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Fishing for HoPE 2013 results

The day started off early, I left my house at 3:45 AM to pick up Vern and get to Sampsons Pond in Carver.  We had 16 boats say they will be there, but I was still uncertian if they will actually come.  As we pulled to the ramp at 4:45, there were boats already being launched!  We all met up at the Town Beach at 6 to get registration done, hand out t-shirts, and do a 50/50.  When all said and done we had 18 boats!  The weather was a crisp 46 degrees with a sustained NE wind about 18 kts. with heavy overcast skies.  It was COLD!  At 7 we started the tourney.  The bite was hit or miss.  I saw a few boats on the fish some landing some pigs, and others not landing much at all.  That was how Vern’s and my day was.  We had a tough bite, only getting some rats.  As the day progressed, the sun peaked out a few times.  At 1 Pm the festivities began on the beach.  We had a bouncy house, a bake sale, Moore Dog’s was there selling hotdogs and cheesburgers, MGC Bait and Tackle donated rods/reels and worms for the kids to have a fishing derby, a raffle with some great equipment and a live band that sounded awesome on the water.  It was nice to fish and hear live music in the distance.   The scale opened at 3 PM and the crowd on the beach really enjoyed the weigh-in. We had a total of 72 fish brought to the scale with a total of 135.86 pounds. Here are the results.

  1. Tom Webber/Mark Welch              16.50 lbs
  2. Pat Hannon/Scott Studley               13.35 lbs with the LUNKER of 5.88 lbs!
  3. George Smith/Russ Kleekamp       12.28 lbs
  4. Jay Guidaboni/Colin Walker            12.13 lbs
  5. Pete De Mayo/Ryan Kempton         12.06
  6. Dave Wojcik/Tom Butterfeild           9.32 lbs
  7. Matt “Z”/Steve Lavalle                       9.12 lbs
  8. Andrew Amaimo/Kevin Murray       8.92 lbs
  9. Deron Nicholas/Dave Hawkes          8.06 lbs
  10. Jimmy Riley/Charlie Lewis                 7.40 lbs
  11. Rick Farrar/Gerard Terril                   6.18 lbs
  12. Steve Ayala                                           5.97 lbs
  13. Steve Hall/Nathan Hall                       5.43 lbs
  14. Ed Tierney/Vern Santos                     4.75 lbs
  15. Scott Bernier/Barry Camara              4.39 lbs
  16. Chuck Hackett/Andrew Johnson
  17. Larry Ferreria/Al Medieros
  18. Jeff Marcotte/Anthony Danardi

The event was a success!  I’d like to thank all who helped put it together: Dave Wojcik, Tom Butterfeild, Mark Welch, Deron Lane Nicholas, Ryan Fontain, Jay Guidaboni, Neil Dootson AND our MC/Winner Tom Webber!  With out you guys this never would have happened. For more information on Holoprosencephaly, goto www.familiesforhope.org


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On October 13, 2013 there will be a benefit tourney at Sampsons Pond, Carver Ma.  The tourney will be raising money for Families for HoPE, Inc.,  a non profit group made up of parents who have children with Holoprosencephaly (HPE), a rare brain malformation. Tourney entry is $100 per team with an 80% payback!   Trophies for the top 4 teams and lunker, 50/50, fishing gear raffles, a country and western band, bouncy house for the kids, food and fun fishing for the kids.  The tournament starts at 7 Am and the public weigh in is at 1 PM. All participants will get a t-shirt.


For more info on HPE please go to www.familiesforhope.org.  Ed Tierney, a member of the Rod Jockeys daughter Maeve has HPE, and Families for HoPE has helped his family greatly over the past 6 years. 


For more info on Ed and Maeve go to www.fishingforhope.org.


For an entry form please email Deron at ltdbaits@gmail.com or Ed at info@fishingforhope.org.


Registration deadline is Monday October 6th.  So get those entry forms, checks and proof of insurance in ASAP.



Ok, here is an update……….The Long Pond Harwich tourney was cancelled an hour befor it ended.  It was a night tourney and the weather was crap.  Blowing 25-30 with storms getting close.  We started at 5 pm and agreed that if the storm moved in, we’d quit and try again at a later date.  Well, it was a tough bite most of the night.  Around 930 pm we started to see lightning, but nobody was ready to give up.  I was getting ready to throw the “kitchen sink” because I couldn’t even get a nibble.  Around 10 I grabbed a nice 3.84 smallie.  But the thunder and lightning was getting bad!  They called the tourney at 1045 and decided to just do “lunker” , no points.  I thought I had a chance with this decent smallie.  I pulled it out of the live well when one of the other guys laughed and said “mine eats yours for a snack”.  Well, he weighed a 5.33 Smallie, a COW!  So I have been doing some fun fishing locally and have been doing well.

On Labor Day Vern and I fished a Cran Bog Hogs team tourney at Tispaquin Lake in Middleboro.  We had to get there early, so we left at 3 am……… The morning was tough.  There was a storm moving close and thunder and lightning off in the distance.  Vern grabbed a nice 3.5 right of the bat.  Then the rain started.  I think we got 3 inches of rain in 2 hours.  As the rain slowed I grabbed a monster.  she was a 4.98 pounder at the scale, but she was bigger when we put her in the live well, she pucked up a bunch of food……  Vern then got another 4 +, and now we were in the game.  We kept waiting for the sun to come out to turn the bite on (and dry us off) but it never did.  We moved to the other side of the lake and Vern pulled out another 2.5 pounder.  I then grabbed a 4+ from the pads.  We moved back to where we started.  WVern got #5 that was tiny, a rat 1 pounder.  We grabbed a bunch more and culled a few times, but nothing of any decent size.  At hi noon, the guy fishing near us landed one of the biggest largies I have ever seen, but Vern was convinced ours was bigger.  At 1230 we headed to the scales.  We weighed 5 fish for 15.62 pounds.  Our lunker came in at 4.98, and we held on to both first place and lunker until the second to last boat weighed a 7.09 lunker.  Oh, well………Vern and I took 1st place overall!!!!!!!   We beat the second place boat by only a pound.  This is my first 1st place, and it was great.

Don’t forget that the Fishing for HoPE tourney is still on, October 13th at Sampsons in Carver.  I have posted a picture of what the t-shirt will look like.  The pictures from our first place are comming………..

Dennis Pnd Largie LP Yarm largie shirt LP Harwich 4# smallie

2013 Season

Well, this season is almost over………….It has been a tough year for me and fishing.  The first 2 tourneys, I got skunked!  Plus, Vern and I did the Easter Bunny Open back on Easter Saturday, and I was skunked there too……….Wequaket Lake, tourney #3 I did well, caught 5 and finished 4th.  Then came Long Pond Lakeville.  I caught a bunch, culled a few and came in 9th.  Last night, we fished Mashpee-Wakeby, a great lake, and I got skunked again.  I am holding strong in 9th overall with 2 tourneys left.  I HoPE to stay in the top 10!

On another note.  The Fishing for HoPE tourney is ON!  October 13th at Sampsons Pond in Carver MA.  There is now a group of 7 of us putting it together.  It is gonna be a good time for a great cause, Families for HoPE.  Stay tuned for updates on the tourney.Weq 5-13


AHH, thats a sigh…… Last weekend we had a Rod Jockey’s meeting and the Fishing for HoPE tourney was brought up.  Thankfully with the support of all the Rod Jockey’s,I am now putting together the Fishing for HoPE tournament to be held in the early fall of 2013.  This tourney is to raise money for Families for HoPE, and raise awarness of HoloProsEncephally (HPE).  I will keep everyone posted on this! 

I was looking at some of my older posts, and want to reshare a few things with all of you.  Please take a few minutes to check them out.  One is a news paper article from just before Maeves 4th birthday.  The second is a quick video that was made by Meggan for me on Fathers Day. Turn your volume up.


Disney Bound

2012 in review

Well…….sorry this took so long!!!!  The 2012 season was a lot of fun, I will recap it the best I can….

The season started on St. Patrick’s Day at Great Herring in Plymouth.  It was a cold windy day and I was able to finish 5th at a lake I had only fished once before.  The next tourney was at Sampsons in Plymouth at the end of April.  It was a bedding tourney and I wasted a lot of time on a few fish.  But I was able to take 5th again and I won Big Bass with a 3.88 pounder.  Then it was off to one of the best lakes on Cape (for me), Santuit in Mashpee in the middle of May.  Once again I took 5th.  I think 80% of the guys got a limit.  I had my limit within the first 2 ½ hours and culled the rest of the day.  After the tourney, I was in 3rd place in the overall standings!  In June we were at Johns Pond in Falmouth.  I wish I could do this one again.  I lost a decent fish because I got too excited.  I ended up the day in 7th, and moved to 4th overall……  I missed the July tourney for a good reason.  We went to Concord NC for the 2012 Families for HoPE conference. Missing the July tourney moved me into 5th overall only 4 points from 4th.  In August we fished Ashumet Pond in Falmouth, a night tourney.  I am still getting use to fishing in the dark of night.  I pulled 3rd place by catching a monster with an hour to go, a 4.08 pounder.  With this 3rd place finish, moved me back to 3rd overall and a chance to go to Western Mass to fish the club vs. club.  Me, Teddy, Vern and Russ made our way to the Oxbow (CT River) on Sept 7th to fish the club vs. club.  We spent that day pre fishing.  Vern was with me and we crushed them.  I have never caught so many fish in a 9 hour period.  The day was sunny and hot.  Between all of us we figured we figured this place out.  The next morning it was cool, overcast/rain and windy.  Vern and I head right to the spot we did very well less than 14 hours earlier.  It was a tough day to say the least.  The rain got heavier and the fishing got harder.  We ended the day with a limit and took 4th place.  It was a great experience!  At the end of September we were at Johns Pond.  It was a decent day.  I took 5th and moved to 5th in the overall standings.  The 2012 season ended at Great Herring…….This was a tough day for me!  I was only able to grab one fish at 3.36 pounds and dropped in the final standings to 6th.

All in all, this past year was a great fishing year for me.  Looking forward to 2013…………

G-H_3-2012_5thSampsons Big BassRJ-SantuitJohns 6-16


Long Time……

I know its been a while, but I have been busy.  Just after the tourney in June, I became very busy with work and Families for HoPE conference stuff, and getting ready to receive our new patrol boat.  SO…….I didn’t fish for over a month.

Me, Meggan, Maeve, my Mom, my Dad and Maeves nurse all went to NC in late July.  My Dad and I drove down on July 18 to help get ready for the conference.  Meggan, Maeve, my Mom and the nurse flew in on the 21st for the conference.  The 2012 Families for HoPE conference, “Sharing the HoPE in HoloProsEncephaly” was AWESOME!!!!!!!! We met a lot of family members we never met and was able to catch up with those we have met before.  It was truly both an honor and blessing to be involved with the conference.

My Dad and I returned on July 28th, and I flew out to Seattle to do training on the new boat.  The Department received a Home Land Security grant to purchase the 29′ SAFE Boat.  What a GREAT boat!!!

Now to fishing!!!!!!! After the June tourney I was in 4ht place overall, and missed the July tourney which moved me into 5th, 6 points out of 4th.  The top 4 after the August tourney go to the State “Club vs. Club” tourney in September.  So I needed to do good in August.  Last weekend the tourney was at Ashumet Pond in Falmouth, it was a night tourney 6pm-2am.  It had rained pretty much all day of the tourney, and at 6pm it was still overcast.  I started out at the only place I had caught fish in the past, and BJ was there too.  We spent about 20 minutes there with nothing for both of us.  I decided to run across the lake to fish the docks before it got to dark.  After a few casts I pulled a 2 pound smallie from the docks.  Not bad……..Then it got dark, and foggy.  The bite seemed to die off.  I moved around the lake trying to find even a nibble.  I went to the rock pile and got a huge hit.  I fished that area until about 10pm.  I went back to where I started and grabbed a 1.5 pound largie from a ledge.  So, it was now around 1130 and had 2.5 hours to get 3 more……My chances of making the top 4 were dwindling……..  I then decided to fish the trees along the same shore line.  Around 1250am I made a cast deep into the trees,and thought I would get hung up, then my line went tight and I felt the pull.  BOOM, 4+ pound largie, GAME ON!  I now have an hour to get 2 more.  One of the other guys who was in the race for the 4th position had been fishing the same area for hours, he was on the fish.  So I thought….  2 am came quick and I thought I was out……….I only had 3 fish……….First place went to Teddy with 5 fish 15.91, BJ took 2nd with 3 fish 8.22 and I took 3rd with 3 fish 7.91!!!!!!!  I am now in 3rd place in the overall standings and going to the “Club vs. Club” on September 8th at Oxbow in western Mass.  Rod Jockeys website  http://www.eteamz.com/RodJockeys/

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Here is a little story about a sweetlittle girl, Marissa who has the same condition Maeve has, HPE.  Marissa HPE is not as servere as Maeves, but non the less, Marissa, her mother Molly and her father Jason are all a big part of our lives and deal with the same issues we deal with.  We met them at the 2010 Families for HoPE conference in MD, and think of them alot.  We are excited that we will be seeing them (and the rest of our family) at this years conference in NC on July 22nd……………….So with out any delay……here is the story written by her mother, Molly. (notice the Fishing for HoPE shirt Molly is wearing, WAY out on the other side of the country)


Marissa 4 years old, who has Septopreoptic Holoprosencephaly went on her first fishing derby at Merwin Hatchery in Woodland, Washington this weekend. It was called Merwin Special Kids Fishing Derby. All the kids had some kind of disabilities. It was so great for the kids, teen and adults to get out and fish. The laughter and smiles from each one catching and bring their fish in was amazing. Each family got to keep 5 trout. Marissa got 1- 23 inches 6 pounds 8 oz, 2-21 inches, 1-20 inches and 1-15 inches. Each family had a volunteer to help them bait, cast out and land the fish. Once our volunteer got a fish he would hand the pole to Marissa and I so we could bring the fish in. Marissa loved all the attention and had a great time watching all the action. Marissa also was not scared of touching the fish. This was a fishing trip I know that I will remember for a long time. Can’t wait to go back and do it next year.


Some of those trout would be pin fish here in MA!!!!! We are very proud of you Marissa!!!! We love and miss you!

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Johns Pond 6-16

Fished the ROD JOCKEYS tourney this past Saturday at Johns Pond in Falmouth.  The day was cool the mid 60’s with a srong NE wind around 15 and overcast.  Shorty and I headed right out to the back pond, figuring that if they were feeding in there, we could land a few.  We spent about 90 minutes up there with only me getting a small one……… Then we moved out to the main lake.  I was able to grab a decent one from a dock then it seemed to die off.  We were waiting for the sun to break to get the fish movin……….it never really did.  Shorty was able to grab one around 10:00.  We moved around the lake fishing 10 feet or less.  We saw alot of fish, BUT they were not interested in what we were offering.  Around noon time we came across a COW! We both threw everything we had at her………She was cruising a small 30 foot area, back and forth.  We were very patient, just letting her do what she wanted.  Shorty threw to her, and she tapped it a few times, so I threw right next to her.  I could not see her, but Shorty could.  He was telling me when to move and when to let it sit.  She finally grabbed it.  I set the hook and Shorty started to grab the net.  As I brought her to the surface, I noticed she was barely hooked.  I had her in my hand and she shook the hook.  Teddy B. was right next to us, and he saw her……….she was a decent 3.5-4 lbs.  I immediately threw back, but she was not interested.  So we left her.  We fished for another hour and headed back to see if she was still there.  She was, this time her man was with her.  He was good size too.  We figured they were getting ready to bed up.  Yeah, they are late.  She seemed to be clearing an area.  We fished for her for a while, and she kept spooking.  The male dissapeared quickly.   The sun was out, so we headed to the back pond again, to see if they were active.  We decided to fish the pads.  We were not getting any hits, and were getting ready to leave.  I tossed my lure to the corner of a dock on the inside of the pads.  Let it sit for a few minutes, and wham!  She broke the surfayce and she was a solid 3.5 pounds or better.  I tried to keep her away from the pads, but she was strong, taking alot of line and headed right into the pads.  I moved the boat closer and got her to about 6 feet from the boat.  She wrapped the line around the pads and was able to spit the hook.    We moved on………with a frown on my face.  I grabbed another small one on the way out of the back pond.  So I finished the day with 3 fish…….coulda been 5 if I was fishing with my head screwed on………I came in 7th. but still hold my place in the overall standings, 3rd.  Unfortunately I will not make the next tourney in July, so I will fall in the overall standings…………

Santuit Pond 5-19

This past Saturday we had a Rod Jockeys tourney at my favorite lake, Santuit.  I have always done well there.  I pre fished it last week and cuaght 11 keepers in 90 minutes. I knew the tourney would be very competitive.  I picked up Shorty around 530 and made it to the lake by 545.  We drew the #6 slot and got underway right at 7 am.  We went right to the spot I alwasy catch some, and had a keeper on the boat by 730.  By 930 I had my limit and now on the prowl for some bigger ones to cull out the smaller ones.  The 5 I had onboard ranged from 14″-16″, all between 2 and 2.5 pounds.  Shorty had alot of bites but still didn’t land any.  Around 11 he started landing some keepers.  Between 930 and about 1, I culled 3 of the smaller ones and threw back 5 or 6 keepers that were between 12 and 14 inches.  Shorty now has 3 good size ones, 13-15 incers onboard.  The bite seemed to slow around 1 and we hit a few other spots on the lake.  We headed back to where we stared the day around 215, figuring we’d fish the last 45 minutes there.  Shorty grabbed one as soon as we got there.  I needed one more good one to cull the last smaller one out.  At 250, with 1o minutes to go I landed a 17″, 2.86 pounder.

It was a great day for all.  Everyone weighed fish.  I finished 5th and I am still in 3rd place in the overall points.  Be sure to check out the Rod Jockys link, and don’t forget to check out the new Riverview web site (link on the top of this page).  Its a great site!

Big Bass

This past Saturday, April 28th., we had a tourney on Sampsons Pond in Carver.  It was a cold start to the day, when I left home at 445 it was 31.  The forecast was highs in the upper 50’s with a NE wind 17.  So I knew it was gonna be a cold one.  Got to the ramp and it was 38, warming up, there was no wind.  As we were waiting to go, Vern and I were watching some big fish chasing the bait fish just off the ramp.  I decided to check them out when I left.  I left 4th and went right over to them.  I threw a top water then switched to a rubber worm, no luck.  I decided to move around the corner into a small cove out of the wind, it was starting to blow.  Most of the guys were fishing the rocks in the middle, to cold for me, I already had my winter hat and gloves on.  I came across a cow sitting on a bed.  So, I started bed fishing, something I enjoy.  I fished for her for about 50 minutes, she wasn’t interested.  I was going through every lure in my boat.  I finally pissed her off and she grabbed.  She was a “biggen”.  I moved along the shore making casts.  Got 3 pickerel and 2 short Largies.  I came across another cow on a bed. I threw everything at her.  She would look at it and swim off.  I worked her for almost 2 hours, when I decided to leave her and come back later.  It was now about noon time, and the weigh in was at 3.  So I moved out to the rocks and shore line around them.  Had a few small Largies and a few good hits, but no keepers.  I moved back to that cow, hoping no one had grabber her.  She was there!  I made up some crazy rigs, something diffrent and tossed them at her.  I was starting to get her mad after 40 minutes or so.  I was even able to wrap her in the line and that really pissed her off.  She finally had enough of me and took the bait!  She was a hog.  It was now 230 time to find more, quick.  I started back towards the ramp, got a few more shorts and went to the weigh in with the 2.  George took 1st with 5 fish at 10.37 pounds, Vern took 2nd with 5 fish at 10.12 pounds and Teddy took 3rd with 5 fish at 9.69 pounds.  I finished 5th with 6.72 pounds and won Big Bass with a 3.88 Largie.

Check out the story and pictures on the Rod Jockyeys link on the top of the page.  Next tourney May 19th at Santuit!!!!!


Had a few hours to do some fishing so I stayed local and went to Dennis Pond in Y-Port.  It was a nice warm day, in the 60’s with little wind.  I headed right out to the little cove on the south end and there were alot of beds with Largies sitting on them.  On the second cast, BAM!  A good size 2 pounder, the camera wasn’t behaving so no pic…….I stayed in the cove for about an hour trying to get them to bite from the beds, with no luck.  I moved into deeper water and caught 2 Largies noth under 2 lbs.  I then went back into the cove and worked on 3 beds with some good Largies on them.  I spent about 45 minutes working them with everything I had on the boat.  I was able to get 2 out of 3 of them, a 2.8 and a 4.6……….

Getting ready for the Rod Jockeys tourney on April 28th……..

Check out the 2 new links, RIVERVIEW BAIT AND TACKLE and, OFF THE HOOK FISHING.  Off the hook is a web site of a freind of mine, Roy Leyva, one of the best all around fisherman I have ever met!!!!!!

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2012 Has begun

This past Saturday, March 17th, the season begun.  YES, it was St. Patricks Day, and we were asking for some pints at the launch at 6:30 am.  We were at Great Herring Lake in Plymouth.  The forcast was for light NW winds and warming to the high 50’s.  It was in the lower 40’s, and overcast at the start, kinda chilly, we had 12 entries.  I had Charlie (Shorty) with me and we started at the far end of the lake.  We spent almost 2 hours up there with only me getting a pickrel and both of us having a few nibbles.  We then moved to a cove in the middle of the lake to fish the flats/ledges. NOTHING……..  Then we moved to a rocky point looking for some smallies.  We each had a few small hits, and Shorty finally hooked one.  A small largie.  We worked our way back down the lake, looking for anything.  The wind started picking up to about 12 out of the north, and the clouds were still there.  At around 1 o’clock we decided to move back to were we started.  The sun finnally broke around 230 and the fish started eating.  I ended up with 2 and Shorty landed one.  I finished 5th for the day.  Not a bad start to the season………..

The pictures are of: the start of the day, notice the overcast. BJ landing one, and he took 1st place, and of me at the weigh-in.

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Well, 2011 is gone….  I did ok this year for fishing.  The most memerable was being at Give Kids the World on Maeve’s Make A Wish trip.  The fish were small, but they were pleny of them.  Also, Dan and I did the Barnicle tourney to  benefit the Dana Farber.  We finished 17th out of 43 entries with Dan 4 pounder.

Check out my quick video………….



Make a Wish

On October 19th, the day after Maeve’s 4th birthday, we went to Florida on a Make a Wish trip.  WOW is all we have to say.  It was Maeve, myself, Meggan and Maeve’s nurse Katie.  We stayed at a a great place called Give Kids the World.  A special place for wish children and families.  What a great place!!  All of the room, villas, are handicap accessable and so is the rest of the resort.  They have some real magical things there for the kids.  They even have a small pond for fishing, and yes I sent a few rod/reels down.  Both Meggan and I are still in awe of Give Kids the World and ALL the volunteers who give their time to these special kids.  I can go on and on about Give Kids the World.

I was able to get some fishing in.  I did catch a few, seems as they cull out the bigger Bass, all I was able to get was some rats, 10-14 inch.  But it was fun.  I was able to speak with alot of the folks who were there from around the world.  I met this one little guy named Ayden.  He was there with his family from Edmonton, Canada.  He watched me fish as I was talking with is Grandfather Tim.  Everytime I would bring my lure in he would ask  “got a fish?”.  I made a ton of cast, and with every retreive, I had to answer Ayden, “no, nothing this time”.  Finally, I got one,  Ayden was so excited.  Check out the picture of he and I with the big 10 incher.  The rest of the pictures are of us at Give Kids the World and Disney.  Enjoy, we did.

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On October 16th I fished a great tourney with Dan.  It was the 19th Joseph H. Barnicle Jr., Invitational Jimmy Fund tourney.  We were at Mashpee-Wakeby.  It was a windy cool October day.  There were 41 teams involved.  We started the morning in “Pickerel Cove”.  I had done well there  the past few weeks, but we got nothing.  We fished it from 730 to 1030.  We then headed to the western shore, out of the wind and fished the 6-8 foot mark.  I landed a small 13 incher to get us started.  Dan then threw to the same area and grabbed this nice 4 pounder.  I was able to grab another 14 incher.  We fished that area until about 1230 and headed to the back side of the lake.  We got skunked.  We fished a few other spots before heading back to the spot we caught the 3.  We stayed until weigh in time, 330 and got nothing.  We weighted in 3 fish, 6.28 lbs, finishing 17th overall.  Please look below this picture for a link to a story about Maeve!!

Also, please check out this link to a story about Maeve!!!

Lucky 13

Well it has been done……..13 years ago My buddy Dan aka “Stick”was getting married.  I was his best man and incharge of the bacholor party.  We, me aka “Baby George”, Kevin aka “Stump”, Chris aka “Tank”, Scott aka “Grub” and Dave aka “Log”,  decided to take a trip out to western mass with 4 other guys to do some fishing.  Short story, it was a drunken blast.  I don’t remember if any of us caught a fish, but it was so fun, Stump (Sticks brother inlaw) vowed he will set it up for us the following year……..  Well it is now 13 years later and we did it, finally.

We ventured out to Upton Ma, Lake Maspenock. I could not find much info about this lake online, but what I did find were a few good fishing reports.  We left the Cape on Friday at noon.  Tank left his house in upstate NY in the morning.  We met up at Bass Pro Shops and started ourreunion off at the bar in Bass Pro.  We had only 1 or 2, then went shopping.  We made it to the house by 4 pm and launched the boats.  There was a water leak in the house so we didn’t get to fish right away ( I did, I could not wait).

Me and Stump and Stick and Tank hit the water around 5.  Grub stayed behind to try and fix the leak, thanks Grub! Stump and I were getting a bunch of hits but did not land any.  Stick sent me a text from the other side of the lake, and Tank had already landed a few, including an estimated 2+.  We returned to the house around 730.  We had dinner and with the lake and boats just steps away, we had to do some nigh fishing.  I fish til about 1 am and decided it was time for bed, big day in the morning.  I was up before the sun itching to go.  I finally got up around 530 and said screw it, I’m going.  I tip toed through the house not to wake anyone, and got underway.

I decided to fish the shallows close to the house to see if there were any Largies still feeding.  I fished the docks for about 2 hours.  I was lucky enough to find a 2.86 under a boat lift.  Just as I landed it Stump texted me and ask what was for breakfast,  I returned to the house to show off my biggun.  We had breakfast, and off we went.  I was landing shorties all day, and Stump was only landing sunfish.  We spoke with Grub and he told us of 2 Smallies he had landed.  Tank, of coarse was doing well, and Stick landed a decent Pike.  It was a great day on the water eventhough we didn’t get alot.  We got back to the house around 6 and went food shopping.  The guys all got steaks and I, hot dogs, what else… We started the charcol grill and made some good eats.  The guys wanted to watch the race and so did I, but with the lake right there I had to try my luck again.  I fished til about 11 and called it a night.

The next morning I was up and underway by 7.  I picked up Stump around 8 and we all decided to be back by noon so we can clean up and go home.  Stump again was killing the sunfish and I landed 2 keepers.  Tank and Stick did well too.

All in all we had a great weekend, and I HoPE it isn’t another 13 years before we do it again.

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Went today for a while……Johns Pond in Mashpee.  Was a nice day, 70+ north wind about 15 or so.  Did pretty well, caught a bunch of ratts and boated 3 over 14″.  I did have a chance to meet a rather interseting fellow in the cove where the canal runs into the back lake.  He was nice enough to through sticks toward me so his rather large german shepard chased them into the water.  I asked this nice fellow if he had a problem with me fishing his dock ( I was 30 feet or so from it).  He told me “yeah I do, you have 377 more acres to fish, get outof here”.  I continued to fish his dock and he continued to harrass me.  So I called him on it.  I told him that sportsman harrassment is against the law and he wanted to fight.  He called me over to his dock and said” I will show you about that” as he clenched his hammer in his hands.  I left the area so I didn’t do anything stupid.  I did get his registration # and his boat currently has an expired registration.  Oh well…………….he will get his!

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This week

This past week I had a few days off and took advantage!  On the 23rd I wnet to a lake I have never even seen, Peters Pond.  The day was hot, 85+ with light south west wind, 10 mph.  Being that I have never fished, nor read anything about fishing here, I was poking and hoping.  It was awhile before I got even a nibble.  Then I started hooking up with some small “rats”, 8-11 inchers.  Well atleast I knew there were some fish here.  Then, over in a corner I hooked up with a healthy 14″ 1.8 pounder.  I fished that area for awhile with no more bites.  Moved along the eastern shore, fished a few docks and grabbed another 12+” 1.4 pounds.  Around 11 or so it died off, and the search was on.  I fished most of the docks and laydowns on the northern end, and even went deep with no luck.  So I decided to move to the south end.  Same story there.  I was getting ready to call it with the 2 and decided to fish this long dock with a few boats on it.  First cast, between the dock and a boat I got a big hit.  Threw back immediately and WHAM!   Landed her, 17+” 3.9 pounds.  The picture I took is blurry because she was shaking all over and got the camera wet.  All in all not a bad few hours on Peters Pond.

On the 25th I was not sure where to go.  I ended up at Santuit Pond, always a good spot.  With hurricane Irene a few days away I was unsure what this would do to the fishing.  I arrived to find white caps with winds south west 20+ gusting to about 30.  So I headed out.  Hit the areas I usually get some lunkers from with no luck.  Then I headed to the stump pile and it was hard to keep the boat anywhere near it with the wind pushing me all over.  I fought the trolling motor for about 20 minutes and decided to move to some sheltered water.  I hit the south end and fishe the pads and lay downs with some luck.  But none of them were big, all under 12″.  I fished that area for another hour or so and moved to an area I have grabbed a few from in the past.  There were two guys on another boat fishing ahead of me.  I threw under the first dock and WHAM.  She was 15″ and 1.14 pounds. Not that big but she will keep.  When I caught her, one of the guys on the other boat seemed to be mad, as he was going for her, but they were fishing about 200 yards infront of me.  I proceeded to move around the cove 200-300 yards behind them.  I was catching up to them and did not want to crowd them so I decided to move around them to the next cove.  Not any docks, but alot of laydowns and grass beds.  I threw to a laydown with a grass bed just off it and grabbed another, 15+” 1.3 pounds.  I then moved up about 30 feet to another laydown with some pads and grabbed another, 17″ 2.6 pounds.  That was enought for me and called it.

Do not forget, t-shirts are still for sale!!!!!  Contact me if you want any, info@fishingforhope.org

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Oh Well

Hi everyone.  It has been a while since I last posted.  Things are well.  Maeve is doing well, she is getting big.  She finished “summer school” last week.  We have been busy.  Meg started part time, nights at CCH in the ER back in July, Maeve has been doing well with school and in her theropies, and I have been busy with work, Families for HoPE stuff and FISHING.  I am on the Conference committee for the 2012 Families for HoPE conference to be held in North Carolina next July.  I have been busy trying to raise money to help fund the conference.  One thing I am doing is, throughout the month of August I am selling the Fishing for HoPE t-shirts for $15 each.  Please help raise funds for this great conference.  Contact me at info@fishingforhope.org to get one of these really great shirts.  As for fishing, I have been all over SE Mass in the past month, trying new lakes.  I always seem to end up back here on the Cape.  Santuit Pond in Mashpee has been great.  Check out the pictures. 

Happy Fathers Day

I know I am a few days late, but it took me a hile to figure this out. 

First off, Happy Fathers Day to all you guys out there.  And an even more special Happy day to all you HoPE Dads out there.  Please click on the link below to see the video Maeegan made for me for Fathers Day.  Remember to turn your volume up.

Second, don’t forget that I have the “official” Fishing for HoPE tournament shirts for sale.  They are $15 each and shipping ranges from $5-$10.  Email me at info@fishingforhope.org

ENJOY the video!!!


Good Day

Last thursday I had a few hours between appointments to get to Dennis Pond and try a few.  I went with Dana from Riverview and it was a warm and light wind few hours.  The first one I got was a decent size and grabbed him from the back side of the pads.  The second was small, pulled him from the grass.  And, the third was a big fish for the pond, about 4 pounds, pulled him from the shade infront of a big rock.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE SHIRTS!  Check out the post below.  You can email me for info,   info@fishingforhope.org

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The t-shirts are in.  They came out great!  On the front is the Fishing for HoPE logo and on the back is the Families for HoPE logo surrounded by the tournament sponsors.  Since I did not have the tourney, I will be selling them with the proceeds going to Families for HoPE.    The cost per shirt is $15 plus shipping.  Shipping for 1 shirt is $5 and 2-4 shirts $10.   I have alot of large and X-large.  (June 15th)  I ordered more Meduims and Smalls (I am out) and I will have them by the middle of July.

If you would like to get a shirt(S) you can send a check to:

Fishing for HoPE

44 Madison Ave.

South Yarmouth, MA 02664

or email me at info@fishingforhope.org .

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Now that the tourney has been cancelled, it is time to talk fishing. As most of you know I am doing local fresh water fishing tourneys to help raise money and awareness for HPE.  Over the past months, I have done 4 tourneys. 

  • April- Wequaket Lake in Barnstable…….Was with the Rod Jockeys,I did shitty.  The weather sucked SW wind about 25-30 and the water was cold.  It was a tough day for all. 
  • April- Long Pond Harwich,….my home lake.  With ABA Div.5,  Caught a binch of smallies…..none over 11 inches, finished with no fish.  Was a great day though.  Got to see a bunch of guys and a few asked abouth the tourney and HPE.  It was great to speak with alot of guys about HPE.
  • May-John’s Pond- Sandwich/Mashpee-  With the Rod Jockeys.   Good day.  I only caught one,  landed a buch of shorts.  The one I caught was big, 4.33 lbs. thought I may have the Big Bass of the day……but, BJ beat me by a few ounces.  I wish I had it, but to have some one like BJ beat me was an honor. 
  • June- Long Pond Harwich with the Rod Jockeys,  We all though we would be bed fishing but only a few were on beds.  I spent 7 hours bed fishing and an hour looking deep.  NOTHING! 

I have done spent a few other days on the water just practising.   One day Meggan and I went to Long Pond in Yarmouth.  It was fun caught a few from the trees, Meg was reading.  I asked if she wanted to fish and she said yes.  Big Mistake, she cuaght a monster.  So it was on.  I fired up the livewell and said that we will weigh them at the end.  I only caught one more fish.  We returned to the ramp and weighed them.  Megs fish weighed in at 2.6.  Pretty big fish for that small pond.  My was prett big too.  BUT not big enough!!!!!!!

The next two tourneys are night tourneys, 6 pm- 2am. I have never night fished.  All the guys say it is fun.  So I tried it.  I went to Dennis Pond, a small pond I usedto frequent with my small boat, always good fish there.   I left the house around 7 and started with a top water.  Holy crap, night fishing is fun.  Had a GREAT evening on the water, one of the best!!!!!  I cannot believe how awesome it was after sunset!!!!!  The cove to the south rocked!!!