TBF NW Division Championship Presented By Lowrance Final – Wire To Wire Win For IDAHO & GELLES


The state team for Idaho went into today’s final round with a 20 pound lead, Kyle Gellles from Pingree, ID has lead the first two days and knew very few anglers can lead and win a three days event wire to wire. However, both managed to hang on to their leads for a uncommon wire to wire win. dIV-cHAMP-gELLES

Although Idaho did loose nearly all of its 20 pound cushion to Wyoming today who moves up to finish in second place,Idahos lead was just barely big enough to hang on.  Their winning weight was 275-00 even. Wyoming made a big jump to finish with 274-05.

IDAHOAs stated Gelles dominated this event in the individual overall standings with his 3 day lead and 3 day weight of  45-05 to claim the title of division champion. Sitting in second place was Bubba O’Neil from Evanston, WY with 42-07 and Mark Maderos, Maple Valley, WA., rounded out the top three with 39-10.






The top 2 anglers from each state federation advance to the 2015 TBF Federation National Championship, the top anglers as a boater in that event and the second place angler as a non-boater. Here is the list of the championship qualified anglers form each state.



B – Kyle Gellles

NB – Josh Polfer


B – Bubba O’Neil

NB – Zach Lugibihl


B – Mark Maderos

NB – Brian Merlini


B – Ed Chin

NB – Aurther Ferreira


B – Danny Stamper

NB – Mark Hilyer

For Full Standings CLICK HERE

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Day 2, TBF NW Division Championship, Presented by LOWRANCE, Gelles Hangs on to Lead

Day 2 of the TBF NW Division Championship, Presented by LOWRANCE, Gelles Hangs On To Lead, 1 More Day To Go!

Presented-ByThe wind laid down, the sun came out, the lake slicked off and the bite got tougher……for most.

But Pingree, Idaho angler Kyle Gelles continued his dominance and his lead and sits on top the pile with 33-13. Gelles led his Idaho state team in extended their lead in the state by state standings with 5 of the 12 Idaho anglers in the top 12 places in the individual overall standings. 

Josh Polfer, Nampa, ID sits 3 pounds back of Gelles with 30-08 and Evanston, Wyoming’s Bubba O’Neil is in third with 28-11

In the state standings Idaho leads with 205-13, Wyoming made a move and now sits in second with 185-09, Washington is in third with 178-09 and Oregon and Montana sit in fourth and fifth with 161-13 and 151-08 respectively.

For full results  CLICK HERE

TBF NorthWest Division Championship Presented by LOWRANCE Day 1

Day 1 of the TBF NW Division Championship Presented by Lowrance started out with Flaming Gorge rising steady and the wind howling out of the ENE. Angler shop talk around the motels during practice was all about how tough it was out on the lake to even get a single bite.

Much like most of the country, Green River, WY is just waking up out of a long cold winter. In fact if this event had been one week earlier all the anglers would have been snowbound for an additional couple of days as I-80 was closed border to border in Wyoming due to a snow storm!

This week brings with it the season highest temps yet in Green River with today’s high topping out at 73 degrees.

As is always the case, someone will find and catches fish.   For a good bit of day 1 weigh-in it looked like the some of the host team from Wyoming would be the anglers finding the big ones as Bubba O’Neil from Evanston, WY, weighed in with 15-07 and Wyoming state president Kasey Thomas,Green River, WY weighed in 14-08, however it was Idaho who ruled today.

gellesOverall tournament leader is Kyle Gelles, Pingree, ID, anchored the Idaho team with a massive 18-04 including the days big fish of 5-14 in this NO CULL event. O’Neil sits in second with Josh Polfer, Napa, ID is in third with 15-04, Idaho’s Josh Ragan from Rathdrum, ID, sits in fourth with 14-12 and rounding out the top five today was a tie between Wes Wezenbreg from Olympia, WA and Kasey Thomas at 14-08.

In the state federation standings. Idaho is on top with half of their team finishing in the top 13 places, the total weight for Idaho’s 12 person team, sits at 113-01, Washington played the “sleeper” in the standings with solid bags from their team members and they are in second with 102-01.Wyoming sits in third with 93-02 while Montana has 71-08 and Oregon has 71-04.

In total 167 fish were weighed in that weighed 450-15. All fish were released alive and well back into Flaming Gorge.

This three-day event is a dual competition, Individually, between the best 12 anglers from each state federation in TBF’s Northwest Division and on a state team level each states 12 anglers total weight is combined to give a state standing to determine the best state federation team in the NW.

The top individual angler from each state advances to the 2015 TBF Federation National Championship as a boater and the second place anglers from each state advance to the championship as a non-boater.  Through our partnership with FLW the top 2 anglers from the TBF NW Div, at the 2015 TBF Federation National Championship will qualify to fish  in  the 2015 BFL All-American. TBF is the only path to the All-American in the western US.

For full results CLICK HERE



TBF Living The Dream Angler Mark Daniels Jr WINS California Delta Rayovac!

Congrats Mark! TBF is proud of you! Check out the full story on www.FLWOUTDOORS.COM  !


Conservation Directors Meet in Grove Oklahoma


Conservation directors from 14 different states met at the annual TBF National Championship in Grove Oklahoma last week. The group traveled to the Centerton Fish Hatchery in Arkansas where they teamed with Arkansas Game and Fish Black Bass Biologist Colton Dennis and his staff to tour the Hatchery facility and also participate in an electro-fishing study on a nearby power plant lake. The Centerton Facility boasts approximately 50 ponds on its scenic grounds that are all spring fed and create a terrific location to raise smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as walleye and catfish.

The following day the group shared the results of the on-going AIS prevention program that the federation has been working on with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Group under the direction of Dr. Phil Moy for the last three years. Each state in attendance got a copy of the new boat wash training video which will also be available on the TBF website. Dr. Moy also provided the group with BMP handbook to distribute to their state federation members.

The group also discussed plans for an AIS certification test that state conservation directors and club members can take to increase their awareness and knowledge of Aquatic Invasive Species spread and prevention. This test should be available to members within the next few months.

Josh Johnson from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation addressed the group on the final day bringing them up to speed on projects that the department is working on across the state as well as the terrific fishery at Grand Lake. Each member in attendance also shared the floor to discuss programs and challenges that are going on in their respective states.

In addition to the meetings, the Conservation Group also provided the fish handling duties at the TBF National Championship event at Wolf Creek Park. The Grand Lake Dam authority under the direction of Mr. Brent Davis provided a live release trailer for the weigh-in in addition to the TBF live release boat which was onsite each day.


James Biggs and Don Muir punch their ticket to the Forrest Wood Cup with a win at the Federation National Championship

12.Apr.2014 by Dan Johnson

ROGERS, Arkansas—In a testament to his faith and fishing skills, James Biggs of Richland Hills, Texas, charged from 17th place on day one to eventual victory in the Boater Division of The Bass Federation’s prestigious 2014 National Championship at Grand Lake.


Biggs built on his 10-pound, 1-ounce day one basket with a monstrous 19-pound, 5-ounce bag on day two. That catch vaulted him into second place with 29 pounds, 6 ounces, hot on the heels of leader John Talton of Georgetown, Tenn., who finished day two with 29 pounds, 10 ounces.

With television cameras rolling and the world watching, Biggs brought a 5-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces to the scale on the final day, bringing his total to 43 pounds, 11 ounces. When Talton, who weighed in last, put up two bass weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces for a total weight of 36 pounds, 4 ounces, Biggs claimed the crown in front of a roaring crowd gathered at the John Q. Hammons Center.

“It’s so exciting, and it hasn’t totally sunk in yet,” he said, visibly shaking with emotion. For Biggs, a firefighter and paramedic by trade, the win marked the culmination of a faith-based confidence that he was destined for victory. “The Lord really blessed me,” he said, explaining that for the past several months—including throughout the tournament’s ups and downs—he believed he was going to take the championship. “I didn’t know how it was going to happen, and it wasn’t meant in an arrogant way, but I didn’t have any doubts. I fished with that mentality, and it made a difference in the way I processed things on the water.”

Biggs’ tactics hinged on a pair of productive patterns. “I had two things going,” he said. “I’d go shallow in the morning, flipping for bucks and the females that had moved up early. After getting a few fish in the boat to settle my nerves, I’d move south and slow-roll an Alabama rig for big fish.” He noted that rocky banks and bridge pilings were key structure, especially those situated in bass-funneling creek arm bottlenecks.

For Talton, settling for second was tempered by the knowledge that qualifying for the final round had already earned him a trip to the BFL All-American tournament. “I’ve been thinking about this all week, and I decided, ‘If I make it to the All-American, that’s fine,’” he told the crowd before congratulating Biggs on the win.

After a strong south wind on day one ignited the bass he was targeting, Talton rocketed out of the gate, bringing in a 5-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 1 ounce. But when the wind died on day two, he sacked just four fish weighing 9 pounds, 9 ounces. While the return of a healthy south breeze bode well for him during the final day of competition, he noted that his best action had been coming later in the day. “My fish hadn’t been starting to bite until 1 p.m., and we had to be off the water early today,” he said. “If we’d had another couple of hours, who knows.”

In the Non-Boater Division, Don Muir of Perryhall, Md., lead both days one and two. In fact, his 31-pound, 7-ounce total going into the final round offered a 5-pound, 15-ounce advantage over his nearest rival. As it turned out, it was enough to outlast the competition even after blanking on day three. Stephen Scoggin of Lebanon, Tenn., made a run at first with three bass weighing 9 pounds, 13 ounces, but ended up a strong second with a 30-pound total.

Don Muir

“It’s unbelievable, especially after zeroing on the last day,” said Muir, who retired six months ago as a police sergeant after 39 years in law enforcement. “I was nervous all day long. But the good Lord was watching out for me.” Muir also attributed a bit of good luck to a coin he found during prefishing. “Wednesday morning, I picked up a penny in the parking lot,” he said. It was dated 1983, the year his son was born. “I put it in my pocket. And believe me, when I was listening to the other non-boaters’ weights being called out today, I was rubbing that penny.”

Muir credited friend and fellow bass tournament angler Jeremy Starks for convincing him to try Alabama rigs on Grand Lake. “I’d never fished one before, but he told me several months ago I had to throw them here,” he said. “I didn’t catch anything on them in practice, but after taking an 8-pounder on an A-rig on day one, I fished them all three days,” he said. “I’d throw them on rocky main-lake rocky points, move to the secondary points and then back into the creeks. Most of the fish were on the secondary points. But today they moved and we had to scramble.”

Held April 10-12 on Grand Lake, the TBF championship pitted the top 94 anglers from the federation’s seven regions against one another for more than $200,000 in cash and prizes. Divided equally into boater and non-boater divisions, all anglers competed the first two days of the event. The top boater and non-boater from each region move on to the final day. Regardless of their day three finish, each regional winner received a paid entry into the prestigious BFL All-American Tournament.

After day three, top boaters are:

1. James Biggs, Richland Hills, Texas, 13 bass, 43-11

2. John Talton, Georgetown, Tenn., 11 bass, 36-4

3. Dino Moutogiannis, Newington, Conn., 13 bass, 34-13

4. Steve Dinkler, Daniels, W.Va., 11 bass, 32-5

5. Nicholas Fitzsimmons, Lyle, Wash., eight bass, 27-0

6. Jon Griffith, Mesa, Ariz., 10 bass, 21-3

7. Dave Cermak, Hebron, Ind., six bass, 17-10

Top non-boaters are:

1. Don Muir, Perryhall, Md., eight bass, 31-7

2. Stephen Scoggin, Lebanon, Tenn., 11 bass, 30-0

3. Nickolas Marsh, Commerce Twp., Mich., 12 bass, 28-13

4. Richard Vizcarra, Peoria, Ariz., 10 bass, 26-8

5. Brian Maloney, Osage Beach, Mo., 10 bass, 25-10

6. David Simmons, Molalla, Ore., four bass, 13-7

7. Keith Cleary, Bethel, Conn., six bass, 12-3

Overall, boaters brought in 17 bass weighing 44 pounds, 14 ounces. Only one boater recorded a limit. Non-boaters brought eight bass to the scale weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces. No non-boaters brought in limits.

For a full list of results CLICK HERE

The overall boater and non-boater champions receive an invitation to fish the FLW Forrest Wood Cup, where all competitors are guaranteed a check, and the winner receives $500,000. The top boater and non-boater also win a coveted TBF Living The Dream Package. The boater’s package includes paid entry fees to the FLW Tour as a touring pro, plus cash, the use of a custom-wrapped Chevy truck and Ranger boat for the year, and a travel stipend for each event. The top non-boater will receive fully paid entry fees into the Rayovac Series of choice. As a bonus, Biggs won a brand-new, Ranger Z 518c boat and trailer through the Ranger Cup Program.

All three days of the TBF National Championship launched at Wolf Creek Park. Day one and two weigh-ins were held lakeside. For day three, the weigh-in moved to the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Arkansas. Held in conjunction with the FLW Tour’s Beaver Lake tournament, the final day’s festivities included the FLW Expo beginning at noon; TBF weigh-in at 3 p.m.; and FLW Tour weigh-in at 4 p.m.

The TBF National Championship is produced by a partnership between The Bass Federation and FLW Outdoors, and TBF national president Robert Cartlidge was quick to acknowledge his appreciation for the collaboration. “I can’t tell you how proud we are to be partners with FLW, and how much everything they do for us means to the federation,” he said.

TBF National Championship sponsors include Chevy, Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Cabela’s, Solar Bat, Berkley, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Indigo Sky Casino, Grand Lake Association and Travel Oklahoma. For details, visit bassfederation.com, contact TBF National Headquarters at (580) 765-9031.

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