TBF’S NEW NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL EVENTS CONTINUE ON THE ARKANSAS RIVER

Oklahoma and Arkansas Advance Anglers to Nationals

img_1762The Oklahoma TBF played host to the first TBF National Semifinal contest for District 6 on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Okla. The new TBF National Semi-Finals program pits top grassroots anglers from each state in a “close to home” weekend event with neighboring states for significant cash prizes and advancements.

In District 6, top TBF anglers from Oklahoma and Arkansas competed September 23 for the chance to advance to the 2017 Federation National Championship and to win enough cash to travel to the 2017 spring event.  Anglers qualify for the semi-finals in one of two ways.  Active state clubs in good standing can send their top two anglers directly to the semi-final event, in addition, the top 10% of state event participation or a minimum of 12 anglers per state qualify, whichever is greater.

The new format pays back 100% of the entry fees, 75% to the top 20% of the field, 10% to the state federations and 15% to the TBF Federation National Championship.  In the new NSF rules, a co-angler can also move up as a boater if his/her weight totals more than the state boater’s weight.

A total of $10,120 in cash and prizes, National Semi-Final qualifying jerseys, trophies, champion titles and slots in the national championship were awarded in the boater and co-angler divisions.  The top five boaters and co-anglers in the 26 boat field divvied up $5,850 in total cash payback, not including the $500 Ranger Cup award and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award for the top boater running a 2012 or newer Evinrude.

After two days of competition, the District 6 National Semi-Final Champion titles would go to the boater from Arkansas, Josh Ray, who received a $1,700 cash prize and the $1,000 Evinrude E-tec award.  The co-angler champion was Sandy Hooker from Oklahoma who received $850 from his two days of work.

Jackie Husmann nabbed the $500 Ranger Cup award for being the highest Ranger Cup qualified angler along with his $900 second place overall purse.  The Oklahoma TBF made the final sweep taking home bragging rights and the first District 6 State Pride Award with 65.93 total pounds.

img_1769The Arkansas River proved tough this time of year.  Two Oklahoma anglers, Jackie Husmann and Stewart Ryan, found a pattern and responded with the only five fish limits on day one. Husmann took the first day lead with 12.20 pounds followed closely by Ryan with 11.96 pounds. Josh Ray had four fish weighing 7.65 pounds to hold down third and lead the Arkansas boaters.

Overcast skies greeted anglers on the final day as Josh Ray responded to land the biggest stringer of the tournament at 15.05 pounds and a winning tournament total of 22.73 pounds.  First day leader, Jackie Husmann, Oklahoma, brought in his second limit of 9.40 pounds, the only angler to record limits both days.  The anglers fished almost 40 miles apart but both put it together to earn slots in the 2017 TBF National Championship representing the Arkansas and Oklahoma boaters, respectively.

Josh Ray used about 45 gallons of gas to fish the lower Kerr Reservoir pool approximately 30 miles from the launch site.  Although this was Ray’s first trip to the Arkansas River he was able find areas with water willows in practice, and then set way points using his Lowrance HDS 12 to return to them on tournament days.  He also used the power of his 112 Minn Kota trolling motor to hold despite the current as he presented frog and swim jigs.

img_0185The co-angler race was also close after day one as Kyle Tudor from Oklahoma brought four fish to the scales for a leading weight of 8.37 pounds.  Sandy Hooker also from Oklahoma followed close behind with three fish at 8.21 pounds, anchored by a 4.66 pound lunker.

On the final day Hooker brought three fish to the scales for 6.26 pounds to make his winning tournament total 14.47 pounds.  Tudor’s big bass tipped the scales at 4.76 pounds, but with only one fish it wasn’t enough to hold on to his day one lead.  Robert Scott’s 7.12 pounds on the first day held out to top the Arkansas co-anglers; he will advance with Hooker to the 2017 TBF National Championship in the co-angler division.

The top boater and top co-angler from each state advancing to the 2017 Federation National Championship are as follows; (boater, co-angler) Oklahoma: Jackie Husmann, Sandy Hooker; Arkansas: Josh Ray, Robert Scott.

The event was sponsored by the Greater Muskogee Chamber of Commerce, The Muskogee Basin, Three Forks Marina, and the Knight’s Inn Motel.

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2016 OKLAHOMA BASS FEDERATION STATE TOP 6 TEAM TOURNAMENT; CHICKASHA CROWNED 2016 STATE CHAMPIONS

chickasha-bass-club-top-6-championsThe Oklahoma Bass Federation Top 6 and Team tournaments were held on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Oklahoma September 17 and 18.  The weather predictions indicated rain while the river was at a moderate flood stage.  The two day practice mirrored the predictions but as the tournaments started on Saturday things changed.  The river current was almost nonexistence in many parts of the system and the predicted moderate temperature was far from accurate.  The anglers were treated with a clear blue sky, no wind and a high humidity.  Regardless of the conditions, many of the anglers mastered the conditions and brought in large limits of bass.  The limits for this event were a 12 inches on spotted/Kentucky bass and 14 inches on largemouth and smallmouth bass with a five fish limit.

Day One

The first day of the tournament 11 limits of bass were brought to the scales.  The leading two person team of Jason Powers and Justin Parchman, His and Her Club, brought in a limit tipping the scales at 12.42 pounds to lead the field.  Greg and Cass Blaylock, Central Bass Club, led their team with an 11.74 pound limit  for second while Wyatt Ryan and Keltyn Hendrix, Ada Bass Club, followed in third with a limit weighing 11.29 pounds.  John Pritchett and Mark Jones, Claremore Bass Club, brought a limit weighing 11.13 pounds anchored by a 3.93 pound lunker for fourth place.  Fifth place went to Jackie Husmann and Jeremy VanTuyl, Ponca City Bassmasters, with a 10.83# limit with a 4.56# anchor.  Following at sixth was Greg Ingram and Dan Beach, Claremore Bass Club, with 10.76#.  Chickasha ran the table on the first day weighing three limits, all in the 10# class.  Tate Musae and Jesse Sexton’s limit weighed 10.74# for a seventh place while Doug Schaekel and John Scott, 10.34#, nosed out Greg Sebold and Greg Ledford by .01# at 10.33# for eighth and ninth, respectively.  Brannon Whipple and Kyle Tudor, NEO Bass Club, at 10.24# was tenth with their 4.14# big bass.   John Garcia and Keith Whitmire, Bedlam Bass Club, with 9.95# was eleventh place and rounding out the top 12 was Michael Morris and Blake Whelchel, Ada, with a 8.78# imit.

The leading club after the first day was Chickasha with a total of 31.41 pounds and three limits.  Claremore followed in second with two limits weighing 30.67#.  Following in third with 27.83#, the only other team to garner three limits was Ada, while Central followed at 24.97# for fourth.  NEO was in fifth with 20.57#.  Big Bass for day one went to Brian Hurst, catcher, and Kenny O,Malley, netter, as they nosed out Don Linder, Ponca City, by .03#, 4.67# to 4.64#.

Day Two

The final day of the tournament was more like the weather we expected, overcast skies, rain and moderate current conditions.  Although it looked more like a “good fishing” day, the field was limited to only 7 limits.  Jason and Justin, His and Hers, snagged their second limit for the weekend and their second first place finish with a 13.54# stringer.  John Pritchett and Mark Jones, Claremore, moved up from fourth the first day to second with their second limit weighing 13.14#.  Greg Seblod and Greg Ledford was third with 12.43# while Chickasha team mates, Tate Musae and Jesse Sexton, took fouth with their second limit for the weekend at 12.20#.  Gene Vogt and Donnie Combrink, Ponca City Bassmasters, was fifth with 10.34# followed by Brian Hurst and Kenny O’Malley, Claremore, with 10.13#.  Mike and Sandy Wisdom, His and Hers, brought in a limit weighing 9.87# for seventh followed in eighth by John Garcia and Keith Whitmire, Bedlam, with their second limit for the tournament weighing 9.71#.  Dean Matts and Mike Sanders, Central Bass Club, also boasted their second limit of the weekend to take ninth for the day followed by Johnny Babb and Chris Tarron, Ada, had 7.90# at tenth.  Rounding out the top 12 were two Ponca City teams.  Jackie Husmann and Jeremy VanTuyl, with a 7.75# limit for the day for eleventh while Jody and Jeff Linder, Ponca City, weighed the other daily limit at 7.32#.  Big Bass for day two was a 5.18# lunker boasted by Jason and Lynn Conaway, Chickasha.  Greg Seblod and Greg Ledford, along with Gene Vogt and Donnie Combrink, both brought in a 5.03# lunker for a tie for second.

Final Results

top-6-teamThe 2016 Champion team was the Chickasha Bass Club that made a first for the OBF State Top 6 event;   they weighed in the same total both days, 31.41#, to bring their total to 62.82#.  Chickasha was lead by Tate Musae and Jesse Sexton, 22.94#, followed by Greg Sebold and Greg Ledford, only .18#, with 22.76#.  Doug Schaekel and John Scott contributed a total of 8 fish to round out the team total with 17.12#.  The State Runner-up was Claremore had a total weight of 59.6#.  John Pritchett and Mark Jones lead the team with 24.27#.  Rounding out the second place team was Brian Hurst and Kenny O’Malley (18.91#) and Greg Ingram and Dan Beach (16.42#).  Third place went to His and Hers at 45.59#, nosing out Ada by less than pound.  The His and Hers team consisted of Jason Powers and Justin Parchman, Mike and Sandy Wisdom, and John and Chris Lee.  Ada’s 44.63# total was followed in fifth be Central at 42.20# while Bedlam rounded out the top 6 teams with 36.79#.  Ponca City, 32.40#, and NEO, 26.64#, completed the standings.

The individual two person teams crowned the champions for our second State Team Championship.  Jason Powers and Justin Parchman not only won the honor but led with top stringers both days.  Their 25.96# total was only 1.69# ahead of John Pritchett and Mark Jones at 24.27#.  Third and fourth places came from the Chickasha champions with Tate Musae and Jesse Seston, 22.94#, at third followed by Greg Sebold and Greg Ledford, 22.76# at fourth.  John Garcia and Keith Whitmire was fifth and Brian Hurst and Kenny O’Malley competing the top 6 teams.

The tournament was once again successful due to the help of the many volunteers.  We were also thankful to the Greater Muskogee Chamber of Commerce and the Knight’s Inn for sponsoring the event.  There was 167 fish brought to scales with 166 returned to the Three Forks Harbor.

FINAL RESULTS

 

2016 Oklahoma Bass Federation SQT Final Tournament; Stewart Ryan Crowned State Champion

The final Oklahoma Bass Federation qualifying tournament was held on the Arkansas River at the Three Forks Marina in Muskogee, OK on April 30 and May 1.  As it has been the norm this year, the weather was a big factor.  Thursday practice day was clear skies and not much wind.  Friday, as predicted, brought strong North winds, and during our pairing meeting, a downpour.  The heavy rain Friday night resulted in a rise of about 5 to 6 feet on the river to start the Saturday competition.  However, as usual, our fishermen still found the secret to bring in good stringers of bass.

Day 1

The day started with high water levels, swift currents and muddy creeks.  However, Stewart Ryan, Ada, brought one of the largest stingers of the year with a 5 fish limit weighing 19.23# with a 4.89 pounder to anchor his limit.  Mike Morris, Ada, was second with 5 fish weighing 15.19 pounds.  A pair of Bedlam anglers followed at 3rd and 4th with Jack Garrett’s limit weighing 13.47# anchored by the big bass for the day at 5.11# for 3rd and Shane Blocker with a limit weighing 13.30# taking 4th.  Brandon Moss, Ada, had a limit weighing 12.35# for 5th, while Darrel Dye, Ponca City followed at 6th with 4 fish tipping the scales at 10.84#.  The only other 10 plus stinger was Ron Fuller’s, NEO, 5 fish limit at 10.23# for 7th place.  Rounding out the top 10 was Sandy Hooker, Ponca City, at 8th with a 9.84 limit, Dean Matts, Central, followed with a limit weighing 9.24# for 9th and Mike Morgan, Ada, 10th with 4 fish weighing 8.05#.  John Garcia, Bedlam, and Shawn Lewis, Ponca City, were the only others to bring a 5 fish limit to the scales for 11 with 8.05 and 12 place at 7.62, respectively.

Day 2

The second day looked promising with no rain in sight and the river down to about 1 to 2 feet over normal.  However, the current was still strong and the fish discovered there were anglers trying to move them from their places of residence to the Three Forks Marina weighin site.  Only three anglers broke the 10 # mark on the final day.  Stewart Ryan, Ada, again led the tournament with a limit weighing 13.81#.  Following in second was Brian Browning, Bedlam, with the second with one of the only four limits of the day tipping the scales at 11.51#.  Chuck Nelson, Ada, had 4 bass weighing 11.21# to capture the number 3 spot followed by Jake Beam, Ponca City, with a limit of 5 for 9.75# finishing at fourth place.  Brannon Whipple, NEO, took 5th place with 4 fish weighing 9.30#.  Clayton Coppin, NEO, was 6 th place at 8.92# followed by Shane Blocker, Bedlam, at 7 th with only 2 fish weighing 7.46# with the big bass of the day at 5.25#.  The top 10 included Brandon Beck, Ada, at 6.38 at 8 th,  Jody Linder, Ponca City, with 6.00# at 9 th and Mike Morgan, Ada, duplicated his 10 th place finish the first day with 5.95#.  Wes Carey, NEO, was 11 th with 5.54# and rounding out the top 12 was the fourth limit by Jeff Linder at 5.09#.

Final 2016 Results

The final State Qualifying Tournament schedule has been completed.  This year’s events had a dual purpose to select our final Central Division Team and determine the qualifiers that will fish the 2016 TBF National Semi-Finals tournament.  The Central Divisional will be held on Truman Lake out of Bucksaw Marine the last week in June while the NSF will be held on the Arkansas River/Three Forks Marina September 24 and 25.  The top 2 anglers from our Divisional will qualify for the 2017 TBF National  Championship, number 1 as the boater and 2 as the co-angler.  The top boater and co-angler in the NSF  will join the Divisional qualifiers for an elimination round at the 2017 TBF Nationals.  (Note: If there are 50 or more OBF contestants in the NSF we will be able to qualify two boaters and two co-anglers to the TBF Nationals.)

This year’s final results were the closest race between the top 14 spots than any of the previous 36 years history of the Divisional format.  Stewart Ryan, again, took the State Championship with 396 points.  Mike Morris was the State Runner-up with 385 points, both fish with the Ada club.  Now the ties.  We had two way ties for 3 and 4 with 384, 5 and 6 with 377 points, 7 and 8 with 366, 13 and 14 with 362 points, and a three way tie at 10, 11, and 12 with 363 points.  The tie breaker is the total number of fish weighed in for the four days used to reach the anglers total points.  The second tie breaker is the number of live fish brought to the scales and finally, the third being the total weight for the four days.

Ron Fuller nosed out Jody Linder with 19 fish verse 17 to garner 3 place and placing Jody at 4th.  Dean Matts, the only angler to finish with 4 limits/20 fish, bettered Brandon Moss’s 15 for the 5th place slot.  Brandon thus became the final boater on the Divisional team with his 6th place finish.  Donnie Combrink, our first former Junior angler contestant to make our Team, took the 7th place with 370 points.  Mike Morgan and Brannon Whipple not only tied in points, they also were deadlocked on fish weigh-in as well as the number of fish alive, 16.  The final tie breaker showed Mike weighing in 34.87# to take 8th verses 32.62# for Brannon for 9th.  The three way tie at 10 thru 12 was Kyle Tudor, Don Linder, and Shane Blocker.  Tenth pace went to Don with 16 fish followed by Kyle weighing in 15 fish for 11th.  Shane Blocker rounding out the Top 12 with his 12 fish total.  The other tie at 13 and 14 was between Jeff Linder and Brandon Beck.  Jeff got the 13 spot with 18 fish and Brandon notched the 14th place with 14 fish.  Rounding out the top 15, with his second place finish the final day, was Brian Browning, Bedlam, with 258 points.

The team that will represent you at the Divisional June 19-24, 2016 will consist of 4 first timers, 3 for the second, 2 for the fourth, 2 with 22, and 2 with over 30 state team appearances.  Dean and Don will fish in the last of the Divisional tournaments while having fished the first in 1981 on Toledo Bend.  Stewart and Jody have represented us over 20 times while Jeff and Ron have had 4 trips.  All others are going for their 1st or 2nd trips.  This team will also have one of the youngest to make the team and the oldest.  Donnie Combrink, 18, is second youngest to make our team.  Wyatt Ryan who made the team two years ago at 18 was 2 months younger at the time than Donnie’s present age.  The other part of history for these two is that Donnie comes from our Junior program and Wyatt was part of our High School/SAF program.  On the other side, Don is the oldest to make the Team.  This will be the second time that three from the same family have made the team, Jody, Jeff and Don.

2016 EUFAULA QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS

The second of the three weekend Oklahoma Bass Federation qualifying tournaments was held on Lake Eufaula April 2 and 3.  The 56 anglers faced muddy to heavily stained water for the second qualifier, matching the conditions in our first weekend qualifiers at Texoma.  During the practice days the Gentle Giant was very accommodating, the winds were at a minimum and the weather was very mild.  The only problem was the water was very murky, some areas muddy.  There was not any areas on the lake that provided clear water.  Also, it appeared to many that the lake dropped about 2 to 3 feet Thursday night, making the practice days difficult to locate fish.

 ONE

The day started with colder weather compared to our practice day, a low wind and not a cloud in sky.   The biggest catch was Michael Morris’, Ada, five fish weighing 14.38#.  Michael’s stringer was anchored by a 4.37# lunker.  Ron Fuller, NEO, was second with 5 fish weighing 14.09#.  Brandon Moss, Bedlam, followed at 3rd with 13.43# while Jody Linder, Ponca City, had 12.65# for 4th.  Dean Matts, Central, was 5th with 10.98#.  Jeffrey Linder, Ponca City, nosed out his partner, John Becerra, Bedlam, by 0.01 pounds.  Jeff had 10.52 while John had 10.51.  Brannon Whipple, NEO, garnered 8th with 10.15# while Johnny Babb, Ada, at 10.08# and Donnie Combrink, Ponca City, with 9.73 rounded out 9th and 10th, respectively.

The first day resulted in 134 fish being weighed in weighing 272.34#.  That resulted in an average weight per fish at 2.02#.  There was 14 limits brought to the sales and 13 anglers that were not able to find an elusive keeper.  All 134 fish were returned to the lake which gave us a 100% of the fish weighed in were alive.  The average daily weight per contestant was 4.85#.

DAY TWO

The second day was greeted with another 43 degree morning.  As predicted, the skies were clear and the winds increased during the day, however, the lake seemed to stabilize overnight.  The result was that the wining weights were somewhat larger.  Don Linder, Ponca City, weighed in his largest stringer during his 43 years of competing in OBF events with a 5 fish limit and the biggest weight during the weekend at 17.9#.  The limited was anchored with a 5.74 pounder.  Mike Morgan, Ada, was 2nd with a 15.75# limit with a 4.41 kicker.  Adding to the 15# class for the day, Wes Cary, NEO, had 15.01# with a 5.07# big bass, for 3rd.  Fourth went to Stewart Ryan, Ada, with 13.14# supported by the big bass for the day, a 6.47# lunker.   Donnie Combrink, Ponca City, and Ron Fuller, NEO, repeated their 10 place finishes the first day with catches of 11.67# and 11.59# for 5tth and 6th, respectively.  Wyatt Ryan, Ada, was 7th with 10.96# followed by Shawn Lewis, Ponca City, 9.86# at 8th.  Shawn’s weight included a 5.29# anchor.  Michael Morris, Ada, after winning the first day dropped to 9th with 9.74#.  Keltyn Hendrix, Ada, made his first finish in the top 10 with a 9.33# stringer.

The total fish weighed in the second day was 140 that averaged 2.11#, a little larger than the first day.  The total weigh for Sunday was 295.24#, 25k# more than day one.  The number of limits were 12, a few less than day one.  However the average weight per contestant increased to 4.85#. All 140 fish were returned to the lake alive.   An historical note for this second day is that the oldest angler, previously, for winning an OBF event was L.E.”Porky” Collins from Chickasha at 68 years of age.  That record was at Eufaula in 1990 and his boater was Don Linder.  Collins’ record as oldest contestant to win an OBF event has now been replaced by his 1990 partner, Linder, who is 77 years old.

 

STANDAINGS AFTER TEXOMA

 

The leader after the first four qualifiers is Jody Linder with 378 points.  Dean Matts has 368 for second followed by Michael Morris only one point back at 367.  Fourth is held down by Ron Fuller with 362, followed by Donnie Combrink with 360.  Rounding out 6th and 7th is father/son pair, Don and Jeffrey Linder at 355 and 352, respectively.  Brandon Moss at 350 holds down 8th followed by Brandon Beck, 345, and Kyle Tudor, 342, at 9th and 10th.   Wyatt Ryan, 331, and John Beccera, 330, round out the top 12, respectively.  The road to the National Seimi-Finals will include the top 34 anglers, 17 boaters and 17 co-anglers.  After the first four events, 34 place is 244 points.

The Ranger Cup winners for each day were Michael Morris on day one and Don Linder for day two.  Each will receive $75 for their efforts.  Ranger will award the top registered Ranger Cup finisher at each of our next 2 qualifiers a check for $75.  If you are a Ranger Boat owner, go to bassfederation.com or Rangerboats.com web site and sign-up.

The next tournament weekend is April 30 and May 1 on the Arkansas River in Muskogee.  The weigh-in each day at the Three Forks Marina.  Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce and Recreation and Tourism committee will be our host at this event.

We are fishing for the top six boaters and next six point getters to round out our State team that will represent us at the final Central Division Tournament on Truman Lake in Missouri, June 19 -24.  We will also be accumulating points to select the top 34 anglers that will qualify for the National Semi-Finals to be held on the Arkansas River in Muskogee with Arkansas.  The top boater and co-angler at that event will qualify for the TBF National Championship.  Entry to the NSF will be $200 for boaters and $100 for co-anglers.  There will be a 75% payout for the top 20% entered.  Also, we may have as many as two boaters and two co-anglers qualify if we have 50 or more Federation anglers enter the NSF.  Of course, each club that participates in our qualifiers, can enter a boater and co-angler into the NSF tournament.  After our six qualifiers, you will also have an additional chance to qualify by entering the Top 6 or the Team Tournament in September.

 

 

 

2016 TEXOMA QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS

The first of three weekends of Oklahoma Bass Federation qualifying tournaments was held on Texoma Lake March 12 and 13. The 52 anglers faced muddy to heavily stained water and occasional rain during the practice days, however, the Saturday and Sunday competition days proved to be mild weather and most of all, little to no problems with the wind. Both days resulted two to three times more anglers blanking than those bringing limits to the scales.

DAY ONE
The day opened with threatening skies but essentially no wind and with a 12 inch limit on spotted bass and 14 inch on large and smallmouth bass only 7 limits were brought to the scales. Dean Matts, Central Bassmasters, weighed-in the big stringer of the tournament with a 5 fish limit of 16.12 pounds, anchored by a 4.7 pound lunker. Jody Linder, Ponca City, nosed out Kyle Tudor, NEO, 12.89 # to 12.67 # for second place. Brian Browning, Bedlam, and Ron Fuller, NEO, added their limits of 10.46# 10.12 # for fourth and fifth. Donnie Combrink, Ponca City, the only angler in the top 8 without a limit, brought 3 fish in for a total of 8.35 # for 6 place. Michael Morris, Ada, and Curtis Bryan, Bedlam, had the two final limits of 5 fish weighing 8.03 # and 7.75 # to capture 7 and 8th, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 were Brandon Beck, Ada, at 9th (7.13#) and Garrett Daggs, Bedlam, with 6.98# for 10th.
The first day resulted in 91 fish being brought to the scales weighing 178.74# with an average weight per fish at 1.96#. There was 7 limits brought to the sales and 15 anglers that were not able to find an elusive keeper. All 91 fish were returned to the lake, which gave us a 100% of the fish weighed in were alive.

DAY TWO
The second day was greeted with an excellent weather forecast, however, the light winds were predicted to change during the day and they did. Only 6 anglers had limits while 17 failed to weigh-in a legal fish. Jake Beam, Ponca City, claimed his first win in our organization with 5 fish weighing 12.6#, he is also our first Junior State Champion to win an event. Stewart Ryan, Ada, garnered 2nd with a limit weighing 12.30# while Kyle Tudor repeated his first day finish for another third place finish with 4 fish weighing 10.55# with the Big Bass of the weekend of 5.13#. Brandon Moss, Bedlam, had 4 fish weighing 9.59# for fourth. Jody Linder again placed in the top 5 with 5 fish weighing 9.46# for fifth. Don Linder, Ponca City was 6th with 5 fish weighing 8.72#. Johnny Babb, Ada, squeezed by Shane Egger, Bedlam, with 4 fish at 8.50# to Shane’s 8.45# limit. Ninth went to Jeffrey Linder with a limit of 8.32# followed by John Fulller, NEO, with only 2 fish weighing 7.90# with a 4.58# lunker.

The second day result brought several first in our organization. The first Junior State Champion to win and the first time to have four from the same family place in the top 10 for a tournament. In fact, 4 of the 6 limits were registered by that family. (Note: a grandson, two sons and their father.)

STANDINGS AFTER TEXOMA
The leader after the first two qualifiers is Kyle Tudor, NEO, with his two third place finishes with 196 points. Jody Linder, Ponca City, was the only other to place in the top 10, second and fifth, for a 195 point second place standing. Dean Matts, Central, and Brandon Moss, Bedlam, are tied at 183 for third while Brandon Beck, Ada, holds down fifth at 181. John Fuller, NEO, sits at sixth with 178 with Michael Morris, Ada, and Curtis Bryan, Bedlam tied for seventh at 175. Jeffrey Linder and Donnie Combrink, both from Ponca, are ninth at 173 while Brian Browning, Bedlam, is eleventh with 172 while a three way tie for the 12 place at 168 are Jake Beam, Ponca, Ron Fuller, NEO, and Don Linder, Ponca.
The Ranger Cup winners for each day were Jody Linder on day one and Stewart Ryan for day two. Each will receive $75 for their efforts. Ranger will award the top registered Ranger Cup finisher at each of our next 4 qualifiers a check for $75. If you are a Ranger Boat owner, go to bassfederation.com or Rangerboats.com web site and sign-up.
The next tournament weekend is April 2 and 3 on Lake Eufaula with the weigh-in each day at the pavilion north on Eufaula Cove. That is by the volleyball court and the north entrance to Eufaula Cove from the main lake.

We are fishing for the top six boaters and next six point getters to round out our State team that will represent us at the final Central Division Tournament on Truman Lake in Missouri, June 19 -24. We will also be accumulating points to select the top 32 to 34 anglers that will qualify for the National Semi-Finals to be held on the Arkansas River in Muskogee with Arkansas. The top boater and co-angler at that event will qualify for the TBF National Championship. Entry to the NSF will be $200 for boaters and $100 for co-anglers. There will be a 75% payout for the top 20% entered. Also, we may have as many as two boaters and two co-anglers qualify if we have 50 or more Federation anglers enter the NSF. Of course, each club that participates in our qualifiers, can enter a boater and co-angler into the NSF tournament. After our six qualifiers, you will also have an additional chance to qualify by entering the Top 6 or the Team Tournament in September.

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