NEW NSF RECORD-BREAKING PAYOUT IN DISTRICT 12

100_3120Virginia and West Virginia Advance Anglers to Nationals

The Virginia Bass Federation played host to the first TBF National Semifinal contest for District 12, November 4-6 on the Chickahominy River outside of Williamsburg, Va.  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.

A new NSF record of $23,240 with 115% payback 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 13 boaters and co-anglers in the 67 boat field divvied up $15,075 in total cash payback, not including the $500 Ranger Cup award and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award for the winning boater (if he/she runs a 2012 or newer Evinrude).

100_3115Anglers were greeted with nice weather on the river.  On day one, Virginia anglers, Dylan Whitmore, led it with a limit of bass weighing 18.47 pounds followed by Dave Christian with 15.77 pounds and Frank Harris with 15.20 pounds.

On the co-angler side, Virginia’s Trey Gregg had 13.83 pounds to lead after day one, followed by Brandon Marks of West Virginia with 13.10 pounds and William Hoeffer of Virginia with 12.46 pounds.

Day one big fish was caught by Amy Schwartz from Virginia.  She snagged a 6.80 pound beauty.

A cold front came through overnight and although anglers saw sunny skies in the morning, the wind blew hard.  Anglers struggled to find the heavy bags from day one, but still managed to put together small five bass limits.

After two days of competition, Whitmore would lead from start to finish with a tournament total of 28.75 pounds. Whitmore received a whopping $3,180 paycheck and a slot in the 2017 Federation National Championship as the winning boater.

100_3119Based on Virginia’s numbers/participation in the event, they get to advance the top two boaters and co-anglers to nationals. Harris slid up from third to second to grab that slot with 27.86 total pounds.  Harris received a $1,880 cash prize, as well as, the $500 Ranger Cup award for being the highest finishing Ranger Cup qualified angler.

West Virginia’s, Wes Lester, was the highest finishing boater to represent his state and he will also advance to nationals.  Lester came in third overall and received $990 for his two days of work.

On the co-angler side, Hoeffer would take the top spot from day one leader, Gregg, with a tournament total of 25.30 pounds.  Hoeffer received a $1,590 cash prize and will advance to nationals as the highest finishing co-angler.

Although, Gregg wound up in second overall with 23.81 pounds, he will still advance to nationals as the second highest finishing co-angler from Virginia.  Gregg also received $940 cash prize.

West Virginia’s, Brandon Marks, will also advance to nationals representing his state.  He came in 6th overall with a tournament total of 20.47 pounds.

The Virginia Bass Federation narrowly edged out the West Virginia team to take home bragging rights in the first District 12 State Pride Award with 105.65 total pounds versus 101.77 pounds.  The award is determined by adding the weights of the top four boaters and co-anglers from each state, which are selected prior to the event.

In District 12, top TBF anglers competed for the chance to advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship and to win enough cash to travel to the 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.

The new event format went well thanks to the Virginia Bass Federation who ran the event and all their support from TBF’s sponsors; FLW, Ranger, Cabela’s, Lowrance, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Evinrude, Berkley and Power Pole.

The Virginia Federation would also like to thank Scott Whitmore and all of Region 8 for their help and all the other volunteers.  Also, a very special thanks to Anthony Roberts from Virginia for offering up his boat to a man he’d never met, John Christopher of West Virginia, after boat problems arose on day one.  These men represent what TBF fishermen are all about.

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DISTRICT 22 CROWNS FIRST NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL CHAMPS

Nevada and Utah Advance Anglers to Nationals

winning-non-boater-clif-gThe Nevada Bass Federation played host to the first TBF National Semifinal contest for District 22 October 29-30 on Lake Mead in Henderson, Nevada.  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.

A total of $5,640 with 157% payback 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 two boaters and co-anglers in the 12 boat field divvied up $2,700 in total cash payback, not including the $500 Ranger Cup award and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award for the winning boater (if he/she runs a 2012 or newer Evinrude).

After day one, brutal was the word being tossed around as only one limit was brought to the scales.  Dave Hudson of Nevada led the boaters with that limit weighing 8.11 pounds.  Ellison Hubbard, also from Nevada, led the co-anglers with two fish weighing 5.10 pounds.  The remainder of the field struggled under very tough conditions.

day-2-launchDay two saw improved conditions but they wouldn’t last long as wind speeds climbed to over 30mph.  The bite suffered again, and Justin Hicks of Utah brought in the only limit weighing 6.5 pounds for a tournament total of 9.89 pounds.

The race came down to ounces, as day one leader, Hudson, held off Hicks for the overall win on the boater’s side.  He caught two fish for 2.71 pounds, but his solid lead on day one made his tournament total 10.82 pounds for the win.

Hudson received a $1,170 paycheck and will advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship.  Hicks will also advance as the highest finishing boater to represent Utah and received $630 cash prize for his second overall finish.

On the co-angler side, Clif Gallagher, from Utah brought a pair of fish across the stage weighing 2.41 pounds for a total of 5.53 pounds.  Gallagher would secure the win over day one leader, Hubbard, who had 5.10 total pounds. He received a $585 paycheck and will advance to nationals as the winning co-angler.

team-utahThe Utah Bass Federation made the final sweep taking home bragging rights and the first District 22 State Pride Award with 21.05 total pounds.  The award is determined by adding the weights of the top four boaters and co-anglers from each state, which are selected prior to the event.

In District 22, top TBF anglers competed for the chance to advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship and to win enough cash to travel to the 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.

The new event format went well thanks to the Nevada Bass Federation who ran the event and all their support from TBF’s sponsors; FLW, Ranger, Cabela’s, Lowrance, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Evinrude, Berkley and Power Pole.

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TBF NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL’S CONTINUE WITH DISTRICT 13

Delaware, Maryland and Nations Capitol Advance Anglers to Nationals

mandes-boater-ranger-cupThe Delaware Bass Federation played host to the first TBF National Semifinal contest for District 13 October 22-23 on the Nanticoke River System in Laurel, De.  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.

A total of $13,320 with 123% payback 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 seven boaters and co-anglers in the 36 boat field divvied up $8,100 in total cash payback, not including the $500 Ranger Cup award and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award for the winning boater (if he/she runs a 2012 or newer Evinrude).

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The tournament launched from Phillips landing on Broad Creek. Due to high winds, the Wicomico River waters were off-limits on day one.  But, that didn’t stop anglers from finding solid limits.  There were 167 largemouth bass weighing a total of 307.52 pounds caught.  On day two, another 139 bass weighing 239.1 pounds were brought to the scales.  Regardless of conditions, the Nanticoke River System gave up more than a boat load.

After two days of competition, Jeff Mandes, from Delaware bested the boater field with 22.88 pounds.  Mandes received a $2,270 paycheck, a slot in the 2017 Federation National Championship and the $500 Ranger Cup award for being the highest finishing Ranger Cup qualified angler.

redden-co-angler-championThe race on the boater’s side was so tight, Roger Shirkey, Sr., also from Delaware narrowly missed the top spot with a two day total of 22.23 pounds.  Shirkey did receive a $1,150 cash prize for his two days of work.

On the co-angler side, Steve Redden, from Delaware led it on day one with 10.32 pounds.  But, he never felt comfortable with his four pound lead; instead he fished hard on day two to win the co-angler champion title with a two day total of 18.66 pounds.  Redden will advance and he also received a $1,135 cash prize.

martin-and-youngAlso advancing to the national contest are Maryland’s highest finishing boater and co-angler, Richard Martin, Jr., with 19.5 pounds and Dean Young with 16.14 pounds.  Representing National Capitol, will be Nations President, Peter Yanni, with 18.16 pounds and Russell Lohr with 16.69 pounds.

The Delaware Bass Federation narrowly won the first District 13 State Pride Award with 117.5 total pounds right in front of Nations Capitol with 115.19 pounds and Maryland with 90.78 pounds.  The award is determined by adding the weights of the top four boaters and co-anglers from each state, which are selected prior to the event.

Iyanni-and-lohrn District 13, top TBF anglers competed for the chance to advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship and to win enough cash to travel to the 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.

The new event format went well thanks to the Delaware Bass Federation who ran the event and all their support from TBF’s sponsors; FLW, Ranger, Cabela’s, Lowrance, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Evinrude, Berkley and Power Pole.

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RICHEST TBF NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL PAYOUT YET IN DISTRICT 10 ON THE OHIO RIVER

Indiana and Illinois Advance Anglers to Nationals

14853146_10154160162918925_1865129524277164890_oThe Indiana Bass Federation played host to the first TBF National Semi-Final contest for District 10, October 22-23 on the Ohio River in Tell City, Ind.  The new 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.

A NSF record of $29,320 with 114% payback 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 17 boaters and co-anglers in the 86 boat field divvied up a whopping $19,350 in total cash payback, not including the $500 Ranger Cup award and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award for the winning boater (if he/she runs a 2012 or newer Evinrude).

Tough fishing conditions on the Ohio River made for light weights on both days.  The first big cold front moved in during practice, but it brought sunny skies.  Also, an hour and twenty-five minute fog delay on day one didn’t help either.    But, even though anglers struggled and only one limit was brought to the scales, there were some nice fish weighed in.

14615731_10154160163173925_4769507059701770486_oIn the end, local angler and 2011 TBF National Champion and “Living the Dream” angler, Allen Boyd, out fished the field to claim the champion title on the boater side.  Boyd received the richest NSF payout yet with his $4,440 paycheck, in addition to, the $500 Ranger Cup award for being the highest finishing Ranger Cup qualified angler.  Boyd will also advance to nationals for another shot at the $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package.  His two day total was 9.15 pounds proving that when fishing’s tough across the board a winning pattern is still a winning pattern, and in Boyd’s case, one worth almost $5,000.

Based on Indiana’s numbers/participation in the event, they get to advance the top two boaters and co-anglers to nationals. In second place on the boater side was local angler, Dale Fess, with a total weight of 9.4 pounds.  A few years ago, Fess narrowly missed qualifying for nationals when he left his fish in the livewell; he thought he’d never get another opportunity after such a gut-wrenching mistake. But, he’ll get the opportunity this time, as well as, $2,220 cash prize for his second place finish.

Also advancing on the boater side, was the highest finishing Illinois angler, Tim Rider, with 4.13 pounds.  Rider came in 11th overall and received a $320 cash prize.

On the co-angler side, Derrick Pendleton from Indiana caught one fish each day for the win and a tournament total of 7.8 pounds.  On day two, he caught tournament big bass, which weighed 4.15 pounds.  Pendleton will advance to nationals and also received a $2,220 cash prize for his two days of work.

In second and also advancing to nationals, was Jeremy Antrup from Indiana with 6 pounds.  He received a $1,110 paycheck for his second place finish.

The highest finishing co-angler from Illinois was Sam Mackey with 3.14 pounds.  Mackey came in fifth overall and received $270 for his finish, in addition to, a slot at nationals.

The Indiana Bass Federation made the final sweep taking home bragging rights and the first District 10 State Pride Award with 22.5 total pounds.  The award is determined by adding the weights of the top four boaters and co-anglers from each state, which are selected prior to the event.

In District 10, top TBF anglers competed for the chance to advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship and to win enough cash to travel to the 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.

The new event format went well thanks to the Indiana Bass Federation who ran the event and all their support from TBF’s sponsors; FLW, Ranger, Cabela’s, Lowrance, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Evinrude, Berkley and Power Pole.  The Indiana and Illinois TBF anglers would also like to thank the Perry County Tourism board for the banquet dinner and use of the 4-H building to host the pre-tournament meeting.

Although the fishing was tough, the weather was great and good time was had by most.  Next year, District 10 will head to Illinois.  Illinois anglers are excited to host and are ready for some payback; both teams said they were excited about the 2017 contest.

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