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    Published on 10-21-2013 10:46 AM

    Reported by Bassmaster.com

    JACKSON, Miss. — James “Jimmy” Johnson, a 56-year-old B.A.S.S. angler competing in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir this week, was shot to death Sunday night at a motel in Jackson, police confirmed.
    Jackson Police Department spokesperson Colendula Green said Johnson of Ganado, Texas, was fatally shot at the Motel 6 at 7145 Interstate Hwy. 55 North in Jackson, where he and his wife were staying during the tournament. Police received the call at 7:48 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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    The MOBASS Officers and the entire Membership extend condolences to friends and family of Jimmy Johnson and the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation

    On Saturday, September 21st, members of the Joplin Backlashers Bass Club assisted with the "Hooked on Scouting" event which took place at Kellogg Lake, in Carthage, Missouri. Nearly a hundred scouts attended the event from various troops covering the counties of Jasper, Barry, Newton, Lawrence, and McDonald Counties.

    Newly recruited Cub Scouts and their families were in attendance. The boys ranged from six to nine years old. "It is important that the parents be involved as well," said Bryon Haverchik, the leader of the event. "Many of the parents will have limited fishing experience, and it is important that they understand the material because they will be the ones who take the Scouts fishing next time."

    Scouts were suppose to visit six different stations. These stations included: knot tying, safety, casting, tackle, bobber presentation, and how to handle and release a fish. Once the scouts completed the stations, they were to put into practice what they had learned and go fishing. At the conclusion of the morning, Scouts that had completed all of the requirements received their "fishing belt loop".

    "A good time was had by all", said Joplin Backlasher's Vice-President, Braden McBride. "It was great seeing the Scouts catch fish. That sight never gets old, and we enjoy sharing our knowledge and passion for the sport of fishing."

    Events such as this have been taking place all over the region in hopes to boost membership in the Boy Scouts. One lucky participant of these events will win the opportunity to spend a weekend with professional bass fisherman, Tom Redington, at his home in Lake Fork, Texas. Redington currently volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America in his son's troop.

    Statement to B.A.S.S. Nation Presidents, Conservation Directors and Youth Directors:

    August 21, 2013

    Sent on Behalf of Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO

    Dear B.A.S.S. Nation Leader:

    I am pleased to share with you some good news for B.A.S.S. and bass fishing: Gene Gilliland of Oklahoma, a longtime advocate for bass conservation, the
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    Published on 08-23-2013 01:41 PM

    For your reference, the following have been posted under Tournament Central

    Introduction Letter
    Tournament Rules
    Club and Individual Entry forms.

    The Club and Individual Entry forms are in PDF (easy viewing) and Microsoft Word (type your info, save, and print)

    Congratulations to the winners of this years MO BASS Raffle

    Motorguide TR82 Trolling Motor
    Aaron Fogelsong-KC Area and Pleasant Hill Bassmasters

    Mercury Prop
    Brian Wilson-Wapello County Bassmasters

    2 Cases Mercury Oil
    George Bennett-Wapello County Bassmasters

    Ticker sales totaled $3820.00 and proceeds will be used to purchase attendance prizes for the 2013 Missouri BASS Nation State Championship this coming October.
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    Congratulations to the following gentlemen. They have been chosen by the Missouri B.A.S.S. Nation Board of Directors to receive the Bradley Brooks Moore Scholarship for the school year 2013/2014. Kalen is a return recipient and James and Brian will be Freshman this coming school year.

    Kalen Brady
    Brian Pahl
    James Zieger Jr.


    We wish them success in their upcoming semester and beyond.

    First, good luck to everyone fishing the Summer Sizzler this weekend - remember your sunscreen!
    This is an Open Buddy and Open to the public tournament - you do not need to be a member of MOBASS or B.A.S.S. to participate, however, MOBASS Officers reserve the right to refuse entry for any reason.

    You can get the tournament flyer here.


    For those attending the Directors Meeting this Saturday - here's the Agenda


    Finally, there is a poker tournament and buddy fishing tournament in honor of Corey S. Gresham to benefit the Macon Optimist Star Student Program. Grab the details here
    Published on 07-10-2013 06:17 PM

    Results of the 16th Eldon Bassmaters Kids fishing tournament that was held June 15, 2013.

    There was a total of 118 kids and plus family members there to enjoy the day of fishing it started off with a little rain at first and turn out to be a great day for the kids and family..

    The fish where hungry and a total of 249 fish was caught in 1.5 hours. The tournament was a great success for all the kids and family members had hot dogs and chips with drinks and lets not forget the prizes... Eldon Bassmasters would like to thank all who came out to fish and to have a day of enjoyment. Eldon Bassmasters strive to make this kids fishing tournament a success each year. This all could not happen with out our sponsors. Make sure you thank Eldon Wal-Mart and local business in Eldon and the Lake of the Ozarks and Jefferson City. Eldon Bassmasters is a learning Club for MOBASS, { MISSOURI BASS FEDERATION NATION} B.A.S.S.. We are always looking for new members if you think there is a place for you come check us out on face book.

    Three age groups 6 and under, 7-10 age group, 11-15 age group.. here are the results of the top three and big fish:

    6 and under::

    1st. SIERRA ZUCK with a total of 13 fish
    2nd. Cooper Toalsen with a total of 8 fish
    3rd. Troy Zuck with a total of 7 fish
    Big fish: Stella Meloy total length of 22 1/4in.

    7 to 10

    1st. Tyler Bellmer with a total of 6 fish
    2nd. Dawson Wood with a total of 6 fish
    3rd. Tyler Martin with a total of 4 fish
    Big fish: Tyler Martin total length of 19 in.

    11-15

    1st. Tyler Yow with a total of 16 fish
    2nd. Marvin Herman with a total of 12 fish
    3rd. Vanessa Vernon with a total of 12 fish
    Big fish: Caleb Wood total length of 21 in.

    Congratulations to Brian Wilson for being the top Missouri Angler at the 2013 BASS Nation Central Divisional Tournament held last month in Texas.

    Brian will represent Missouri at the 2013 BASS Nation National Championship in October.

    This is the last step for his quest to qualify for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. If he finishes as the top angler in the Central Division he will be one of 6 BASS Nation Anglers at the Classic.

    Good Luck and Good Fishing to Brian.

    Day One standings: Individual | Team | State

    Day Two standings:Individual | Team | State

    Day Three standings:Individual | Team | State
    Published on 06-07-2013 08:55 PM

    The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership (RFHP) is pleased to request proposals for partial funding of reservoir fisheries habitat enhancement projects. The RFHP is a national partnership established to promote and facilitate the conservation of habitat for fish and other aquatic species in reservoir systems through collaborative actions that contribute to:

    ·The ecological health and function of reservoirs and their associated waters and watersheds
    ·The restoration, protection and enhancement of fish and other aquatic species and communities, therein
    ·The sustainability and enhancement of reservoir fisheries
    ·Public awareness of the conservation issues and challenges facing reservoir and associated waters and watershed management in the 21st Century
    ·The quality of life of the American people

    Deadline for Proposal Submission: August 15, 2013

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    Published on 04-06-2013 09:16 AM

    Good luck to everyone fishing in the 2013 Spring Fling on Sunday!

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