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NEW- Humminbird SmartStrike

Conduct Searches for the best fishing locations with the SmartStrike Map Card.

Less troll, more control. New Humminbird SmartStrike takes you straight to the action by showing you where the fish are biting at any given moment. Based on search parameters like time of year (season), time of day, weather conditions, and fish species, SmartStrike highlights areas on high definition lake maps where your prey is most likely to be located- before you even wet a line. No more guessing, fruitless searching, or wasted casts. Just fishing. It’s like looking into a digital crystal ball. Compatible with new Humminbird ONIX and ION Series.


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3rd Annual Future Fisherman Foundation Charity Auction Begins Sunday November 17

Check out our fantastic list of items up for bid!


This year adds a lot of additional merchandise to bid on. If you are considering upgrading your tackle, outfitting your boat with a shallow water anchor, or purchasing new trolling motor you won’t be disappointed in the auction items. We also have trips donated with leading guides, top touring Pro’s and legends, as well as, several great autographed items.

Ever been to a Professional Bass Fishing Tournament? Well what about a trip to one of the largest professional tournaments in the country, the Forrest Wood Cup? The trip includes four days lodging, a ½ day of fishing with a pro and VIP Seating!

We have it at!

Want to go one step further? How about a morning of fishing with a Collegiate Champion, then lunch with the boat legend himself, Forrest L. Wood? Let’s see you find that gift on the shelf at your favorite store!

Find that special gift or trip and help F3 “Ensure the Future of Fishing”. View the items now at and be ready to bid when the action starts on Sunday, November 17.

All proceeds from this eBay Auction go to support the F3 Foundation through the eBay Giving program for non-profit organizations. Please help us “Ensure the Future of Fishing” by supporting this great event, while also filling your Christmas shopping list.


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The Bass Federation is offering limited edition FEDERATION ANGLER branded rods custom built for grassroots federation anglers by a premium rod manufacturer! This is a one of a kind member benefit!

With your purchase you get two (2) custom Federation Angler branded rods for $100 plus S/H delivered right to your door……AND we will pay your National TBF and FLW COMPETITOR membership dues owed for 2014! (up to $50.00 will be paid on your behalf for dues owed and not already paid for 2014 only)

That’s right!!! Purchase (2) top quality federation angler rods at a GREAT price & receive all national membership dues owed at…. NO COST TO YOU!

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2014 State Championship

The 2014 WBF State Championship will be June 27-29 on the Oconto River in Oconto, Wisconsin Complete Tournament Information will be posted as the final details are worked out.

Thank You

Mike Simonds, President

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New Jersey, Wisconsin Duo Sweep Final Day of the 2013 Junior World Championship

Jonathan Ladner and fishing partner today, Luke Loewe, were on the money.  The pair swept the field to be crowned 2013 Junior World Champions.  Ladner took the title in the 15-18 age group and Loewe in the 11-14.  

TBF Junior State Champions traveled from across the US for the 2013 Junior World Championship, presented by FLW.  Several were hitting big in practice but by day one the bite vanished.   Today, twelve division champions hoped for a chance on Caddo Lake in Bossier City, La.  But, it was yesterday’s third place anglers, boat three, that put it all together.

Ladner from Thorofare, N.J., caught three bass weighing 5lbs 15ounces.   Ladner is the state champion of the New Jersey Bass Federation, and after yesterday’s finish, holds the Mid-Atlantic Division title.  Read the rest of this entry »

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2013 TBFNC Recap – Ben Otto, Boater for WI

193Grand Lake Recap

Practice Day 1:

We spend the morning fishing some of the main lake pockets and secondary points with little results.  It was a 30 mph south wind and fishing the areas effective proved difficult.  We then ran into Honey Creek and began to start catching some smaller spotted bass and largemouth.  After watching the graphs and seeing all the bait suspended out in front of the docks, we started catching them on a regular basis on jerkbaits over 30 ft. of water.  We probably caught 25 or so all day, but we did not get any good tournament fish. Read the rest of this entry »

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Take a Vet Fishing – June 9th on Lake Waubesa

take-vetSunday, June 9th 2013
Lake Waubesa on the Madison Chain of Lakes

all boats will launch from Babcock Park starting at 6:30am


Babcock Park

2909 US 51
McFarland, WI. 53558

Fishing time is from 7:30am – 11:30am

Veterans Memorial Party will start at 12:00 noon at McDaniel Park


McDaniel Park

4904 McDaniel Lane
McFarland, WI. 53558

Festivities will begin at 12:30pm with a flag ceremony honoring our entire active and retired US Military Veterans

Food will be served starting at 1:00pm. All families of participating military personnel are welcome to join the Veterans Memorial Party starting at 12:00 noon.

A Veteran Recognition Tribute will immediately follow lunch at 2:00pm. EACH VETERAN who participates in the event will be recognized with gifts, give a ways, and raffle prizes – all donated by our sponsors.

Space is limited! All entries will be on a first-come first-served basis!

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My 2013 TBF National Championship Experience – Chad Richardson

By Chad Richardson

Let me start this story by saying how honored and privileged I was to represent all of the Wisconsin Bass Federation members.  I truly felt as if we had the entire state pulling for us in this tournament and it was our duty to represent the WBF and show the rest of the country what Wisconsin could do at the national level.

Day one official practice:

Ben and I fished an area of the lake called Honey Creek.  We spent time fishing points and cuts in 10 to 40 feet of water trying to determine what stage the fish were in.  This area of the lake was approximately 55 degrees and the water was somewhat dirty with about 2 feet of visibility.  We tried many different baits and techniques but ultimately ended up with only some small spotted bass in 30 feet of water on jerk baits.  We spent 11 hours on the water that day and I did not have a single bite nor did Ben catch a keeper bass.  It was a long day. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 2012 Wisconsin Bass Federation State Championship presented by the City of Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Tourism Bureau was held August 17th, 18th & 19th on Lake Winnebago.

Nick Smyers from Last Cast Bass Club was crowned State Champion by bringing in a limit each day, with a two-day total weight of 31.60 lbs. He edged out former federation President Jim Jones by less than one pound, Jones from Belle City Bass Club, finished 2nd overall with a two-day total of 30.73 lbs. Jason Loewe from Beaver Dam Bass Anglers finished 3rd overall with a two-day weight of 29.38 lbs. 4th place went to Jim Tomsovic from River Road Bass Club with 29.32 lbs and rounding out the top five was Dan Ehman from Northern Illinois Bassmasters with 29.06 lbs.

Earning spots on the 12 Man Wisconsin Bass Federation State Team are


Back L-R Dan Ehmen Northern Illinois Bassmasters, Jason Loewe Beaver Dam Bass Anglers, Doug Blank Lake Ripley Lunkers, David Loewe Beaver Dam Bass Anglers, Dennis Ansell Racine County Bass Addicts, and Jim Jones Belle City Bass Anglers.

Front L-R Kevin Herlitzke River Road, Rick Bosshard Heartland Bass, Jim Tomsovic River Road, Alan Mecikalski Statewide Bass, State Champion Nick Smyers Last Cast Bass and  Josh Grams  Last Cast Bass. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wisconsin Junior State Champion Signs with Bethel’s Bass Cats

McKenzie, Tenn. –Wisconsin Junior State Champion Kyler Chelminiak signed with the Bethel University Bass Fishing program Thursday. Kyler is the son of Kevin and Mary Chelminiak of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He plans on majoring in Business Administration at Bethel.

Kyler was the Wisconsin Junior State Champion from 2009-2012. He was also a four-time national qualifier. He feels his biggest strength is his passion for the sport. He was a member of the National Honor Society, High Honor Roll, and Woodland Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year during his prep career at Whitnall High School.

He chose Bethel because of the incredible atmosphere, awesome campus, and the outstanding fishing program. He also considered Wisconsin-Whitewater, SIU, and several other schools.

Bethel Coach Garry Mason commented on the signing. “We are thrilled to sign a young man like Kyler. He comes from a great family and has an intense passion for the sport. He is very talented and we look forward to him being a part of our program.”

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