Dec 08

TBF announces 2015 No Entry Fee Division Championship Dates and Venues

The Bass Federation (TBF), the largest and oldest organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization in North America with more than 20,000 members, announces the dates, locations and host states of its seven 2015 Division Championship events.
All 47 of the affiliated TBF State Federations fall into one of seven geographical divisions: Southwest, Northwest, Central, Southern, Northern, Mid-Atlantic and Eastern. The Eastern Division also includes the providence of Ontario, Canada.
Each TBF affiliated state federation qualifies a 12-angler team to compete in the no-entry-fee TBF Divisional Tournament Championship events, as scheduled for 2015:
• Southwest Division, May 13-15, Clear Lake, Lakeport, Calif.
• Northwest Division, May 20-22, Noxin Reservoir, Trout Creek, Mont.
• Central Division, June 3-5, Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Aberdeen, Miss.
• Southern Division, June 10-12, Lake Norman, Cornelius, N.C.
• Northern Division, Sept. 9-11, Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Ill.
• Eastern Division, Sept. 16-18, Lake Winnipesaukee, Gilford, N.H.
• Mid-Atlantic Division, Sept. 23-25, Lake Erie, Erie, Pa.
“TBF anglers first compete in qualifying events in their own backyards for the opportunity to make the state team and advance on to a divisional championship,” explained TBF President Robert Cartlidge. “Everything past the state level is a no-entry-fee competition, with the chance to continue to move on to the Federation National Championship and ultimately the prestigious FLW Cup. State level qualifications will be starting soon so now is the time to get involved with your state federation.”
From the divisional championships, the highest two finishers from each state advance to compete in the 2016 TBF National Championship; each state’s top angler goes as a boater and the runner-up as a co-angler. All national qualifiers compete from brand new Ranger Boats for a share of the championship’s more than $200,000 in cash and prizes.
The TBF national champion on the boater side earns the lucrative TBF “Living the Dream” prize package, consisting of a cash prize, paid pro entries into the FLW Tour, travel funds, use of a wrapped Ranger boat for the year and a birth in the following year’s FLW Cup. The championship co-angler also gets the “Living the Dream” package and a cash prize, plus fully paid entry fees into the Rayovac FLW series of choice.
Also, the top two anglers from each of the seven TBF Division Championships, 14 anglers, advance to the BFL All-American.
All TBF events require membership in The Bass Federation. TBF membership fees are $50 and include all member benefits, plus a $45 full FLW competitor membership with full FLW benefits: a year-long FLW “Bass Fishing” magazine subscription, FLW tournament eligibility, FLW Fantasy Fishing advantages and other program opportunities and discounts.
A limited offer still available for new members is a special $100 membership opportunity that includes full 2015 TBF and FLW benefits, and comes with two custom TBF branded, high quality IM7 graphite 7’ fishing rods with cork handles. The rods are available in casting and spinning models. The offer is valid while rod supplies last.
For more than 45 years the state federations have worked together to support fishing, youth and conservation and in return are supported by the very best core sponsor group in fishing today including; Ranger Boats, FLW, Evinrude, Cabela’s, Lowrance, Solar Bat, Berkley, Power Pole, Humminbird, and Minn Kota.
For more information about state federation memberships and all TBF tournaments and programs, visit www.BassFederation.com or call 580.765.9031.
About The Bass Federation
The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) is the oldest and largest organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization in North America. TBF is 100 percent member owned and a proud member of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF affiliated federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events annually. Serving the fishing industry for more than 45 years, “TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing.”
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Jul 22

Minn Kota New Product Announcements

Minn Kota® Adds New Features to i-Pilot® Link™ with Software Update

Minn Kota® Adds New Features to i-Pilot® Link™ with Software Update

Minn Kota® Goes Camo, Adds New Design Option for Talon Anchor

Minn Kota® Goes Camo, Adds New Design Option for Talon Anchor

Minn Kota® Goes Small with New i-Pilot® Micro Remote

Minn Kota® Goes Small with New i-Pilot® Micro Remote

Feb 28

New Jersey Bass Federation TBF RANGER CUP 2014

ranger cup

 

 

New Jersey Bass Federation TBF RANGER CUP 2014

 

2014 Ranger Cup Payout for the New Jersey Bass Federation would be:

 

Points: Susquehanna Flats, MD            April 27

-          $120 1st place Ranger Cup Payout

-          $100  2nd place Ranger Cup Payout

 

Points: Susquehanna Flats, MD            May 18

-          $120 1st place Ranger Cup Payout

-          $100  2nd place Ranger Cup Payout

 

Points: Lake Hopatcong, NJ                July 27

-          $120 1st place Ranger Cup Payout

-          $100  2nd place Ranger Cup Payout

 

Points: Delaware River, NJ                August 17

-          $120 1st place Ranger Cup Payout

-          $100  2nd place Ranger Cup Payout

 

Points: Hudson River, NJ             October 19

-          $120 1st place Ranger Cup Payout

-          $100  2nd place Ranger Cup Payout

 

Total Ranger Cup Payout $1,100

 

In the off chance that there is only one Ranger Cup Qualifier, then the entire Payout of $220 will be awarded

Contact Michael Hart VP NJBF Email: mike@radixjobs.com Home: 973-347-2958 Cell: 201-452-5152

Jan 20

2014 NJBF State Meeting Schedule

NJBF will have 4 meetings per year, Feb 8,  May 8,  Aug 14, & Nov 13 in 2014. It is mandatory that each club have a representative at each of those meetings.

NJBF 2014 Meeting Schedule

Location: American Legion Hall in Somerville, NJ

 

Saturday Feb. 8th (2nd Saturday of the month), 10 AM Swap Meet (if you would like a table to sell New or Used items

contact Tony Going), 12:00 Noon meeting starts ALL CLUBS MANDATORY TO ATTEND, all Membership and

Six Man Team Tournament paper work and checks are due at this meeting

Thursday May 8th (2nd Thursday of the month)

Thursday August 14th (2nd Thursday of the month)

Thursday November 13th (2nd Thursday of the month)

Jun 09

RECORD BREAKER!!

Submitted by: Nick Angiulo

For those not from the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast, to hear that largemouth bass are caught in good numbers from the Northern Chesapeake Bay (also known colloquially as the Susquehanna Flats) often comes as a surprise. The river system, which is more commonly well known for its brackish/salt water and abundance of blue claw crabs and striped bass, has quietly become one of the premier largemouth bass fisheries in the area. It has come a very long way from 1991, when the Bassmasters Classic was held here and the tournament winning three day weight was only 33 pounds 2 ounces. Rather, in the past 10 years, the size of the fish in the system has exploded and it is commonplace for events that are held there to have winning weights for one day events exceeding 20 pounds. In fact, the system has produced several of the top all-time New Jersey Bass Federation tournament weights, including the previous best one day weight of 23.40 pounds set in 2005. However, at the Federation’s second event of the 2013 season, held on June 2, 2013, that record was eclipsed by the winner of the Boater Division. Also, some other big weights crossed the scales to produce another highly successful and competitive Federation event. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 01

June 1st, 2013 Ramapo and Rutgers Buddy Tournament

The first ever buddy tournament between Ramapo College of New Jersey and Rutgers University took place on Lake Hopatcong Saturday June 1st, 2013.  It was sunny skies and calm winds and the lake was in a post spawn transition.  The tournament format placed one collegiate angler with a boat captain and their best five fish (paper tournament) would take home bragging rights.  The tournament was held from 6:45am till 2:00pm.   Read the rest of this entry »

May 18

FINE FISHING on the FLATS

Submitted by: Nick Angiulo

Fresh off its annual Team Tournament, the New Jersey Bass Federation kicked off its 2013 point tournament season on May 18, 2013 on the Northern Chesapeake Bay (also known colloquially as the Susquehanna Flats). That body of water consists of not only the Chesapeake Bay, but also numerous rivers, bays, creeks and coves consisting of literally hundreds of miles of bass habitat. In the past 10 years, this system has consistently produced some of the biggest fish and overall weights in the numerous times the Federation has visited. This year was no different, as three anglers smashed the 20 pound mark and big fish were the norm rather than the exception. With overcast to partly cloudy conditions, moderate winds, and seasonable air and water temperatures, the Federation’s best took to the waters with hopes of bringing in huge sacks of bass; and the Flats obliged, as it produced impressive numbers of fish in the four, five, six and even seven pound range. After all of the weights were tallied, mere ounces separated the winners in both the Boater and Co-Angler Divisions. Read the rest of this entry »

May 17

LIMITERS TAKE TOP SPOT AT TEAM TOURNAMENT

Submitted by: Nick Angiulo

 

The New Jersey Bass Federation’s annual Team Tournament, which pits the top six anglers from each participating New Jersey Bass Federation club against one another in a two-day, cumulative weight event, brings New Jersey’s best bass anglers out to compete. Aside from the bragging rights, cup and prize money awarded to the winning club, this event also affords the top six individual finishers spots on the 2014 New Jersey State Team. The 2013 event was waged, for the first time, on the fertile waters of the Northern Chesapeake Bay (colloquially known as the Susquehanna Flats). The Flats has hundreds of miles of fertile rivers, creeks, main bay areas, submergent and emergent vegetation, and man-made structure, giving anglers a huge variety of choices. Reports from the area prior to the tournament indicated that weights breaking the 25 pound barrier a day were possible and the Federation’s best took to the water with extremely high expectations. With mostly stable to warming weather during the week, most anglers expected the fishing to be at its peak during the two competition days of May 16 and 17. However, as is always the case in tournament fishing, while good numbers and weights were caught during the event, fishing proved somewhat tougher than expected. Regardless, the Flats showed its capacity for producing big fish and close finishes. In this regard, the top three finishing teams were separated by less than two pounds over the two days of competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 20

Alabama Rig Announcement

Announcements:
I have attached the Vermont Statement on use of the Alabama Rig, and spoke with NJ DEC (Fishing Dept). NY mirror’s Vermont on their position of use of the Alabama Rig.

VIEW DOCUMENT

Mike Hart

Vermont (VTFW) on Lake Champlain:  ”The Department’s interpretation of the Alabama Rig is that by definition, it does not constitute a “lure” in and of itself, since it is hookless. As such, it can be construed as nothing more than terminal tackle, such as a wire leader, except with 5 strands of wire instead of one. The Alabama Rig does not become a lure intended to catch fish until hooks are added. It is the Department’s interpretation that the Alabama Rig is legal to use in Vermont, provided no more than two lures with hooks intended to catch fish are attached to it.” New York regs on Champlain mirrors Vermont’s on Champlain which only allows two baits on one line. As of now, it’s still legal in the rest of NY. There are a bunch of new regs in NY up for public comment I saw someplace but I don’t think the A-rig was one of the proposed changes up for review. But in my opinion, it will come up before too long.

Jul 05

Lowrance awards over $30,000 to TBF State Federations through Lowrance Excellence in Marketing Awards Program

New Jersey Wins 2nd Year in a Row

Lowrance

Ponca City, Okla. – July 5, 2012 The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with Lowrance announced today the results of the Lowrance Excellence in Marketing Awards for the 2011-2012 program.  Each year the Lowrance/TBF sponsor partnership program awards cash and product certificates to TBF state federation promoting Lowrance electronics. Under the 2011-2012 program guidelines TBF will pay out over $30,000 in such awards directly to TBF affiliated state federations on Lowrance’s behalf. Read the rest of this entry »