Solar Bat Sunglasses Renews Partnership Agreement with TBF; Increasing Support of Nation’s Grassroots Anglers

Ponca City, Okla. (Dec. 1, 2008) – The Bass Federation, (TBF) announced today Solar Bat has renewed its multi-year agreement as the official eyewear sponsor of TBF, its 47 TBF state federations and more than 1,900 TBF clubs.

Solar Bat not only renewed its partnership, but also increased its support of TBF.  The Solar BatTBF partnership will support the TBF Federation state teams and special events within each state in an effort to impact as many members possible. Also, Solar Bat will support TBF’s youth programs by providing quality eyewear for each TBF National Guard Junior World Championship angler, as well as, some TBF collegiate fishing teams and Student Anglers Federation clubs affiliated with TBF.  In addition, Solar Bat will be a supporting sponsor of the TBF “Living the Dream” program.

TBF-affiliated state federations can now earn cash two different ways from the Solar Bat partnership to help fund in-state programs, and youth and conservation work. One way is through a re-designed Solar Bat Clear Vision marketing rewards program. The program will reward the top federations with cash based on two categories, membership size and effective marketing and promotion of the Solar Bat partnership with-in state events and media properties. Also, a new way to earn cash rewards is the Solar Bat Referral Cash program. This is a simple program designed to give every TBF State Federation an opportunity to “share in the wealth” and earn significant cash rebates from new dealers and sales referrals through the year.   

 “We are thrilled Solar Bat recognizes the value in the Federation and the considerable impact our members have on the market place,” TBF President Robert Cartlidge said. “TBF is honored Solar Bat is extending our partnership. Dr. Gary Nesty, owner of Solar Bat, is not only a TBF and FLW Outdoors member, but also he is a practicing optometrist and a tournament angler. Because of his experience as a angler himself Solar Bat glasses fit an angler’s needs better than any other source.”

 “Solar Bat is very excited to be in a partnership with TBF,” Nesty said. “As a former Indiana State Federation team member, I know the value of TBF for the grassroots angler. Grassroots anglers across the U.S. have elevated bass fishing to the exciting sport it is today. Solar Bat has always had a mission to elevate the sport of bass fishing, and TBF is the foundation for expansion of this goal.” 

Solar Bat sunglasses are available in prescription, including lined bifocals, through any authorized prescription dealer listed on the Solar Bat website. Dealers interested in becoming an authorized Solar Bat dealer can contact TBF or any TBF State Federation for more information. Solar Bat sunglasses are readily available at many fine sporting goods dealers and will also be available on in 2009. — Solar Bat sunglasses, designed by Dr. Gary Nesty, were created with the competitive angler in mind. Solar Bat’s polarized sunglasses have the toughest, lightest and most clear lenses on the water, and many professional anglers wear them. Outdoor enthusiasts benefit from the lighter weight and comfort of Solar Bat sunglasses, and the polarized lenses that protect eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays reflecting off the water. — TBF is dedicated to the sport of fishing and owned by the 28,000 members it serves. TBF-affiliated state federations and their 1,900 member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided the foundation for the entire bass-fishing industry for more than 30 years. In 2006, TBF proudly partnered with FLW Outdoors,the world’s premier tournament-fishingmarketing organization.


TBF Announces New Online Roster Management System

For Immediate Release

The Bass Federation, (TBF) announces its new TBF Web Services! TBF has now made it easier than ever for new clubs to join or for existing clubs to submit and update your club rosters both with your home state and with TBF, it is one stop shopping!

It is very easy!

Go online to then to “member stuff” on the main menu bar There you will find a link to TBF’s new “online roster management system” simply click the link to go to the new and completely secure site where you can submit new rosters for new clubs, update existing rosters, and maintain your clubs roster! All by a click of your mouse.

TBF understands the need to keep your information confidential and protected, so the site is secure. No need to worry about your information getting loose. Only the club administrator that YOU determine and your home state federation administrator will be able to see or access it.

State and club administrators can now readily see membership data at a real-time mode and make changes instantly. Email address’s, and all other contact information for clubs and members can be maintained and updated all year long!

New member clubs can also join TBF online by clicking on the “Join today” logo on our website as well!
For all clubs, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Click any link on that says “TBF Online Roster management”, or log on directly
2. Fill out the club registration information on the home page.
3. TBF verifies and approves the account and will send you back your password.
That’s it!
If you were a TBF club in 2007 your club roster is already there online waiting for you! You simply edit and update!
If your a new TBF club just joining simply log back on with your new password and enter your club data, then follow it with a check for your dues, a copy of your invoice and your all set!
Your administrator should be the individual responsible for updating rosters and should have a viable email address with access to the internet. Once the club registration form is filled out TBF receives a notice that a club has requested to set up an account with our system. For security reasons TBF will then verify the individual and information associated with the club and activate the account. Approval time can take 2-3 days but it is usually very quick, within 24 hours.
Log-on now and get your roster update started. Today is a great time since all the rosters for 2008 need to be in by the end of the year – so do it TODAY!

The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) is owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided the foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 30 years. For more information about The Bass Federation, visit or call 580-765-9031.

Mid-Atlantic Finals..WEST VIRGINIA WINS! Weiland is Castrol Maximum Performer

Erie, PA – Friday September 27, 2008

Team West Virginia

Team West Virginia

West Virginia held on to the lead today to win the title of 2009 Mid-Atlantic Division Champions and take home the lion’s share of the prize purse. When today’s weigh-in started it looked for a while like West Virginia would let it slip through their hands, but a late rally by the last flight of anglers proved to be more than enough to best the other 6 states and win the Division Cup and the title. West Virginia is the 2009 host of this event and they are pumped it being in their home state next year. The West Virginia team finished the three day event with 278-5. Team Captain Jody Green said from the weigh-In stage, “This team worked together better than any team I have ever seen. I cannot tell you how proud of them I am.”

Finishing in second was the bride’s-maid team of New Jersey who has finished second three times in a row now and is hungry for a win. They finished the event with 253-15. The big mover of the day was the host state of Pennsylvania, who started day 1 in last place, then moved up one place to sixth on day 2 and jumped into third today with a strong finish and ended up with 247-15. Delaware, the defending champions gave up the Division Champions Cup and dropped two places to finish in fourth with 246-15. Virginia finished in fifth at 230-8, Nations Capitol wound up in si

Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland

xth at 218-2 and Maryland finished seventh with 185-12.

In the individual standings New Jerseys Scott Weiland continued his consistent catches by burning a chartreuse spinner bait with chartreuse blades, he weighed in the four fish limit each day and never had a bag under 15 pounds. His total three day weight was 48-13 and good enough by more than five pounds to claim the title of Mid-Atlantic Division Champion and the Castrol Maximum Performer $500 cash bonus. He is on his way to the 2009 TBF Federation National Championship as a boater. Joining him from New Jersey as a non-boater Nick Angiulo who finished second on the New Jersey team.

West Virginia’s Bob Harkness wound up the event with a three day total of 43-5, placing him in second overall and leading his team. He also is on his way to Branson, Mo for the 2009 TBF Federation National Championship. The non-boater at the championship from West Virginia will be Eric Stewart.

The top two anglers from each of the other states also earned a berth in the Championship. They are;

Pennsylvania; Boater Brent McNeal, and Non-Boater Steven Allard

Delaware; Boater Greg Alexander, Non-Boater Tommy Dadds

Virginia; Bobby Williams, Boater, Rueben Williams, Non-Boater

Nations Capitol(DC); Nate Routzahn, Boater and Danny Shanz, Non-Boater

Maryland; Dennis Pearl, Boater and Brandon Clark, Non-Boater

2009 TBF National Championship Qualifiers

2009 TBF National Championship Qualifiers

TBF Mid-Atlantic Division Championship, West Virginia turns on the heat.

Erie, PA. – Thursday September 25, 2008

Day 2 of the TBF Mid-Atlantic Division Championship received some of what they asked for…..light winds. For tomorrow’s final day more wind is now forecasted as a front approaches Erie, PA. Question is when will it get here and will it be bad enough to keep the anglers off of Lake Erie. We will find that out tomorrow.

Eric Stewart

Eric Stewart

This writer cannot overstate the support the TBF anglers has received from the community here and our hosts from “VISIT ERIE” Today no less than three local news channels covered the event for the anglers, if you have not fished on Erie out of Erie, PA, I suggest you come on up and give Presque Isle bay a try, you won’t be sorry. I know a group of West Virginians who are ecstatic about it.

In the State Team Standings:

The West Virginia team turned up the heat today and put some distance between themselves and the second place team and reining division champs from Delaware a distance of 32-11 to be exact. West Virginia leads, with one day to go, with a team total of 216-14 and Delaware remained in second at 184-3. Less than four pounds back at 180-5 is New Jersey, who moved up three places to hold down the third place spot today. Nations Capitol slid one spot to fourth and finished with 165-6, but only 2 ounces behind them in fifth is the team from Virginia at 165-4. The host state of Pennsylvania moved up one spot and into the hunt with 162-4 and Maryland sits in seventh with 143-6.

In the Individual Standings, there were some changes as well:

West Virginia’s Eric Stewart brought in the four fish Pennsylvania limit that weighed in at 19-13, that added to his day 1 catch of 14-12 for a total of 33-10 which was good enough to vault him to the top of the standings. Veteran Scott Weiland from New Jersey holds the second place spot with 33-10. Rounding out the top five is day 1 leader from Delaware, Greg Alexander with 29-13 at third, another West Virginia angler, Bob Harkness at 29-10, in fourth and Delaware’s Tommy Dadds, 25-6, in fifth.