Published on 10-19-2011 01:36 PM

    The Missouri B.A.S.S. Federation Nation held their annual end of the season State Championship Tournament on October 7-9, 2011. There were 32 clubs that sent teams to participate this year with a total of 230 anglers fishing the 2 day event.

    The weekend started on Friday evening at the Warsaw Community Building. Youth Director Gil Kauffman with help from 4 Junior Bassmasters and a couple of parents cooked hot dogs and brats and sold them along with chips and drinks to raise money for the Missouri Junior Bassmasters. Junior Bassmaster members that helped included Colt Love, Tyler Eagan, Jason Thompson and Brendan Allday. The hot dogs and brats were donated by Mr. and Mrs. Everett Allday of the St Joe Bass Club. The juniors raised over $750.00 and the money will be used once again for next year’s season.
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    Published on 10-10-2011 01:01 PM

    Congratulations to Ted Daniels from Elite Anglers for placing 1st in the Missouri State Championship Tournament!

    Kevin Smith, and Greg Cooper rounded out the Individual Top 3 and Elite Anglers took top weight

    Here are the final CLUB and INDIVIDUAL results

    CELEBRATION, Fla. — B.A.S.S. LLC, in partnership with Simms Fishing Products, announces a promotion offering B.A.S.S. Federation Nation members a special product opportunity.

    Beginning Oct. 10, 2011, B.A.S.S. Federation Nation members will have the opportunity to purchase a Simms 2011 Tournament Suit for $499. B.A.S.S.-branded suits will be sold at this rate to Federation Nation members only. The red and blue GORE TEX® rainsuits will be offered in sizes medium to XXL. All suits will have custom embroidery of the B.A.S.S. logo on the back of the parka and on the front right pocket of the bib.
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    by Published on 10-07-2011 04:15 PM

    Good luck to everyone participating in the State Championship!

    Also, don't forget to thank the sponsors and especially the volunteers who help run the event!

    ...and no, unfortunately I won't be attending this weekend's festivities but I will be posting the results and images from the event as soon as they are verified and are sent to me.

    Published on 09-25-2011 12:34 PM

    CELEBRATION, Fla. — On the heels of awarding its 2010 Berkley Conservation Institute Awards, Berkley is asking for B.A.S.S. Federation Nation clubs to submit their projects for the 2011 awards.

    These awards recognize the best B.A.S.S. Federation Nation conservation and angler recruitment/retention projects conducted in a given year. The Institute awards a $2,000 check for the best conservation project and $1,500 in fishing gear for the best angler recruitment/retention project.

    Published on 09-15-2011 08:48 AM

    CELEBRATION, Fla. — Mercury College B.A.S.S., the premier college circuit of tournament anglers, announces its schedule and locations for the 2012 season. North to south, east to west, the circuit will cover regions that allow every style of angler to showcase his or her skills on the water.

    “When we created Mercury College B.A.S.S. in 2006, there was one event. We grew the property to three events in 2008. Now we are boasting more than seven events that are created and run by us. Not to mention the fact that we will be placing a Mercury College B.A.S.S. angler in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic,” said Hank Weldon, Mercury College B.A.S.S. director.

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    Published on 08-23-2011 08:53 PM

    Valley Fashions has created a Missouri BASS Federation Nation jacket for club members similar in design to the shirts. There will be no sponsors on the front just the club name, your name and the MO BASS Logo. You can order the jacket with or without the Alliance sponsors on the back and the sleeves and hood have the images the same as the shirt. Again to get the best pricing we will need to order them as a group. Prices are included in the attachment. We will discuss this and another possible shirt order for those interested at our next Board of Directors meeting.

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    Published on 08-16-2011 01:43 PM

    DEADLINE: September 1, 2011

    : The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership (RFHP) is pleased to request proposals for partial funding of reservoir fisheries habitat enhancement projects. The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership 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

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    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