TBF NATIONAL SEMI-FINALS CONTINUE WITH DISTRICT 15 SHOWDOWN ON CONNECTICUT RIVER

Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island Advance Anglers to Nationals

14690937_10154128673838925_1795726995577871917_nThe Connecticut TBF played host to the first TBF National Semifinal contest for District 15 October 8-9 on the Connecticut River in Rhode Island.  The new TBF National Semi-Finals program pits top grassroots anglers from each state in a “close to home” weekend event with neighboring states for significant cash prizes and advancements.

A total of $10,760 with 128% payback in cash and prizes, National Semi-Final qualifying jerseys, trophies, champion titles and slots in the national championship were awarded in the boater and co-angler divisions.  The top five boaters and co-anglers in the 28 boat field divvied up $6,300 in total cash payback, not including the $500 Ranger Cup award and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award for the winning boater (if he/she runs a 2012 or newer Evinrude).

Day one started on a foggy note, but the weather would clear leaving sunny skies.  Several anglers brought healthy bags to the scales.  But, on day two the weather shut the bite down with cloudy, rainy skies.  Although anglers struggled to find limits, the champions found enough weight to prevail.

After two days of competition, Alex Wetherell from Connecticut bested the boater field with 26.43 pounds.  He weighed in a 12.88 pound bag on day one to set the winning pace.  Wetherell received a $1,900 paycheck and a slot in the 2017 Federation National Championship.

In second and third overall, were Connecticut anglers, Dino Moutogiannis, with 15.13 pounds and, Ken Bugden, with 14.23 pounds.  Moutogiannis received a $960 paycheck and Bugden received $640.

Richard Congero from New Jersey had a tournament total of 14.09 pounds for fourth place overall.  Congero will advance to nationals as the highest finishing boater representing New Jersey; he also received a $400 cash prize.  Jacob Marcantonio was the highest finishing boater from Rhode Island with 10.44 pounds; he’ll advance to nationals representing his state.

14642500_10154128673613925_3006098107036320528_nDarren Pincus from New Jersey finished in sixth overall with 13.04 pounds.  Pincus received the $500 Ranger Cup award for being the highest finishing Ranger Cup qualified angler.

On the co-angler side, Joseph Casale, from New Jersey would prove consistency is key.  He weighed in 5.93 pounds on day one to sit in third.  On day two, anglers struggled to bring in weight while he brought in another solid bag weighing 5.29 pounds to make his winning total 11.52 pounds.  Casale would take the co-angler title, advance to nationals representing New Jersey and also receive a $950 cash prize for his two days of work.

Steven Martins from Connecticut came in second overall on the co-angler side with 9.98 pounds.  He received a $470 paycheck and will also advance to nationals representing his state.  Brittany Johnson was the highest finishing co-angler representing Rhode Island with 9.68 pounds.  She received a $200 cash prize for her fourth overall finish and will advance to nationals representing her state.

The New Jersey Bass Federation made the final sweep taking home bragging rights and the first District 15 State Pride Award with 60.52 total pounds.  The award is determined by adding the weights of the top four boaters and co-anglers from each state, which are selected prior to the event.

In District 15, top TBF anglers competed for the chance to advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship and to win enough cash to travel to the spring event.  Anglers qualify for the semi-finals in one of two ways.  Active state clubs in good standing can send their top two anglers directly to the semi-final event, in addition, the top 10% of state event participation or a minimum of 12 anglers per state qualify, whichever is greater.

The new format pays back 100% of the entry fees, 75% to the top 20% of the field, 10% to the state federations and 15% to the TBF Federation National Championship.  In the new NSF rules, a co-angler can also move up as a boater if his/her weight totals more than the state boater’s weight.

The new event format went well thanks to the Connecticut Bass Federation who ran the event and all their support from TBF’s sponsors; FLW, Ranger, Cabela’s, Lowrance, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Evinrude, Berkley and Power Pole.  Also, thanks to New Jersey and Rhode Island Bass Federation anglers for their help in making the event enjoyable for all.

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DISTRICT 1 CROWNS CHAMPS IN FIRST TBF NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL EVENT ON ST. JOHNS RIVER

Florida and Georgia Advance Anglers to Nationals

img_9625The Florida Bass Federation played host to the first TBF National Semifinal contest for District 1 October 22-23 on the St. John’s River in Palatka, Fla.  The new TBF National Semi-Finals program pits top grassroots anglers from each state in a “close to home” weekend event with neighboring states for significant cash prizes and advancements.

A total of $10,760 with 128% payback in cash and prizes, National Semi-Final qualifying jerseys, trophies, champion titles and slots in the national championship were awarded in the boater and co-angler divisions.  The top five boaters and co-anglers in the 28 boat field divvied up $6,300 in total cash payback, not including the $500 Ranger Cup award and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award for the winning boater (if he/she runs a 2012 or newer Evinrude).

The first cold snap of the year hit Northeast Florida Friday night as a cold front came through making day one cool with a moderate breeze.  The change in weather did not seem to affect the anglers.  Both boaters and co-anglers had impressive stringers to bring to the scales.

img_9826After two days of competition, John Mobley from Florida bested the boater field with 31.73 pounds.  He weighed in a whopping 18.40 pound bag on day one to set the winning pace.  Mobley received a $1,900 paycheck and a slot in the 2017 Federation National Championship.

Jason Stake from Florida came in second overall with 27.17 pounds.  Stake received a $960 cash prize, as well as, the $500 Ranger Cup award for being the highest finishing Ranger Cup qualified angler.

Van Kennedy from Georgia had a tournament total of 25.45 pounds for third place overall.  Kennedy will advance to nationals as the highest finishing boater representing Georgia, he also received a $640 cash prize.

img_9813On the co-angler side, Dale Rader, from Georgia took the lead on day one bringing in an 8.81 pound beauty to anchor his five fish limit weighing 14.96 pounds.  On day two, he brought in 9.91 pounds for a tournament total of 24.87 pounds.  Rader would take the co-angler title, advance to nationals representing Georgia and also receive a $950 cash prize for his two days of work.

The fourth and final angler advancing is Kenny Hunnicutt from Florida who had a two day total of 20.03 pounds.  Hunnicutt came in second overall on the co-angler side, received a $470 cash prize and will advance as the highest finishing co-angler representing the state of Florida.

The Florida Bass Federation made the final sweep taking home bragging rights and the first District 1 State Pride Award with 215.51 total pounds.  The award is determined by adding the weights of the top four boaters and co-anglers from each state, which are selected prior to the event.

img_9629In District 1, top TBF anglers competed for the chance to advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship and to win enough cash to travel to the spring event.  Anglers qualify for the semi-finals in one of two ways.  Active state clubs in good standing can send their top two anglers directly to the semi-final event, in addition, the top 10% of state event participation or a minimum of 12 anglers per state qualify, whichever is greater.

The new format pays back 100% of the entry fees, 75% to the top 20% of the field, 10% to the state federations and 15% to the TBF Federation National Championship.  In the new NSF rules, a co-angler can also move up as a boater if his/her weight totals more than the state boater’s weight.

The new event format went well thanks to the Florida Bass Federation who ran the event and all their support from TBF’s sponsors; FLW, Ranger, Cabela’s, Lowrance, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Evinrude, Berkley and Power Pole.  Also, thanks to Georgia TBF President, Larry Lewis, the Georgia tournament director and the Georgia team for their help in making the event enjoyable for all.

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Old Meets the New as TBF’s 2017 Federation National Championship Returns to Kimberling City and Table Rock Lake with New Championship Event Format

federationsolomasterPONCA CITY, Okla. (October 17, 2016) – The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW announced today the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce and Kimberling City, Mo., will host the 2017 TBF Federation National Championship, April 3-8. The event will be the largest, richest, most exciting championship in the Federation’s decades old history. The first of its kind during a transition year, anglers qualified both under the old state team/divisional format and the new wildly popular TBF National Semi-Final format so that no one would be left out.

“We’re thrilled The Bass Federation has again chosen Kimberling City on Table Rock Lake to host its national championship,” President of Table Rock Chamber of Commerce, Sheila Thomas, stated. “Our community is very excited to welcome this great organization and all of its anglers next April.”

The championship contest will be held on Table Rock Lake launching out of Port of Kimberling in down town Kimberling City.

“We’re excited to bring TBF anglers what they asked for in the new event format and make a mark in the history books while doing it,” TBF President, Robert Cartlidge, said. “While we’re sad to see the division format go, the excitement, growth and participation nationwide since the transition are proof we’re better serving our members.

We can’t wait to get to Kimberling City so the very best grassroots anglers from across North America can test their skills on Table Rock Lake,” Cartlidge continued. ““The Rock” is a diverse fishery with something for everyone so that each angler can fish their strengths, the fishing is exceptional, and it’s a perfect place for families with lots to see and do in the area.”

The new TBF National Semi-Final program that is now feeding this event is mapped out to minimize drive time, cost and time off work all while helping TBF grassroots anglers get to premier events. The program is comprised of 22 National Semi-Final competitions that span the traditional seven TBF geographical divisions in North America.

Anglers can qualify for their National Semi-final either through a state federation event or directly through their TBF affiliated local club events. The total number of anglers each state can advance is based on total participation numbers in that state.

At the 2017 Federation National Championship anglers will compete in a cut format event that will see the top boater and co-angler from each state earning spots in new Ranger Boats and Evinrude Outboards for the final three days of competition. These anglers will fight for a share in the record payout and for 15 berths in two of the sport’s most coveted events – the Forrest Wood Cup and the BFL All-American.

Fourteen finalists, seven boaters and co-anglers, will advance to the 2017 BFL All-American. The National Champion boater will advance to the world championship of bass fishing, the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, for a shot at winning the biggest payday in bass fishing.

The winning boater will also receive the $100,000 “Living the Dream” package to include a cash prize, fully paid entry fees on the 2018 FLW Tour as a pro, travel expense stipends for each event and use of a “Living the Dream” wrapped Ranger boat with Evinrude Outboard for the year. The top co-angler will also receive a cash prize along with fully paid entry fees into the FLW Series division of choice.

The Bass Federation is proud “Partners in Fishing” with FLW who helps support this annual event along with all the other industry leading TBF sponsors including; Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Cabela’s, Humminbird, MinnKota, Berkley, Lowrance, and Power Pole.

Coverage of the TBF National Championship will be broadcast in high-definition on the Pursuit Channel and streamed live daily on bassfederation.com.

For more information about, The Bass Federation, visit bassfederation.com or call 580-765- 9031. Look for TBF on facebook at Facebook.com/thebassfederation and on twitter at Twitter.com/bassfederation, @bassfederation.

For more information about the Table Rock area, contact Sheila Thomas, Table Rock Chamber, 417-739-2564.

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About TBF: The Bass Federation Inc. is the oldest and largest, organized grassroots angling organization in America. TBF is 100 percent owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year, and have provided the foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for almost 50 years. For more information about TBF or High School Fishing visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and look for us on Facebook and YouTube.

About FLW: FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat: @FLWFishing.

“A WIN IS A WIN” IN DISTRICT 3 AS TBF’S NATIONAL SEMI-FINALS CONTINUE ON A TOUGH OHIO RIVER

Kentucky and Tennessee Advance Anglers to Nationals

d-3-ky-tn-evinrude-bonus-david-sullivanThe Kentucky Bass Federation played host to the first TBF National Semifinal contest for District 3 October 15-16 on the Ohio River in Carrollton, Ky.  The new TBF National Semi-Finals program pits top grassroots anglers from each state in a “close to home” weekend event with neighboring states for significant cash prizes and advancements.

A total of $19,400 with 118% payback in cash and prizes, National Semi-Final qualifying jerseys, trophies, champion titles and slots in the national championship were awarded in the boater and co-angler divisions.  The top 11 boaters and co-anglers in the 55 boat field divvied up $12,375 in total cash payback, not including the $500 Ranger Cup award and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award for the winning boater (if he/she runs a 2012 or newer Evinrude).

Stingy waters on the Ohio River only allowed for three limits on both days.  Even though anglers struggled, they struggled across the board, and the tournament would have its winners whether they brought in 30 pounds or three.  The numbers on the scale don’t affect the payout or the advancement opportunities either, so ultimately, “a win is a win”.

d-3-ranger-cup-winner-david-sullivan-kyIn the end, David Sullivan from Kentucky used his local knowledge to fish both the upper and lower pools of the Ohio River to edge out the boater field with 8.6 pounds.  Sullivan’s two day total paid big.  He received a $2,750 cash prize, a slot in the 2017 Federation National Championship, $500 Ranger Cup award for being the highest finishing Ranger Cup qualified angler and the $1,000 Evinrude award for being the winning boater running a 2012 or newer Evinrude E-Tec.  Talk about “a win is a win”.

Eighteen year old, Trevor Windgassen from Kentucky came in second overall with 7.03 pounds for a $1,700 paycheck.  Mike Boggs, also from Kentucky, caught 7 pounds to finish third overall and walk away $850 dollars richer.

d-3-top-boater-tn-jerry-gibsonTennessee angler, Jerry Gibson, had a tournament total of 6.13 pounds to edge out teammate, Ben Mays, with 6.2 pounds.  Gibson will advance to nationals being the highest finishing boater representing Tennessee.

On the co-angler side, Kentucky’s Brian Bemis, weighed in 6.15 pounds to claim the title and receive a $1,375 cash prize.  Bemis will advance to nationals as the top finishing co-angler representing Kentucky.

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The fourth qualifying spot would go to Jim Nygard with 6.10 pounds.  He will advance to the national event as the highest finishing co-angler representing the volunteer state.

The Kentucky Bass Federation made the final sweep taking home bragging rights and the first District 3 State Pride Award with 21.8 pounds.  The award is determined by adding the weights of the top four boaters and co-anglers from each state, which are selected prior to the event.

In District 3, top TBF anglers competed for the chance to advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship and to win enough cash to travel to the spring event.  Anglers qualify for the semi-finals in one of two ways.  Active state clubs in good standing can send their top two anglers directly to the semi-final event, in addition, the top 10% of state event participation or a minimum of 12 anglers per state qualify, whichever is greater.

d-3-ky-tn-overall-top-5The new format pays back 100% of the entry fees, 75% to the top 20% of the field, 10% to the state federations and 15% to the TBF Federation National Championship.  In the new NSF rules, a co-angler can also move up as a boater if his/her weight totals more than the state boater’s weight.

There was a big fish pot sponsored by Earl Floyd Ford, Carrollton, Ky.   Boaters fished for $300 and co-anglers fished for $200 each day.  Day one big fish winners were Windgassen with 2.13 pounds and co-angler, David Crabtree, with 4 pounds from Tennessee. On day two, the winning boater was again Kentucky’s, Windgssen with 2.4 pounds and co-angler, Barry Ward, from Kentucky with a 4.13 pound beauty.

Although the fishing was rough, the hospitality from Misty Wheeler and the Carroll County Tourism was bar none. The 116 anglers were provided an outstanding catered meal at the banquet. She also had free ice available and hand delivered breakfast sandwiches to each boat as we prepared to launch.  The tournament co-sponsor, Earl Floyd Ford, provided each angler with a T-shirt and donated $1,000 for the big fish pots.

The new event format went well also thanks to the Kentucky Bass Federation who hosted the event and all their support from TBF’s sponsors; FLW, Ranger, Cabela’s, Lowrance, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Evinrude, Berkley and Power Pole.

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