About BFV

Matt Applebaum is a successful local angler who has been fishing bass tournaments in local SMALL WATERS as well as Lake Champlain with a good deal of success since 1998. Winning the Vermont Bass Federation Open his first year fishing tournaments, coming in 2nd his first tournament ever, the writing on the wall was clear.

Matt has won numerous tournaments on Lake Champlain, including; LCI Team Bass, Northeast Teambass, Vermont Bass Federation, Plunder Bay Open. Matt has also placed well in B.A.S.S. tournaments and FLW Outdoors events on Champlain.

Matt is a prior Vermont Bass Federation State team member making the team in 7 out of 9 attempts. In 2 of 4 years running Matt won the title of  State Champion. Coming in 2nd the other 2 years. Currently sponsored by ‘St. Croix Rod’ and Stalker bait LLC, we only endorse products we truly believe in.
Recently our focus has switched more toward Guiding. I find this to be much more rewarding, truly, just finding fish for people is great!

“Champlain is awesome, but most times it takes as much out of you as you get back. I like the little ponds best, what I call ‘The best of Vermont’ “.