NEPVA Bass Trail
NEPVA Bass Trail...
The NEPVA Bass Trail consists of monthly one-day tournaments throughout New England. It is run by members of the American Eagle Bass Anglers with the support of Local and Federation members. ...
Anglers with disabilities to paralyzed veterans and disabled are paired with boaters for a day of competitive fishing. The partners compete as a team and the team with the largest weight for their limit takes home the first place trophies. Points are also accumulated at each event towards a year ending TOC tournament. The anglers can compete in as many events as possible. Lunker prizes are also awarded for the largest bass taken at each tournament.
This tournament trail is completely FREE there is no entry fee to fish these tournaments. To register as a boater or an angler fill out one of the applications below.
PLEASE NOTE: All registrations are due 2 weeks prior to the event. (We cannot guarantee a boat will be provided for you if you register less than 2 weeks prior to the event.) Cancellations should be made by calling 603-581-9617 at least 5 days in advance of the event.
Reelin’ Up & Winding Down in Maine
The 2018 NEPVA Bass Trail ended its season at picturesque Camp Pine Tree on North Pond in Rome, ME.
We couldn’t have asked for better company than that of the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation. Their loyalty and love of the trail speaks for itself. Several Boat Captains including Will Watters skipped a scheduled tournament to support the Bass Trail. Additional anglers and volunteer Boat Captains travelled from CT., MA., & NH. to join the trail. Many thanks to our team of volunteers, NH, MA Bass Federations, as well as our volunteer nurse & fellow Navy Veteran Stephanie who travelled from Boston to provide support.
This year, we had a higher number of new Boat Captains and anglers. You guessed it, “They’re hooked.”
The event began with check-in and pre-fishing on Friday for anyone who desired. Friday night dinner was provided as well as fish stories, strategies, and scheming by the campfire for the next day’s tournament. Long awaited tournament time finally arrived, and we were greeted by a sunny, crisp, October Maine day, beginning with the National Anthem sung by the Maine Chorale Society, as boats prepared to launch.
As the tournament began, I spied out boats, and shared stories or tales of others catch. One theme was common, the fishing was tough, and more fish were found the day prior and on a spinnerbait. However, many fish were caught in shallow water of 2-5 feet with carolina rigs and chatterbaits. 2nd Place winner, Dan Kenney reported he caught his fish in and around the rocks and boulders using a white ⅜ oz. chatter bait. He also noted that other baits used that day by others were 1/8 oz, jig heads with a trailer, regular jigs and drop shots off of the point. Mike from N.H. reported he caught his fish with dead sticking senkos in 2-5 feet of water in and around the rocks. Mike also reported others had luck with lizards. At the scales, the excitement grew, and the competition was intense.
The Tournament consisted of 18 teams and 3 anglers in the pontoon boat division.
1st Place, Charlie Wilson & Nick Crews total weight 12.70 lbs.
2nd Place, Dan Kenney & Jon Worrall total weight 12.56 lbs.
3rd Place, Bill Church & Greg Snyder total weight 12.04 lbs. Lunker, Matt Milliken 5.29 lbs.
The weekend commenced with a buffet dinner, awards banquet, and giveaways from generous sponsors and music by the campfire. Sunday morning all enjoyed breakfast, exchange of phone numbers and emails and departed in anticipation of 2019 tournament.
Special thanks to our sponsors; Lew’s American Heroes, G3 Boats, Boag Hog
Baits, Twin Maples Outdoors, Wicked Fishah, Mainetunafishing.com, Warriors @ 45
North, Line Cutterz, Northwoods Journal, Bass Angler Magazine, Vets on the Water, Cigar & Smoke & Cigar Shop, Daddy Mac Lures, & GoFishDan.com