Saturday at Big Alum pond, a relatively clear, natural, 200 acre lake located in Sturbridge Massachusetts, anglers from Baystate Attack and the Rhode Island Rebels duked it out in a close battle. Alum fished relatively difficult with about 10 feet of water visibility, no shortage of boat docks from the houses that surround the whole body of water, and plenty of big headed skinny 10-13 inch fish. Keepers were extremely tough to come by on this day, Baystate ended up getting photos of 4 keepers before the 1pm deadline, including Jack Tibbens 17.75 lunker that he landed on at 8:40 am to give Baystate a small lead. Steve Scott and Mike Elrick had both already submitted keeper fish on the board before this giving bay state a 47 inch total by 9 am.
Just before this, Chris Catucci was dealing with some high winds as he was trying to skip his jig next to pontoon boats that were docked up. He ended up going back to back with a 16.75 and a 15 inch bass during a 15 minute flurry to put the rebels on the board. Greg “Kraz” came in clutch early with an extremely valuable 14.5 inch keeper on the deck of his hobie 360 to put the rebels within an inch of the lead. At about 10:30 Catucci fired his frog deep into the shade under an overhanging tree, after about 20 twitches of the rod tip, it got slurped. The fish came up next to his Hobie Outback freaking out and spit the hook but his net was ready and he was able to basketball that fish right in. Despite Tibbens putting another keeper on the deck of his Old Town Autopilot, the rebels maintained a 2 inch lead. At 11 am Kraz struck again with a near clone of his first fish, making the lead 16.5 inches for the Rebels.
30 minutes left and what do you know, the Rebels are right back into another match of the week… Lance Mchorter had most of the anglers on live and started hyping everyone up about how the next fish could be the difference maker for either team. Shortly after this went off, with about 15 minutes left Catucci put the “Barn burner” on the board as described by Marcus Coats on Pride Outdoors. A 17.75 to put the ice on the Rebels victory. Rebel anglers Toby Bonoyer, and Justin Lacasse were backstage when they heard this live and started celebrating. Justin decided he was also gonna get in on the fun by putting a last minute keeper on the board to give the Rebels an even higher point differential in their victory. Final score ended up being Rebels 110.5, Baystate 61.75, Attack will get its shot at revenge when they face the Rebels on their home field July 10th at Upper Slatersville Lake.