On Saturday August 7, 2011 members of the Backlashers Bass Club of Joplin and the KC Junior Bassmasters along with MO B.A.S.S. President Jim Zieger set up in the North park Mall to give the kids of Joplin some to be happy about.

    Fishing rods and reel combos along with hats, shirts and tackle were handed out with "no-fine-print". Most of the product came from the Tackle the Storm organization that started their efforts after the tornadoes that ripped through Alabama a few months ago. I was contacted by Don Barone the founder of the organization to see if Missouri BASS Federation Nation would be interested in helping out by passing out product he had left over from his event. Naturally my first call was to Braden McBride of the Backlashers Bass Club of Joplin a long time Missouri BASS Federation Nation club. He found a place to have the event and spent numerous hours publicizing it to the local media and press. Their club received the product and brought it over in 3 pickup truck loads to the mall.

    After talking with members of the KC Junior Bassmasters we decided to make the trip to help out. We had 6 club members and a few family members along with several members and family of the Backlashers there around noon to set up and distribute product.
    There were a little over 400 rod and reels combos donated and a lot of other merchandise given out to the kids of Joplin that suffered losses from the tornadoes a few months ago that ripped through their town.
    Berkley and TTI Blakemore sponsors of Missouri BASS sent some product to me that we took down and added to the rest of the product to be given away.

    It was great to see all of the relief efforts still going on today in the Joplin area. Workers were working hard to get a section of the mall ready to serve as Joplin High School for the upcoming semester. My son Jimmy and I drove around afterwards and witnessed the damaged area. It seemed like there was something set up every few blocks assisting the people of the area.

    Several people came up to me at the mall asking what this was all about and after explaining Tackle The Storm they offered their personal thanks. We had 2 local television stations interview Braden McBride and myself. I caught the interview with Braden before I left and was pleased to see all of the other events that occurred on Saturday covered as well.

    I was so glad that we decided to attend and want to thank everyone from MO B.A.S.S. that helped make this a huge success.

    Jim Zieger

    Images from the event can be found in the Photo Gallery
    Published on 07-28-2011 06:44 PM

    The Junior Bassmaster program has shown a lot of growth during the 2011 season. The 4th tournament of the year was held at Lake of the Ozarks on July 16th. The tournament had 33 youth participate in the tournament. Eight youth were in the 15-18 age group and 25 were in the 11 – 14 age group. The tournaments have been very well attended. We had 29 at Stockton lake in April, 25 at Truman in May, and 17 at Mark Twain in June.

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    by Published on 07-28-2011 05:50 PM

    On Saturday, August 6th, at the North Park Mall, in front of the Macy's store, from 1:00-3:00, the Joplin Backlashers Bass Club, in conjunction with the Tackle The Storm Foundation, will be distributing free fishing poles and tackle to the children of Joplin, MO. MOBASS representatives will be on hand as well as some Junior Bassmasters out of the Kansas City area.

    This event is designed to help the children of Joplin get back to the water and to get back to fishing.
    For more information please check us out on facebook at Tackle The Storm, email [email protected] or call 1-417-358-9741.
    Published on 07-07-2011 05:06 PM

    Kansas B.A.S.S. Federation Nation is hosting this tournament on Grand Lake, OK, August 27 & 28, 2011.

    This Tournament is open to all members of the B.A.S.S. Federation in the Central Division and is a benefit tournament to raise funds for the K.B.F.N. Frank Stong Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    $300.00 entry fee per 6-man team.
    80% payback to the anglers.
    50% of the payback goes to the 1st Place Team.
    One place will be paid for every 5 teams entered and the remaining 50% of the payback will be broken down accordingly.
    There is no limit on how many 6-man teams can enter from each Club's Official Roster.
    Club rosters will need to be attached to the entry forms for verification.
    Team members will fish together, maximum 2 anglers per boat.
    B.A.S.S. Tournament Rules will apply.

    Additional information will be posted soon as its available.
    Published on 07-06-2011 02:10 PM

    6 and under
    1st Sierra Zuck
    2nd Josiah Herman
    3rd Troy Zuck
    Big Fish Josiah Herman

    7 to 10
    1st Hunter Zuck
    2nd Olivia White
    3rd James Hutchcraft
    Big Fish Hunter Zuck

    11 to 15
    1st David Huddleston
    2nd Payton McDowell
    3rd Cory Libbert
    Big Fish Stetson Rush

    Photos from the event can be found in the Photo Gallery
    Published on 06-27-2011 07:33 PM

    Here's a combined listing of tournament results and mid-season standings...

    Mark Twain Tournament

    Stockton Tournament

    Truman Tournament

    Mid-Season Standings
    Published on 06-26-2011 06:29 PM

    Rod Stamm writes...

    I am contacting all State Federations to request your help for fellow Federation Angler Brandon Palaniuk.

    Brandon just finished fishing the Elite tournaments and needs all of your support in voting for him to qualify ...
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    Published on 06-23-2011 09:25 AM

    CELEBRATION, Fla. — The Ouachita River out of Monroe, La., will be the site of the 2011 B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship presented by Yamaha and Skeeter Boats, Nov. 3-5, 2011.

    “Northeast Louisiana is known as the ‘Sportsman's Paradise,’ so naturally, partnering ...
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    Published on 06-22-2011 05:55 PM

    Junior Bassmaster Tournament - June 12, 2011 Mark Twain Lake

    The day started out a cool 56 degrees. Cloudy. Water was 8 ft high and stained to muddy.

    Full Results ...
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    Published on 06-22-2011 01:51 PM

    Join the fun at River Hills Sporting Clays and help the Conservation Federation of Missouri protect our outdoor heritage at the…
    5th Annual CFM Sporting Clays Classic!
    Saturday, August 13
    River Hills Sporting Clays, Boonville, MO

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