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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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Difficult Fishing

Well it was another difficult weekend of fishing in Pennsylvania. In part due to some difficult weather conditions. After a good start last week at Lake Arthur in the Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit we decided to fish event number two on Raystown Lake. Historically, I have never done well at Raystown Lake, so we decided to head out and practice all day on Friday to find a pattern, check water temperatures and water clearity.

We launched from the Seven Points Campground launch around 10:00. The weather was aweful. It was about 40 degrees and raining. I don’t mean a light rain or a sprinkle, it was a constant heavy rain. We fished several spots with no luck before we went back and set up the campsite and had lunch. After being off the water for a little while we went back out and decided that we had better check a couple of spots that we had caught fish before. We fished nearly 400 yards of shoreline at a slow to moderate pace before I decided to try a soft plastice craw bait. I made a few casts and I caught a 3lb largemouth. To be honest I barely felt the hit and even when I set the hook I wasn’t sure it was a fish. So we moved down the shore about 100 yars and I caught a dink. At that point we decided to leave that area and explore a little more. We never had another hit, and at 7:00 we decided to call it a night and go back to the tent.

The next morning we went to registration at James Creek. We pulled boat 89 and secured second flight, which is what we wanted. We started by fishing the James Creek finger and worked a long stretch for the first hour. We decided to work it back up, and around 9:45 we got our first keeper on a chatterbait. It was a nice 3lb largemouth. We worked that area for a while and decided to make a move and just hit every spot on the lake that had produced in the past. Our second stop was an area that has produced smallmouth bass for us in the past. Sure enough around 12:00 we caught our lunker a 3.69lb smallmouth. We worked the spot for another hour without a bite. At that point we decided to hit the stretch that I had caught the keeper the day before. After another long Idle we started working soft plastics and jerkbaits. I missed a 2 different fish and decided to make a lure change because they had never hooked up. Sure enough the move to a different bait the the key because in the next 20 minutes I caught 2 more keeper largemouth. We worked the area for the rest of the day but those fish that I caught around 2:00 were the last ones we caught.

Overall we had little expectations coming into the event and even less after practice. However, this goes to show you that you can draw off of past experience and new knowledge and still have a good day on the water. Our 5th place finish with 4 bass that weighed 12.18 pounds has moved us up to 2nd in the AOY standings. It is a good start that hopefully continues in the KBBC tournament trail.

On Sunday the West Penn Bass Hunters had our first club tournament. We started our season at Lake Wilhelm under great weather conditions, but struggled. There were only 6 bass brought to the scales. A great finish by Jon who had the only 3 fish limit and finished 1st with lunker. I managed to finish 3rd with my 1 keeper. Look for that lake to really turn on this week. The water temps are rising and the clearity is pretty good. The baitfish are not hard to find, but making fish to eat was a struggle this weekend. Good job to all that caught fish and see everyone at Pymatuning.

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KBBC – Raystown 2011

Here are the results from this years tournament at Raystown Lake. My hats off to all of the guys that caught fish on another very difficult spring day.

PlaceTeamIDNamesFishNet WtNet Lunker
1639Woomer / Kormanski 517.115.42
Beck / Domian515.884.42
3122Kopelic / Towne 413.01
Miller / Ferri 412.74
5201Cancilla / Cancilla 412.183.59
6134Mislevy / Mislevy 411.213.48
7353Grubb / Ruffner 310.943.61
Bartley / Dugas310.844.34
9288Sheffield / Morgan 49.372.47
10235Miller / Creswell 38.863.58
11159Facchiano / Mann 37.993.15
12229Deline / Baney 47.442.10
13241Aloia / Lewis / Lunsford
14339Polinski / Watkins 26.944.61
15200Nicodemus / Clotz / Price
Mrozinski / Mrozinski25.853.14
17259Bloom / Ruggerio 25.713.43
18210Johnston / Hall25.72.9
Stryker / Dillon25.342.77
20126Melega / Corazzi 25.183.49


Visit the Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit website at 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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Fisher’s of Men – Raystown Lake Top 20

Results from the Raystown Lake Tournament on April 3, 2010

PlaceTeamIDNamesNet LunkerNet Wt#Fish
110929James Orichosky / Troy Guenot / 5.5417.895
27813Randy Rawlings / Metz Weko5.7216.145
37867Jamie Ferdarko / Chris Lanager / 016.065
47917Mark Rice / Jacob Rice / 015.385
59065Ron Urbansky / Nick Kimak / 013.095
67870John Moore / Tim Decker / 011.934
710927Dave Kindelberger / Jim Moslak / 011.134
89151Daniel Peterman / Tom Belinda /09.684
910958Michael Fry / Jessica Fry / 09.214
1010853Joseph Bona / Becky Bona / 06.692
1110928Tom Sanker / Chuck Mattern / 06.593
128759Don Hunt / Joseph Ditch / 04.822
1310855John Naugle / Russ Kalp / 03.902
147816Richard Bradford / Dale Frye / 03.601
1510930Robert Mayhew / Kenneth Mayhew / 02.66
1610274Richard Wright / Craig Cline / 02.591
1710854Mark Booser / Brian Booser / 000
188761James Holencik / George Holencik / 000
1910966Chuck Postle / Joe Slagstad / 000
207070Chris Porter / Robert Reichner /000


Visit the Fisher’s of Men website at 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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