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pocketfisherman commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
Haha, you guys are too much!...
Posted 45 minutes ago

chevin37 posted to the message board BIG BOAT SIGN UP FOR SAMPSONS POND CARVER MA.APRIL 27.
seize fire kenny! dont worry youll see plenty of old faces soon....
Posted 54 minutes ago

badlarry posted to the message board PowerBait dough vs Power Eggs vs Gulp Alive Eggs for trout.
Glad we could help n good luck on your next trip. Tight lines!...
Posted 1 hour ago

angler21 posted to the message board Some spring big 'uns.
You're on fire dude! I'm heading out today and hope to have some similar results!...
Posted 1 hour ago

shawneramone posted to the message board This burns me up.
I bought a license...
Posted 2 hours ago

live4fish posted to the message board Unwritten Rules of Fishing/ Etiquette ??.
Please don't cross my line. Please don't leave trash. Otherwise, do whatever you want. I'm not a game warden... I'll still catch fish. I've got no time for fishing snobs...
Posted 2 hours ago

shawneramone commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
See? There he goes again...
Posted 4 hours ago

samf posted to the message board Technique Write-ups.
haha stratos...coming from the guy who wrote a novel for each technique. you should add ones for swimbaits and punching....
Posted 4 hours ago

samf commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
i have never mentioned martin's on here. i've never even been there. i've also never blown up a spot. most of my trips don't even l...
Posted 4 hours ago

meat7gtk reviewed the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
4 stars
Posted 4 hours ago

meat7gtk posted to the message board Introdution.."Newbie".
Welcome, enjoy the site!...
Posted 4 hours ago

bassmaster7 reviewed the trip Holy Carp!.
5 stars
Posted 5 hours ago

tunameltdown posted to the message board WTS Swimbait combo.
Bumping this up top. I got another Mojo that I'm selling. Same exact rod I was selling before. It's nearly brand new. I bought it to use in the interim while my custom rod...
Posted 5 hours ago

shawneramone commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
I have no idea what you're talking about...
Posted 7 hours ago

pocketfisherman commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
Yeah, Sam is famous for that! Oh wait....so are you!! :-)...
Posted 14 hours ago

shawneramone commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
Martin's has been blown up for years. Sam started it...
Posted 14 hours ago

pocketfisherman commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
And there aren't really any SECRET spots. You can't hide a body of water and there are always people who know about how good a spot usually is...
Posted 14 hours ago

pocketfisherman commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
The more the places are mentioned out loud, the more they get blown up! Tips and techniques are one thing. Fishing spots should be shared among friend...
Posted 14 hours ago

pocketfisherman reviewed the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
5 stars
Posted 14 hours ago

pocketfisherman posted to the message board So I went Bass fishing and caught this guy on a swin bait..!.
Nice Rainbow!...
Posted 14 hours ago

lunkerhunter2366 posted 4 new photos.
Posted 14 hours ago

swill17 commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
And in total I saw 7 different boats today. Its been known to produce decent fish, but I dont know why I keep going back because I can't find them...
Posted 15 hours ago

ronan posted 1 new photo.
Posted 15 hours ago

swill17 commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
I think i saw you on the east bank heading south just as I was leaving. The weather was nice, but couldnt get a bite....
Posted 15 hours ago

shawneramone reviewed the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
I stop going there after the place starts getting blown up. I saw at least 3 other boats today.
5 stars
Posted 15 hours ago

shawneramone commented on the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
We were on Martins today from about 4 till 6:30 with one dink bass. ...
Posted 15 hours ago

jfish posted to the message board North Pond Cartopper sign up 4/27/14.
I'm game either way...
Posted 17 hours ago

badlarry posted to the message board hitting the chu tomorrow(wed 23).
Haha thanks bud have only hit the chu once have to hop on that train b4 it leaves the station! Woo hoo all aboard!...
Posted 17 hours ago

badlarry posted to the message board Head scratcher.
I feel that to be true need to find spot with deepwater within casting distance. No maps for this lake so trial n error large body of water.They werevworkin on the damn few yr...
Posted 18 hours ago

bangbang posted to the message board Team Beaver Fever Budget Bass Jon Boat Build.
We typically get our angle aluminum from Sullivan metals in worcester, ma. It is 1.5"x 1.5". Your design looks good, but you might want to move the two supports ...
Posted 18 hours ago

teamhookset reviewed the trip Martins Pond 4/22.
I was the idiot fishing the shallows off the bridge... Thought there be something in that downed tree and nothing. Oh well that pond produces some big bass
5 stars
Posted 18 hours ago

muskiebigfish posted to the message board Carp Fishing by Muskiebigfish.
Thanks Meat, hitting Lake Quinsig in the am for the Beginning of Carp Season. I only have a couple hrs, 430am - 6ish, then to work. If you want to see what the ruckus is al...
Posted 19 hours ago

swill17 posted a new trip Martins Pond 4/22.
I hit martins to test out the new motor and get some fishing in. Let the water warm up a bit before I headed out, wanted to let fish move towards shal...
Posted 19 hours ago

gocaveman posted 1 new photo.
Posted 19 hours ago

timmo reviewed the trip First Wachusett Smallie of the Year.
5 stars
Posted 19 hours ago

timmo reviewed the trip Holy Carp!.
5 stars
Posted 19 hours ago

samf reviewed the trip Holy Carp!.
i believe him. i've seen some huge carp in there.
5 stars
Posted 19 hours ago

samf reviewed the trip First Wachusett Smallie of the Year.
nice one
5 stars
Posted 19 hours ago

pocketfisherman reviewed the trip First Wachusett Smallie of the Year.
5 stars
Posted 20 hours ago

mcdonams commented on the trip Holy Carp!.
What size hook and bait did you use? I spent a couple hours this morning on the Charles in Boston and saw some HUGE carp in the westernmost pool. I&...
Posted 22 hours ago

dr commented on the trip First Wachusett Smallie of the Year.
Nice job Tom!! Great fish!
Might hit the chu Friday before work if anyone is intersted....
Posted 1 day ago

angler21 commented on the trip First Wachusett Smallie of the Year.
Meant to give you 5 stars! Great smallie and congrats on your PB Laker!...
Posted 1 day ago

fishinjones posted to the message board Few questions about Wachusett Res.
What do you guys suggest for line? I think im gonna go to the store today and get some new line. Mainly fishing for trout....
Posted 1 day ago

tomp posted 2 new photos.
Posted 1 day ago

tomp posted a new trip First Wachusett Smallie of the Year.
Got my PB best Laker a few days ago at 7 lb 2 oz. and of course forgot my cell phone camera so no record except in my memory!

Back today in sea...

Posted 1 day ago

hooklineandsinker posted a new trip Holy Carp!.
Went fishing for an hour before heading out to Rhode Island. In the last couple minutes I hook up. After a couple of minutes fighting the fish I lande...
Posted 1 day ago

hooklineandsinker posted a new trip Holy Carp!.
Went fishing for an hour before heading out to Rhode Island. In the last couple minutes I hook up. After a couple of minutes fighting the fish I lande...
Posted 1 day ago

muskiebigfish commented on the trip Smallies Chu and Lakers Won hahahahaha.
Im so glad to see new people having fun at the Res!!!!! ...
Posted 1 day ago

muskiebigfish posted to the message board anyone going tell me i'm available.
What u catch?...
Posted 1 day ago

muskiebigfish commented on the trip Wachusset Res .
Lots of Lakers near to more than trophy size. Great job...
Posted 1 day ago

sbs401 posted to the message board Bass overpopulation?.
Is it just the bass or are all the fish generally small? Could be the pond itself. Crappie, perch, bluegills, picker...
Posted 1 day ago

noelbaum posted a new trip Fishing is fun again.
Fishing the Charles River Esplanade....
Posted 1 day ago

thetroutfisherman123 posted 2 new photos.
Posted 1 day ago

thetroutfisherman123 posted a new trip Wachusset Res .
great early start left house at 4:30 got there around 5:30 setup and missed a couple bites one on a bottom rig another on a bobber setup. Then an hour...

Posted 1 day ago

thetroutfisherman123 posted 2 new photos.
Posted 1 day ago

juggernoob posted to the message board KAYAK TOURNAMENT SEASON OPENER SIGNUP!- MAY 3-A-1/STUMP.
I'm in....
Posted 1 day ago

jayfaro posted to the message board Quantum Classic 1420Mg RH Casting reel.
Rob, i live in Townsend and work in Leominster/Worcester/Millbury. Not sure if you come north from Holbrook but if you do, i'm sure we can meet up. I want to say Holbrook is ...
Posted 1 day ago

enogueira posted to the message board Mad fish..
C'mon guys... Charlie is a celebrity. He happens to have made his mark with a fishing show. I used to let him bother me; wrote in to "Beat Ch...
Posted 1 day ago

jamesd posted 2 new photos.
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esquila posted 1 new photo.
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noreastangler posted 1 new photo.
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2014 Tournament Information
2014 MAFF TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

BIG BOATS TRAIL
  1. 4/27 SAMPSONS POND CARVER
  2. 5/11 BILLINGTON SEA PLYMOUTH
  3. 5/18 SABBATIA LAKE TAUNTON 12 VEHICLES
  4. 6/15 QUABOG POND BROOKFIELD
  5. 6/22 MONPONSETT EAST HALIFAX
  6. 6/29 MASHPEE/WAKEBY MASHPEE ($7.00 PARKING FEE FOR MASS.PLATES $15.00 FOR OUT OF STATE)
  7. 7/13 ATTITASH LAKE 11 VEHICLES
  8. 7/27 NIPPENICKET BRIDGEWATER 11 VEHICLES
  9. 8/10 SO.WATUPPA FALL RIVER
  10. 8/17 LONG POND FREETOWN
  11. 8/24 COCHITUATE WAYLAND
  12. 9/7 MANCHAUG SUTTON
  13. 9/21 CHARLES RIVER WALTHAM (PENDING)

CARTOPPER TRAIL
  1. 4/13 MIDDLE/MYSTIC, BARNSTABLE 10 boats
  2. 4/27 NORTH POND, HOPKINGTON 10 boats
  3. 5/4 BIG SANDY POND, PLYMOUTH 10 boats
  4. 6/1 DARK BROOK RES, AUBURN 12 boats
  5. 6/15 NIPENICKET, BRIDGEWATER 16 boats
  6. 6/29 UPPER MYSTIC, MEDFORD 10 boats
  7. 7/13 NORTON RESERVOIR, NORTON 10 boats
  8. 7/27 KNOPPS POND, GROTON 10 boats
  9. 8/10 AGAWAM RIVER, AGAWAM 10 boats
  10. 8/24 OLDHAM POND, PEMBROKE 12 boats
  11. 9/7 BILLINGTON , PLYMOUTH 15 boats

THE DETAILS

The 2014 season is here!! Welcome aboard to the new members who have joined the site during the off season, and welcome back to all the existing members who have helped make the years gone by a major success!

This year will be no different than the past years, listed below are all the details you will need to know to take part in the ever growing world of MA Fish Finder tournament trail.

Entrance Fee: $50 per boat whether you fish solo or with a partner, the $50 includes the lunker fee.

Requirements: You must have a fully functional live well, whether it is a factory installed set up in your boat or an improvised set up made from a cooler. It must be aerated and large enough to keep 5 bass alive until they are weighed and released. A good formula to use for determining cooler size is 1 gallon of water per pound of fish. Keeping frozen ice bottles on board (to add to your live well water) is suggested for ensuring the live release of fish on the hottest of days. We also ask that you purchase a Golden Rule or some other measuring device to ensure your fish are all over 12 inches We also ask that you have a weigh in bag to transport your fish to the scale to speed the process and ensure live release of your catch.
All vessels MUST HAVE a PFD(life preserver) for each member of the team.

Sign Up: The sign up for each event will be posted the Sunday before the event at approximately 7pm It is your responsibility to sign up for any and all events you wish to fish, entry to events is on a first come first serve basis, each tournament will also have an "alternates" list you can add your name to in the event of cancelations. A post on the upcoming tournament thread with the words "YOUR TEAM NAME" "IS IN" is all that is required to participate.

Arrival: We ask that all participants arrive at least 1 hour in advance (6am) of the designated launch time (7am) to ensure the tournament director can collect your entry fee, inspect your live well and get your team registered and on the water on time for the launch. We also ask that all participants have the upmost respect and keep the noise down when arriving. Some of our events have houses/neighborhoods in close proximity to the parking/launch areas.

Start/End Time: All MAFF events will begin (launch) at precisely 7am and will conclude (weigh in) at 2pm unless otherwise noted on the tournament thread post.

Format: The use of live bait is strictly prohibited in ANY and ALL MAFF events, artificial baits only! All events will consist of a 5 fish limit, all fish must be 12 inches or larger in order to be weighed in (short/dead fish will be penalized see penalty section below). Boats will all start together from a designated area for the car toppers. The big boats will draw numbers for starting order.

Weigh In: Before the start of each event the Tournament Director for that day will call for a time check and then will announce the weigh in time along with the location at which the weigh in will take place. All weigh ins will take place on shore. It is your responsibility to keep track of time as well as to be on time at the right location to weigh in your bag. Each team should weigh in their biggest fish even if it is not in contention for the lunker prize. In the event of a tie for any place, the tie breaker will be determined by the team with the biggest fish.

Penalties: The following is a list of penalties for specific infractions. Penalty enforcement is at the digression of the Tournament Director.
  • "On time for the weigh in" is defined as being under trolling motor power in the immediate vicinity of the weigh in area. If you are still under trolling motor power in route to the ramp at the designated time of weigh in you are late.
  • A boat arriving late to the weigh in will have 1 lb deducted from their total weight for every minute late, a team arriving 5 minutes or more late (without a valid reason and proper notification to the tournament director) will have their weight disqualified.
  • Please be sure all fish meet the minimum 12" length requirements (measure twice, weigh once).
  • A team weighing in a dead fish will be penalized a ½ lb (.5lbs/8oz) per dead fish.
  • A team attempting to weigh in a short fish will have that fish removed from the bag and be assessed an additional 1 lb penalty. A dead fish CANNOT win the Lunker Prize.

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