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 .
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.
For more information about this new format and program go to the Federation homepage and click on the big Yellow Button on right side.
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The Mid Atlantic Division TBF National Contenders for 2017