District 22 National Semifinal-Starvation Reservoir June 5-6, 2021

Starvation Reservoir located in Northeastern Utah really produced a ton of fish.  This exclusively smallmouth fishery kicked out a ton of fish.  However, the event was won by anglers who were able to locate the better-quality fish.  Sight fishing was the key to finding the bigger fish and Tucker Capella started off the event with the biggest bag of the event with 13.45lbs, doing just that.  Right behind Tucker was Jesse Ortega from Nevada and he had a 11.44lb bag to start in 2nd place.  The big fish on the boater side went to Rick Taylor as he boated a 3.12lb smallmouth.

The Co’s had great success also and Paul Swan from Utah led on day 1 with a 9.28lb bag.  Right behind Paul was Casey Clendenen and he brought a 9.04 lb bag to the scales. The big fish on the Co side was the overall big fish weighed during the tournament.  It was caught by Jeff Wright and as he brought the 3.68lb smallie to the scale.

 

On day 2, Starvation was a little stingier for most anglers, but Tucker Capella solidified the win by 10:00am and he brought a 10.52 bag to the scale.  His 2 day total ended up 23.96lbs.  Congrats to Tucker!  2nd and 3rd place overall were secured by 2 more Utah anglers as young gun Jade Larson took home 2nd and 3rd was taken by big fish man Sid Reeves.  Each brought in bags weighing over 10lbs.  4th was won by Nevada stick Jesse Ortega.  His day 2 bag of 7.3lbs was enough to secure his win vs. the Nevada anglers and he’s heading to the National Championship.  Congrats to Tucker and Jesse!  Sid Reeves brought the big fish of day 2 to the scale and he weighed a 3.59lb spawner!

On the Co side James McGaughey brought in the biggest Coangler bag of the tournament as he weighed just 4 fish for 9.4lbs.  This bag was able to help him overcome the next 2 competitors by 1 pound.  Taking 2nd was Tyler Ivie who’s consistent bags allowed him to secure his spot at the National Championship representing Utah.  Congrats to James and Tyler!  Kenny K had a good bag also, and he weighed the biggest fish for the Cos on day 2 with a 2.81 smallie.

 All in all great tournament, GREAT sportsmanship and good times!  The State Pride award went to NV as their State Pride anglers edged Utah by 5lbs 110 to 105.  Congrats Nevada!

2021 Junior World Championship Heads To Quad Cities, Il on the Mississippi River – July 28-30, 2021

PONCA CITY, OKLA. (3/30/2021) – The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) announced today that the 2021 TBF Junior World Championship (JWC) is set for July 28-30 on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities bi-state regional destination in Illinois and Iowa.

The 2021 JWC includes a two-person team format and three days of competition, launching from Rapids City, Illinois. The TBF Junior program includes all anglers 8th grade and under at the time they qualified through their home state’s Junior program. Only the top percentage of Junior angler teams from each state’s sanctioned programs are invited to attend and compete for their share of well over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Historically, the Junior World Championship (JWC) is held in conjunction with the Federation’s Annual State Leadership Conference which once again will also be hosted with the JWC in the Quad Cities.

The Annual TBF State Leadership Conference invites 49 TBF affiliated state federations in the US and Canada to send state official(s) to attend meetings on fishing, youth and conservation items, strategic planning, educational sessions, how to operate their local & state events safely in the era of COVID-19 as well as annual elections of TBF national directors.

There is no better way to socially distance than by going fishing. Regardless, event officials noted extra safety steps will be taken for both events. Federation officials have worked with health experts across the nation to develop COVID-19 compliant conference, weigh-in, meeting, and other safety measures that will be used during all our events for as long as needed. TBF officials noted these safety measures will help keep participants and communities safe while still doing their part to help the economy, people, and businesses in our country get back to work.

“The relationship that Visit Quad Cities and our regional destination has with The Bass Federation is extremely important, said Dave Herrell, President, and CEO, Visit Quad Cities. “Hosting the 2021 TBF Junior World Championship and activating our world-renowned Mississippi River is a huge win for the QC. Not only do we have the privilege to serve as host of the Championship, but also the Annual State Leadership Conference which brings TBF affiliated state federations from all over the country and Canada for meetings and discussion topics such as fishing, youth, and conservation, and much more. This will be a multi-day event opportunity and we are thrilled about July on the river.”

“The Quad Cities is the perfect fit for these events,” TBF President and CEO Robert Cartlidge said. “The Quad Cities are centrally located in the U.S. for our travelers from every state and there are lots of things in the area for the families to see and do.  There should be plenty of fish to be caught by these young championship anglers because with input from the DNR we have chosen pools on the Mississippi River that are doing well. We are excited as it should be a fun event.”

Many of today’s top pro anglers started in the TBF Junior program.  A few examples are; Jacob Wheeler (IN) fished the 2006 JWC; Shane Lehew (NC) won the 2007 JWC, and 2017 Forrest Wood Cup winner Justin Atkins (MS) in the 2008 JWC.  More recently, 2020 TBF Federation National Champion Living The Dream angler Lance Freeman (KY) started out by fishing the TBF Kentucky Junior program.

About Visit Quad Cities – Founded in 1990, Visit Quad Cities is the official Destination Management and Marketing Organization (DMMO) for the region.  Visit Quad Cities is a private 501(c)(6) non-profit engine charged with driving economic opportunity through tourism, building our authentic brand, telling & selling the Quad Cities story, and enhancing Quad Citizens’ quality of life and quality of place. For more information, visit us online at visitquadcities.com and connect with us on social media.

About The Bass Federation – The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth, and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations, and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for nearly 50 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2007 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and “LIKE US” on Facebook.

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TBF National Champion who almost was not and the Louisiana Co-angler wins national titles at the Red River in Shreveport- Bossier City, LA.

Delaware’s Mike Morris Wins TBF National Champion’s title on the boater’s side with the $125,000 Live YOUR Dream Prize package and Louisiana Joshua Moore takes the Co-angler National Championship title and a $35,000 prize package. How they did it is the real story.

Mike Morris, DE on right Joshua Moore, LA left

Every TBF state sent their top boaters and top co-anglers to Shreveport-Bossier City, LA to fish the 2021 TBF Federation National Championship on the Red River March 10-13.  There were a lot of obstacles, literally and figuratively. For one, the Red River was badly flooded back in 2016 and the fishing had suffered, but the Red River Waterway Commission has worked hard to restock and rebuild that fishery and it showed out this week for the TBF Championship anglers.

Fishing a new river can be tough enough as it is because there are lots of variables, backwaters, wing dams, oxbows and hidden lakes to find, locks and dams to deal with, barge traffic, and plenty to avoid as well like a plethora of submerged object and shallow water to get un-stuck from if you’re not careful. Oh yes and Alligators, there are plenty of Alligators on the Red River.

Two weeks prior to the event record cold hit the southern US and sent area temps down to near zero degrees for most of a week. Then the rains came and the river rose about 5-6 feet and along comes the TBF Federation National Championship as the river was on its way back down and dropping each practice day. There were floating logs in the river and debris to deal with. More than one boat hit submerged objects running outside the buoy line during practice days. Early in the week, the dock talk was not many bites and it won’t take much to win.

Championship anglers were not deterred, the sun was out, with temps up to 80 degrees the water was warming fast most of the week and at the day 1 weigh-in it was obvious that the fish had put the feed bag on for the championship anglers as they moved into the warm water.

The leaderboard was all over the map every day. For the last few years as the Red River is rebuilding a 14 bag was a very good day on the river, but not this week.

Robert Stock, NY and part of his 19-10 limit on day 1

Partway through day 1 weigh-in representing the TBF Southern Division and the state of South Carolina as a Co-angler Scott Peavy brought in 5 fish from the back of the boat that weighed in 15 pounds 13 ounces, not long after that Mississippi boater from the Central Division Scott Whitehead brought in five for an unheard of 17-10 on the Red River. But the Red River was not done showing us just how good it is because before the weigh-in was over New York’s Boater Robert Stock set his bag on the scales and they weighed in at a Red River Record of 19-10.

Limit after limit by both boaters and co-anglers were weighed making it clear that the Red River is back!

On Day 2 again many limits and multiple big fish were weighed in, the largest of which was caught by Mark Corrente representing the TBF Southwest Division and his home state of California as a boater, his 7-pound 1-ounce big fish and Robert Stock’s day1 biggest fish of his 19-10 bag are the largest seen weighed on the Red River in years.

Day 2 of the Federation Championship is of course cut day, at the end of day 2 the boater and co-angler who leads their TBF divisions are crowned Division Champions and advance to fish on the 3rd and final day for the National Champions titles.  Those anglers advancing to the final day were:

CENTRAL Division                                                                                                  EASTERN Division

Boater – Scott Whitehead, Mississippi                                                        Boater – Robert Stock, New York

Co-Angler – Joshua Moore, Louisiana                                                         Co-Angler – Guiseppe Andreoli, Rhode Island

 MID-ATLANTIC Division                                                                                  NORTHERN Division

Boater – Mike Morris, Delaware                                                                     Boater – Brad Knight, Wisconsin

Co-Angler – Matt Felty, Maryland                                                                 Co-Angler – Don Ary, Ohio

NORTHWEST Division                                                                                       SOUTHERN Division

Boater – Jason Crone, Montana                                                                      Boater – Michael Deen, Georgia

Co-Angler – Douglass Stiffarm, Montana                                                 Co-Angler – Scott Neiheisel, Kentucky

SOUTHWEST DivisionBoater Sam Heckman, Colorado & Co-Angler Adam Cacal, Nevada

TBF Division Champions fishing the final day. Back row is the Co-anglers L to R Matt Felty, MD., Don Ary, OH., Scott Neiheisel, KY., Guiseppe Andreoli, RI., Adam Cacal, NV, Joshua Moore, LA., Douglas Stiffarm, MT. Front row L to R Boaters, Robert Stock, NY., Michael Deen, GA., Brad Knight, WI., Jason Crone, MT., Sam Heckman, CO., Scott Whitehead, MS., Mike Morris, DE.

All 7 Division Champion Boaters and all 7 Division Champion Co-angler listed above advance to the 2021 BFL All-American.

Saturday’s final day of the TBF Federation Championship went right down to the wire exactly like a final day should.

In the end Delaware’s Mike Morris, the angler who talked to his wife before the event and considered not even coming to a foreign place he had never been to, halfway across the US. Did he have a real shot at winning? Should he forfeit his spot and let someone else go?

He made the correct decision and no one was more excited or grateful to hoist the National Champion Trophy and the $125,000 prize package check than Mike Morris was.  He truly is living his dream after his win.  You could say the key to his National Championship Title was consistency, he weighed in 13 pounds and 12 ounces on day 1, 14-09 day 2, and 13-14 on the final day for a total of 42-03 to top the boater field. The TBF Federation National Championship trophy along with the $125,000 Living YOUR Dream prize package consisting of $20,000 in cash, a new Ranger Z520, with 250 HP outboard fully rigged out with Lowrance electronics, MinnKota trolling motor, power poles, and more is his to keep. PLUS, up to $5,000 in paid entry fees to whatever he wants to fish to live his dream, travel stipend cash to help offset the cost to fish those events, a LYD clothing package, a berth into the 2021 BFL All-American, a berth into the 2021 Toyota Series Championship and a guaranteed spot in the 2022 MLF Big 5 Pro tour if he wants it and more.

On the Co-angler side, the performance was equally impressive, Louisiana Joshua Moore took home the Co-Angler National Champions title.

Winning a national event in your home state is very hard to do from the front of the boat much less from the back. As a co-angler, Joshua had to fish from the back of the boat and go wherever his daily boater took him.

Colorado’s Sam Heckman top Ranger FEDERATION bonus winner

On day 1 he weighed in 11-06, on day 2 he had 10-11, and on the final day he brought in his biggest bag at 14-05 giving him a three-day total of 36-07 and enough to win the Co-angler title and the $35,000 prize package that went with it.  His prize package included his Co-Angler National Championship Trophy, $20,000 cash, a $2,500 entry fee stipend to fish whatever he wants to live his dream, with a travel stipend to help offset the cost to fish those events, along with a good start on equipping a boat including a MinnKota trolling motor, not one but two Lowrance units, a Power pole Certificate, a $500 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Cash Card, along with a LYD clothing Package. PLUS, a berth into the 2021 BFL All-American Co-angler and a berth into the 2021 Toyota Series Championship as a co-angler, and more.

RANGER FEDERATION BONUS dollars were also awarded to the top Ranger boat owners on the boater and co-anglers’ side.  For the boaters, Colorado’s Sam Heckman finished in 6th place and earned a $1,500 bonus through the RANGER FEDERATION BONUS program.

Ohio’s Don Ary top Ranger FEDERATION bonus winner

 

On the co-anglers side Ohio’s Don Ary finished in 4th place and as a Ranger Owner that earned him a $750 bonus.

 

 

 

 

The event was filmed for television to highlight TBF Federation anglers and our program and will air on Federation Angler TV on the Pursuit Channel, on Outdoor Action TV, and various other networks. In total the tournament awards for this event set another Federation record and was over $380,000 in cash, prizes, stipends, and bonuses, with every angler receiving a payout of some amount, and it included paid lodging for the official days for all anglers, Federation angler rods to all, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s gift cards to all anglers, cash boat gas stipends to all boaters and other championship memorabilia.

To find out how you can get started fishing TBF and earn a spot in the 2022 TBF Federation National Championship go to bassfederation.com  to contact us or click a link on the state federation’s page to contact your State Federation President.

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