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North America’s Top Grassroots Bass Anglers Square Off At 2014 TBF National Championship

APRIL 8, 2014—GROVE, OK—Ninety-four of North America’s best grassroots bass tournament anglers are set to square off for more than $200,000 in cash and prizes this week at The Bass Federation’s 2014 National Championship on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake.

Representing 46 U.S. states and the province of Ontario, the anglers qualified by competing in state and regional TBF competitions. Widely considered the pinnacle of grassroots bass tournaments, the championship features Boater and Non-Boater divisions. In addition to offering cash, prizes and ultimate bragging rights in the blue-collar bass world, the event will catapult the winner of each division into the next level of tournament competition with a paid entry into the prestigious BFL All-American Tournament and an invitation to fish the FLW Forrest Wood Cup.

Both will also win a coveted TBF Living The Dream Package. The boater’s purse 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 Ray-O-Vac Series of choice.

“While not every bass angler can or wants to fish full-time for a living, deep down we all want to see how we stack up against the pros on the FLW Tour,” said TBF national president Robert Cartlidge. “The TBF National Championship provides that opportunity.”

“TBF has provided the foundation of competitive bass fishing for more than 45 years, and this event is its cornerstone,” added Kelly Gohman, TBF national vice president of sales and marketing.

Additional cash and prizes up for grabs include a new, fully-rigged Ranger Z 518c to the top Ranger Cup-qualified boater, and $5,000 to the top non-boater in the Ranger Cup Program. Plus, the Grand Lake Extravaganza offers the chance at catching a tagged fish worth $250,000.

Along with the thrill of world-class tournament competition, anglers fishing the TBF National Championship are treated to the use of a brand-new, fully-rigged Ranger boat during the event. Plus, all boat gas, oil and lunches are provided free of charge courtesy of TBF and FLW.   

The TBF National Championship runs April 10-12 on Grand Lake. Take-offs all three days will be held at Wolf Creek Park, beginning at 7 a.m. on Day 1 and Day 2, and 6:45 a.m. on Day 3. Weigh-ins Day 1 and 2 will be held at Wolf Creek beginning at 3 p.m. On Day 3, the 2014 national champions will be crowned on the FLW stage at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Arkansas. Held in conjunction with the FLW Tour’s Beaver Lake tournament, the final day’s festivities include the FLW Expo beginning at noon; TBF weigh-in at 3 p.m.; and FLW Tour weigh-in at 4 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.

The TBF National Championship is produced by a partnership between The Bass Federation and FLW Outdoors. 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, contact TBF National Headquarters at (580) 765-9031.

Ranger Releases the VS1780 Aluminum Deep V

New for 2014:

Ranger Releases the VS1780 Aluminum Deep V


New design brings Ranger quality and aluminum accessibility to multi-species anglers nationwide.rangervs1780

Ranger’s acclaimed roster of aluminum bass, crappie and multipurpose boats continue to be one of the industry’s best-selling product lines as the brand’s strong heritage, quality construction and innovative design resonates with boat buyers. This year, Ranger Boats is poised to introduce another category to the most sought-after aluminum boats on the water, the all-new Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series.

With more models planned for introduction in the coming year, the new Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series will deliver feature-laden boats complete with a solid, all-welded aluminum hull constructed without the use of any wood components. Upright, level foam flotation adds even more confidence, stability, and security to this ultra-quiet design, as proven with the new VS1780.

“We’ve incorporated so many key elements we’ve learned and developed in our years of building the most popular and best-performing multispecies fiberglass boats into the new Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series,” said Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper. “The 1780, in particular, features a solid, one-piece feel and the peace of mind that comes with quality construction and attention to detail – all starting at under $20,000 in some configurations.”

Measuring 17 feet, 8 inches with a 96-inch beam, the Ranger Aluminum VS1780 is rated for outboards ranging in horsepower from 90-135. Equipped with a 24-gallon fuel tank, the boat offers plenty of fishing space on its expansive front deck as well as the ability to accommodate kicker motors.

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Grow and win! Earn a $1,000 Cabela’s Gift Card for YOUR Club!!

FederationSoloMASTERAttention Members and Clubs:  Now is the perfect time to build on the growth momentum we experienced in 2013!  We’ve put together a 3 tiered, club-level Growth Rewards Program for 2014 membership!  The program will award $1,000, $500 & $100 Cabela’s gift cards in each of the 7 TBF Divisions!!!  ($11,200 total awarded!)

Every current TBF member knows other anglers who fish that are NOT currently TBF members. NOW is the time to SIGN THEM UP! We encourage each of you to reach the highest number you can and INCREASE your chances of earning these rewards.   As we make progress, additional bonus prizes and incentives may be awarded monthly as we track outstanding performances each month.  Watch your emails for bonus opportunities and tracking results!

Tier 1 Club Growth:

  • How can you be entered in the drawing to receive a $1,000 Cabela’s gift card?     1)  Grow a minimum of 5 grownew members or more! – All active TBF Clubs with an increase of 5 or more active members (verses year end 2013 TBF Active member count on record) by June 31, 2014 will be entered! OR 2) Start a NEW TBF club by June 31, 2014! (“New” clubs must contain at least 6 new TBF members not active in 2013 to be counted).
  •  You can also be entered multiple times to increase your chances of WINNING!!!  One time for reaching 5 additional members and once again for every member over 5! (Example: your clubs signs up 5 new members your club goes into the drawing once…..your club signs up 7 active members (2 more) and your club name goes in the drawing once for 5 members and twice more for the 6th and 7th new members.)  The more members signed up the better your chances!  $1,000 awarded in EACH of the 7 TBF Divisions!!! ($7,000 total!)

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Two Great Offers For Federation Members!

Federation Angler Limited Edition Rod Deal  &

 A Special Offer For Piece Of Mind From LifeLock!lifelock




IF you miss out….2015 Rods Arrive This Fall for Next Year So Plan For That Special Offer In October!


(2)Two Custom Federation Angler Branded IM7 rods for only
$100 plus S/H,  AND
As long as you have not updated your 2014 TBF National Membership yet, your FULL 2014 TBF & FLW National dues are paid in full for you with your paid order!
(IF NOT ALREADY PAID for 2014) (up to $50.00 will be paid on your behalf for dues owed and not already paid for 2014 only)

That’s right!!!  Purchase (2) top quality federation angler rods at a GREAT price & receive all national membership dues owed for 2014 at…. NO COST TO YOU!


 Orders can be placed online at

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Can We Help Silver Lake?

I am no expert on Silver Lake. This article contains information I gathered from WDFW employees, long-time residents of the Silver Lake and Cowlitz County area, and fisher folk that have fished there for 40+ years. Thanks especially to Willie Nelson and Don Berry.


Silver Lake bass fishing is not what it used to be. In a nutshell, Silver Lake suffers from water quality problems; blue-green algae, excessive phosphorous, failing septic systems, possible stormwater pollution, an adjacent landfill on the South, very little submerged vegetation, and turbidity. No simple answer to the water quality problem overall, so this article is about one problem; the lack of former native submerged vegetation. Read the rest of this entry »

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