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    Dan Johnson

    Talton clings to lead
    After bringing a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 1 ounce to the scale on day one of The Bass Federation’s 2014 National Championship at Grand Lake, John Talton of Georgetown, Tenn., managed just four fish weighing 9 pounds, 9 ounces on day two. Still, it was enough to maintain his lead in the Boater Division and secure a slot in the final showdown of the three-day event.


    Dan Johnson


    Dan Johnson

    PONCA CITY, Okla. – Since the national introduction of High School Fishing by The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW under the Student Angler Federation (SAF) umbrella in 2011, participation has more than doubled each year and three states (Kentucky, New Hampshire and Missouri) have joined Illinois in sanctioning bass fishing as an official high school sport. To accommodate rapidly growing demand, SAF will expand its slate of national High School Fishing events and enhance its existing lineup of state and conference championships in 2014.


    A trick of the calendar put Thanksgiving and Christmas closer together than usual this year, but that seems appropriate to Kristopher Queen. In fact, as far as he’s concerned, Santa Claus has already visited and left him with plenty of reasons to be thankful.


    Colin Moore

    Ashton and Beahm claim title for Borah Senior High School
    PROVO, Utah (Sept. 1, 2012) – David Ashton and Jake Beahm from Idaho’s Borah Senior High School won the High School Western Conference Championship tournament held on Utah Lake Saturday. TBF along with FLW held the high school tournament in conjunction with the FLW College Fishing Western Conference Championship event.


    2012 National Guard Junior World Champions recieve $3,000 in scholarships
    DULUTH, Ga. - Yesterday’s light rain and cloud cover decided to stick around for the final day of the National Guard Junior World Championship on Lake Lanier near Gainesville, Ga. Andrew Gulliams of Springfield, Mo., and Max Danese of Franklin, Mass., held the top spots in their respected divisions going into the final day, but not overall. The weights were zeroed for a fresh, level playing field today. They went out to prove they were, in fact, the best of the best. Both Guilliams and Danese received $3,000 in scholarships, and the most esteemed titles in junior angler fishing, the 2012 National Guard Junior World Champions.


    Twelve junior anglers qualified for the finals of the 2012 National Guard Junior World Championship on Lake Lanier Friday with the hope of being crowned World Champion on Saturday. The state champions from two age divisions from 41 states competed today with only six division winners from the 11-14 and 15-18 age groups moving on to fish Saturday.


    Tisha West

    West Virginia native Tyler Webb wins TBF co-angler crown on Bull Shoals Lake
    BRANSON, Mo. – Gilbert Gagner of Highgate Springs, Vt., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the TBF National Championship event on Bull Shoals Lake with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 35 pounds, 5 ounces. For his victory, Gagner earned the $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package which includes entry into the 2013 FLW Tour.


    Fourteen TBF anglers advance to Saturday’s finals on Bull Shoals Lake
    BRANSON, Mo. - After the second day of 2012 TBF National Championship competition, Marc Snyder, of St. Johns, Mich., managed to maintain the overall lead in the Boater Division with another five bass limit weighing 10 pounds, 13 ounces, giving him a two-day total of 31 pounds, 2 ounces.


    TBF competitors fight for the chance to “Live the Dream” on Bull Shoals Lake
    BRANSON, Mo. – Marc Snyder of St. Johns, Mich., recorded a whopping 20-pound, 5-ounce sack to snag the lead on day one of the 2012 Federation National Championship, presented by the National Guard.


    Champs capitalize on changes to excel on DeGray Lake
    Yesterday’s blue-bird skies were long gone today as a strong cloud cover, temperature drop, and spike in humidity took over on the final day of the 2011 National Guard Junior World Championship on DeGray Lake presented by the National Guard.


    12 TBF Junior elite advance to final-day contest
    Fishing was tough on TBF’s 82 junior state champions today as they went head to head on day one of the 2011 National Guard Junior World Championship on DeGray Lake.


    How do I get started in tournament fishing? This is one of the questions most frequently asked of professional anglers. The wording may differ here and there – What tips do you have for a beginner who wants to enter tournaments? How do I become a pro? What advice do you have for a 26-year-old co-angler who fishes the BFLs? etc. – but the question endures, generation after generation.


    Patrick Baker

    Fornof first in Co-angler Division
    When Allen Boyd was 13, his grandfather bought him an aluminum boat. His grandmother dropped him off at a local lake nearly every day during the summer, and he spent every moment he could with a fishing rod in his hand.


    David Hart

    Virginia native fends off weather, competition on Nickajack Lake
    KIMBALL, Tenn. - A steady, pounding rain, gusty winds and sporadic lightning didn’t stop the action on Nickajack Lake during the second day of TBF National Championship competition. Fifty-eight TBF anglers brought limits to the scales despite the rapidly deteriorating conditions - and many of those limits were heavier than yesterday’s. Kenny Beale Jr.’s limit, however, wasn’t. It weighed 16 pounds, 6 ounces, nearly 4 pounds lighter than his first day’s limit, but that didn’t matter. The Danville, Va., angler managed to fend off Mid-Atlantic Division challenger and second-place angler Ed Loughran to keep the overall lead with 36 pounds, 13 ounces. That included an 8-ounce dead fish penalty.


    David Hart

    The Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) in cooperation with the United States Geological Survey – Biological Resources Division (USGS-BRD) is now offering competitive four-year full undergraduate scholarships to qualified high school seniors.


    Lake Nickajack gave up plenty of limits ­ 49, to be exact ­ for the 94 anglers in the 2011 Bass Federation championship, but one stood head-and-shoulders above the rest. Virginia angler Kenny Beale Jr. weighed a whopping 20-pound, 7-ounce limit, besting fellow Mid-Atlantic Division angler Ed Loughran by 2 ½ pounds. Beale, a 34-year-old truck driver from Danville, Virginia had a phenomenal day, thanks in large part to conditions that fit his favorite style of fishing.


    David Hart

    As you might expect, most of the anglers participating in The Bass Federation championship in 2011 in Kimball, Tenn., were tight-lipped prior to Thursday’s 6 a.m. takeoff. Those who did reveal a few tidbits, however, agreed on one thing: Nickajack Lake is on fire.


    David Hart

    Jones, Compton win Kentucky High School Fishing State Championship


    National High School Fishing program to be operated by TBF, FLW Outdoors
    MINNEAPOLIS — FLW Outdoors, in conjunction with The Bass Federation (TBF)-Student Angler Federation (SAF), has announced the formation of the National High School Fishing program, the largest student-angler initiative in history.


    GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A dozen TBF Division Champions began the final day of the 2010 National Guard Junior World Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga., Saturday; two champions emerged victorious. Greg Zellers of Winamac, Ind., representing the 15-18 age group as well as the TBF Central Division and Shane Edgar from Glendale, Ariz., representing the 11-14 age group as well as the TBF Western Division were the two winners.