Apr 25


Submitted by: Nick Angiulo, April 25, 2016 – The New Jersey Bass Federation’s first point event of its newly restructured tournament program shaped up to be a slugfest of epic proportions. With reports of giant fish being caught and huge tournament winning weights on the river systems that make up the Northern Chesapeake Bay (also known colloquially as the Susquehanna Flats), Federation anglers were licking their chops awaiting the April 24 event. However, as is often the case in fishing, the predicted massacre did not occur for various reasons such as the cold front that dropped water temperatures the night before the event and the incredible pounding the fish had taken due to other large early season tournaments. Nevertheless, while many anglers found the fishing to be just average or worse, the event did produce a new Federation one-day tournament winning weight record of 26.40 pounds, along with two other weights breaking the 20-pound mark. The event also marked the largest payouts to the winners of the Boater and Co-Angler Divisions in recent memory.

Boater - 1st PlaceBoater Division

Winning 1ST place in the Boater Division in record shattering fashion was John Carpenter of the K.O.B.A. chapter. Carpenter, who is from Marmora, New Jersey, is no stranger to victory on the Flats, having last won there at the Federation’s May 18, 2014 event. However, this time he made it a victory for the ages. In this regard, Carpenter’s 26.40 pounds crushed the previous Federation one-day tournament weight record by nearly a full three pounds. The prior record was 23.49 pounds held by Dave Frost. Carpenter’s five-fish limit was made up of two “book-ends,” namely, 6.54 and 6.49 pound largemouths. That means the rest of his limit merely weighed an additional 13.37 pounds. In fact, his winning creel had a per fish average of a remarkable 5.28 pounds! It is fitting that a record weight took the event, as Carpenter’s Boater Division guaranteed minimum first prize of $2,000 is among the largest cash prizes ever awarded in a Federation event.
Surely, if anyone asked 2ND place finisher, Rob Laufenberg, before the event began whether a 23.17 pound limit would be enough to win the event, he would have likely stated “yes.” However, in this event, that weight was only good enough to secure Laufenberg’s spot in 2ND place. Laufenberg, from Dover, New Jersey and a member of the Bucketmouth Brigade, had a weight that would have won all but two other events in the Federation’s history. However, while the unfortunate timing of Laufenberg’s great day may not have been enough to secure him the top at this event, he still earned every penny of his $870 2ND place Boater Division prize.

The 3RD place Boater Division finisher, Derick Olson, also broke the 20- pound barrier with five fish for 20.12 pounds. Olson, from Honey Brook, Pennsylvania and a member of the Quickfire Bassmasters, also weighed in the Boater Division lunker winning fish, a massive 7.22 pound largemouth, which
ranks as the 4TH largest lunker weighed in at a Federation event. Olson received $635 for his 3RD place finish and an additional $125 for his lunker. Finishing in a distant 4TH place, but nonetheless in the money, was Skeeter Lloyd. Lloyd, from Edgewater Park and a member of the Big D Valley Bassmasters weighed in four fish for 12.26 pounds, worth $150.
While not in the money, the 5TH and 6TH place Boater Division finishers received “Free Entry” certificates into future events. Those certificates were awarded to Jason Orecchio, who finished with 9.70 pounds, and Mike Keller, who finished with 9.50 pounds.

Co-Angler Division

Co-Anglers in this season’s Federation events are vying for a minimum guaranteed one-day first prize of $1,250. That incentive, as well as the chance to move on to a TBF National Semi-Final event, has Federation Co-Anglers registering in droves. Such an influx makes for keen competition. This event was no exception, as the top spots were separated by less than one-half pound on a day where the Co- Angler Division was marked not by numbers of fish, but rather, by size of fish.
The winner in the Co-Angler Division was Michael Lee. Lee, from Riverdale, New Jersey and a member of the Essex County Bassmasters rode a big fish bite to victory by placing two fish on the scales that totaled 10.42 pounds. One of his two fish, a 5.71 pound largemouth, was also big enough to capture the Co-Angler Division lunker prize. Lee is making a habit of winning, as this victory makes two in a row. In this regard, Lee won last year’s final event of the season held on the Delaware River. Lee was more than happy to accept the $1,250 Co-Angler Division first prize check as well as the additional $100 he earned based on his lunker.

Second place went to newcomer Logan Fitzpatrick who is from Pennsville, New Jersey and a member of the Castaway Bassmasters. In his first-ever Federation event, Fitzpatrick brought three fish to the scales weighing 10.06 pounds. That result, while just short of capturing the top prize, was still worth $560. The 3RD Place Co-Angler Division winner was Ken Gremli with three fish weighing 8.53 pounds. Gremli, from Long Valley, New Jersey and also a member of the Castaway Bassmasters, received $370. Finishing in 4TH place was Chris Ferry who weighed in two fish for 7.50 pound. Ferry, from Frenchtown, New Jersey and a member of the South Jersey Hawg Hunters received $100.
Similar to the Boater Division, the next two highest finishing eligible Co- Anglers received “Free Entry” certificates into future events.1 Those certificates
1 Terry Stevens finished in 5TH place with 7.25 pounds, but is not eligible to receive a Free Entry certificate.
were awarded to Armando Lugo, who finished with 5.70 pounds, and C.J. Tuite and Pete Longo, who were tied with 5.26 pounds.2

Miscellaneous Notes
1. Only three anglers brought five fish limits to the scales and 66 fish totaling over 236 pounds were weighed in. The per fish average weight was an impressive 3.58 pounds. Additionally, in the Boater Division, two fish over seven pounds and two fish over six pounds were weighed in; and in the Co- Angler Division, three fish over five pounds were weighed in. All fish were released alive.
2. As winners of the event, John Carpenter and Michael Lee are eligible to compete at New Jersey’s district 2016 TBF National Semi-Final event so long as they compete in the remaining two Federation events.
3. By virtue of being the highest placing eligible Ranger Boat owner in the event, John Carpenter will receive $250 in Ranger Cup bonus money.


Apr 19

Northern Chesapeake Bay April 24

The current pairings for the April 24 Northern Chesapeake Bay event are posted under the Tournaments section and also HERE. These are subject to change. Additionally, since we have more Co-Anglers than Boaters, we are continuing the extension of the registration period for Boaters only. If you are a Boater and want to fish, please contact Dan Goykhman or Nick Angiulo immediately or register for the event on our website. We do not want to leave any Co-Anglers out!

The Co-Anglers on the waiting list are shown on the pairings as the final three “boats” listed (boats 30, 31 and 32). These are in order of when the Co-Anglers registered. So, we will be filling them in in that order as any additional Boaters register.

Additionally instructions regarding the Tournament Procedures and other information will be provided later this week.

Mar 16

Tournament Reminder/Application Instructions

Believe it or not, it is only 1 month from the registration deadline for the Federation’s first event of the season, to be held on April 24 on the Northern Chesapeake Bay. Register early as all registrations must be received and paid for no later than midnight on April 15.

As there is sometimes confusion as to how to use the online application form, please follow the step-by-step instructions below. 

1. Go to njbassfederation.com. Scroll over on the “Tournaments” tab across the top and then click on the “Online Tournament Registration” link.

2. Fill in all requested information. Then, near the bottom, make sure you click the box indicating that you have read and agree with the “General Release Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement” (you can find/read them in the “Members/Application Forms” area of the website.

3. Then click the following box indicating your signature.

4. Then click the following box entitled “Remit Payment to PayPal”.

5. Then click the link indicating “Send Tournament Registration – CLICK THIS FIRST”. Once you do this, after a few moments you should get a message indicating that the registration was sent successfully. Once you receive this message, it is time to remit payment as follows.

6. Click the “Buy Now” link at the bottom of the page and you should be directed to a PayPal screen. In the box on the left indicating “Item Price” ENTER THE AMOUNT TO BE PAID (e.g. Boater $150 for a 1-day event/ $200 for a 2-day event; Co-Angler $100 for a 1-day event/$150 for a 2-day event) and click Update just below that box.

7. From there you should be able to log into PayPal and pay via credit card, instant transfer, etc.

Mar 04

National Semi-Final Overview

National Semi-Final Overview

Feb 22

2016 NJBF Schedule Flyer

NJBF Schedule Flyer


DATE / LOCATION / Boater / Co-Angler

April 24 / Northern Chesapeake Bay,MD / $150 / $100

July 24 / Delaware River, NJ / $150 / $100

August 20/21 / Lake Hopatcong, NJ / $200 / $150

Jan 26

NJBF Meeting Announcement

The next mandatory NJBF meeting is Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8pm at the American Legion Hall in Somerville. Any unpaid club Membership invoices are due at this meeting. If you have not yet registered your club or are having difficulty doing so, please immediately contact Forest Honeywell or Nick Angiulo who will be happy to assist you.
Additionally, while the signed final Six Man Team Tournament roster and release form will not be due until the May 12, 2016 meeting. Team Tournament entry fees and yearly chapter dues must be paid at the February meeting. For the forms, go to http://njbassfederation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/NJBF-AnnualChapterResponsibilities-2015-Final2.pdf. However, if you have your final roster,please bring it to the meeting.
Finally, the 2015 tournament awards will be presented at the February meeting. Any member receiving an award should plan on attending.

Jan 22

2016 Tournament Schedule

The 2016 Tournament Schedule is just about ready to go. All but one of the events is confirmed and we are just waiting for final confirmation on the last one.

This season should be incredibly exciting as we change our tournament format a bit. As previously reported, we will have 3 point events this year with two 1-day events and one 2-day event. The entry fees for these events will be: Boaters – $150 for 1-day event; $200 for 2-day event; Co-Anglers – $100 for 1-day event…; $150 for 2-day event. Also, we are providing guaranteed minimum first prize payout amounts of: Boaters – $2,000 for 1-day events; $2,500 for 2-day event; Co-Anglers – $1,250 for 1-day events; $1,750 for 2-day event.

Further details will be provided in the near future.

Here is the schedule:

April 24 – Northern Chesapeake Bay (Anchor Marine) – CONFIRMED
July 24 – Delaware River (River Gate Park – West Deptford) – PENDING
Aug 20/21 – Lake Hopatcong (Lee’s Park) – CONFIRMED

Also, remember, the Team Tournament will be on June 16 and 17 at Lake Champlain (Ticonderoga).

Finally, please like us at the New Jersey Bass Federation’s new Facebook page!

Oct 23

The Bass Federation, Inc. (TBF) Announces Massive Expansion and Format Change to its Adult Program for the First Time Since 1990 – All New TBF National Semi Final Events-

Ponca City, Ok. (October 23, 2015) – The Bass Federation (TBF) announced today that it is expanding the adult qualifying program from seven TBF division championships to a TBF National Semi-Finals Program comprised of more than 20 “close-to-home” events.

“It is time,” was the theme heard throughout the 2015 state presidents’ conferences, which were held in conjunction with the Forrest Wood Cup in August in Hot Springs, Ark.

The 2016 season will mark the final year the long-established TBF framework of seven division championships will serve as the process by which anglers qualify nationwide into the biggest events with the largest prizes in all of competitive fishing. It will be replaced by a massive expansion of more than 20 TBF National Semi-Final events. Both programs (the division championships and the new National Semi-Final events) will run concurrently for the 2016 transition year so that no one is left out.

The basic structure of TBF’s current adult program was voted into place in 1990 by the state federation presidents. It has served the federation well for 25 years. The first hurdle in making such a major change is getting all state presidents to agree on a basic outline and then working through all the details to roll it out. When the presidents work through this, it’s a pretty good vetting system and the new concept outline was voted into place unanimously by all states attending TBF’s 2015 annual meetings.

The new TBF National Semi-Finals Program will make competing much more cost effective and much more rewarding financially, with travel costs way down and cash payout direct to the individual anglers increased. No longer will TBF members have to travel across the nation to attempt to qualify for the Federation National Championship, or to earn one of 14 TBF member qualifying spots in the BFL All-American or to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup and the FLW Tour with all entry fees paid, use of a custom wrapped Ranger boat all year and a chance of a lifetime to “Live The Dream.”

“Obviously as you’ll see we’re not cutting anything. We’re drastically expanding something, which has been very successful and that decision was not taken lightly,” TBF president and CEO, Robert Cartlidge, said. “Of course, the states have made improvements over the years to the program, such as, the national insurance program started in 1991, the TBF\FLW Living The Dream program, numerous member discounts, doubling the number of anglers from each state advancing to the Federation National Championship and advancing beyond the Federation National Championship in our partnership in fishing with FLW in 2006. But, this is the first major revamp and expansion of the basic format.”

Highlights of the new program include:
• All National Semi-Final events will take place in two- and three-state groups so travel will only be “next door”. This means not only are travel costs greatly reduced and payouts greatly increased, but also the new program will host a National Semi-Final event in every market segment of North America.

• Anglers want to fish for some money, so that will be a huge added feature.

• This program greatly reduces the amount of time required to qualify and advance.

• In a giant new club benefit for every individual TBF affiliated club in good standing with their state, they’ll have the ability to qualify their top angler(s) direct from their club to a TBF National Semi-Final.

• Larger membership states will qualify more anglers to a National Semi-Final because they have more members competing. Each state federation will send a minimum of 12 anglers to a National Semi Finals, there is no maximum based on membership participation and growth.

• MORE anglers from each state will also advance to the TBF Federation National Championship. For instance at the 2017 Federation National Championship at least 2 boaters and 2 co-anglers from each state will advance. Depending on participation numbers, some states may advance even MORE.

• State Pride – The program will continue a new “State vs State Competition” piece within each National Semi-Final where a percentage of top qualifying anglers will represent their home state with significant prizes and bragging rights for the state who wins their National Semi- Final.

• All payouts will increase significantly across the board; however major emphasis and rewards are being added for those members qualifying as a co-angler in each National Semi-Final and in the Federation National Championship.

• Full details and outlines will go out to the state Federation Presidents & membership in coming days and weeks and be posted to bassfederation.com as the new program is rolled out.

“TBF as the oldest and largest organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation group at the grassroots level has been laser-focused on the High School Fishing program since we founded that movement nationwide in 2007,” Cartlidge continued. “The High School program is well established and continues to grow annually by leaps and bounds. It’s time for us to turn the same laser focus we used to found and develop the wildly successful National High School program toward our adult program, and we are doing exactly that.”

“Many of our programs are widely imitated in the industry, in part, because they are so successful, so we do recognize this change will affect a lot of folks,” Cartlidge added. “I’m sure this new program the presidents have built will be imitated as well, and change will spread. As an industry leader in grassroots fishing, we have a responsibility to look ahead to the next 25 years, recognize the world is a different place than it was in 1990 and build a program that fits today lifestyles and economy. Most federation members do not want to fish professionally full time but they all would like the chance to try their skills against other members, have some fun, earn their share of a nice prize pool and possibly advance to fish the biggest events in all of fishing once in their lifetime. This program provides every club member with that chance.”

About The Bass Federation
The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing and proudly “partners in fishing” with FLW. TBF is a member of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and the only 100% member-owned national fishing organization. TBF is the largest and oldest organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization in North America. TBF-affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events each year. The Federation has provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. For more information about TBF visit Bassfederation.com or look for bassfederation on Facebook.


Apr 20

Candlewood Lake Tournament Rules June 7, 2015

There has been additional guidelines for fishing tournaments at Candlewood Like.

Read Complete Rules

Feb 24

New Jersey Bass Federation TBF RANGER CUP 2016


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New Jersey Bass Federation TBF RANGER CUP 2016


2016 Ranger Cup Payout for the New Jersey Bass Federation would be;


April 24, 2016 – Northern Chesapeake Bay, MD, winner Ranger Cup is $250

July 24, 2016 – Delaware River, NJ, winner Ranger Cup is $250

August 20-21, 2016 – Lake Hopatcong, NJ, winner Ranger Cup is $300


Contact for more Info: Mike Hart   201-452-5152 or email: tmike@radixjobs.com

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