TBF’s NEW NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL EVENTS CONTINUE ON THE ARKANSAS RIVER

Oklahoma and Arkansas Advance Anglers to Nationals

img_1762The Oklahoma TBF played host to the first TBF National Semifinal contest for District 6 on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Okla. The new TBF National Semi-Finals program pits top grassroots anglers from each state in a “close to home” weekend event with neighboring states for significant cash prizes and advancements.

In District 6, top TBF anglers from Oklahoma and Arkansas competed September 23 for the chance to advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship and to win enough cash to travel to the 2017 spring event.  Anglers qualify for the semi-finals in one of two ways.  Active state clubs in good standing can send their top two anglers directly to the semi-final event, in addition, the top 10% of state event participation or a minimum of 12 anglers per state qualify, whichever is greater.

The new format pays back 100% of the entry fees, 75% to the top 20% of the field, 10% to the state federations and 15% to the TBF Federation National Championship.  In the new NSF rules, a co-angler can also move up as a boater if his/her weight totals more than the state boater’s weight.

A total of $10,120 in cash and prizes, National Semi-Final qualifying jerseys, trophies, champion titles and slots in the national championship were awarded in the boater and co-angler divisions.  The top five boaters and co-anglers in the 26 boat field divvied up $5,850 in total cash payback, not including the $500 Ranger Cup award and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award for the top boater running a 2012 or newer Evinrude.

After two days of competition, the District 6 National Semi-Final Champion titles would go to the boater from Arkansas, Josh Ray, who received a $1,700 cash prize.  The co-angler champion was Sandy Hooker from Oklahoma who received $850 from his two days of work.

Jackie Husmann nabbed the $500 Ranger Cup award for being the highest Ranger Cup qualified angler along with his $900 second place overall purse and narrowly missed winning the $1000 Evinrude E-Tec bonus award which goes to the district champion if they are running a 2012 or newer Evinrude E-Tec motor.  The Oklahoma TBF made the final sweep taking home bragging rights and the first District 6 State Pride Award with 65.93 total pounds.

img_1769The Arkansas River proved tough this time of year.  Two Oklahoma anglers, Jackie Husmann and Stewart Ryan, found a pattern and responded with the only five fish limits on day one. Husmann took the first day lead with 12.20 pounds followed closely by Ryan with 11.96 pounds. Josh Ray had four fish weighing 7.65 pounds to hold down third and lead the Arkansas boaters.

Overcast skies greeted anglers on the final day as Josh Ray responded to land the biggest stringer of the tournament at 15.05 pounds and a winning tournament total of 22.73 pounds.  First day leader, Jackie Husmann, Oklahoma, brought in his second limit of 9.40 pounds, the only angler to record limits both days.  The anglers fished almost 40 miles apart but both put it together to earn slots in the 2017 TBF National Championship representing the Arkansas and Oklahoma boaters, respectively.

Josh Ray used about 45 gallons of gas to fish the lower Kerr Reservoir pool approximately 30 miles from the launch site.  Although this was Ray’s first trip to the Arkansas River he was able find areas with water willows in practice, and then set way points using his Lowrance HDS 12 to return to them on tournament days.  He also used the power of his 112 Minn Kota trolling motor to hold despite the current as he presented frog and swim jigs.

img_0185The co-angler race was also close after day one as Kyle Tudor from Oklahoma brought four fish to the scales for a leading weight of 8.37 pounds.  Sandy Hooker also from Oklahoma followed close behind with three fish at 8.21 pounds, anchored by a 4.66 pound lunker.

On the final day Hooker brought three fish to the scales for 6.26 pounds to make his winning tournament total 14.47 pounds.  Tudor’s big bass tipped the scales at 4.76 pounds, but with only one fish it wasn’t enough to hold on to his day one lead.  Robert Scott’s 7.12 pounds on the first day held out to top the Arkansas co-anglers; he will advance with Hooker to the 2017 TBF National Championship in the co-angler division.

The top boater and top co-angler from each state advancing to the 2017 Federation National Championship are as follows; (boater, co-angler) Oklahoma: Jackie Husmann, Sandy Hooker; Arkansas: Josh Ray, Robert Scott.

The event was sponsored by the Greater Muskogee Chamber of Commerce, The Muskogee Basin, Three Forks Marina, and the Knight’s Inn Motel.

For tournament info and photos CLICK HERE.

 

2016 Mid Atlantic Division Championship Final Day

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Bobby Crisman of Virginia bested the field of 84 anglers this week to win the last TBF Divisional of the 2016 season on the Manongahela River in West Virginia.  After fog delayed the start of each of the first two days, the anglers finally got to get the early morning bite on the last morning.  Bobby weighed 4-06, 5-02 and 4-07 to capture the title with 13-15 pounds.  Senkos, drop shots, flukes, and topwater baits were some of the most popular baits during the week long event.

Finishing just thirteen ounces behind Bobby was Robert Harkness from West Virginia with 13-02 pounds.  Only one ounce separated second and third place where Erroll Hash of Virginia finished with 13-01 pounds.  Mike Keller of New Jersey landed in fourth with 12-14 pounds and Craig Morris of Delaware claimed fifth place with 11-11 pounds.

West Virginia successfully defended their title by winning the state to state competition again this year for 2016.  Their winning state weight was 74-07 pounds, which was just over 3 pounds ahead of the runner up team of Virginia.

Once the event was over and the awards had been handed out, several guys wanted to make a complete group photo of all the seven states, so they could look back on it in years to come, since this was the final Divisional under this format .

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TBF has begun this year to roll out its new format for 2017 and beyond which includes more opportunities for clubs and states to grow their membership and to be able to qualify more people to send to the TBF Federation National Championship.

Day 3 Big Bass Optional Sidepot was won by Rich Schneidereit of New Jersey with a 3-13 smallmouth which was day 3 Big Bass and also was the Tournament Big Bass.rich-schneidereit-va-day-3-big-bass

For more information about this new format and program go to the Federation homepage and click on the big Yellow Button on right side.

To view the full results for this Divisional CLICK HERE

To view Day 3 Pictures;  Click Here

The Mid Atlantic Division TBF National Contenders for 2017

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2016 Mid Atlantic Division Championship day 2

Another Short Day for the Mid-Atlantic Anglers

mike-kellar-nj-day-2-leaderThursday was another tough test for the anglers from the Mid-Atlantic Division.  Fog delayed Thursday’s start time until just after 9:00 am and the early morning bite was once again lost, just as it was on Day 1.  As with any day, some anglers will still find and catch some fish.  As many anglers stated as the crossed the stage on Thursday, they caught quite a few fish, but they all were just short of the minimum size limit.  Hopefully Friday’s weather will allow the anglers to go out on time at daylight tomorrow.

Moving to the top of the list, after Thursday, was Mike Keller from New Jersey.  Mike weighed 4-05 on Wednesday and 5-09 on Thursday to take the lead into the final day with 9-14 pounds.  Just 6 ounces behind him in second is Bobby Crisman of Virginia who weighed 4-06 and 5-02 for a total of 9-08 pounds.  Just five ounces back of second, in third, was Day 1 leader Darren Pincus.  His catch of 7-14 and 1-05 leave him with 9-03 heading into the final day. Six ounces separates third from fourth which belongs to Erroll Hash of Virginia.  He weighed 4-04 and 4-09 to have 8-13 pounds after two days.  Rounding out the top five places is Derick Olson of Pennsylvania .   He turned in 3-03 and 4-07 to take 7-10 pounds into the final day.

Terry Algier of Delaware had the largest bag of fish Thursday with 5-12 pounds.

There was a three way tie for big bass on Thursday as three anglers weighed in a fish that weighed 3-06 pounds.

Terry Algier -DelawareErroll Hash- VA, & Neil Hunwick- Va  tied with Big Bass honors of 3-06 and will split the Optional Sidepot of $840.00

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For full results and standings Click Here

To view Day 2 Pictures:   Click Here

 

2016 Mid Atlantic Division Championship day 1

Bites Hard to Come by on Day 1 at Mid-Atlantic Divisional

darrin-pincus-day-1-leaderDarren Pincus of New Jersey was shocked to learn that he was on top of the leader board, when the weigh in concluded on Wednesday at the Monongehela River.  Darren turned in four fish that weighed 7-14 pounds.  After a fog delay caused the anglers to get a late start, most anglers missed out on the early morning bite on the first day of the event.  Second place was Daniel Gray of Pennsylvania with 4-14 pounds.  One ounce behind, in third is John Christopher of West Virginia with 4-13 pounds.  Bobby Crisman of Virginia sits in fourth with 4-06 pounds.  The next three places are each separated by one ounce a piece.  Mike Keller of New Jersey has 4-05 pounds, Erroll Hash of Virginia has 4-4-04 pounds and  Brian Laclair of Maryland has 4-03 pounds.

Maryland’s, Robert Yeckley claimed the big bass honors on Wednesday with a 3-10 pound lunker. robert-yeckley-md-day-1-big-bass New Jersey leads the state to state competition by 18 ounces over Virginia.  West Virginia and District of Columbia sit in third and fourth.

For full results and standings Click Here

For day 1 Pictures  Click Here  

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