2015 Week 6

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2015 PBR Northeast Tournament Week 6 News
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As the summer heats up so does the fishing!

New Bass by Boat, Bluefish and Fluke leaders
 
Welcome to your weekly news update from the Pabst Blue Ribbon Northeast Fishing Tournament! 

Lots of changes on the leaderboard in the past week, which tells us the waters are warming up. The biggest news from this past week comes from the Bass by Boat division. Congratulations Mark Sherer, he landed a 54lb 11oz bass the biggest yet of the season. Mark Pachico scored a spot on the Bass by Boat leader board with a 39lb 15 oz bass that put him in third place in the division. And Brandon Sausele gained a spot on the bluefish leader board with a currently third place 11lb 12oz bluefish. Congrats to these guys and good luck as the season keeps picking up!
             
 
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Congratulations Mark Sherer, pictured here with his currently 1st place 54lb 11oz bass!

Congratulations Week 4 (June 8-15) Winners!
All Weekly Winners receive an Official Pabst Blue Ribbon swag, a Kettlebottom t-shirt, an Eco-Top, an Anchor Nutrition Bar and are entered into a drawing for a $50 Addya gift certificate to be raffled at the end of the season! Fluke weekly winners will also get a fluke lure from BJ Silvia's Flipin' Out Fluke Rigs.
Weekly Winner David Seitlinger in the Bass by Boat devision holding up his 42lb 12oz bass. 
Gary Krist with his 42lb 2oz Bass by Shore weekly winning fish.
Congratulations Week 4 Catch & Release Raffle Winner
Tom Kehlenbach is the weekly Catch & Release raffle winner! Congratulations on your new pair of Costa Sunglasses.

Methods for safely catching & releasing a striped bass

We're delighted to see more and more of you submitting catch and release entries into Tournament. To ensure the highest survival rate for striped bass our media partner, Coastal Angler, did a nice job of recapping the safest methods to catch and release. Although a little lengthy, it is a good reminder for all of us who enjoy fishing and want to ensure the health and vitality of the striper population.

Written by Coastal Angler's Zach Harvey
A few basic tools and a handful of practiced steps when you lift a bass aboard will do wonders for the striper survival rate in your cockpit. Best practice when releasing large fish is to avoid removing them from the water—to lip them by hand if your boat affords you ready access to the water, or use a reliable dehooker on a long, sturdy pole if leaning over is too risky in a boat with significant freeboard (deck level high off the water; high gunwales). Again, this is best-practice—and not the only good way to return a fish.


When your young nephew boats his first 30-pounder, unless you already have a full limit aboard, you should keep it for him, and then circle back when he’s hooked and a bit older with the high-handed conservation bit. Either way, you owe him (and yourself) a good photo of his catch. To buy yourself a bit of time, keep a towel or striper-sized remnant of non-abrasive carpet on the boat; lay it out on deck and douse it with salt water just before landing the fish, then transfer her from net directly on it. Keep a bucket of saltwater handy with a second, smaller towel you can lay across the fish’s head to cover its eye. It’s amazing how quickly even the greenest bass will go limp as a noodle the instant you rob it of sight. This will prevent a fish from thrashing around, removing slime and scales or otherwise injuring itself in the struggle.

Keep the fish swaddled until your nephew’s ready to heft it a smile, and your camera is ready to point and fire away. This should be no more than a minute all told.

Avoid holding the fish so its lip is carrying its entire body weight (as you might hold a schoolie). Lip her, but before you lift, use a wet second hand to support the belly, holding her at about 45 degrees.

Obvious as it sounds, it’s staggering how often I watch guys do the unthinkable: Never, never touch an part of a striper’s gills, gillplates (the inside thereof), or eyes, and minimize contact with any part of the slime coating. Speaking of slime, any skin or fabric that will touch it must be wet.

If the fish is visibly frisky—in the cold water we’ve had so far, a fish will hold up much better—cradle the fish by its lower jaw and belly against your side and launch it head-first, torpedo-style back into the drink to give it an oxygenated jolt before it heads for bottom.

If a fish is exhausted from protracted battle—as water heads toward its high-summer apex, the effects of the fight (lactic acidosis), time out of water, and other injuries compound rapidly into the year’s post-release mortality peak.

It’s when water’s hot that the stakes of release are highest. Unfortunately, that point in a Block Island season is also the time when you can catch 20 cows in a tide. How do you handle that? Don’t be the guy bragging back at the dock about how you caught two 50s, five over 40, 15 over 30 pounds. The stock already carries a load that’s hard to fathom. Don’t add your ego to that total: Catch a couple, then go fluking, go sharking, go snipe-hunting or parasailing—just don’t pig on a fragile resource.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CATCH & RELEASE ENTRY FORM AND RULES

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Sponsor Profile - Dexter Knives
One of the great prizes our monthly winners will take home is a Dexter Sani Safe filet knife with a sheath. These knives have top of the line steel blades with durable plastic handles. The blade stays sharp and provides clean cuts for perfect filets.

For All Competitors! 
You can save 20% on a Dexter knife now by CLICKING HERE and using promo code GOFISH at checkout. 
Media Partner Coastal Angler will be providing fishing reports for us throughout the season. Their writer, Zach Harvey will post his latest fishing reports  HERE
Don't forget about the Evan Metropoulos Conservation Award! 

For every properly documented caught and released striped bass, you'll gain an entry into the end of season $3,000 raffle. Download an entry form by clicking HERE

New for this year, Costa Sunglasses will be raffling off a pair of sunglasses weekly to anyone who properly submits a catch and release form for that week.

 

 
Don't forget to register for the Tournament, we'd hate for you to catch the big one and not be signed up.

Current Leaderboard

*Changes from last week to this week are noted in red
 
Striped Bass by Boat
1st Place: Mark Sherer - 54lb 11 oz
2nd Place: David Seitlinger - 45 lb 12 oz
3rd Place: Mark Pachico - 39lb 15 oz


Striped Bass by Shore
1st Place: Gary Krist - 42 lb 2oz
2nd Place:
Colby Brouillette - 41lb 0oz
3rd Place: Mike Milano - 37lb 8oz

Bluefish
1st Place: Michael Larson - 12 lb 15oz
2nd Place: Colby Brouillette - 11lb 15oz
3rd Place: Brandon Sausele - 11lb 12oz

Fluke
1st Place: Tom McMahon - 10lb 10oz
2nd Place: John Denise - 9lb 5oz
3rd Place: William Terranova - 8lb 11 oz



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Junior Bluefish

1st Place: Gunnar Skurka 9lb 8oz
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Junior Fluke
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For the most up to date leaderboard go to: PBRFishing.com
2015 Brag Board!
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Tournament Notes: 


The website is fully up to date, so you can check the leaderboard, rules and download a catch and release form. The leaderboard reflects all of the weigh-ins not just the top 3 so you can see what everyone has been catching!

Please don't forget to take a look and support the great sponsors we have this year for the Tournament: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Anchor Nutrition, Addya Hooks, Costa Sunglasses, Anchor Bend Glassworks, Confident Captain, Predict Wind, St. Croix, Dexter Knives, Eco-Top, Kettlebottom, Swivits & Nick Mayer Nature Illustration!


CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL RULES 

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL WEIGH STATIONS
 
CLICK HERE FOR THE CATCH & RELEASE ENTRY FORM AND RULES
 

2015 Tournament Partners

IMPORTANT TOURNAMENT RULES REMINDERS:

  • Fish must be weighed in within 15 hours of the time of catch.
     
  • Catch & Release entries must be accompanied by a photo with a ruler denoting the length of the fish and also a completed Catch & Release Entry Form
     
  • Don't forget about minimum length requirements in all divisions:
    • Striped Bass (40 inches - adults, 35 inches - juniors)
    • Striped Bass in the Catch & Release Division (28 inches)
    • Fluke (21 inches)
    • Bluefish (28 inches)
For more information see the official rules.
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