We picked up
as a new sponsor for the division at the
Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo. They will be sending us a bunch of
their great baits for our tournaments. Check out their website at
www.grizzbaits.net and be sure
to check out all of their products. These guys are local fishermen like
use that are producing a quality product that really catches fish, just
check out the pictures on their website.
2009 Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo
The ABA was present at the Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo held
on January 10-11 in Salem, New Hampshire. Division 2 (New Hampshire)
hosted the booth with Divisions 5 and 36 helping out the Expo. The Expo
gave folks an excuse to venture out in the cold and snow for a day or
two and talk about fishing with us and the other exhibitors. The crowds
on Saturday were busier than usual and the Sunday crowd was slowed down
due to the 6+ inches of snow that fell overnight. Our booth was located
right next to the local Triton dealer and in a high traffic area. We
talked to a lot of old faces and many new ones too.
During the Expo, we were offering several incentives to sign-up either
as a new member or a renewal. For those that signed up we offered a
Lowrance hat and they were in the drawing for a $99 certificate for a
pair of Ocean Waves sunglasses. We also offered Ocean Wave certificates
as several door prizes. We ended up with 4 new and renewed members.
David Guichard was the lucky winner of the certificate. Many thanks to
our great ABA sponsors and to the national office for providing all the
handouts that we needed.
And speaking about sponsors, we were able to sign up
as a new sponsor at the show. They are a small but growing bait company
based in Massachusetts with some excellent proven fish catching
products. They will be providing Division 2 with several baits that we
will hand out at our upcoming 2009 season tournaments. More information
can be found on their website at:
www.grizzbaits.net, so check them out if you get a chance.
After looking at the sign-ups, everyone that signed up at the booth had
known about the ABA before coming to the show. We did not have any "spur
of the moment" sign-ups. So, everyone seemed to be driven to the show
because of the incentives. They either heard about the Expo by the
announcements on the websites (local D2, national) or by the D2 e-mail
distribution mailing. For future shows, we will make sure that we
heavily promote the show along with any incentives offered. We may even
do additional promotions such as we did during the regular season of
"bring a new member" and get some Gary Yamamoto baits.
Many thanks go out to Debra Talley (ABA national office), David Guichard
(D2 Asst. Director), Bob Medeiros (D5 Director and Regional Director),
Jay Guidaboni (D5 Asst. Director), Ken King (D36 Director), and Donald
M. Stewart (former D2 Director).
We signed several new and renewing anglers at the Rockingham Fishing and
Hunting Expo. Congratulations to David Guichard for winning a $99 certificate for a pair of
Ocean Waves sunglasses in a random draw from the sign-ups.
We will be at the Rockingham
Fishing and Hunting Expo in Salem, NH on Jan 10 and 11. Please
come by, say hello, and sign-up or renew your membership to the ABA. For
everyone, signing up or renewing we will give you a Lowrance hat and
you'll have a chance to win a $99 certificate for a pair of Ocean Waves
Don Conrad and Chris Perry represented Division 2 at the ABA Regional
Tournament on Kerr Lake in North Carolina. Both qualified as non-boaters
for the national tournament in Alabama. Don tied for 71st with 4 fish
weighing in at 6.48 pounds. Chris was in 88th place with 4 fish weighing
in at 4.85 pounds. They did pretty well given that it was their first time
fishing down at Kerr and their first time at an ABA regional event.
Overall, Don finished 70th (2775 pts) in the region and Chris finished
in 90th (2672).
We had Dave Marchant renew his membership at the Northwood
tournament, he received a bag of Yamamoto Swim Senkos. Art Demers
also got a bag for encouraging Dave to renew and fish with us.
We had Art Demers sign up as a new member at the Bow Lake tournament.
We had Kurt Damery sign up as a new member at the Ossipee tournament.
And Cory Nearing, Scott Leavitt, and Craig Richardson renew their
memberships as well. We hope to see them and others at the remaining
2007 Local Sponsors
Dave has been busy getting local district sponsors. So far he has
been able to get Rocky Ledge Bass
Tackle and Decelles Auto Clinic to sign up. If you know of
other businesses that would be interested in sponsoring the district
please let us know.
Rocky Ledge Bass Tackle
specializes in Tournament quality, lead-free, Spinnerbaits, Buzzbaits,
Jigs, blade baits and more! New for the 2007 season, they have the
Stealth Glider Swimming Jig and the Swimming Spinnerbait.
Decelles Auto Clinic, located at 98 Lake Street in Nashua, is
a first rate automotive service center specializing in engine rebuilds.
They have been in business since 1945. Call them at 603-889-5954 for all
your car services needs.
We had a booth at both the Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo and
Irwin Marine's Open House. Ken King (Division 36 Director) joined us at
both shows. Bob Medeiros (Division 5 and Regional Director) and Jay
Guidaboni (D5 Asst. Director) joined us at the Rockingham show. We got
to see many of the anglers who fished with us last year as well as meet
many ones that may fish with us. We also had the opportunity for Preston
Clark and Zell Rowland visit us in the booth for a photo.
From Left: David
Guichard, Zell Rowland, Garry Woodruff
Ken came up with a well done New England Area brochure
that we handed out at the shows. We also had copies of the NorthEast
Regional flyer that will be in print soon. We tried to also showcase
some of the national and local sponsors. On the table we had several of
the kits from Secret Weapon including one with their new Sidearm
Spinnerbait. I'll have these with me at the tournaments if anyone is
If you didn't get a chance to get by the shows then try
to go to the Marine USA show in March. Ken will have a booth there. And
you'll get a chance to meet some more pros.
From Left: Ron Kerswell,
Bob Medeiros, Jimmy Houston, Ken King, David Guichard
Dave Guichard represented Division 2 at the Marine USA
show held March 17 and 18. Despite the snow Friday night and into
Saturday, as usual the turnout was very good. The folks at Marine USA
really know how to put on a show.
Winter 2006-2007 News
Also, if you participated on any of the ABA sponsor's programs in
2006 and wish to continue for the 2007 season, make sure you check the
national site for details. For example, if you were on the Secret Weapon
Special Ops program then you'll need to sign-up again. Full details are
on the national site. Please help support the sponsors, they have great
products and programs.
We are now called Division 2 - New Hampshire for the 2007 season.
If you are planning on fishing the BASS weekend series, you will need
to join the ABA.
Click here for the full article. The e-mail from the national
director is also posted on the message board.
See the national site for
format and rule changes for the 2007 season especially the entry fees, lunker pools,
and increased payouts starting for tournaments after January 1, 2007.
Welcome to new 2007 season Division 2 members:
- Vic Carima (Bow Lake)
- Steve Bosjlie (Bow Lake)
New Assistant Directors and Thanks
David Guichard has joined us as a Assistant Director for 2007. I really appreciate him stepping up and helping out.
Tom Sardinha has also volunteered to be an Assistant Director, and will be
helping me and Dave out during the tournaments.
Also, a great deal of thanks to Donald Stewart for helping out as assistant director this year and his prior effort in helping to get District 2
(now Division 2) started along with Ken King.
Secret Weapon Incentive Program Pays Off
Joe at Secret Weapon Lures informed me that
I won the monthly drawing of $500. This is addition to the $50 tackle
pack that I won by winning the May 14th Moore Reservoir tournament. The
drawing is held among the ABA tournament winners each month that are
members of the Special Ops program.
Secret Weapon makes great spinnerbaits and
buzzbaits. I encourage everyone to sign up for their program, You can
check it out by going to the
ABA website or to the
Secret Weapon website.
Director: Don Mayer
Assistant Director: TBF