FLW, TBF Extend Strategic Partnership

FLW, TBF Extend Strategic Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PONCA CITY, OK . (Dec. 5, 2020) – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and The Bass Federation (TBF) announced today a new strategic partnership. This agreement extends bass fishing’s longest-running alliance between two pioneering organizations in service to grassroots anglers from coast to coast and around the world. Terms were not disclosed.

The partnership between FLW and TBF, two independent companies, continues to afford opportunities for co-membership and FLW tournament bids to TBF anglers in this agreement. The top boater and co-angler from each of seven divisions at the TBF National Championship will advance to FLW’s Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American. Additionally, TBF introduces a revamped and expanded “Living the Dream” prize package for anglers in 2020 and beyond. Preston Craig, the 2019 TBF National Champion from Philadelphia, Tenn., will be the first “Living the Dream” angler to benefit from the new partnership with his entry fees paid for the 2020 FLW Pro Circuit.

“We are proud to continue our longstanding relationship with FLW to provide grassroots fishing opportunities for our adult and student anglers alike,” said Robert Cartlidge, TBF President. “We value of the tradition of TBF and FLW working together. This relationship allows TBF the flexibility to do more for our members.”

FLW and TBF will continue to co-manage the nation’s largest High School Fishing program that includes 66 tournaments and a host of sanctioned trails serving more than 20,000 students across the United States. Participation in FLW and TBF High School Fishing tournaments is free to all Student Angler Federation (SAF) members, as SAF membership includes both TBF and FLW membership.

“We are thrilled to announce our continued partnership with TBF,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Since 2006 we’ve worked more closely than any two organizations in the history of our sport, and we intend to strengthen that relationship under our new ownership for the benefit of all the anglers we serve.”

Preston Craig’s “Living the Dream” prize package, will include fully paid FLW Pro Circuit entry fees, use of a tow vehicle and boat, and travel stipends for many events. Previous winners include MLF pro Mark Daniels, Jr.

“Living the Dream kicked off my career,” Daniels said. “It literally changed my life. I always dreamed of an opportunity to fish for a living, and TBF was the saving grace that granted me that chance.”

Daniels won the 2013 TBF National Championship, which led to him fishing the 2014 FLW Tour. He fished the FLW Tour in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Daniels finished 28th in the 2019 inaugural Bass Pro Tour and has won more than three-quarters of a million dollars fishing professionally. Daniels will continue as a competitor on the 2020 MLF Bass Pro Tour.

“MLF fully supports the continuation of the long relationship between TBF and FLW,” said Don Rucks, MLF Executive Vice President and General Manager. “TBF competitors now have a dream path that leads all the way to the no-entry-fee Bass Pro Tour.”

“The proof of the partnership is in the things we have accomplished together,” said Cartlidge. “When TBF founded the national High School Fishing Program, FLW was our first partner and together we have invested to grow it into something neither organization could have accomplished alone, which will underpin our sport for decades to come.”

TBF members will continue to receive priority entry into FLW tournaments and will receive a subscription to the FLW Bass Fishing magazine.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW programming expands in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About TBF

The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) is the nation’s largest and oldest organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization and a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those it serves and dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF-affiliated state federations and 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. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org for more information.

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Future Fisherman Foundation Hosts 10th Annual On-line Auction

Future Fisherman Foundation Hosts 10th Annual On-line Auction

Hall of Fame Angler and Classic champion David Fritts highlights this year’s list of fishing trips

Ponca City, Okla., (11/18/19)
The Future Fisherman Foundation (501C3 Foundation) will host its 10th annual on-line eBay auction starting December 1st and running through the 7th.

This year’s event highlights Lew’s Pro David Fritts, who is a past Bassmaster Classic champion and was recently inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. David is known as the “Crankbait King” and spending the day in the boat with him will not only be educational, it will be just plain entertaining as he has a great sense of humor.

Shoppers also have an opportunity to bid on a variety of guided fishing trips, as well as a great selection of tackle packages and merchandise.

Interested in a new fishing reel? There are great selections from Fin-Nor, Lew’s and Eagle Claw. Need a shallow water anchoring device? The folks at Power Pole have sent us a very nice Micro Pole that is perfect for small boats and kayaks. How about a new locator? We have units from both Lowrance and Humminbird to fill your shopping list! need a top quality Fishing Rod, we have them from TBF Federation Angler Custom rods.

Proceeds from the annual event support F3 programs like Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, SuperFish and the Tackle for Educators programs.

“We have once again put together a terrific assortment of fishing trips and merchandise items for this year’s auction” said F3 Executive Director Mark Gintert. “Cyber Monday will fall right in line with this year’s event, so if you are looking for a Christmas gift for that outdoorsperson in your life, you need to look no farther than futurefisherman.org where all the items will be listed and ready for bidding.”

Once again, A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of our donors this year; we couldn’t do it without them!

The auction goes live at 8am EST on Sunday December 1st. It will run for seven days and bidding closes December 7th, at 8am EST. (Check Auction Listing for potential variations in time and date)

Interested bidders should go to www.futurefisherman.org and click on the auction tab and then click on the eBay link to view the trips and merchandise and place your winning bids!

Help us “Ensure the Future of Fishing” by supporting this terrific event!

About the Future Fisherman Foundation
Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups, youth organizations and other educators dedicated to introducing America’s youth to angling, conservation and the outdoors lifestyle. The Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) operates under The Bass Federation (TBF) umbrella of companies and is the official non-profit education arm of TBF. For more info visit futurefisherman.org.

District 23 TBF National Semi-Final Arizona and California on Lake Havasu

District 23 TBF National Semi-Final Arizona and California on Lake Havasu

The October 26-27, 2019 Semi-finals for D23 was held at Lake Havasu AZ. This world renowned fishery is known for its feisty population of Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. Coming into the event were the AZ and CA teams made up of 18 boaters and 18 co-anglers. The weather during pre-fishing was predominantly windy with wind gusts up to 40mph creating tough fishing conditions, however winds calmed during tournament weekend and the weather was beautiful!

D23 Boater Winner Steve Lund

Saturday and Sunday boaters and co-anglers struggled to put limits on the boat. Stand-outs were California boater, Justin Arellano, limiting both days with a combined weight of 25.79lbs with Big- fish bragging rights of 5.57 lbs. While Arizona’s, Stephen Lund, also brought in limits on both days with a combined weight of 26.67lbs to just edge out Arellano and bring home the overall win for boaters. It was just as exciting for the co-angler side. Jason Havstad, California co-angler started out the tournament with the biggest bag for co-anglers at 13.49lbs, in fact, it was the third heaviest bag of day-1 of the tournament for boaters and co-anglers combined. However, day-2 for Jason was a different story, where unfortunately, he was unable to bring in a legal size fish to the scale – Havasu has a 13” minimum. This opened the door for co-angler Kerry Harris of California who was able to add to his first day total with a solid day-2 limit of 11.02lbs bringing his total weight to 16.66lbs and was enough to bring home the win for the co-angler side.

Overall, this was a terrific tournament with the challenges and triumphs that pushed the field of 36 individuals to bring their best game to the table. We look forward to great results at the finals from advancing boaters and co-anglers from our California and Arizona teams, California boater, Justin Arellano, and overall semi-finals winner, California co-angler Kerry Harris, and from Arizona, boater and overall semi-finals winner, Stephen Lund, and Arizona co-angler, Loway Shammas.

District 1 Georgia, Florida TBF National Semi Finals on Lake West Point

Georgia/Florida (GA/FL) Bass Federations held their The Bass Federation (TBF) National semi-finals at Lake West Point, LaGrange, GA, 26-27 October, 2019.

Twenty-Eight (28) teams from Georgia and Eight teams (8) from Florida participated. Practice was conducted on 23-25 October with the weather being picture perfect. Water temperature was in the low to mid 70’s with the lake being 2-3 feet below full pool. Registration and drawings for boat positions were held at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center, Friday evening, 25 October.

District 1 Ranger Cup Winner Oscar E. Aguero

JJ Kuerzi, Director Troop County Parks and Recreation, spoke and welcomed the fishermen to West Point and thanked them and the Georgia Bass Federation for choosing LaGrange to host this event.
Saturday morning blastoff was conducted in two flights. Boats went out at safe light under windy and cloudy conditions. Sunday weather changed to calm waters and a bright, blue sky.

D1 Florida Top Boater: Jason Stake, Top CoAngler: Tiffany Grant

Florida boater Jason Stake was crowned champion a ten fish tournament total weighing 24 pounds. Georgia’s top boater was Oscar Aquero with a ten fish limit weighing 19 pounds 8 ounces.
On the Co-Angler side, Tiffany Grant proudly represented Florida with a two-day total of 9 pounds 12 ounces. Georgia’s Co-Angler was Marshall Harrelson finishing number one overall with a ten fish limit weighing 18 pounds 6 ounces.

D1 Georgia Top Boater: Oscar Aguero, Top CoAngler: Marshall Harrelson 

Marshall Harrelson and Mason McCoy were the two Georgia SAF High School Fishing state champions. Mason finished in eleventh position with a two-day totaling weighing 11 pounds 11 ounces.
The top boater and co-angler from each state will advance to the 2020 TBF National Championships.