there was no consistency on how we got any of the bites. The structure was different for each fish, the lures were different, the colors of lures were different and the end of the lake was never the same. Over time I have learned that I tough practice doesn’t always mean a tough tournament, or a bad finish.

Coming into the event I was leading the points race because I won the first district event, so I really wanted to do well again. Not that you ever want to accept doing poorly. After the bad practice I had one spot that I though I could run to and at least get one keeper so that is where I decided to start. My rider and I pulled up to the spot and started working the bottom. There was a slight about of baitfish activity and my rider switch to a top water lure. His popper was quickly eaten by a short largemouth. About 2 casts later he hooked up with a keeper that came off half way back to the boat. My fish had came from working bottom bouncing lures through practice, but I quickly changed to a top water sexy dawg. My 2nd cast I hooked up with the first and only keeper we would land. A few casts later I lost a keeper that was bigger than my first.

On a lake like Shenago a lost fish as a boater or rider can just ruin your day. The next spot we hit we each lost another keeper on topwater. I knew at that point winning the tournament or even contending would be difficult. We fished hard all day and never caught or hook up with another keeper.

Coming into the launch I didn’t believe that I would even be in the top 10 as a boater with 1 keeper. I had told my rider not to worry about his 2 lost keepers because it probably wouldn’t have cost him money. The truth to the matter is that both of us if we had landed those fish would have won. The winning boater weight was 6.16lb and the winning rider weight was 3.16lbs. The 3.16lbs was caught by my dad which he won lunker and the tournament as a rider with the 3.16lb largemouth. My single fish of 2.27lbs enabled me to finish in the top 6.

The lesson from this tournament that I learned was to never assume that you don’t have a chance in any tournament no matter what body of water you are on. The winning weight with 4 fish on Shenago should have taken 12lbs, but it only took half of that. As a rider only 1 fish was needed. Never release a fish in a tournament as you just don’t know.

 

 

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Wednesday Night Tournament #4

Butler Basscasters Wednesday Evening Tournament – #4 held on Lake Arthur and launched from 528 Launch – July 9, 2014.

Place
Boater
Partner
Weight
# of Fish
1stCraig WozniakJoe Wozniak6.633
2ndKen ZaludekJosh Macko6.583
3rdJohn SchnitzerJim O'Donnell6.043
4thJustin KappelerTucker Van Dyke5.873
5thJonathan VenazindisJoe Venazindis5.692
6thJustin WhiteN/A4.612
7thMike MorganAlan Morgan4.492
8thBill HellerN/A4.412
LunkerErnie PateSteve Radage4.24LM

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

 

 

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