2016 NEBA Tournaments
Stasio and Smolski 2016 TOC Champs
The veteran NEBA of NH team of Robert Stasio and Stephen Smolski was the only team to catch a limit both days of the TOC on a very tough Lake Winnisquam. The team weighed in bags of 12.55 and 15.59 pounds for a total of 28.14 pounds and the victory. While other teams struggled to put together a solid pattern, this team had them figured out. The team earned first place money as well as bonus money for having the big bag on Saturday.
Second place finishers Chris Fisher and Scott Villeneuve used Sunday’s big bag to jump several spots in the standings to earn the runner-up spot. In addition to their second place check, the team earned bonus money for having Sunday’s big bag as well as the tournament lunker smally, which weighed 4.14 pounds. Trail champions Rob Messenger and John Levesque finished third. The team added lunker largemouth money to their third place check. Rich Metivier and Dan Cross finished fourth and Doug Hume and Don Fales rounded out the top five.
Once again this year, every team that fished both days of the NEBA of NH Tournament of Champions cashed a check.
2016 NEBA of NH Results
1. Robert Stasio/Stephen Smolski 28.14#
2. Chris Fisher/Scott Villeneuve 23.48#
3. Rob Messenger/John Levesque 21.10#
4. Rich Metivier/Dan Cross 20.85#
5. Doug Hume/Don Fales 13.57#
6. Al Smith/Shane Hutchings 8.43#
7. Jon Oppenheim/Dave Sheils 7.02#
8. Joe Catalano/Steve Ledoux 5.76#
9. Chris Bolduc/Jay Faro 1.90#
Trail Standings (2016)
Bolduc & Faro Dominate at Newfound
Team Ends NEBA of NH Season with back-to-back wins!
All tournament anglers dream of that special day when everything goes right. Chris Bolduc and Jay Faro had one of those days on Newfound Lake at the final 2016 NEBA of NH Trail event. Despite a line of storms passing over the lake two hours into the tournament and the subsequent gusty winds that followed, the team loaded the boat with quality smallmouth bass. They weighed in an impressive 27.72 pounds of smallmouth to take the first place honors. This follows a Trail #4 victory on Moore Reservoir a few weeks ago. Their bag was anchored by a 3.92 bronzeback.
Bolduc and Faro was not the only team to “slam them” at Newfound. Nearly half the competing teams weighed in a limit of over 20 # of smallmouth bass. Second place was the team of Rick Mitivier and Dan Cross. Their impressive 24 plus pound bag would typically bring home the winners share of the prize money. They had to settle for second at this event. They did however weigh in the tournament lunker smallmouth at 4.08 pounds.
Third place honors went to Chris Fisher and Scott Villeneuve. They topped the three 22 plus pond bags that were weighed in. Fourth were this years Trail Champions Rob Messenger and John Levesque. This is the second year in a row this team has claimed that title. They earn free entry into next years Trail events.
The NEBA of NH season will conclude with the Tournament of Champions on Lake Winnisquam where the top Trail teams compete for “big money” in this no entry fee event.
Chris Bolduc & Jay Faro Win on Moore Reservoir
One of NEBA’s most consistent teams took the victory on the August 7th Trail #4 on Moore Reservoir in Littleton, NH. Chris Bolduc and Jay Faro weighed in a consistent bag of fish totaling 17.07 pounds for the victory. The team was able to cull through Moore Reservoirs numerous small keeper fish and edge their way up to the winning bag. Every team competing weighed in a limit of 8 smallmouth bass, which speaks to the numbers of keeper fish available in this river impoundment.
Foggy conditions met the NEBA of NH anglers in the morning but after a short delay the boats were sent off. Most teams reported catching numerous fish. Finding the 2-plus pound bass was the key to finishing at the top of the leaderboard. Finishing behind Bolduc and Faro were Chris Fisher and Scott Villeneuve. The team weighed in 15.78 pounds of smallmouth. A 2.46 pound smally anchored their bag. Third place was the veteran team of Joe Catalano and Steve Ledoux. Their final weight of 15.94 pounds of smallmouth included a 2.48 pounder. A dead fish penalty cost this team a second place finish. Rounding out the top four was the team of Doug Hume and Don Fales. Their 15.31 pound bag included the second largest smallmouth of the day, a 2.59 pounder.
Lunker smallmouth went to Al Cushing and Joe Andrews. Their 2.80 pound bronzeback was the largest of the day. No largemouth bass came to the scales so Al and Joe were able to double their lunker award.
With four of the five Trail events in the books teams are focused on earning a spot in the no entry fee TOC. The standings are close and once teams are able to drop points, positions will be completely scrambled. The next, and last, Trail event will be on Newfound Lake in September.
Al Smith/Shane Hutchings Win Trail #3
Strong winds, heavy boat traffic, and a tough bite greeted the teams of the NEBA of NH Trail July 24th on Lake Winnipesaukee. Many teams struggled to get a limit to take to the scales but as always, someone finds the fish!
The team of Al Smith and Shane Hutchings took the victory in the NEBA of NH Trail #3 tournament on Winni. The team weighed in a mixed bag of 4 largemouth and 4 smallmouth with a total weight of 18.31 ponds. The team’s big fish was a 3.52# largemouth.
Taking second place was the veteran team of Jon Oppenheim and Dave Sheils. The team continued their successful season with a 17.78# limit, which was anchored by the tournament lunker smallmouth of 3.56#.
The team of Rick Palmer and Dick Raymond finished third with 15.55#. Dick caught the tournament lunker largemouth, a 5.27# beauty. Rounding out the top four was the Trail point leaders, Rob Messenger and John Levesque. The team continued there string of top finishes and are once again the leading contenders for the Trail championship.
The next NEBA of NH Trail event is August 7th on Moore Reservoir. With the points race very close for earning a spot in the 2016 Tournament of Champions, teams will be looking for top finishes and earning high point totals on this fine northern fishery.
Messenger & Levesque Continue Winning Ways On Wentworth
The second trail tournament of the year for NEBA of NH took place at a new venue, but produced a similar result. The team of Rob Messenger and John Levesque won the June 26th Trail #2 tournament on Wentworth Lake in Wolfboro. The bite was as hot as the weather as many teams reported catching large numbers of bass. The key was to find the right bites to separate your team from the field. Rob and John did that bringing 12.61 pounds to the scale anchored by a 4.36# largemouth. The victory was the second in a row for last years Trail Championship team.
Second place went to Dave Leblanc and John Vernalia. This veteran NEBA team weighed in 12.30 # of largemouth.
The team of Rod Richmond and Warren Mills earned third place. Their bag was bolstered by the tournament lunker largemouth, a 5.33 # beauty.
Joe Catalano and Steve Ledoux finished fourth. Jon Oppenheim and Dave Sheils finished fifth and weighed in the tournament lunker smallmouth of 3.13#.
The third Trail tournament of the year will take place on July 24th on Winni followed by a NEBA of NH Open on Winni on the 31st.
Rob Messenger & John Levesque Take Trail #1
The 2016 NEBA of NH Trail kicked off on May 8th on Newfound Lake. The teams launched their boats in high forty-degree water under cloudy and drizzly conditions. A front passed through during the day bringing clear skies and strong winds. While the weather conditions were very changeable, the result of the first 2016 tournament was very similar to 2015 Trail events.
2015 Trail Champions Rob Messenger and John Levesque started the 2016 season where they left off last season with a victory in the Trail #1 tournament on Newfound Lake. The team brought to the scales an impressive limit of 4 smallmouth weighing 15.89#. The team earned 155 Trail points for the victory and takes the early lead in the Trail Championship and the free entries that go with it.
Other fifteen-pound bags were weighed in by the second and third place teams. Rich Metivier and Dan Cross finished second with 15.30 #. Their big smallmouth at 4.48# was the second largest of the day. The team of Al Smith and Shane Hutchins earned third place honors. Their 15.09 # limit was anchored by the tournament lunker smallmouth of 4.63#. Fourth place finishers were the veteran NEBA of NH team of Robert Stasio and Stephen Smolski. Rounding out the top five
were the consistent top finishing team of Chris Bolduc and Jay Faro.
The next Trail event will be on Wentworth Lake. June 26th. Our next event is a “Doubledown” Open tournament with NH BASS Nation on Newfound Lake on June 19th.
Catalano and Mills NEBA Spring Open
NEBA of NH Trail veterans Joe Catalano and partner Warren Mills won the May 4th Open on Squam Lake. The team was able to weigh in a mixed bag of largemouth and smallmouth weighing 12.65#. Their bag was anchored by a 4.46# largemouth. Catalano and Mills reported not catching a lot of fish during the day. They were the right sized fish though to seal the victory. The team was able to make a critical upgrade to their weight in the final hour of the tournament. Mills landed a 3 pound smallmouth which enabled the team to cull out a 1 1/2 pound fish.
Taking second was the team of Tyson Alvanos and Stephen Krol. They weighed in a 12.42 # bag. Their weight was helped by the tournament lunker largemouth of 5.85#.
Scott Canalis and Alan Denise finished third. Canalis and Denise weighed in 12.17 #.
The team’s big fish was a 4.46# largemouth.
Rounding out the top four was Rich Metivier and Dan Cross with 11.50 #.
The next NEBA of NH Open will be a “Doubledown” event with NH BASS Nation.
This event will be on Newfound Lake on June 19th.