gordon hands upGrove, OK. (April 25, 2015) – Shawn Gordon of Russellville, Arkansas, weighed his third five-bass limit in as many days to claim the title of TBF National Champion. On Day 1 Gordon weighed in 17 – 03 and lead his division, on day two he weighed only 14-05, central division standout Dean Matt’s from Yukon Oklahoma closed the gap to only four ounces but Gordon held onto his lead int he central division to make the cut and compete the final day. However Gordon was not the overall tournament leader going into Saturday’s final day, that spot was held by Colorado’s Sam Heckman who had almost a three pound lead. As the final 7 TBF division champions brought their fish up onto the FLW Tours Main stage in Rogers, AR. to weigh in on the final day.   Tournament leader Sam Heckman checked in with four fish, one short of the tournament limit.  This final weigh in would get very interesting very quickly.




gordon and forrest Gordon’s final day catch turned out to be one of the biggest of the event at 18pounds and 10 ounces and secured him the title of National Champion and TBF Living The Dream Angler.  Gordon will l represent TBF anglers everywhere on the FLW tour next year with all entries fees paid, a custom wrapped ranger boat, a tow vehicles, travel stipends and more.

“For the first two days Gordon fished shallow rock and small pockets of the main lake arms, with a white square bill crank bait and fished bed fish with a green pumpkin-colored YUM Christie Craw.” said Gordon. The final day the weather would not allow him to sight fish so he relied on the square bill to bring it home for him.

“Its a lot to take in right now,” said Gordon. “This means I am fishing the Forrest Wood Cup, which is really special.

“Since I wasn’t able to sight fish on the final day, the key for me was finding those fish along those points and pockets,” Gordon said. “Luckily, they were right where I needed them to be.”

The top seven Division Champion Boaters on Grand Lake were:

1st: Shawn Gordon, Central Division, Russellville, Ark., 15 bass, 50-2, $100,000 Living the Dream package + Ranger Z518 Boat
2nd: Sam Heckman, SouthWest Division, Fountain, Colo., 14 bass, 45-10, $1,500 + BFL All-American Package
3rd: Brian LaClair, Mid-Atlantic Division, Denton, Md., 15 bass, 40-9, $1,500 + BFL All-American Package
4th: Mark Lundgren, Southern Division, Cocoa, Fla., 12 bass, 36-14, $1,500 + BFL All-American Package
5th: Curtis Richardson, Eastern Division, Belleville, Ontario, 13 bass, 34-0, $1,500 + BFL All-American Package
6th: Nicholas Smyers, Northern Division, Franksville, Wis., 11 bass, 27-4, $1,500 + BFL All-American Package
7th: Mark Maderos, NorthWest Division Maple Valley, Wash., nine bass, 25-14, $1,500 + BFL All-American Package

The top angler from each state qualifies to advance to the TBF Federation National Championship as a boater, the second place angler in each state attends as a co-angler.

Top prize on the co-angler side  went to Gilbert Gagner of Highgate Springs, Vt., won the co-angler championship and “Living The Dream” co-angler prize package, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 43 pounds, 4 ounces.

Gilbert Mindy Check Gilbert trophy

There is a lot on the line for the co-angler side as well and some great sticks fishing it.







The top seven Division Champion co-anglers on Grand Lake were:

1st: Gilbert Gagner, Eastern Division, Highgate Springs, Vt., 15 bass, 43-4, “Living The Dream” package + $2,500
2nd: Wes Logan, Southern Division, Springville, Ala., 12 bass, 39-11, $750 + BFL All-American Package
3rd: Phillip Duracz, Northern Division, Chesterton, Ind., 10 bass, 27-9, $750 + BFL All-American Package
4th: Steven Wiseman, Mid-Atlantic Division, Bryans Road, Md., 10 bass, 23-4, $750 + BFL All-American Package
5th: Johnny Babb, Centtral Division, Holdenville, Okla., 10 bass, 23-3, $750 + BFL All-American Package
6th: Will Treadwell, SouthWest Division, College National Champion, 10 bass, 22-11, $750 + BFL All-American Package
7th: Brian Merlini, NorthWest Division, Maple Valley, Wash., eight bass, 19-14, $750 + BFL All-American Package

Overall there were 13 bass weighing 32 pounds, 14 ounces caught by co-anglers Saturday. Only one of the final seven co-anglers weighed in five-bass limits.

The winning boater received a $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package which includes use of a wrapped Ranger boat powered by Evinrude as well as a tow vehicle, fully paid entry fees into the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour, a cash award, an automatic berth into the 2015 Walmart BFL All-American and the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup. First place on the co-anglers side is a “Living The Dream” prize package including paid entry fees into the FLW Rayovac series division of their choice, a cash award, and an automatic berth into the 2015 Walmart BFL All-American and the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup. Each of the seven Division Champions (7 boaters and 7 co-anglers) will advance to the 2015 Walmart BFL All-American.

The 2015 TBF National Championship, hosted by the Grand Lake Association, is the ultimate dream goal for all TBF members. The boater and co-angler with the heaviest cumulative weight from all three days of competition will be crowned TBF National Champions. The tournament featured 48 Boaters and 48 Co-anglers, representing seven TBF divisions nationwide, who qualified through a series of TBF club, TBF state and TBF divisional championship series tournaments to compete in the TBF National Championship

Coverage of the TBF National Championship will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) November 9 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET. when Season 20 of “FLW” returns this fall. The Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit BassFederation.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the TBF on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheBassFederation and on Twitter at Twitter.com/BassFederation.

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and “LIKE US” on Facebook.

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Grand River Dam Authority and Local Volunteers Team Up To Improve Habitat

On the final day of the 2015 TBF National Championship approximately 50 volunteers from the local communities around Grand Lake in NE Oklahoma pulled together to construct eleven hundred fish attractors to help improve the habitat of the lake.

“In the last 7 years we have put out over 12,000 of these attractors and we find that it really helps maintain our fish populations in this lake” stated Grand Lake Fisheries Coordinator Brent Davis. The great thing about this project is that our
volunteers get to take as many of these attractors as they want and place them in their favorite fishing spots added Davis. “It ends up being a win-win situation for everyone!  

The TBF National Championship as well as the High School National both benefited from this project as the anglers brought in bag after bag of beautiful Grand Lake Bass during the four days of fishing. A countless number of Federation Championship Anglers publicly applauded the GRDA for their efforts in maintaining the always productive fishery.

Federation National Championship Final Results

Boater Results

Co-Angler Results

Day Two Results – Federation National Championship

Boater Results

Co-Angler Results

Federation National Championship – Day Two

Day Two weigh-in starts at 3pm Central.

Live streaming video by Ustream

Griffith and Logan lead the pack at the 2015 TBF Federation National Championship

By midday, the prospects were unclear for Jon “Scooter” Griffith here in The Bass Federation National Championship on Grand Lake, but in a roundabout way it provided just the clarity he needed to dial in a pattern that helped him take the day-one lead with an 18-pound, 13-ounce limit.

Jon Grif d1 leaderGriffith began his day by sight-fishing the clear water down by the Pensacola Dam. This opening move, he says, gave him some early comfort, as it matched the transparent water he’s used to fishing near his home in Mesa, Ariz. Targeting windblown points, Griffith got his early bites with reaction baits in about 4 to 8 feet of water. Unfortunately, the plan turned out to be less productive than he had expected.

“I thought I was going to struggle today because I only had three fish at noon, but then I just started catching them,” he recalls. “I caught five more, and a couple were pretty good size.”

The key to his afternoon rally was moving back up the lake to areas of dirty water.

“I don’t know if it was just because it was the afternoon or because it was the dirty water,” Griffith says. “I think people are afraid to fish it [dirty water]. It’s really dirty – I mean it’s chocolate.

“I think a lot of these fish haven’t been pressured as much as I thought they were, so I’m going to go back to those first thing tomorrow. If that doesn’t work, I have two bed fish that I can go back to and catch anytime.”

In the dirty water, Griffith found that the fish had pushed extremely shallow. Some of his bites on reaction baits came in mere inches of water.

“There were a couple of casts where I threw the bait up in there and was surprised my bait didn’t hit the bottom. The bites were a lot more aggressive in the shallow water. And they’re stronger,” he notes. “The biggest fish I caught were in the muddy water, so that makes me want to gamble tomorrow and go. You can’t win if you don’t gamble a little bit.” Wes Login

Griffth leads the boater side of the event but the big sack of the event goes to a Co-Angler from Alabama named Wes Logan who managed to bag 19 even from the back of the boat today, look out for Wes if he catches them on Day 2 he will be hard to beat for the co-angler National Championship title on Saturday. 





For a detailed Day 1 story by our Partners In Fishing at FLW  click here


Day 1 standings for the Boaters CLICK HERE

Day 1 standing for the Co-Anglers CLICK HERE

For the Full day 1 photo gallery CLICK HERE

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