Justin Parrott wins Northern Divisional Championship

IMG_0494Justin Parrott of Maroa, Il came out on top of the 84 angler field at the Northern Divisional with a final weight of 16-14 pounds. Justin had seven fish over three days that secured the win for him. Justin qualifies for the 2016 TBF Federation National Championship next spring. Justin was also fishing out of a qualified Ranger boat and took home $550 in Ranger Cup monies. Congratulations Justin!

The runner up position went to Ron Fravel of Laconia, IN with four fish that weighed 14.05 pounds.IN Ron Fravel







Third place belonged to Rod Russell of Blacklick, Ohio with four fish weighing 12.10 pounds. OH Rod Russell

Fourth place was taken by Matt McCoy of Indianapolis, IN with five fish weighing 10.12 pounds. The fifth spot went to Timothy Rivest of Mahomet, IL with five fish weighing 10.09 pounds.

The bite was really tough this week, with most anglers only getting a few bites each day. The water levels were falling and multiple storms rolled through the area during the tournament, causing different conditions each and every day. Most of the successful anglers reported catching their fish on small crankbaits, spinnerbaits, square bill crankbaits or Senkos, all fished around some tyope of rip rap rock in less than two feet of water. Craig Saylor took the final day big fish honors with a big largemouth that weighed in at 4.15 pounds.

Indiana won the state team competition with a final twelve man team weight of 62.00 pounds and took home a check for $6000 to split among the twelve members. Illinois finished second with a weight of 56.09 pouns and earned $3000. Rounding out the top three was the tram from Ohio with 38.07 taking home $1500.

At the conclusion of the day, each of the seven states participating, qualified their top two highest finishing anglers to go to the Federation National Championship next spring. You can view all of the qualifiers at Bass Federation’s website.    Click Here

For pictures from the day 3 even:t CLICK HERE



Day 2 continues at the Northern Divisional on Carlyle Lake

IN Ron FravelRon Fravel made the most of his four bites on the second day of the Northern Division tournament at Carlyle Lake in Illinois. Having not caught a fish on the first day, his four fish on day two, topped the scales at 14.05 pounds. This left the Laconia, Indiana angler atop the leader board following the conclusion of the day two weigh in.

IMG_0447Day one leader, Justin Parrott brought in one more fish weighing 2.05 pounds to bring his total to 11.04 pounds, leaving him in second place, going into the final day.


Third place belongs to Rod Russell of Ohio with a total weight of 9.00 pounds. The big bass of the second day went to Rod Russell of Blacklick, Ohio. His one fish he weighed in tipped the scales at 5.09 pounds. Congratulations Rod.OH Rod Russell

Rounding out the top five are Matt McCoy of Indiana with 7-14 and Kasey Jons of South Dakota with 7.06 pounds.

In the state team competition, Indiana has the lead with 46.13 pounds. Illinois is second with 34.15 pounds and Wisconsin has 24.11 pounds.


Complete Results  Click Here


For pictures from each day’s activities: CLICK HERE


2015 TBF Northern Division underway

Angler’s from across the Northern States gathered at Lake Carlyle, Illinois for the start of the TBF Northern Divisional today. A total of 84 anglers found the fish to be quite stingy on Day one of the tournament. After weeks of hot, dry and humid weather, a sizable storm front moved through the area just as the tournament got underway today. As much as a couple of inches of rain, lots of wind and cloudy, rainy skies were in store for the angler’s on Wednesday.
Justin Parrott, from Maroa, Il leads after day one with 8.15 pounds. Matt McCoy from Indianapolis is in second with 7.14 pounds. Rounding out the top three is Adam Buss of Bonduel, WI with 5.15 pounds.

The big bass of the day went to Gordon Lamb of Georgetown, IN with a nice 4.04 lunker.

IL Justin Parrott



For complete results, visit www.bassfederation.com

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High School National Championship Berths At Stake As Regional Conference Championships Begin Nationwide

High School Fishing LogoThe first of five, TBF/FLW Conference Championships is set to begin this Saturday as the Central Conference Regional action heats up at Lake Carlyle in Central Illinois.
Twenty one schools, representing ten different states were qualified from the central part of the country, take to the waters of Lake Carlyle with the hope of advancing to the 2016 High School National Championship. The Conference Championship will advance 10% of the field (the top two teams in this case) to the National Championship event which has found a home with the TBF Adult National Championship and a FLW Tour stop each spring.
Last year ten teams from five TBF/FLW conference championships advanced to the National Championship held at Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. There, the National Finalists were put into ten brand new matching Z520 Ranger Boats for the two day competition which concluded with the top five teams weighing in at the FLW’S Beaver Lake Tour stop in Rogers Arkansas in front of a huge crowd at the John Q. Hammonds Center. At that event North Carolina’s Tyler Black and his partner KJ Queen took home a $10,000 College Scholarship.
Queen took his scholarship money and moved on to Bethel University in Tennessee where he is also a member of one of the top collegiate programs in the country while Tyler Black is on a mission to repeat. He will be competing in the South East Conference Regional Event in Gainesville Georgia on the ever popular Lake Lanier.
The top ten percent from each state championship run by the TBF and FLW advance on to one of five regional Conference Championships, as stated from there the top ten percent advance to the High School National Championship.
“This format allows us to reward those areas of the country where High School Fishing is growing in leaps and bounds” commented TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert.
“The more teams that fish your state championship the more teams get to advance. Likewise the more teams from across your region who advance to the Conference Championship the more teams that get to advance to the National Championship” added Gintert. “We feel this equalizes the playing field and rewards teams from big participation states as well as provides a motivator for smaller states to help grow their program so they can get more qualifying spots in the Conference Championships” concluded Gintert.
In addition to the Central Conference event on Carlyle, the four remaining Conference Championship Include:
Northern Conference Championship, September 19 at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.
Southeast Conference Championship, September 26 at Lake Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia.
Southern Conference Championship, October 17 on the Arkansas River, Pine Bluff Arkansas
Western Conference Championship, October 27 on Clear Lake, California.
Good luck to all of our SAF Anglers as they begin their quest to become the next High School National Champion!
For more information on High School Fishing go to highschoolfishing.org and follow us on facebook.

Conservation Directors Tour Lake Hamilton Hatchery

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission once again played host to the TBF State Conservation Directors who gathered in Hot Springs Arkansas as part of the TBF Junior World Championship and the FLW Cup.

The group left the Clarion Inn on the lake early on Friday morning and met AGFC Black Bass Biologist Colton Dennis and his staff at the Lake Hamilton Hatchery where they toured not only the hatchery grounds and facilities but also a new state of the art weigh-in facility that AGFC has recently just completed on the grounds.

The exciting thing about this new facility is that it was built through a terrific community effort by local anglers and end users who donated materials and labor to construct the facility with very little cost to AGFC.

Brett Hobbs and Brent Fendley led the facility tour which also included a video of the first 100 years of AGFC’s History.

The group then traveled to the AGFC genetics laboratory where Ms. Kelley Linningham explained the DNA sampling and testing process that is currently going on within AGFC.  She demonstrated how the DNA testing has evolved over the years and how the AGFC has tried to adapt to the changing times in an effort to head off virus’s that could hurt fish populations as well as the constant production of different strains of largemouth bass that will enhance the angling opportunities within the state.

Once again Mr. Dennis and his staff were well prepared and showed the group a great morning of educational history and new techniques being employed in Arkansas.

White Wins TBF Junior World Championship Hot Springs, Ark.—Aug. 22, 2015

White Wins TBF Junior World Championship
Hot Springs, Ark.—Aug. 22, 2015—West Virginia’s Tyler White hit the mother lode of schooling bass to win The Bass Federation’s 2015 Junior World Championship Aug. 21-22 on Arkansas’ Lake Hamilton.
In doing so, he topped a hard-fishing field of 39 TBF junior state champions ranging in age from 11 to 15 years old, and claimed a $2,500 scholarship to the school of his choice—plus a $250 Cabela’s gift card for his efforts.
The jackpot didn’t come right out of the gate, however—or without a fight.
On day one of the two-day event, which was held in conjunction with the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita, the young competitors squared off against anglers from their own TBF divisions for a coveted spot in the final round.
White topped the Mid-Atlantic Division with a five-bass limit weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces. He was second overall and one of just two anglers to break the 8-pound barrier.
Kentucky’s Hunter Young paced the pack with an 8-pound, 12-ounce limit. With a blossoming topwater program promising to bear even more fruit on day two, he was the angler to beat as the remaining six finalists left the dock in a drizzle after a weather-delayed start around 7 a.m.
White’s go-to morning spot both days was a small island a short cast from the Clarion Resort launch ramp. A long, tapering point sweetened the structural pot, drawing passing pods of bass working their way through the surrounding open water.
“I stopped right away on day one, threw a topwater up there and they smoked it,” he told celebrity emcee Hank Parker.
But such was definitely not the case on day two. “I hadn’t gotten a bite by 9:55,” he recalled.
After a fishless start and looming rain clouds threatening a washout, White, of Oak Hill, was beginning to worry when a cove full of schooling bass turned his day around.
“I got lucky,” he said. “We made a run and saw a bunch of schoolers in a cove. It was incredible, there were just schools of spots and largemouths.”
White still had his work cut out for him, however. Although he was wielding one of his confidence baits—a slim-bodied Lucky Craft Gunfish topwater—he couldn’t get the breaking fish to take the bait. “I’d throw at a school, but couldn’t get them to race up on it,” he said.
With “flock-shooting” drawing a blank, he decided to target individual fish. “When the next bass popped up I put the bait right on his nose—and he hammered it,” White grinned.
The tactic held water until the schoolies sounded. “When the fish dove they went deeper, into about 24 feet of water,” he said. “I found them on the graph and dropped a dropshot rig on them and I caught about a 3-pound spot.”
When the dust settled he had a decent limit, but hopes of upgrading his stringer faded as the day wore on. “I never got another fish after about 11:30,” he added.
With weights zeroed on Saturday, all six finalists were in the hunt. But Young’s day one success was still fresh in their minds, and each also knew that with a field that rich in talent, anything could happen.
The crowd roared when White’s basket tipped the scale at 11 pounds, 4 ounces, and he took the hot seat, anxiously hoping it was enough for a victory. Adding to the pressure, it was White’s third straight visit to the TBF Junior Championship.
As it turned out, the third time was the charm. Young sacked a solid second limit, but it settled the scale at 6 pounds, 5 ounces, good for second place, a $1,500 scholarship and $200 Cabela’s gift card.
“This is just amazing,” White said of the win. “I don’t know how many prayers I’ve said about it.”
Rest of the best
3. Max Dispoto, Watertown, Conn., 3 bass, 4-14, $750 scholarship plus $200 Cabela’s gift card
4. Colby Miller, Elmer, La., 4 bass, 4-05, $325 scholarship plus $100 Cabela’s gift card
5. Brayden Liebe, Kelso, Wash., 2 bass, 2-06, $250 scholarship plus $100 Cabela’s gift card
6. Maxwell Trotter, Decatur, Ill., 2 bass, 2-00, $200 scholarship plus $100 Cabela’s gift card
A total of 81 bass weighing 115 pounds, 13 ounces crossed the stage at the Clarion Resort during the event. Adding to the excitement, all Junior World Championship contestants participated in a champion’s presentation and parade on the FLW main stage prior to Saturday’s Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in.
“What a terrific event,” said TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert. “The kids were here fishing hard all week, and everyone enjoyed the hospitality and area attractions of Hot Springs.”
Gintert credited Visit Hot Springs and Clarion Inn on the Lake for helping the TBF contingent savor all the area has to offer. Special activities included an FLW Pizza Party and “Night at the Museum” at the Mid-America Science Museum.
The no-entry-fee TBF Junior World Championship is produced by a partnership between The Bass Federation and FLW Outdoors. Sponsors include Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Berkley, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Minn Kota and Humminbird.
For details, visit bassfederation.com or call TBF National Headquarters at (580) 765-9031.

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