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.
Wright nets co-angler title on Grand Lake
Mark Daniels Jr., of Fairfield, Calif., saw his life’s work as well as his life’s passion validated as he took home the title of 2013 Federation National Champion. Bolstered by a total catch of 62 pounds, 4 ounces, including 19 pounds, 4 ounces during Saturday’s final day of competition, Daniels walked away with the tournament title as well as the coveted $100,000 “Living the Dream” package.
Fourteen anglers advance to Saturday’s finals on Grand Lake
Bluebird skies settled over Oklahoma’s Grand Lake on day two of the 2013 Federation National Championship in Grove, Okla., as 14 TBF anglers advanced to Saturday’s finals to battle it out for the national title.
Ninety four anglers will compete April 11-13 for tournament title on Grand Lake
PONCA CITY, Okla. – Steady showers over the first three days of practice left several TBF anglers without fish and without plans going into the 2013 Federation National Championship. However, on Thursday, Oklahoma’s Grand Lake finally delivered as nearly 1,100 pounds of bass were caught with over 60 percent of the field catching five-bass limits.
Event to take place April 11-13
PONCA CITY, Okla. – The Bass Federation announced today the Grand Lake Association and the city of Grove, Okla., will host the 2013 TBF Federation National Championship. The event will be held April 11-13, 2013 on Grand Lake and launch out of the new Wolf Creek Park in Grove. It’s the culmination of more than two years of work for most of these anglers, competing against the nearly 25,000 members in TBF clubs across the United States and Canada to earn their invitation. Only the best anglers from each US state federation, the Association of Collegiate Anglers National Champions and the Canadian Champions earn a slot at the national contest. There they’ll test their skills against the Grand Lake fish and each other, in the nearly quarter of a million dollar event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.