Notification of Tournament Change

The KBF tournament scheduled for Conley Bottom on Lake Cumberland for 4/6/19 has been changed to Halcombs Landing on Lake Cumberland. Date and times remain the same. Location had to be changed due to 2 large tournaments launching at conley bottom (approximately 300 boats scheduled).”

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2019 TBF National Championship Paris, TN


PONCA CITY, OK. (December 10, 2018) – The Bass Federation (TBF) announced today that the nation’s top grassroots anglers are headed to Kentucky Lake, home of TBF “Partners in Fishing” FLW’s world headquarters, April 11-13, 2019. FLW co-sponsors this premier event each year for grassroots anglers everywhere and this will be the first time the Championship event has ever been held on Kentucky Lake in the Federation’s 50-year history! The Federation thanks Henry County, TN for hosting this event, anglers will enjoy over 2,064 miles of shoreline to test their skill in this no entry fee event with a prize purse worth well over $300,000.

“The community of Henry County is ready to showcase the great beauty of Kentucky Lake.” Said Henry County Mayor, Brent Greer. “Our rural community considers ourselves a “World by the Water” and having the chance to bring anglers in from all over the country to this special place is exciting. We believe that if we can get you to come to Henry County once, you will come again.”

Competitors qualified at 22 close-to-home district competitions in the TBF’s National Semi-Final system that span the traditional seven TBF geographical divisions, the framework is designed to make it easier for TBF anglers to fish premier events by minimizing travel time and expenses.

With the success of the new TBF National Semi-finals program feeding last year’s 2018 Championship event that event purse was pushed up to an all-time record payout of $300,000 in cash and prizes and the 2019 event is projected to beat that high-water mark set in 2018 by a good margin. The Federation National Championship will feature the top grassroots boaters and co-anglers from each state and Canada.

All fifty-three boaters and co-angler competing in the National Championship will fish the tournament from new, Ranger Boats each tournament day thanks to our partners at Ranger Boats, Evinrude Outboards, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Minn Kota, FLW, and TBF. Hotel room nights for the actual event days will be paid for and anglers will fight for a share of the record payout plus 15 advancement spots including 14 berths in the BFL All-American and 1 berth in the Forrest Wood Cup.

All seven division champion boaters and co-angler will advance to the 14 spots in the 2019 BFL All-American. The overall winners will leave with the coveted TBF National Champion Boater and National Champion Co-angler Titles and their Living the Dream (LTD) packages. The boater LTD package is worth $120,000 including $20K cash PLUS fully paid entry fees into the FLW tour as a tour pro for a full year, use of a new custom LTD Wrapped Ranger Boat for the season, powered by Evinrude, and a tow vehicle to pull it with, clothing package, travel stipends for each event and the National Champion boater will also advance to the world’s richest event, the 2019 FLW Forest Wood Cup!

The 2019 National Champion Co-angler LTD package will be worth $30,000, including 20K cash PLUS paid entries into the FLW series of choice, clothing package and more!

Coverage of the TBF National Championship will be broadcast in high-definition in Federation Angler TV block on the Pursuit Channel and streamed live from Paris Landing State Park Marina daily on

For more information about Henry County and Kentucky Lake please contact Tara Wilson, Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce (731) 642-3431 or visit them online at

About TBF
The Bass Federation Inc. is the oldest and largest, organized grassroots angling organization in America and a member of the fresh water fishing hall of fame. TBF is 100 percent owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year, and have provided the foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for 50 years. The Bass Federation is proud “Partners in Fishing” with FLW, which helps support this annual event along with other industry-leading TBF sponsors including Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Lowrance, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Berkley,T-H Marine, and Power Pole. For more information about The Bass Federation, visit, or call 580-765-9031. Look for TBF on facebook at and on twitter at

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat: @FLWFishing.

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Attention Anglers in Kentucky

Ladies & Gentlemen,

The Kentucky Bass Federation would like to extend an Invitation to all Angler in Kentucky to join the KBF and save $$$ on memberships.

Recently you will notice that FLW had to increase their fee for Memberhship Dues to the amount of $75.00

We would like to extend this invitation to all Ky residents that may be interested in fishing any FLW events. We can offer you a Membership that includes your TBF National Dues and FLW competitor Dues for the amount of $50.00 creating a Savings of $25.00. You still would be required to join the State Federation of which the State Dues are $16.00, this would still leave you with a savings of $9.00.

In addition, this method would keep you eligible to compete at any/all FLW events that you would so choose, in addition you can also compete in any or all of the KBF sanctioned events, qualifying you to advanced to the KBF State Tournament and move on to the TBF National Semi Finals where you could advance onto the TBF National Championship and compete for the Living the Dream package.

This offer makes it possible for you to join the KBF, TBF, & FLW for only $66.00 (For the amount of $66.00 you get your KBF dues $16, TBF dues $50 and you receive an FLW competitor Membership at no charge.)

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Several Clubs in Kentucky would be glad to have you as a member of the Federation, if any club does not meet your likes, you are eligible to join the KBF Statewide Bass Club. (Each individual club have their own set amount of dues.)

For detailed information , visit the KBF website and on the homepage click on About, then click on the dropdown for Directors. Contact any of the listed directors for further information.

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2017 TBF Semi Finals in Review by Steven Taylor

2017 TBF Semi Finals in Review by Steven Taylor

I was really excited when I heard that the Semi Finals for 2017 between TN and KY would be out of Paris Landing on KY Lake. I love that area and had caught them really well on KY Lake in the fall of 2016. Man was it ever different.
I had a Renegade Classic out of Kuttawa the first week of October so that was going to be great prefishing for the Semi Finals. I spent 7 days on the water including the tournament days for the Classic and it really sucked. I tried to catch them on top water, which is how I caught them last year, and could not make it happen. I refused to go below Paris and that was my down fall. We performed really poorly and I did not have much hope for the Semi Final.
I went down for another three days prior to the cut off and found a few fish on top and a few on a jig on a creek channel ledge. Neither pattern was very strong and I went home with even less confidence than after the Renegade Classic. At this point I had spent 10 days on KY Lake and still did not have a reliable pattern.
Back down to the lake the afternoon prior to the first official practice day and was rooming up with Greg Hoskinson, David Taylor and Bill Lowther. I took my hooks off of most of my top water baits to start the first practice day and went south as far as Harmon. First top water bank I had 3 fish pull my bait down with no hooks and caught just a keeper on the one bait I didn’t take the hooks off of. Caught a few on a jig but nothing to hang my hat on.
Day two of practice and I caught an 18” fish that was so skinny he wouldn’t weigh 2lb on top water, same bait that I caught the keeper on the day before down south but both areas were calm and we weren’t going to have that during the tournament. Went to my confident spot that will always produce a couple of keepers and had a good keeper on a ¾ oz jig, shook two off and then caught another decent one on an Arig. Spent another 2 hours on drops in the same creek with no bites. I had caught a 5 lber on a Shower Blow the previous weekend on a single stump so that was where I was going to start on Saturday morning. Then go to the drop and play it by ear from there.
Saturday morning was cloudy and breezy, perfect for top water. Except I couldn’t buy a bite on top. By 8:30 I was on the drop with my big jig and by 9:00 I had 3 in the boat. By 11:30 I had a limit so we decided to leave and try some top water. Nothing. Then tried a main river channel drop that is another confidence spot, hooked a huge fish on the jig, got him to the boat and………………drum. Back to my drop and culled with the largest bass of the day. 2lb 3 oz. After weigh-in I was in 3rd with 9lb 12 oz. Better than a stick in the eye but not the weight I thought I would need. Bill Lowther was leading KY with 3 that weighed 11lbs 10 oz so he was catching the right size. I knew I needed a big bite the next day to pull this out.
Sunday the wind was whipping pretty good but I had decided to go South to my top water spot and give it 30 minutes. When I arrived, and turned my front unit on I had the green screen of death. Great, now I get to fish all day without a front depth finder or chart, and I plan on fishing a drop most of the day. I caught a short fish and a 5lber on my top water spot then headed to my drop. About half way there I noticed a really bad vibration in the boat. Felt like I had thrown an ear off my prop. When I got there, I discovered I had jarred a cable off of one of my Talon’s in the 4’ waves and it was extended 10’ down so that was my vibration. Oh well, I’ll just take it off before I head back to the weigh in.
The previous day I had put two way points on my Lowrance with boat symbols to show where my boat needed to be sitting to fish the best part of the drop. With no front unit I would just have to set my boat on the mark and stay there.
I sat down on my spot, aligned my boat on the marker off of the point and set the spot lock on my Minnkota Ultrex. If you guys haven’t been in a boat with one of these you don’t know what you are missing. For guys like me who enjoy structure fishing they are invaluable. I started fishing that spot at 9:00 and left at 2:35 to head back to the weigh in. I caught a keeper on the ¾ oz jig and a few shorts then the bite died. I switched up to a magnum trick worm on a 3/8 oz shaky head, 17lb Seagar InvisX and started catching them right away. I ended up with only one keeper out of about 20 fish but did break the hook off on another one but you know how that goes, you always think the one that got away is the big one.
Back to the weigh-in and I had 8lb 11oz with those the 3 fish. With the way Bill Lowther was getting bit in practice and the first day on top water I didn’t think I had a chance until Bill told me he only had a small keeper. The next two guys had blanked so the day turned out to be tougher that I thought.
I ended up in 1st place on the Angler side for KY and was shocked that 18lb 7oz would win in October. But it did.
Can’t wait to get to the Nationals again and see if I can move on to the All American.
Thanks everyone for all the well wishes and to Bill, David and Hosko for a great time sharing a cabin with me. Thanks also to all my Sponsors, iXL, Ranger Boats, Renegade Marine, Danali Rods and a special thanks to the KBF, the TBF and the Tennessee Bass Federation for hosting the event and making all of this possible.

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