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August 2018 Fishing Tournament daily blog & Final Resutls
« on: August 18, 2018, 10:35:52 PM »
August 18, 2018 through August 24, 2018 is our 23rd Whisperwood Bass Fishing Tournament.


Final Standings after week of fishing:
     Largemouth bass winner:  20.50 inches - Whisperwood's Mike
     Runners Up:                       19.75 inches - Brandon Kohler
                                                19.50 inches - Brandon Kohler

     Smallmouth bass winner:  18.00 inches - Adam Shackett
     Runners Up:                       15.50 inches - Whisperwood's Mike
                                                 15.25 inches - Sue Nugent


  Tournament page with photos and results are now posted.  

Day 1: Saturday, August 18: Eight Whisperwood anglers begin this tournament and several more may join during the week.  Seasoned veterans and father son combo's Ned & Adam Shackett (Connecticut) along with Bob & Brandon Kohler (New Jersey) are looking forward to hooking into some big fighting Maine bass.  Returning couple Sue & Ed Nugent (Massachusetts) are looking forward to their first Whisperwood bass tournament and Whisperwood's Mike (Massachusetts) and long time Whisperwood guest & seasoned angler Paul Kaufman (Massachusetts) round out our starting eight.

The day began with cloudy skies, rain and wind, however all the Whisperwood anglers started the week long tournament with high hopes of big catches.  Even though the weather started poorly, the wind let up during the day and the evening was cool and calm.  Some good size bass were caught today and Whisperwood's Mike topped the list with a 15.5 inch smallie and 17 inch largemouth bass.  Early leaders rarely hold up and bigger bass are expected during the week so check in to see the daily results and check our August 2018 Big Bass page https://www.whisperwoodlodge.com/big_bass_August.htm for all photos during tournament week.

Standings after Day 1:
     Largemouth bass leader:  17.0 inches - Whisperwood Mike
     Smallmouth bass leader:  15.5 inches - Whisperwood Mike



Day 2: Sunday, August 19: Much better weather and a change in the lead.
With clear skies and a northwest wind, day 2 got off to a great start for Brandon Kohler.  Bob and Brandon were out early before breakfast and it paid off with a tournament leading 19.5 inch largemouth bass for Brandon.  Brandon caught this giant on a top water plug.  Paul Kaufman had a very good morning fishing with Mike and Paul's senko was the trick for his solid largemouth after breakfast bass. 
Not much activity this afternoon as the anglers took a well deserved break from the fishing action and were getting ready for the post dinner bite!  Ned reported a fat & healthy 18.5 inch largemouth and Whisperwood Mike added a 17.5 inch largemouth to his weeks collection.
Check our August 2018 Big Bass page https://www.whisperwoodlodge.com/big_bass_August.htm for all photos during tournament week.
 
Standings after Day 2:
     Largemouth bass leader:  19.5 inches - Brandon Kohler
     Smallmouth bass leader:  15.5 inches - Whisperwood Mike



Day 3: Monday, August 20: The beautiful weather continues and another lead change.
With continued sunny skies, a light breeze and temperature in the 70's the Whisperwood anglers were ready to get back to fishing for day 3 action and test their skills against the lakes big bass.  Bob & Brandon had a very successful morning with Brandon's jig fooling a big 19.75 inch bass to increase his lead in the largemouth bass division.  The other anglers reported fish being caught but no big ones this morning.  All the anglers were on the water this beautiful evening and plenty of bass caught and reported.  Adam's 14 inch smallmouth was just short of Mike's 15.5 inch smallie and Ned and Mike added another 17.5 inch and 17.0 inch largemouth bass respectively.

Check our August 2018 Big Bass page https://www.whisperwoodlodge.com/big_bass_August.htm for all photos during tournament week.
 
Standings after Day 3:
     Largemouth bass leader:  19.75 inches - Brandon Kohler
     Smallmouth bass leader:  15.50 inches - Whisperwood Mike



Day 4: Tuesday, August 21: Two new anglers join the tournament and a new smallmouth bass leader.
Whisperwood welcomes the return of Roe and John Richter and this will be their first Whisperwood Guest Bass Tournament.  Roe already has a Whisperwood 7 pound largemouth bass to her credit. The weather gods have been with us this week and with more sunny skies, a light breeze and temperatures in the 70's the Whisperwood anglers responded with more big catches and another lead change in the smallmouth bass division.  Adam Shackett used a jig to catch a beautiful, fat 18 inch, 3 pound smallmouth bass. There was a change in boating partners with Mike & Bob fishing from Mike's boat and Brandon joining the Shackett's in their boat.  This evening, Cameron McCafferty paired with Mike and fished a back cove in one of the rental boats while Ned & Bob were in Bob's boat and Brandon joined Adam in the Shackett boat.  Sue and Ed caught some nice fish today, with Sue hooking into a beautiful Whisperwood largemouth bass.  Lots of fish caught today and photos will posted on Wednesday.  In typical Whisperwood fishing tournament style, we have had a lead change every day - with the weatherman predicting rain for Wednesday, let's see what the Whisperwood anglers have in store for us tomorrow.

Check our August 2018 Big Bass page https://www.whisperwoodlodge.com/big_bass_August.htm for all photos during tournament week.
 
Standings after Day 4:
     Largemouth bass leader:  19.75 inches - Brandon Kohler
     Smallmouth bass leader:  18.00 inches - Adam Shackett



Day 5: Wednesday, August 22: Heavy rains move in for Day 5
With heavy rain predicted for most of the day, the morning was overcast but dry, however, by late morning the skies were thick with rain clouds and the heavens opened with torrential rain.  The all day rain forecast did not materialize and by late afternoon, the rain stopped and skies started to clear.  After dinner the lake calmed and a beautiful rainbow greeted the Whisperwood anglers as they headed out trying to become the next Whisperwood bass tournament champion.
The August "Big Bass" page is updated with all the latest pictures and it has been a terrific week with good weather predicted again for Thursday and Friday.  The ten Whisperwood tournament anglers are doing well and everyone is catching fish and even though Brandon's 19.75" largemouth and Adam's 18.00 inch smallmouth are outstanding catches, our Tournaments usually have unexpected finishes with many giant bass caught at the end of the week.  Stay tuned !!

Check our August 2018 Big Bass page https://www.whisperwoodlodge.com/big_bass_August.htm for all photos during tournament week.
 
Standings after Day 5:
     Largemouth bass leader:  19.75 inches - Brandon Kohler
     Smallmouth bass leader:  18.00 inches - Adam Shackett



Day 6: Thursday, August 23: Sunshine and brisk winds return
Thursday morning was clear and sunny with low humidity and light northwest winds that freshened during the afternoon.  Brandon joined Mike in his boat and caught a 22" pickerel on his white spinnerbait and the pair added several more fish for their mornings work.
Ned and Adam added some more healthy and fat bass but couldn't overcome the current lead.  Ed Nugent boated his first tournament bass and wife Sue continues to catch her share of fish.  The Richters got a few more fish even in the tough wind conditions.

We welcome the addition of John Ackerman and his brother Dan for the final day of the tournament, however, John is a veteran Whisperwood fisherman and knows the lakes well so just one day may be all it takes to capture the lead.  They are looking forward to getting started.

Tomorrow is the final day of the tournament and it all ends at 8:00 pm with the awards ceremony around the campfire.  Let's see if Brandon and Adam can maintain their leads or will there be a surprise with someone taking over the championship.  Only time will tell and the weather is looking sunny and warm so the anglers will be out all day looking to make a lead change.

Check our August 2018 Big Bass page https://www.whisperwoodlodge.com/big_bass_August.htm for all photos during tournament week.
 
Standings after Day 6:
     Largemouth bass leader:  19.75 inches - Brandon Kohler
     Smallmouth bass leader:  18.00 inches - Adam Shackett



Day 7: Thursday, August 24: Warm, overcast with light breezes and another lead change!
Friday morning was overcast, warm with light northwest winds all day. The tournament ends 8 pm this evening and as usual a late lead change happened on the last day when Mike hooked into a fat, solid 20.5 inch, 5.25 pound largemouth bass on a top water plug about 7:30 this morning.  Sue caught her biggest bass of the week with a fiesty 15.25" smallie.  Brandon made things interesting by landing a solid 3 pound largemouth bass Friday evening, however, his last fish of the tournament fell short of the winning length.  There were no other reports and Whisperwood's 23rd Bass Tournament is now in the books for 2018.

Check our August 2018 Big Bass page https://www.whisperwoodlodge.com/big_bass_August.htm for all photos during tournament week.
 
Final Standings after week of fishing:
     Largemouth bass winner:  20.50 inches - Whisperwood's Mike
     Runners Up:                       19.75 inches - Brandon Kohler
                                                19.50 inches - Brandon Kohler

     Smallmouth bass winner:  18.00 inches - Adam Shackett
     Runners Up:                       15.50 inches - Whisperwood's Mike
                                                 15.25 inches - Sue Nugent


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