The Mississippi Bass Federation hosted the 2021 District 4 NSF event October 16-17, 2021 on Sardis Lake at Engineers Point in Batesville MS.  On Day One anglers had strong winds that lasted all day, then on Day two anglers were met with light winds and a cold front which made for a very interesting turn of events.  Weights were tight all the way to the end.

After two days of competition Mississippi angler Andy Lockhart with a two-day total of 23.30 is the 2021 Dist. 4 National Semi-Finals Champion Boater.  Andy Lockhart will represent Mississippi at the 2022 National Championship.  Finishing second was Alabama angler Walker Whitworth with a two-day total of 22.54.  Walker Whitworth will represent Alabama at the 2022 National Championship.  Finishing third was Joseph Dillinger with a two-day total of 22.04 pounds, fourth was Thomas Bridges with a two-day total of 19.75 pounds, fifth was Danny Carter with a two-day total of 19.50 pounds, sixth was Henry Rockhill with a two-day total of 19.38 pounds and seventh was Logan Main with a two-day total of 19.04 pounds.

On the co-angler side Mississippi angler Drew Gideon with a two-day total of 21.04 is the 2021 Dist. 4 National Semi-Finals Champion Co-Angler and will represent Mississippi at the 2022 National Championship.  Finishing second was Joe Lipsey with a two-day total of 20.92 pounds.  Finishing third was Alabama Co-angler Blake Hollingsworth with a two-day total of 13.64 pounds.  Blake Hollingsworth will represent Alabama at the 2022 National Championship.  Finishing fourth was Timmy Stingley with a two-day total of 13.30 pounds, fifth was Steve Hammack with a two-day total of 13.09 pounds, sixth was Terry Bennett with a two-day total of 12.63 pounds and seventh was Emory Ashley with a two-day total of 12.16 pounds.

Congratulations to all anglers for their fish care.  We had only one lost fish during the two-day event.

Congratulations to Joseph D Dillinger, Mississippi angler, $250 Federation Ranger Bonus Winner.

The Mississippi Bass Federation maintains bragging rights and The District 4 State Pride Award.  The award is determined by adding the weights of the top four boaters and co-anglers from each state selected prior to the event.

Mississippi and Alabama Federations would like to thank The City of Batesville and The Panola Partnership, Inc., as well as, TBF’s Sponsors: Ranger, Bass Pro Shop & Cabela’s, Lowrance, MinnKota, Humminbird, TH Marine, Berkley, Power Pole and MLF. For full results CLICK HERE


Paul Christian of the Clark Hill Bassmasters from Augusta, Georgia won the Boater side weighing a combined two-day total of 23-01 pounds. Paul also won the Ranger Federation Bonus Bucks fishing both days in his 1995 Ranger 371V. As the highest qualifying Georgia Boater, Paul also qualifies to advance to the  2022 Federation National Championship.

As a Boater Raymond Trudeau was a Comeback Angler as he moved up 18 places on the final day with the largest single day total of the tournament weighing 14-05 pounds. Raymond used this momentum to catapult himself to 6th place.  As the highest qualifying Florida Boater Raymond also qualified to advance to the 2022 Federation National Championship.

Don Oliver of the Marietta Bassmasters from Marietta, Georgia won the Co-Angler side by weighing a combined two-day total of 13-06 pounds. As the highest qualifying Georgia Co-Angler Don also qualifies to advance to the 2022 Federation National Championship.

Clinton Thad Lacinak of Florida won the Co-Angler side by weighing a combined two-day total of 9-01 pounds. As the highest qualifying Florida Co-Angler Clinton Thad Lacinak also qualified to advance to the 2022 Federation National Championship.

The competition was tight as Don Oliver of the Marietta Bassmasters beat out Noah Scott of the Lanier Bass Busters for first place by 2 ounces. Noah finished strong with a two-day total of 13-04 pounds.

The Co-Angler Comeback Angler was William Rader of the Twin Cities Bassmasters. William moved up 17 places on the final day posting a single day total of 11-12 pounds. This moved William from 20th to 3rd overall.

Over the span of two days 269 Total Fish were caught for a Total Weight of 562-04 pounds. For full results and more photos of this event CLICK HERE

The 2022 Strike King Big Bass Challenge is Back

Lexington, S.C. – November 15, 2021 – The teams at Strike King and Lew’s are excited to announce the return of this fan favorite tournament series, formatted for family-friendly competition and designed for anglers of all ages and skill levels. 2022 will be bigger and better than ever featuring more tournaments, bigger payouts and greater opportunities to win.

“Last year we welcomed over 600 competitors to the Strike King Big Bass Challenge weigh-ins and gave away over $40,000 in awards and prizes.  We are gearing up for even more in 2022,” announced Strike King Vice President of Marketing Jason McKee.  “Whether you have never fished a tournament or you are a local weekend hero, find the Big Bass Challenge near you and come join the fun!”

For anglers who are new to the Big Bass format, it works like this:

  • A single-day event with a weigh-in every two hours. Anglers are free to bring their biggest bass of the period to the scales in each period throughout the day.
  • We will award cash prizes for the five biggest bass caught during each weigh period.
  • Every angler who weighs a fish is entered into a drawing for prizes from Lew’s, Strike King, and partnering Big Bass Challenge sponsors.
  • The angler who catches the biggest bass of the day will win the Grand Prize Bonus, a $5,000 total boat makeover of Lew’s and Strike King gear.

The excitement is not just on the water and at the weigh-in.  The mandatory Rules Briefing the night prior to the competition day at each event will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear from Strike King and Lew’s pro anglers and legends of the sport, as well as enter to win great prizes.  Additionally, the first 100 anglers to register for each event will receive a Strike King gift card valued at $50, available for pick-up at the Rules Briefing.

The 2022 line-up is as follows:

Lake Toho, FL                      January 30th

Lake Cumberland, KY         March 27th

Kentucky Lake, TN              April 3rd

Lake Erie, OH                      April 24th

Lake Murray, SC                 May 15th

Table Rock Lake, MO          June 11th

Anglers may register for upcoming Big Bass Challenge tournaments, download the rules and find additional information here at https://www.strikeking.com/en/learn/big-bass-challenge or at https://www.lews.com/en/learn/big-bass-challenge

About Rather Outdoors

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Well for the second year in a row the Canada, United States border has stopped Ontario Anglers from joining our New York and Pennsylvania state Federations from fishing together and creating great memories and friendships.

Ontario TBF members headed to Rice Lake Ontario, to fish one of the best fisheries in southern Ontario.

Rice Lake is renowned for big small mouth and kicker largemouth, to fill out a 5 bass limit with 20 plus pounds of bass required to cut a check in local tournaments.

With the combination of boater and angler keeping separate bags we opted for a four fish limit in hopes of making a conscious effort at being better stewards of the fishery.

Our host Adventure bay cottages were as excited to see the anglers rolling in for practice on Wednesday, as the anglers were to arrive and get down to figuring out the lake

At 7am Saturday morning the blast off began and at the end of the day some surprising results came to the scales, On the boater side Chris Walter and Theo Cheng we ounces apart with Chris weighing in his 4 bass for 12.57 lbs followed closely by Theo and his 4 at 12.48, close behind were Justin Fung with 11.46 and Doug Garrow with 11.01

On the co angler side only 2 limits were caught and the day one leader Lincoln Gagnon managed to bring 6.73 lbs to the scale followed by James Eckebrecht with 5.95 lbs and Jesse Krall with 4.87

Day one was without a doubt the worst start to any event we had seen. Realistically no one in the co angler field was out of the picture and certainly more than half the boaters had a chance Sunday to become a regional Champion

We woke up Sunday morning to frigid temperatures, but spirits were we high all boats blasted off at 7am and when it came time to check in at 3pm there was great deal of dock talk about who caught what and who would be our champion.

The co-angler side saw day one leader Lincoln Gagnon bring another limit to the scale of 12.45 lbs for a two day total of 19.18 with one co angler left James Eckebrecht needed a massive bag of more than 13.24 lbs to claim the co angler Championship. We soon learned what all the dock talk was about when James put 4 monster smallmouth on the scale for 18.14 lbs and claim the Co Angler Title with a two day weight of 24.09

Co-angler James Eckebrecht

With the bite being what you would expect on Rice Lake everyone seemed to be having a much better day. More limits bigger weights and bigger smiles. On the boater side the field was close to start the day first up to the scales was Justin Fung who started the day in 3rd place. Justin put another 11.97lbs on the scale for the lead. Next Theo Cheng came to the scales and added 15.93 lbs to his day one weight for a total of 28.40. That left day one Leader Chris Walters needing 15 lbs to take the win. Chris was a little nervous coming to the scales and when it was all said and done he became our new Champion with a monster bag of 17.96 lbs for his 4 smallmouth.

Congratulations to Chris Walter a long time member and President of our Kawartha Lakes club.

Boater Champion Chris Walter








Our two 2022 Ontario TBF Champions Chris Walter and James Eckebrecht, We are excited for you both and know you will represent us well in 2022

D14 Ontario Champions Chris Walter and James Eckebrecht

Theo Cheng managed to capture the Ranger Bonus money while finishing second overall in the boater division congratulations Theo and thank you Ranger boats for your continued support

Theo Cheng Ranger Federation Bonus winner








Lastly I would like to thank all of our participants and our hosts Adventure Bay Cottages for making our event a fun filled weekend. Looking forward to hosting New York and Pennsylvania on Lake Erie in 2022 in Port Colborne Ontario.