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Final Leg Of 2017 TBF National Championship Underway On Table Rock Lake

Final Leg Of 2017 TBF National Championship Underway On Table Rock Lake

By Dan Johnson

Phase two of The Bass Federation’s 2017 National Championship kicked off today on Missouri’s Table Rock Lake. Running April 3-8 out of Kimberling City, the event is the largest and richest title showdown in Federation history.

The action began Monday and Tuesday, with 204 anglers from across the continent battling for the top two-day weight for their respective state or province.

Competitors qualified through the TBF’s traditional divisional format and the organization’s new National Semi-Final system. Comprised of 22 district competitions, that framework is designed to make it more cost effective for TBF grassroots anglers to fish premier events by minimizing travel time and expenses while increasing payouts across the board.

On Tuesday afternoon, the field narrowed to the top 49 boaters and 49 co-anglers. Anglers making the cut practiced on Wednesday before heading into the championship’s final three-day stretch Thursday through Saturday. The field fished in their own boats the first two days, then settled into state-of-the-art Evinrude-powered Ranger Boats for the remainder of the event.

Overall, a mix of cool, rainy and windy conditions challenged the field to find bass over 15 inches during the first two days of the tournament. New York’s Brad Brodnicki paced the boater division with 10 bass for 28-10 pounds, followed by Wisconsin’s Larry Hildebrandt and Arizona’s Jon Griffith with 24-08.

“Weights are zeroed today, however, so everything starts over,” explained TBF senior tournament director Randy Sullivan. “Cumulative weights from the next two days will determine who makes the cut for Saturday, when the top boater and co-angler from each of the TBF’s seven divisions advance to the finals.”

All 14 finalists will advance to the 2017 BFL All-American. The National Champion boater also advances 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 $20,000 prize package including $10,000 cash and fully paid entry fees into the FLW Series division of choice as well as other prizes.

Optimism Runs High
With warmer weather in the forecast and the leaderboard a clean slate, optimism was running high among the anglers at Thursday’s take-off. “It’s a brand-new tournament,” grinned Ontario’s Justin Fung. “I’m excited to get things started and proud to represent Canada down here.”

Fung said a few bass were moving shallow earlier in the week. “Some smaller fish were making nests, but with yesterday’s cold they pulled out,” he said. Given the forecast for warmer, sunnier weather the remainder of the tournament, he expects to see more fish move back shallow, and predicts weights will improve accordingly. “I think we’ll see more 4- to 5-pounders caught, and a few bags north of 15 pounds every day,” he said.

Colorado’s Greg Gizzi was likewise hopeful. “The water temperature is 54 degrees this morning, so we lost a few degrees from yesterday,” he said. “But with the sun coming out I think it’s going to put the fish right where we want them.”

Gizzi landed a limit each of the first two days and finished seventh among the boaters with 23-03. “A lot of the lakes back home are rocky and deep like this, so I’m comfortable here on Table Rock,” he said. “Weights start over today, though, so we gotta go catch them again. I think 13 to 14 pounds a day will be key to getting it done.”

With three days of competition remaining, anglers were understandably tight-lipped about their presentations. Sullivan said a mix of tactics produced fish earlier in the week. “Seeking baits like small squarebill cranks and spinnerbaits were key when anglers couldn’t see the bass, but I think sight-fishing is going to pick up as fish move shallow toward the beds,” he said.

Sullivan also noted that some anglers tapped a wildcard pattern in deeper water. “Some of the guys figured out how to catch spotted bass in 18 to 20 feet of water on small Carolina rigs and dropshot setups,” he said. “We saw some really big spots.”

Whether that bite will play a role in grand finale remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt TBF anglers will pull out all the stops in a bid for the most coveted crown in grassroots bass fishing.

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

The Bass Federation is a proud “Partner in Fishing” with FLW, which helps support this annual event along with other industry-leading TBF sponsors including Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Cabela’s, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Berkley, Lowrance and Power Pole.


Tournament details                               

Dates: April 3-8

Host: Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce

Takeoff times: 7 a.m.

Takeoff location: Port of Kimberling, 72 Marina Way, Kimberling City, MO

Weigh-in times: 3 p.m.

Weigh-in location: Port of Kimberling Marina & Resort


Day 2 of the 2017 Federation National Championship is a Wrap on Table Rock Lake

Top Boater and Co-angler from each of the 49 States Advance

The weather played nice today on Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City, Mo., as 204 State and National Semi-Final Champions battled it out for the top spots in their respective states.  Anglers that advance will meet 49 brand new Ranger Boats fully-rigged with Lowrance and Evinrude electronics as they set out for an official practice day, tomorrow.  Thursday, the weights will be cleared as the best of the best vie for the “Living the Dream” boater and co-angler titles.

Yesterday’s leader on the boater’s side, Brad Brodnicki, from New York held on to the top spot.  Brodnicki claimed he was confident in his pattern and from where he sits; he proved it.  Brodnicki brought in a limit of bass weighing 13 pounds 2 ounces making his two day total 28 pounds 10 ounces.

Climbing all the way from 10th to tie for second is Larry Hildebrandt from Wisconsin with a limit weighing 12 pounds 14 ounces for a total weight of 24 pounds 8 ounces.  Hildebrandt is fishing for family this week.  TBF’s South Dakota President, Lance Hildebrandt, is recovering from a massive stroke and Larry said on stage today he can’t wait to fish with him again, which he will no doubt.

Jon “Scooter” Griffin from Arizona also had a tournament total of 24 pounds 8 ounces.  He inched up from fifth after yesterday’s finish.  Griffin got edged out last year by Joseph Webster by just pounds for the national champion title and the $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package.   Griffin is looking to settle the score and he’ll leave it all out there win or lose this week to do so.

Herman Vining, from South Carolina topped the co-angler side today with 13 pounds 7 ounces for a total of 25 pounds 13 ounces.  Vining is no stranger to this competition.  He took a few years off to focus on his business now he’s back looking for a welcome home party.

Landing in second is Mike Alvarez from California.  Alvarez had a five bass limit weighing 12 pounds 8 ounces for a total of 24 pounds 15 ounces.  Jeremy Antrup, from Indiana remained consisted to claim third with 9 pounds 7 ounces and 9 pounds 11 ounces today making his total 19 pounds 2 ounces.

Anglers that have settled into a pattern will test it out tomorrow after the hard rain moves in overnight.  Thursday, TBF’s best of the best will go out in hopes of locking down a lead in the hunt for those champion titles.

Tune in to www.bassfederation.com on Thursday at 3pm CST for live streaming of the event.  Also, check out the updates and pictures on TBF’s Facebook page.






Anglers Struggle to Find Keepers on Day One at Table Rock Lake; Brodnicki and Pardue Lead the Pack

Day one of the 2017 Federation National Championship is in the books.  Anglers are finding fish but several struggled to reach that 15 inch mark.  Others managed to land them and look forward to what tomorrow brings as day two rolls out on Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City, Mo.

Brad Brodnicki from New York brought in one of the five bass limits, which weighed 15 pounds 8 ounces to pull ahead of the 204 boat field.  “My practice didn’t go as well, I’d catch one here and there but ending up running around looking for spots.  Today, I basically stopped fishing around 11 o’clock, then laid off my spots,” Brodnicki said.  “Figured if I had enough weight I’d kinda hold off until tomorrow. On multi-day tournaments you’ve got to manage your fish; that’s key.

Although the wind seemed to hold steady, the weather out there today couldn’t make up its mind.  The sun peaked out one minute just to rain the next.  “I don’t think the weather pattern affected my fishing at all.  I do hear the fish change daily here though so we’ll see.  I don’t have much experience fishing south, especially here; but, I do have a lot of confidence in my pattern.”

Leading on the co-angler side is Grey Pardue from North Carolina with a five fish limit weighing 12 pounds 11 ounces.  “I didn’t realize I was in the lead; I had no idea,” Pardue said.  “It had a lot to do with my boater.  I picked up one rod and that’s what I threw all day; I did miss a lot of fish, so I’m just very fortunate to get those in the boat.”

Pardue owns a roofing company in North Carolina and his employees and daughter text him after seeing him walk across the stage on TBF’s live stream.  “Yes, my daughter and my co-workers kept texting me after the weigh-in; apparently, I got to hurry up and win so I can get back and get them to work,” Pardue laughed.

Both the national champion boater and co-angler are vying for increased cash payouts and prize packages fishing on the Pro circuit level, so there’s a lot on the line this week.  Tomorrow, the field will be cut advancing the highest finishing boater and co-angler from each of the 49 states represented.  Those anglers will then get the opportunity to fish out of brand new, fully rigged Ranger Boats on Wednesday.

The fish are out there, some proved that today.  It will all boil down to who can grind it out on an unpredictable, yet promising Table Rock Lake as the 2017 Federation National Championship continues.

Tune into www.bassfederation.com for LIVE streaming of the event tomorrow at 3pm CST.  All updated and pictures of the event will also be shared on TBF’s Facebook page.




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