Day 1 Weigh in Wednesday, July 26 at 2:30pm CT LIVE from Ponca City, Ok!
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Russellville Arkansas Lake Dardanelle June 24-25. Arkansas hosted 2023 District 6 TBF National Semi Final. Dock talk among the 70 anglers during the pre-tournament meeting centered around a tough bite on the Arkansas River impoundment.
Day 1 brought clear skies and hot temperatures with a welcome breeze.
Arkansas’s Kevin Brown lead at the end of the day with a solid 15.76lb bag anchored by a 5.99lb kicker that earned big bass honors for the day on the boater side. Bradley Sullivan was the leading Oklahoma boater with 10.79lbs for second place over all. Arkansas’s Dewey Larson topped the Non-boater side with 10.46lbs. Brett Taylor was the top Oklahoma Non-boater with 7.85lbs in 4th place. Arkansas Non-Boater Greg Dennis took the big bass honors for the day with a 3.67lb largemouth.
Day 2 weather saw temperatures reaching 100 degrees and very little breeze. Kevin Brown held on to his lead by bringing in a 9.40lb limit that brought his two day total to 25.16 lbs. Kevin will represent Arkansas boaters in the 2024 TBF National Championship. Bradley Sullivan held on to his 2nd place spot with a 10.11lb limit. Bradley will represent Oklahoma boaters at the Championship for the 2nd year in a row. Brett Taylor jumped into the top spot on the Non-boater side with 5.83lbs and will represent Oklahoma Non-boaters in the Championship. Dewey Larson dropped to 2nd place over all and will represent Arkansas Non-boaters in the Championship. Arkansas boater Doug Thompson earned big bass honors for day 2 with a 4.87lb bass. Arkansas Non-boater Ray Dotson took the day 2 big bass with 4.32LB chunk.
Special shout out to Kim and Phillip Austin, Brandon Beck, Melissa Dotson and Bailey Dotson for their help running what turned out to be a very successful and smooth event. Thank you! ￼
2023 Junior World Championship
Heads to Oklahoma and Sooner Lake July 26-28, 2023
PONCA CITY, OKLA. (5/12/2023) – The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) announced today that the 2023 TBF Junior World Championship (JWC) is set for July 26-28 on Sooner Lake south of Ponca City, Oklahoma and home of the Federation’s National office.
The 2023 JWC includes a two-person team format and three days of competition, launching just south of the Oklahoma Gas and Electric power plant (OG&E) that owns and operates Sooner Lake, teams will take the field from the HWY 15 west launch ramp.
The TBF Junior program includes all angler’s 8th grade and under at the time they qualified through their home state’s Junior program. Only the top percentile of Junior teams from each state’s sanctioned programs are qualified and invited to attend and compete for their share of well over $12,000 in scholarships and prizes. Registration for qualified teams only will open May 31 at www.Bassfederation.com and close July 5.
Historically, the Junior World Championship (JWC) is held in conjunction with the Federation’s Annual State Leadership Conference for 2023, in celebrating the federations 55th year since the first federation club was formed it will be hosted with the 2023 JWC in Ponca City, Oklahoma. 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, as well as annual elections of TBF National Directors.
“We welcome the TBF Junior anglers, State Leaders and their families from across north America to our hometown of Ponca City for this week-long array of events.” Stated TBF Federation National President Robert Cartlidge. “We have never held an event from the home of the Federation and thought it would be a great place to hold our annual convention celebrating 55 years and the 2023 JWC as it is very centrally located, the fish on Sooner Lake will keep the young anglers busy and it is a unique fishing location in this part of the US. There certainly will be no home lake advantage as it is doubtful any of the junior contenders or their parents/boat captains have ever fished the lake so it is anyone’s to win.”
Sooner Lake is kind of a local “favorite” owned and managed by the Oklahoma Gas and Electric company (OG&E) as a power plant cooling water lake, it is well managed, full of grass, weeds, rip rap, standing timber, offshore fishing and more. Access is provided by OG&E for the public’s use. Spring time events can turnout multiple 8 pound plus bass on Sooner Lake and by end of July for the JWC grass beds should be topped out. Sooner Lake can be very deceiving at first glance but it holds a lot of fish and over 40 miles of shoreline if the young anglers can figure them out. It is located in Oklahoma so the wind may play a factor as well.
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 his home states Junior program in Kentucky and many more.
About The Bass Federation – The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and headquartered out of Ponca City, Oklahoma. 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 55 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.
Consistency and discipline pay off for Ohio’s Andy Fryer and Nebraska’s Chad Garton
Osage Beach, MO 4/3/2023
Missouri’s Lake Of The Ozarks, hosted The Bass Federation’s 2023 National Championship last week, March 29-31 out of Osage Beach, MO. The event continues to expand and increase payout to Federation members each year. 102 anglers from each state and Canada took to the lake Wednesday morning amid a reminder that spring is not fully arrived in the Ozarks just yet.
As is always the case some anglers will figure it out. Which ones end up on top at the grand finale are always those who adapt their skill set to the body of water the best. However, there’s no doubt that each of the TBF champions at the event who were representing their home state federations pulled out all the stops in a bid for the most coveted crown in grassroots bass fishing.
Competitors qualified through the TBF’s National Semi-Finals format. Comprised of 22 close to home district competitions, grouped into 7 traditional TBF divisions across North America that are designed to make it more cost effective for TBF grassroots anglers to fish premier events by minimizing travel time and expenses while increasing payouts across the board. This year’s TBF Championship event boasts NO entry fee and more than $404,000 in cash, prizes and awards, including a new Ranger Z-520R, powered by a Mercury 250 HP motor, paid hotel room and boat gas stipends. Each of the 7 division champions will earn paid entry fees into the circuit of choice, loads of cash, qualified anglers earn a total of 16 advancement spots (2) into the Toyota series championship and (14) – (7 boaters 7 Co-angler) into the All-American via TBF’s longstanding partnership with MLF and much, much more.
Day 1 take-off saw 29 degrees and frost covered walkways, docks and boats; It did not phase the championship anglers however as the excitement to get started was in the air. Day 1 results saw the boaters side dominated by the eastern and northern division anglers, the only central division boater in the top ten was Hunter Baird from Kansas. New Hampshire’s John Levesque dominated the boater’s field with 5 fish that weighed 23 pounds and 14 ounces, New York’s Brad Brodnicki sat in 2nd and Baird in 3rd. On the co-angler side Nebraska’s Chad Garton led that field with 13lbs even out of the back of the boat.
Day 1 leader John Leveque, NH and TBF’s Eastern Division.
Warmer weather is coming
With warmer weather in the forecast before the week is over to include high 70’s and rain. The total 3-day weight wins, so whoever wins the event will have adjusted to changing conditions and will have to earn it.
Day 2, cut day.
On day 2, the day 1 leader Leveque (NH) struggled some but held onto the overall lead with 34-05 and the day 1 co-angler leader Chad Garton built on his lead as well and finished atop the Co-Angler pile with 23-03.
After the second day the full field of 102 anglers will be cut down to the top boater and top co-angler from each of the 7 TBF divisions (Eastern, Mid-Atlantic, Northern, Southern, Central, Northwest, and Southwest.) As division champions, only they will compete on the 3rd and final day.
Division champions take the final day field. Three-day combined weigh means consistency pay
The division champion’s all are offered advancement spots, cash and paid entries into events near them to help the Live THEIR Dream. The final day seen a shake up on the boater’s side as Hunter Baird held the lead right up until the end with his 3-day total of 40-10 ounces.
Kansas angler from the central division Hunter Baird was leading the final day until….. Fryer weighed in.
Ohio’s Andy Fryer weighed in and proved to be the most consistent angler in the entire field all week, sitting in 4th after day 1 with 16-02, 13-11 on day 2 pushed him into 2nd overall and the final day Fryer brought in 19-02 to secure his spot in history with his 3-day total of 48lbs 15oz.
2023 TBF National Champion Boater Andy Fryer from Ohio and the Northern Division of TBF
For his win he earned the coveted Federation National Champion title and the $125,000 TBF “Live YOUR dream” prize package to include a new Ranger Z520R and 250 Hp Mercury his to keep, $20,000 cash, $5,000 paid entry fees, advancement to the BFL All-American and the Toyota series Championship, travel stipends a clothing package and more.
Consistency proved to be the winner on the Co-angler side too as Nebraska’s Chad Garton, Central Division angler lead the Co-Angler side wire to wire adding another 14-03 bag out of the back on the final day pushing his 3-day total to 37-06.
Garton took home the $35,000 co-angler prize package, including $20,000 cash, advancement opportunities, $2,500 paid entry fees, travel stipends, clothing package, a MinnKota trolling motor, Lowrance electronics, a power pole and more.
Chad Garton – 2023 Co-Angler National Champion
How they did it.
Many anglers reported Lake Of The Ozarks changed daily with fish being caught as shallow as 2 feet and as deep as 40 feet. While some reported jerk baits and Alabama rigs caught a few fish, most fish were listed as being caught on drop shots, jigs, spinner baits with a few crankbaits and swim baits mixed in.
The eventual TBF National Champion, Andy Fryer reported one bait accounted for the bulk of his catch while following a disciplined plan to win. 90 % of Fryer’s winning weight was caught on a local Ohio made Spinner bait from Blue Rock Custom Tackle. The Spinner bait flaunted double colorado blades with a skirt color called “Kicker” tipped with a white swim bait trailer. Fryer fished a little more than the first half of each day about halfway back in coves of the Glaze River arm, slow rolling the spinnerbait while the boat was in 10-15 of water. Then moved to the back of the coves where the majority of his fish came in only the last two hours of each day and in less than 3 feet of water.
Congratulations to your 2023 TBF Federation National Champion boater and Co-angler!
For more info on how you can qualify through your home state federation for next year’s 2024 TBF National Championship visit bassfederation.com or call us at 580-765-9031
Coverage of the TBF National Championship will be broadcast nationally in high-definition on the Pursuit Channel and was streamed live daily on bassfederation.com.
About TBF The Bass Federation Inc. is the oldest and largest, organized grassroots angling organization in America and a member of the freshwater 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 MLF, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, T-H Marine, Power Pole, Lew’s, Strike King 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
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