2021 TBF Federation National Championship Kicks off today on the Red River.

Well, today is the day that Federation anglers across North America have fished for all last year.

The first tournament day of the 2021 TBF Federation National Championship on the Red River at Shreveport, LA. A lot has happened on the Red River with Federation anglers over the years. It has the reputation of being one of those places where the very best rise to the top. There are always a lot of variables on the Red River to take into consideration. Starting with high water one day and low water the next and locks, debris, bad things can happen if you run outside the channel markers, fish there one day and gone the next, and oh yea, things like alligators that many anglers here have never seen in the wild.  These are but a few variables anglers have to be focused on and aware of but those who can figure it out may well go on to careers in fishing.

The Federation Championship’s first stop on the Red River was in 1997 Alabama’s Dalton Bobo won that event and the backwater he won it in is still named the bobo hole to this day. Then The Federation championship came back in 1999 and a young NJ Federation angler named Mike Iaconelli won that event and launched his pro career. Then the last time it was held here was in 2002 where an Illinois angler Ken Crist lead that event wire to wire fishing a 50-75 yard stretch all week to win.

Now we are back here thanks to the Shreveport Bossier City Sports Commission and the Red River waterway Commission to make some history again. Almost 300,000 in tournament payouts plus another almost 100K  in housing, meals, boat gas stipends and etc will be paid out this week starting with the $125,000 TBF Living YOUR Dream prize package to the TBF National Championship boater and a $35,000 Live YOUR dream prize package to the TBF National Championship Non-Boater on Saturday.

The boater champions package includes a fully rigged Ranger Z520 powered by a 250 hp motor, full electronics, trolling motor, power poles the works, it is their to keep and live their dream out of. PLUS $20,000 in cash, PLUS $5,000 in paid entries to any circuit they want to fish.  Plus travel stipends to fish that circuit as well as advancement spots into the 2021 BFL All -American, The 2021 MLF BIg 5 Toyota Series Championship a berth into the MLF BIG 5 Pro Series, and MORE.

The non-boater champions package includes $20,000 cash plus a Live YOUR dream entry fee stipend of $2500 to fish whatever they wish. Plus travel stipends to fish that circuit as well as advancement spots into the 2021 BFL All -American, The 2021 MLF BIg 5 Toyota Series Championship, and MORE.

Each of the 7 TBF Division Champion Boaters and Non-Boaters also each received an LYD package and advancement to the 2021 BFL All American!

WHO will win?

We find out together as it all starts today at 3:00 pm CT right here and at Red Rivier South Marina




Ponca City, OK. (November 16, 2020) – The Bass Federation (TBF) announced today that the nation’s top grassroots anglers are headed to the Red River at Shreveport, LA. March 11-13, 2021.  The Federation has held a number of events on the red river over the last 30 years but none since 2012. The river is on the rebound now and local anglers say it could take 15 pounds a day to win the title in a March 2021 event. The anglers will enjoy one of the nation’s premier host cities, with a plethora of things to do for the families who attend.  TBF anglers competing in the no entry fee event will also enjoy significantly increased payouts that were put into place in 2020 where the prize purse pushed $400,000.00 in cash and prizes due to the growth and success of the Federation’s National Semi-Finals program across North America.

“We are proud to partner with the Red River Waterway Commission in hosting this tournament and 100 of the nation’s top grassroots anglers here in Shreveport-Bossier City.” Said Kelly Wells, Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “We’ll deliver nothing less than world-class hospitality in sportsman’s paradise.”

Competitors qualified at 22 close-to-home district competitions in the TBF’s National Semi-Final system that span the traditional seven TBF geographical divisions.  The framework is designed to make it easier for TBF anglers to fish premier events by minimizing travel time and expenses. As noted because of the success of the new TBF National Semi-finals program payout to the membership continues to climb annually.

All fifty boaters and fifty co-anglers competing in the National Championship will fish the first two days of the event and only the 7 Division Champion boaters and 7 Division Champion co-anglers will compete on the third and final day for the Living Your Dream Prize packages and the National Champion boater and co-angler titles.  In addition to the cash prizes, all hotel room nights for the actual event days will be paid for by TBF for all the anglers as a part of their qualifying prize and all 14 finalists will earn a Living YOUR Dream prize package of various sizes and can advance to the 2021 BFL All-American if they were FLW competitor members before they qualified.

The National champions and overall winners will leave with the coveted TBF National Champion Boater and National Champion Co-angler Titles and a Living Your Dream (LYD) package. The boater LYD package is valued in excess of a whopping $130,000! In past years of the program, the Federation National Champion Living Your Dream Angler received the USE of a new Ranger boat for the following season. A new benefit was added in 2020 that will continue in 2021 which is that now the Federation National Champion Living Your Dream angler will receive a brand-new Ranger Z520 powered by 250HO outboard engine, Lowrance Electronics and MinnKota Trolling Motor rigged out and all their own to KEEP!  So, in addition to a significant CASH prize they will also earn a new Ranger boat a custom clothing package and more!

The Federation strongly believes in the value of co-anglers, so the 2021 National Champion Co-angler LYD package will be worth over $30,000, including 20K cash PLUS set paid entry stipends into the circuit of choice, clothing package and more!

Coverage of the TBF National Championship will be broadcast in high-definition in Federation Angler TV block on the Pursuit Channel, on Outdoor Action TV and streamed live from Red River South Marina daily on bassfederation.com.

For more information about Shreveport, LA or the Red River please contact Eric Gilmore, the Marketing Director of the Red River Waterway Commission at ericgilmore@redriverwaterway.com or Allyson Walker, the Marketing Manager for the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission at awalker@sbsports.org.

About TBF

The Bass Federation Inc. is the oldest and largest, organized grassroots angling organization in America and a member of the fresh water fishing hall of fame. TBF is 100 percent 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 50 years. The Bass Federation is proud “Partners in Fishing” with industry-leading companies including Ranger Boats, Lowrance, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Humminbird, MinnKota, Berkley, T-H Marine, FLW, Power Pole and FacultyOfFishing.com. For more information about The Bass Federation, visit bassfederation.com, or call 580-765-9031. Look for TBF on facebook at Facebook.com/thebassfederation and on twitter at Twitter.com/bassfederation.



October 24th and 25th

Cottonwood Cove Marina, Lake Mohave Nevada

While the fishing has been more difficult the last few weeks on Lake Mohave some anglers managed to find the right ones and put together some good bags of fish. The wind was calm on the morning of the first day of fishing making sight fishing possible but it picked up later and with 25 plus mph gust it became more challenging to position the boat while fishing.

Day 2 started with winds up to 35 mph and some sizable waves for anyone wanting to fish the south end of the lake. The winds and waves calmed somewhat over the course of the day but getting bites seemed more difficult on day 2. Once again a few anglers figured them out and brought in some good bags.

Congratulations to Utah’s David Malone and Hunter Loveless on their respective wins for the Boater and Co-Angler divisions.

Overall it was a great event and was enjoyed by everyone.


Ninety boaters and 90 co-anglers from Illinois and Indiana met in Syracuse, Indiana for what was the largest ever field for a District 10 NSF hosted by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. Although the weather was unseasonal mild, Lakes Wawasee and Syracuse proved to be unusually tough with only three 5 bass limits brought to the scales, all by boaters.

John Ruffier of Brookville, IN and a member of the Gadabout Bass Masters claimed the top spot in the boater division with eight bass weighing 12.62 pounds. Travis Edgars from nearby North Webster, IN and a member of the Northern Bass Anglers was second with 8 fish weighing 12.48 pounds. He was also the Ranger Cup winner. Brian Hensley from Edwardsburg, MI took the lead after the first day with the only 5 bass limit which weighed 8.71 pounds. However, on day two he could only muster two fish weighing 3.06 pounds that dropped him to 3rd with 11.77 pounds.

In the co-angler division Dewayne Wilda of South Bend, the Indiana Bass Federation Vice-President and a member of the St Joe Valley Bass Masters took top honors both days and won with six bass weighing 9.39 pounds. Bob Kuykendall was second with three bass weighing 5.26 pounds. Bob is from Bloomington, IN and a member of the Tri-County Bass Anglers. Placing third was Justin Brown from Georgetown, IN and a member of the Lily Pad Masters. He had three bass weighing 4.88 pounds.

Top Illinois Federation members were boater Tim Lewis with five bass weighing 9.73 pounds that earned him 5th place and placing 6th in the co-angler division was Jake VanMeter with two bass weighing 4.34 pounds. Troy Thornburg of Syracuse, IN, a member of the Ye Olde Tacklebox Team claimed big bass in the boater division with a 4.40 largemouth caught on day one. Gregory Holmes of Illinois took big bass in the co-angler division with a 2.62-pound largemouth caught on day two. In all 239 bass were brought to the scales weighing 377.37 pounds. All were released alive.