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 2015


ranger cupRANGER CUP 2015



2015 Ranger Cup Payout for the New Jersey Bass Federation would be:


Points: Candlewood Lake, CT             June 7

–          $120 1st place Ranger Cup Payout

–          $100  2nd place Ranger Cup Payout


Points: Susquehanna Flats, MD           June 26

–          $120 1st place Ranger Cup Payout

–          $100  2nd place Ranger Cup Payout


Points: Lake Hopatcong, NJ                July 17

–          $120 1st place Ranger Cup Payout

–          $100  2nd place Ranger Cup Payout


Points: Hudson River, NJ                August 23

–          $120 1st place Ranger Cup Payout

–          $100  2nd place Ranger Cup Payout


Points: Delaware River, NJ             October 18

–          $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 President NJBF Email: mike@radixjobs.com Home: 973-347-2958 Cell: 201-452-5152

Jan 12

NJBF 2015 Meeting Schedule

Location: American Legion Hall in Somerville, NJ

Feb. 12th (2nd Thursday of the month), ALL CLUBS MANDATORY TO ATTEND, all Membership and Six Man Team Tournament paper work and checks are due at this meeting, Awards to be handed out

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

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

Thursday November 12th (2nd Thursday of the month)

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.”

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

May 18


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


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

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.


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.