Ponca City, Okla. (June 18, 2012) — The Bass Federation’s brand new Dream Team Rally tournament trail is excited to announce the West Virginia Bass Federation is scheduled to host its first TBF Dream Team Rally event.  The event is scheduled for August 18, 2012 on the Ohio River, at Wheeling Island Ramp in Wheeling, W.Va.  The West Virginia Bass Federation Dream Team Event is open to ALL TBF members, and non-TBF members wanting to join.    Interested teams can go online at bassfederation.com; Dream Team; to enter, the tourney # is 1031.  ALL interested TBF clubs and state federations can go online and register to host their own event today! 

“The West Virginia Bass Federation is excited to host a TBF sanctioned Dream Team event, bringing grassroots fishing back to West Virginia,” West Virginia Bass Federation President, John Burdette, said.  “Anglers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.  Each boat fishes as a team for the same prize, a coveted spot in the 2013 TBF Dream Team National Championship.”

“Think about it, if there are only 30 teams nationwide invited to the 2013 TBF Dream Team National Championship Rally, those 30 teams not only get to attend a dream “vacation” event but also get to compete for a new Ranger boat plus a national pile of cash and other prizes!”  TBF President, Robert Cartlidge, said.  “A minimum of 70% is paid back to the local event and 30% goes to the championship. The odds don’t get much better than that! The more Dream Team events held the bigger the championship payout.”

TBF Dream Team Rallies are designed to fill a void not only in the federation but also the fishing industry.  Fish no-hassle events close to home; fish with who you want, when you want, where you want.  All Dream Team Rally event payouts and advancements are based on number of boats.  Roughly 20% of entries will be paid onsite, plus two big fish awards.  It only takes 10 teams minimum to host a Dream Team event. The more teams entered, the more teams advance.  Every first place team (based on # of boats possibly 1st-5th) is invited to attend the TBF Dream Team National Championship. Every first place team (based on # of boats possibly 1st-3rd) will receive a “qualifying team” travel award stipend upon arrival at the championship to help offset the cost of mileage, lodging and boat gas.  The national champion team will go home with a Ranger Boat dream rig!  Register to host an event anytime, anywhere in the US or Canada, sign up to compete or do both!  There’s no limit on how many you can host or fish; so get started now!

Dream Team Rally event:  West Virginia Bass Federation Dream Team Tournament

When:  August, 18 2012; take-off, 7am; weigh-in, 4pm

Where:  Ohio River, Wheeling Island Ramp, end of Indiana Street, Wheeling, WV 26003

Host: West Virginia Bass Federation; Tournament Coordinator: John Burdette, 304-678-3600, ssab@frontier.com

Creel Limit:  6 fish; 12 inches

Off-Limits: No tournament water off limits (Exception to the National Tournament Rule of a 5-Day Off-limits period)

Restrictions: Open to all TBF members, and non-TBF members wanting to join

Pre-tournament meeting: Saturday, August 18, 6am, Wheeling Island Ramp; breakfast provided by Oglebay Resort.

TBF’s Dream Team Rally is an extensive program with much more to offer; mostly it’s about fishing and fun.  For full details go to bassfederation.com, and click the Dream Team link, or email/call Lauren at lauren@bassfederation.com or TBF National Office, 580.765.9031.

About The Bass Federation, Inc.

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing organization. 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 a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 40 years.  Visit bassfederation.com, www.highschoolfishing.org