Published on 04-24-2011 09:31 AM

    CELEBRATION, Fla. - B.A.S.S. LLC has acquired JM Associates, one of the nation's oldest and largest outdoor programming production companies, B.A.S.S. announced today.

    JM Associates was founded by Jerry McKinnis, one of three private investors - along with Don Logan and Jim Copeland - who purchased B.A.S.S.
    from ESPN in November 2010. The group bought JM from Atlanta-based CSE, which has owned it since 2007.

    A pioneer in outdoor television, JM Associates has produced The Bassmasters television show for ESPN for 10 years, receiving an Emmy nomination for the show in 2008. Its roots date back to 1963, when McKinnis launched his first television fishing show on a local television station in Little Rock, Ark. It produced McKinnis' program, The Fishin'
    Hole, which debuted on ESPN in 1981, as well as most other "Outdoor Block"
    programming on the network for the past three decades.

    "Having JM Associates as part of the family will make the B.A.S.S. media operations completely seamless. It will enable us to expand our media in every direction, and even beyond freshwater fishing," said McKinnis.
    "We're especially excited about opportunities to create compelling programming from a treasure of video archives."

    "JM and B.A.S.S. will be a good fit; one that I believe will benefit the sportfishing industry in many ways," said Lonnie Cooper, founder and chief executive officer of CSE, a full-service agency dedicated to working with a wide range of clients in sports and entertainment. "CSE and JM Associates will remain strategic partners as our companies continue to work together on existing and future projects."

    In addition to producing B.A.S.S.'s flagship television show for ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel, JM Associates provides coverage of the Bassmaster Elite Series, the Bassmaster Classic and other professional events on www.bassmaster.com.

    The company produces numerous other outdoor shows, including Spanish Fly, Zona's Awesome Fishing Show, Madfin Shark Series, STIHL(r) TIMBERSPORTS(r) Series, College Bass and The Saltwater Series.
    Published on 04-18-2011 08:32 PM

    Article coming soon, but here's the
    Full Results
    Published on 04-18-2011 07:25 PM

    I would like to welcome the Hillsboro Youth Fishing Team to the Missouri Federation. The following boys have joined the Bassmaster ranks.

    Cole Luby - Club President
    Justin Lewis - Vice President
    Ryan Craft - Secretary
    Luke Allison
    Kaleb Lewis
    Jacob Lewis
    Like McKinney
    Logan Daugherty
    Tyler Salisbury
    David Salisbury
    Trent Luby
    Logan Craft
    Hunter Voyles
    Haden Voyles
    Chris Lampe
    Jacob Goode
    Chase Cayor
    Steven Schneider
    Clayton Jones

    John Lewis Adult Sponsor

    I look forward to a great year of fishing.

    Gil Kauffmann
    Youth Director

    The Missouri B.A.S.S. Federation Nation State Shirt will be available to purchase on a group order until May 15th, 2011. After that clubs can order shirts as needed at a higher price.

    Checks need to be made out to MOBASS and mailed in with the order form to Jim Zieger no later than May 15th to receive the group discounted price.

    Attached is the order form, explanation letter and shirt proof to view.

    State Sponsors will be on the front of the jersey and the Alliance sponsors will be on the back with anglers last name.

    Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

    Shirt Design
    Explanation Letter
    Order Form
    Published on 04-11-2011 05:18 PM

    The 2011 Spring Fling was held on Pomme de Terre Lake on Sunday April 10th. This year's event was a benefit
    tournament for the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM). There were 51 boats entered in the tournament. The
    lake conditions were all but favorable to the field of anglers. Due to winter concrete pouring to repair the spillway on
    the lake the lake level was 16 feet above normal pool. Combined with 30-40 m.p.h. winds and gusting the fishing was
    extremely challenging...

    Full Press Release

    Complete Standings

    Results by final Place

    Congratulations to the following winners in this years MO BASS Raffle.

    There were 2635 tickets sold and all of the money went to the clubs that sold the tickets.

    The top club was the Mark Twain Bassmasters with 271 tickets sold.

    Roger Edwards Trolling Motor
    David Smith Mercury Prop
    Dan Woods Lowrance Hand Held GPS

    New State Sponsor St. Croix has been added (check em out!)

    Updated the 2011 Spring Fling Current Entries. Currently at 27 boats - the more the better!
    Published on 03-20-2011 07:10 AM

    Powell Rods has extended a discount purchase program for members of the Missouri B.A.S.S. Federation Nation. A 30% discount will be applied when using the following user name and password. Check their products out at www.powellco.com.
    Attached is their price sheet showing the pricing.

    Username: Missouri

    Password: federation

    We would like to thank Keith Bryan for the program

    The C.O.P.S Tournament had 25 teams that went out of PB 2 Lake of the Ozarks on March 12 from 8am-3:30pm for a wonderful day of fishing. This tournament was a fund raiser for the CONCERNS OF POLICE SURVIVORS (C.O.P.S.)

    An organization dedicated to helping the surviving families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
    This tournament was sponsored by: Eldon Bassmasters of Eldon Missouri and Missouri Correctional Officers Association for the food. Guess speaker Wynn Stevens along with donated Pig Sticker Jigs from Rippin lips bait & tackle of Osage Beach Mo. Jody Hughes Pres. of Eldon Bassmasters handed a check for
    $500.00 to Carolyn Davinroy ( Development Director for C.O.P.S)

    The top 3 teams along with 2 places for Big Bass were paid out. Here they are::::
    1st. PLACE TEAM - Tim Taylor of Nixa Mo and J.R Jenkins of Ozark Mo With a total weight of 20.97 lbs. and a limit of five bass they also won 1st place Big Bass of 6.75 lbs. Fish were caught on wiggle warts and jigs
    2nd PLACE TEAM - Justin Pace of Raymore Mo and Jim Franklin of Harrisonville Mo With a total weight of 18.53 lbs. and with a limit of five bass and a big bass of 5.00 lbs was beat out by .03 lbs of third place..
    fish were caught on crank baits and jigs
    3rd PLACE TEAM - Neal Arthur of Rolla Mo. and Travis Holthouse of West Plains Mo. With a total of 16.75 lbs and a limit of five bass they also beat out the 2nd place team for the 2nd place big bass of 5.03 lbs fish were caught on jigs and stick baits
    4th PLACE TEAM - Lynn White of Lee Summit Mo. and Kenny Capps of Roach Mo. with a total weight of
    15.75 lbs and a limit of five bass..
    5th PLACE TEAM - Dale Bergmann of Villa Ridge Mo. and Charlie Bogard of St. Charles Mo. with a total weight of 15.28 lbs and a limit of five bass The 4th & 5th place team out of the money received pig sticker jigs donated by rippin lips bait and tackle Osage beach...



    Outdoor Channel Hooks “The Bassmasters”

    America’s Leader in Outdoor TV Brings Another Hit Fishing Series
    to Growing Lineup

    TEMECULA, Calif., and CELEBRATION, Fla. – March 10, 2011 – Outdoor Channel, America’s Leader in Outdoor TV, and B.A.S.S., the authority on bass fishing, today announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement that brings “The Bassmasters,” one of the highest-rated outdoor programs on television, to Outdoor Channel. The popular show highlighting the Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments will debut on Outdoor Channel beginning March 28, 2011. The addition of this successful Bassmaster series follows Outdoor Channel’s recent acquisition of other top fishing shows, such as “Buccaneers and Bones,” “The Madfin Shark Series,” “Spanish Fly,” “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show,” “The Fish Fishburne Show,” “The Salt Water Series” and “Fishing University.”
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    The Missouri B.A.S.S. would like to thank Bass Pro Shops for their recent sponsorship of both the upcoming Spring Fling and Summer Sizzler benefit tournaments. They have donated $1,000 in gift certificates to be given away at each of the two events as attendance draw prizes. The Spring Fling will also have an additional $1,000 in Bass Pro gift certificates donated by Drury Hotels.

    The Spring Fling will be held on April 10, 2011 on Pomme de Terre Lake and the proceeds will benefit the Conservation Federation of Missouri. The Summer Sizzler will be held on June 5, 2011 on Truman Lake and the proceeds will benefit once again the Children's Miracle Network.

    Entry forms are located on both MOBASS.com and the 7/24 Outdoors websites.

    Several boats will win their entry fee back in Bass Pro gift certificates at each of these events without catching a fish.

    Please come out and support both of these tournaments that will benefit two great organizations.

    Jim Zieger
    Missouri B.A.S.S. Federation Nation