2017 Mass Bass Nation Pro-Am trail info

Posted March 18, 2017
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2017 Mass Bass Nation

Pro/Am Trail

This year’s trail will change slightly from last year.

There will be 5 tournaments with one drop.

The TOC will count towards the angler of the year points.

We will take the top 50%of the field to a no entry TOC.

The entry fees for this year are PRO=$125  AM=$50

Opt. Lunker PRO=$10 AM=$10

PRO money gets paid out $20 towards TOC per entry $5 to State Remainder Paid at each event.

AM money gets paid out $10 towards TOC per entry

Remainder paid at each event.




April 8th

Mashpee Wakeby


May 13th

Webster lake


June 10th

 Conn. Rv. Oxbow


July 8th



September 9th




Tournament Director
Eric Johnson



2017 Massachusetts B.A.S.S. Nation TEAM TOURNAMENT RULES and APPLICATION

Posted January 25, 2017


TEAM 2017 Tournament Application – click on red link to download


2017 Massachusetts B.A.S.S. Nation TEAM TOURNAMENT RULES

Specific For:

“The MassB.A.S.S. Nation Classic Team Trail”

Participation Requirements: The MassB.A.S.S. Nation Classic Team Trail, hereby known in these rules as “Classic Team Trail,” has no restrictions as to the participants with the exception of:

  1. All Boaters must be a minimum of 21 years of age as of date of tournament.
  2. All Non Boaters must be 18 years of age as of the date of the tournament OR
    1. They have a signed note from their parent/guardian giving them permission to fish as a non-boater.
    2. The person is fishing with a parent or guardian.
  3. All local and state regulations must be followed – including both anglers having a valid fishing license for the state in which the tournament is held. If the tournament is on water that is in two states and a license is not reciprocal for both states, both anglers must have valid licenses for both states.
  4. A minimum boat length of 15 feet is required to compete. No pontoon boats allowed. A functioning livewell that will hold and keep alive eight (8) bass is required. If there are no operating livewells in the boat, the team will not be allowed to fish that tournament.
  5. Only artificial lures will be allowed, with the exception of retail pork used as a trailer. Nets are allowed. There is no limit to the amount of rods being allowed in the boat. Only one rod will be allowed to be used at a time, which means no form of trolling. Keeping a pork trailer wet by allowing it to be just under the surface is allowed.  Alabama Rigs are not allowed on Massachusetts waters.

Membership Requirements: There are no membership requirements, but if the team that wins the points title and has qualified for the Classic Team Fishoff, where the winner of that tournament goes on to The Classic, then both members of that team must be a member of B.A.S.S. before the first tournament.  Joining B.A.S.S. is easy, just go to www.bassmaster.com – it cost just $25. If you have no desire to fish in the World Series of Bass Fishing: The BassMasters Classic, then you don’t need to join. Remember, once the day of the first tournament arrives and you are not a member of B.A.S.S., you can still fish for the purses, but not be able to go on to the Classic Team Fishoff – even if you win the TOC.

To Enter:

Option # 1: Pre-Registration – This option is preferred so we don’t have teams showing up and not being able to fish. The cutoff will be 15 teams.  Teams have two ways to pre-register:

  • Send a Check, along with the a separate application for each tournament and a $300,000 insurance binder that is dated to cover the tournament in which the team will be fishing. (Each application mailed will need a separate binder. If a team enters more than one tournament and they enter multiple tournaments per mailing, then only one insurance binder is necessary per mailing.) Send check, binder and application and made payable to:

Ray Lentine

193 Sutton Ave

Oxford, MA 01540


  • You can pay with a credit/debit card. Either txt/call (508-826-7471) Ray with your Credit Card #, Exp date, the 3 digit code on the back, the name on the card and the billing address.  Note: The info will be run through Ray’s business account. The bank charges us 3 ¾% to use the service. The amount charged will be $155.63.


Option # 2: Pay at the Ramp –  Teams can enter the morning of each tournament. You will fill out an application that morning and LEAVE  A COPY of your insurance for $300,000 Liability. The entry Fee is $150 per tournament – cash only.



(The application can be seen by going to the MassB.A.S.S. Nation website www.massbassnation.org )

B.A.S.S. Fee:  Every team member must pay a 1 time fee of $10. This money will go to BASS National as part of the payout for the Finals down south and will be collected the morning of the team’s first tournament. (This fee is not part of the $150 entry fee.)

Payouts:  $10 per team will be subtracted from the entry fee. This money will be kept and given to the winner of the TOC to offset the expense to attend The Classic Team Championship. This will leave $140 per team.

1st Place: 2/3 of  total entries   Full Field = $1400

2nd Place: 1/3 of total entries   Full Field = $700

Only two places will be paid out.  There will be an optional LUNKER POOL @ $10 PER TEAM

Substitute: At one tournament only a team may substitute a co-angler. This substitute Co-Angler will not fish the TOC. The original team will be the team members that qualify for the TOC.


  1. Points will be determined by finish: 1st Place = 200 points –  2nd place = 199  –  3rd = 198, etc.
  2. If a team fishes an event, but does not weigh-in a fish, they will receive 100 points.
  3. There will not be a drop tournament.
  4. Cumulative Standings will be posted on the MassB.A.S.S. Nation website.


This is a five (5) fish limit trail. Only five fish will be allowed in your livewells and five fish brought to the scale. Largemouth and Smallmouth that are a minimum of 12” will be considered legal. Any fish, as determined by the officials, that is determined questionable as to mutilation or how long fish had been dead – will not be allowed.

Road to The BassMasters Classic:

  1. Using the Points method above, the top 5 teams from the trail will qualify to fish a 5th This tournament will be called: “The MassB.A.S.S. Classic Team Championship.” That team will have won that title and will be the “MassB.A.S.S. Classic Team Champions.” The 2017 Team Champions will qualify to represent MassB.A.S.S. Nation at the Classic Team Fishoff. They will compete for 2 days and the top 3 teams (6 individuals) after those two days will fish that third day alone.  The non-boaters will be

given bassboats to use on this third day. The person, on that third day, that wins will have an automatic entry in the most prestigious tournament in the world: The BassMasters Classic

 EPO –Launch FEES:

  1. EPO Fee: With 15 boats there should not be any EPO Officer needed. .
  2. Launch Fees: These fees are known when lakes are chosen. At this writing there are no known fees.


Check-in between 5:30 and 6:30. Because the people running this trail also fish the trail, they must also have time to put away check-in materials/tables, etc. and prepare for the tournament. Therefore, any team that tries to check in after 6:30 will be turned away.

Tournament Hours: Unless weather or other situations cause a delay, all tournaments will start at 7:00 A.M. and end at 3 P.M.


Boat Examination and Launching at a site other than Check-in Ramp:

  1. Every boat will be checked by a MassB.A.S.S. Nation official. If you intend to enter the tournament you are giving permission for a MassB.A.S.S. Nation official to inspect your boat. Inspection may include the

entire boat and not just livewells.

  1. If a team launches their boat at a ramp that is not at the check-in site, they must beach their boat and alert a MassB.A.S.S. Nation official so the boat can be inspected.
  2. All inspected boats will have their trolling motors “ribboned.”

Leaving the Boat: Once the tournament starts no contestant will be allowed to leave the boat with the following exceptions:

  1. If there is a bathroom or port-o-john and a member must relieve themselves, the other member

must stay in the boat.

  1. Medical Emergency.
  2. Leaving a hook on a dock/boat must be avoided. ONE member will be allowed to retrieve a hook that is stuck on a dock or a boat tied to a dock. No one will be allowed to retrieve a hook/lure that is stuck on land and cannot be reached by staying in the boat.

Take-Off and Weigh-in Procedure:

  1. One member from each team, when they sign-up the morning of the tournament, will draw their take-off number.
  2. To not stress out the bass, the weigh-in will be by called number ONLY. Do not bring fish to scales until called. Starting at #1 and depending on the number of boats in the tournament, teams will be called to the scales 5 Teams at a time. To save time: If numbers 6 thru 10 are called (for example) teams 11 thru 15 should bag their bass. At the Pre-tournament meeting it will announced who the Tournament Officials are AND if the weigh-in will be a “beached boats” or a “pull boats” weigh-in. To have a speedy weigh-in, the officials need to weigh-in first and their takeoff numbers will not be a factor for the weigh-in.


Late for Weigh-in:  There will be a deduction of one pound for every minute a team is late. This means that a team must either check-in with a check-in boat, or with a check-in official standing on shore, or the boat beached by the official end of the tournament.

Dead Fish: There will be NO culling of dead fish. There is a fine line here. If you think a fish is dying and you want to cull it before it dies, this is allowed, but if the fish is dead – you must bring it to the scales.  Any fish that is brought to the scales dead will be assessed a ¼ pound penalty (.25 lb.) per dead fish.

Under 12”: All bass caught must be 12” minimum length. A 1 pound penalty will be assessed for bringing a short fish to the scale and that fish will not be allowed. BEFORE a team brings fish to the scale, they will be allowed to compare their measuring device to the measuring ruler being used at the scale. (Golden Rule)

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: These tournaments are a COMPETITION and sanctioned by B.A.S.S.  Fair play is demanded, but aggressiveness is part of any sport. There will be occasions that two teams will come to the same spot on the water. Talk to each other as to what path you take. “Cutting Off” another angler is not something that is punishable, but doing so will not be looked upon favorably by the competitors or the organizers. If a team is, for example, fishing a row of docks, a substantial amount of those docks would be on a first come- first to fish basis. The bottom line: If it doesn’t feel right to do it – don’t do it.

Staying competitive as you use common sense is what should be practiced. Coming upon a canoe, kayak or any small boat, no matter where you are on a river, you must slow down to no wake.


Safe boating is required at all times. Most New England waters have a 45 mph speed limit. Some have “no wake” until a certain time and others have different speed limits for different parts of the lake. It is each boat driver’s responsibility to know the speed limit on the water they fish.


  1. Each team member must wear a Coast Guard approved chest-type Personal Flotation Device (PFD) whenever the gasoline engine is on. The boat does not need to be moving. If the engine is on and a vest is not worn by both team members – the team WILL BE disqualified.
  2. Kill switch cords must be attached to the PFD if the engine is on.


  1. 150’ must be the distance between all boats on plane, no matter if the other boat is in the tournament.
  2. No external fuel tanks will be allowed. Only the fuel in the boat’s installed gas tank will be used. The only refueling allowed will be at a regulated fuel depot, such as in a marina.


  1. Protest: If you want to file a protest against another team, you must do so in writing, before the end of the weigh-in and before the scales are closed. The person filing a protest must be available when the protest is reviewed and when, if needed, a penalty is given. The MassB.A.S.S. Nation Officials at the tournament will determine the severity of the offense and the penalty.
  2. Citation: If any team is given a Citation for any on the water offense, they must inform a MassB.A.S.S. Nation Official. Not informing an official that a Citation was given will disqualify that team for the balance of that year’s Classic Team Trail. If a team is given a Citation, then that team’s weight will not be allowed.
  3. Off-Limits and Cutoff:
    1. If a Cutoff Period is announced/posted and if a team or a member of a team is found fishing during the period, then that team will be disqualified from the tournament held on that lake. (If there is a cutoff it will be posted on the MassB.A.S.S. Nations website. It will be important, before you prefish, to check the website and the info for that tournament. )
    2. There are some bodies of water where there will be “Off-Limits.” So anglers don’t waste time prefishing off limit areas, MassB.A.S.S. Nation, when possible, will post those off-limits on the MassB.A.S.S. Nation website. If there are off limits they will be announced at the pre-tournament meeting. Off-limits only pertain to the actual tournament hours. Any team caught in a designated off limit area during the tournament will be disqualified from that tournament.
  4. Drugs and/or Alcohol: None are allowed 6 hours before an event, during the event or at the weigh-in site. Never will illegal drugs or alcohol be allowed in a boat that is being used in the tournament. If illegal drugs or alcohol are found in the boat, the team will be disqualified from that tournament.
  5. The use of cell phones or walkie talkies to communicate with teams in the event is not allowed.

Disqualifications or assessed penalties and any interpretations of these rules will only be by the designated tournament officials at each tournament. These officials will be announced at each tournament at the pre-tournament meeting.

Pre-tournament Meeting: Required for all participants (both team members) to attend the Pre-tournament Meeting. These meeting will take place on or about 6:45 A.M., so plan accordingly.

MassB.A.S.S. Nation Tournament Officials: They will be announced at the Pre-Tournament Meeting. Ray Lentine will be at every tournament and will be one of the tournament officials. He can be reached by cell phone: 508-826-7471.

Note: It is the desire of MassBASS Nation to keep each tournament semi-small. This will allow us to fish smaller less pressured waters. The popularity of this trail will hopefully catalyst a 2nd 15 fish Classic Team Trail in Massachusetts the following year. We hope you support this trail and spread the word if you find the trail being run professionally and fairly. Thank you in advance for your support.

S Watuppa team trail results

Posted June 13, 2016

That’S a ’Moorey!!

No love lost for team Moorey, as they spank the field again at the second stop on the Massachusetts Nation Team Trail.  Jim and John weighed in a seven fish limit weighing 18.17lbs.   In 2nd place, with a tournament lunker of 3.85lbs and a total weight of 17.65lbs. was Ray Lentine and Eli Delaney.

Team Weight
1 John and Jim Moorey 18.17
2 Ray Lentine / Eli Delany 17.65
3 Jim Guildea / Warren Burrell 14.11
4 Craig Castro / Rick Very 13.53
5 Al Gagliarducci / Eric Nodwell 12.00
6 Chip Servant / Tab Brown 11.88
7 John Carman / Paul LeBlanc 9.50
8 Mathew Klinker / Ben Hale 6.12


Standings after 2

 Team Webster S Watuppa Total
1 John and Jim Moorey 100 100 200
2 Al Gagliarducci / Eric Nodwel 97 95 192
3 Ray Lentine / Eli Delany 91 97 188
4 Mathew Klinker / Ben Hale 95 91 187
5 Chip Servant / Tab Brown 93 94 187
6 John Carman / Paul LeBlanc 92 93 185

2016-04-30 Youth Tournament Results from Nippenicket

Posted May 5, 2016


1. Evan/Sean 9.04
2. Nate/Will 5.92
3. Kyle/Brant 4.28
4. Tyler/Ted 2.72
5. James/Mathew 2.28
6. Erik/Noah 1.48
7.Campball/Ingersoll 1.46
7. Brett/Cameron 1.28
8. Andrew/Collin 1.18
9. Andrew/Nick 0.00
9. Dan/Jack 0.00
9. Cory/Connor 0.00
9. Max Mquade 0.00

Big Fish – Evan/Sean 6.42 lm

2016-04-09 Webster Results

Posted April 12, 2016


 Name Weight Points
 Aaron Orsi 12.80 200
 Joe Burchill 10.43 199
 Mark Burgess 7.93 198
 Mike Bednarski 7.05 197
Rob Ramasci 6.19 196
Dan Tavilla 5.37 195
Dave Swimm 4.02 194
 Dennis Whitaker 2.79 193
 Ben Hale 1.79 192
 Sheron Brown 1.57 191
Ray Lentine 0.00 166
Tom McGee 0.00 166
Justin Small 0.00 166
Big Fish – Rob Ramasci 3.16


NAME Weight Poins
Josh Cotier 7.75 200
Nick Dill 4.13 199
Andrew Eaton 2.91 198
Gerry Ramasci 2.09 197
John Boudreau 1.78 196
Chris Forti 1.66 195
Bill Butler 0.00 170
Steve Carden 0.00 170
Big Fish – Nick Dill 4.13


2016 Mass Bass Nation Trail and Information

Posted April 3, 2016

2016 Massachusetts B.A.S.S. Nation


 This 2016 Massachusetts B.A.S.S. Nation Pro-am Tournament Trail is open to anyone over the age of 18*. It will be structured as a tournament where the boaters compete JUST against the other boaters (Pro) and the Co-Anglers JUST fish against the other Co-Anglers (Ams). The tournament committee reserves the right to refuse any trail entry form.   The top 10 Boaters and co-Anglers will be invited to an entry-free TOC (tournament of Champions).  The top 10 will be determined on a point system based on the accumulative rankings from each of the four tournaments.  You may enter at any tournament at any time, including the morning of the tournaments. Pre-registration for the trail is not necessary, but strongly recommended.  If 2 weeks prior to the tournament we have not met the 25 boat mark, the limit will be capped at 25 boats to avoid the EPO fee.  There is a cut-off/off limits period, participants cannot prefish on the body of water the Thursday & Friday prior to the event. Checks will be accepted for pre-registration only.  Make checks payable to Jay Guidaboni, 240 Bourne Rd., Plymouth MA, 02360.  Check payments must be received 7 days prior to the event.  All other fees are cash.  Any ramp or parking fees will be collected separately at each event.

*Under 18 can fish as a Co-Angler (Am) with a signed letter from a parent or guardian.

Please check the following tournaments you will participate in:

Bass Nation Pro-Am Tournament Trail

  • April 9, 2016                                                     Webster Lake-State Ramp
  • May 14, 2016                                                    Long Pond, Harwich
  • June 11, 2016                                                    Manchaug Pond
  • July 9, 2016                                                      White Hall Reservoir
  • October 8, 2016                                               TOC  – Attatash Lake

Entry fees:         Boaters $90 ($10 optional lunker)

Co-Anglers $50 (includes lunker)

You must hand in this form with a liability waiver.  If a liability waiver is not signed prior to the tournament, you may not qualify to fish.  Liability forms can be found online prior to the tournament or will be available at the site the morning of the tournament.

Forms can be downloaded here:

2016 B.A.S.S. National Team Championship

Posted March 14, 2016

This is an open trail designed to send a team(s) to the B.A.S.S. National Team Championship and a shot at fishing in the Bassmasters Classic. No affiliation needed to fish any of the first 3 events, All welcome to come and have some competitive fun. If you want to represent Massachusetts at the National Team Championship, a one- time, $100/team membership fee is due on or before the first T to ensure your chance at the Massachusetts National Qualifier. All open Events are 80% payback with 20 % going to the team representing Massachusetts at the National Team Championship

The Trail  

  • 80% payback Open Team Trail consisting of three open team events and an invitation only Mass National Qualifier to those that Qualify
  • All teams wanting to go to the National Qualifier for a shot to attend the National Team Championship, and potentially fish in the Bassmasters Classic, will pay a one-time $100 entry on or before the start of the first Tournament. Points will be awarded to only those who signed up before the first event with the highest finishing team receiving the 100 first place points and so on.
  • Unless otherwise informed, the team signing up for the Webster T is the Official Team
    • Each team will be allowed one alternate for one event.
    • The alternate cannot have been a member or alternate for any other team of the current season

   The Mass National Qualifier

If you think of the Mass National Qualifier as a regular trail event and a TOC combined, all of this should make sense.

  • No entry fee
  • The number of National Qualifier contestants invited, will be 50% of the number of teams who pay the$100 entry at the start of the season. If a team cannot attend we will not go down the list to reach the 50%. The maximum number of teams will be ten.
  • Points will be given out as if a regular trail event. Point leader after all 4 events will be Ma Team Champion
  • The Massachusetts representatives at the nationals will receive the 20% made at each T and the proceeds from the raffle. Hopefully this will add up to about $2500. If more monies are needed it will be taken from the $100 paid entries.
  • The $100 entry each team paid, will be used to pay the field at the National Qualifier. In other words, any team that qualifies for the National Qualifier will be paid. It might be only 25 bucks, but it will be something.

      Event Points

  • 1st        100
  • 2nd       97
  • 3rd       95
  • 1 point increments after that

For more information on trail format or National Championship visit Massbassnation.org or contact Paul LeBlanc at pleblanc51@comcast.net

Download the official trail flyer here:

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2016 Mass Bass Nation Awards Banquet

Posted January 25, 2016

Please come support your 2016 Massachusetts State Team at the Awards Banquet!

They will journey to Douglas Lake, Tennessee in May to compete in the B.A.S.S Eastern Divisional.

When:  March 5th 2016

Start Time:  5:30PM

Where: Franklin Elks Hall 1077 Pond Street Franklin, MA 02038

Tickets available at the door for $25 Each.
Great raffles, details to follow!

Please message us or let your club know if you plan on attending so we can get an accurate count for food.

Jeff Kenney    kenneyfish@verizon.net    774-571-9105

Ocktoberfish results

Posted October 29, 2015


Congrats to all.  Here are the top 4 finishers.

1st – Beksha/Burchill 5 Bass for 11.34lbs
2nd – McKinnon/Sullivan 5 Bass for 10.47lbs
3rd – Reardon/Gilpatrick 5 Bass for 8.65lbs
4th – Tucker/Ross 5 Bass for 8.47lbs

Lunker went to Beksha/Burchill 4.92lbs

Oktoberfish 2015

Posted October 10, 2015

2015 ocbrfsh front


Oktoberfish  2015

Lake Cochituate

October 25th                                                                         

7am -3pm

$100 /boat

  • 5 Fish limit…fish alone or as a 2 man team
  • $100 /boat includes entry, epo fee, and lunker
  • All state laws and B.A.S.S. rules apply B.A.S.S. Rules
  • Winner gets free entry into Octoberfish 2015

Dave Forget – TCB President


Paul LeBlanc


Web site:    Tri-County Bassmasters

Download the entry form here:

Make checks payable to:  Tri-County Bassmasters and Mail to TCB Treasurer:  Tim Baurley   46 River Road    Norfolk, Ma. 02056

All pre-paid entries must be post marked no later than October 17, 2014  Cash only after that.

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