Lakes Region Bass Fishing Guide Service

Guide Profile


 

2012 Everstart - Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River Champion Joe Lucarelli

It's Great!! You're taking the time to visit our web site.  Let's give you some background on the guides. 

Steve is a full time guide.  You'll find him on the water most every day.  His active role in tournament fishing keeps him aware of the constantly changing fishery and different methods.

Joe works as a salesperson for HK PowerSports selling recreation vehicles, as well as guiding and positioning himself for a career as a professional tournament angler at the national level.

Tournament Results:

  • 1995 B.A.S.S. N.H. Federation Open on Winnipesaukee...1st place

  • 1996 A.B.A. New Hampshire State Team on Winnipesaukee...1st place

  • 1996 A.B.A. National Championship on Winnipesaukee...1st place award for the Father/Son category

  • 1998 Foxwood Bass Challenge Team Tournament on Winnipesaukee...1st place finish ($25,000 prize)

  • 2000 NE Sports Network TOC on Winnipesaukee...1st place ($10,000)

  • 2004 B.A.S.S. Federation Eastern Div. 1st place Joe / Winnipesaukee

  • 2005 B.A.S.S. Northern Open / Champlain - 1st place Joe / 5th place Steve

  • 2006 Profile Stateline Superstore New England Team Championship 1st place / Sebago Lake

  • 2000-02-04-05-06-07 Northern Bass Supply Opens (1st or 2nd place every year)

  • 2007 (photo on right) Joe at FLW Series fishing for $125,000, finished in the top 5

  • 2007 (above photo) Steve and Joe won a boat at the Champions Challenge on Winnipesaukee

  • 2009 STREN Series - Lake Champlain - Steve's 1st and Joe's 2nd place finish proved to be the highest place finish EVER in a National tournament for a father and son (this was not a team tournament they fished against each other)     photo below        

  • 2009 Northern Bass Supply Tournament Of Champions 1st place - they won a boat

 

       

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our professional fishing career on Lake Winnipesaukee has been a learning experience.  If you should decide to join us during one of our guided trips it would allow us to instruct you on some of our winning techniques that we have been using successfully for a number of years.

Concord Monitor - A guided day on the big lake - read this article about Steve and Joe, or read the same story below...

 

A guided day on the big lake

Lucarellis make a science of fishing

 

 

 

 

 

By JOHN CORRIGAN
For the Monitor


 

May 25, 2008 - 12:00 am

 

 

When it comes to catching smallmouth bass on Lake Winnipesaukee, Steve and Joe Lucarelli are right on the money.

They have to be. Their livelihoods depend on it.

Steve, the elder in this father-son team, guides enough clients to call it a full-time avocation. He often fishes the money tournaments with Joe, who would like to win enough tournament prizes to leave his day job behind.

For now, Joe is grateful for an employer who understands his frequent absences from a position in recreational vehicle sales.

The pair invited me to spend some time on the water with them after I wrote about their seminars at the Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo in Salem.

Steve did most of the guiding last Sunday afternoon. Joe fished from the front of a sleek Ranger bass boat, controlling the drift with the foot pedal attached to the bow-mounted electric motor.

It's true that the guy in the front has a significant advantage. He gets first crack at the water. When he doesn't hook up, his lures can either put the fish down or make them pay attention when the casters in the rear work their lures at an angle toward the bow.

Joe quietly hooked and landed fish after fish, most of them "client" sized. They were the kind of smallies that will keep a paying customer happy, but wouldn't get him close to the leaders in a tournament.

Good guides are effective teachers, and Steve probably gave me more tips in half an hour than I have picked up at dozens of winter shows. He did it without making me feel like a total idiot.

He guessed correctly that I would be more comfortable with a spinning rod. I'm still haunted by those awful childhood memories of tangled fishing lines caused by backlash on a baitcast reel.

He rigged a rod with a long butt section below the reel and showed me how to make a two-handed cast, using the right wrist as a fulcrum point. It tossed the crankbait lure farther than I could have imagined.

He broke me of a bad habit by making sure I wound the part of the reel's bailer where it meets the line to a 12 o'clock position, just under my index finger, before I opened the bailer for a cast.

He also broke me of the fly caster's practice of pinching the line between finger and rod when feeling for a bite during the retrieve.

He reminded me of one universal truth of casting. The line or lure goes in the same direction as the rod once the cast is made. The Lucarellis' flyer recommends that clients practice casting to targets before going fishing.

The Lucarellis were eager to show me a technique Steve learned on the tournament circuit in the South. They rigged the rods with a flat, silver lure that vaguely resembled a baitfish. It carried a little added weight toward the head.

Joe let the lure sink to the bottom. He would then twitch the rod to raise the lure until he could feel a fluttering vibration. He reeled in slack line as he let the lure drop again. The motions gave the lure a skipping effect as it moved across the bottom.

Knowing the technique was helpful, as was recognizing the special characteristics of a specific location. It's the kind of knowledge that can be gained only by spending time on the water.

In this case, they picked a location where they knew other anglers often clean their catch. The guts attract crayfish, which are a favorite food of Winnipesaukee smallmouth bass.

Guys who fish for tournament prizes ranging from a new boat to a needed payday take the sport very seriously. If one location doesn't produce fish within a few minutes, or if a hot site suddenly cools off, Steve fires up the big outboard and heads across the lake at speeds that made me hold tightly to my Red Sox cap.

He's no fan of speed limits for the big lake, figuring that small boats are no more appropriate in The Broads than bicycles are on an interstate highway. He goes fast enough to need a mask that resembles a modern catcher's or goalie's face protection. Gives him a Darth Vader look.

As we moved between two areas, Steve likened the evolution of a serious angler to the learning curve of a deer hunter.

First, the hunter is basically walking in the woods while carrying a rifle. If he spends enough time at it, luck will put an animal in his sights. The observant hunter learns to read the signs left by his prey, wondering why a deer may walk closer to a stone wall than the trees in an orchard. Perhaps the wind direction makes a difference.

With experience and knowledge, the advancing hunter is truly hunting - behaving like a predator.

Fishing, he pointed out, always involves a degree of luck. A professional tournament angler or guide tries to use equipment and techniques to control as much as can be controlled.

Anglers are fortunate, he pointed out, in that fishing gives them a tangible connection to something wild and alive. We can feel the struggle as we reel a fish in, and we can hold the living creature before choosing to release it or keep it for a meal.

In the Lucarellis' boat, they have a strict rule once a big smallmouth bass makes the heart race. It's called "CPR" for catch, photograph and release.