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Welcome to The Bass Federation of Connecticut.

Join Connecticut's friendliest & most affordable bass fishing tournament trail for as little as $25 per tournament. More tournaments, more fun and more chances to advance to a National Semi Final or National tournament.

Non-Boaters & Boaters welcome !!


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Upcoming Events & Information


Upcoming Open Events

The TBF Opens and trail events have concluded for the 2023 season. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make these events so successful. Have a great holiday season & see you in 2024 !!





Monthly Meeting Date Change

The next TBF of CT board meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Thursday January 25th 2024 at the Cabelas, #475 East Hartford Boulevard in East Hartford, CT. Meetings are open to all members and all members are encouraged to attend.





The 2023 TBF Banquet has been cancelled. Hopefully we will be able to have a banquet in 2024 . Happy holidays. See you in 2024 !








2023 CT-TBF Trail

Season Results


Sunday 8/20/2023 on Lillinonah was the final trail event of this exciting season.


For the second year in a row the Angler of the Year titles had to be settled via tie breakers.

In the Boater Division Jim Johnson and Keith Cleary wound up tied with 1188 points. The first tie breaker was total fish caught, with both Jim and Keith having 20 after the drop. The second tie breaker was big fish. That went to Jim Johnson with his Candlewood Lake 6.62 lb largemouth.

In the Non-Boater Division Mike Talaga and Eric Baba also wound up tied with 1188 points. The tie breaker went to Mike Talaga with 18 fish caught after his drop compared to 17 fish caught for Eric Baba after his drop.


Congratulations to Jim Johnson and Mike Talaga on their "2023 Angler of the Year" titles.


This final trail event also determined the first 5 Boaters and 5 Non-Boaters of the 8 Boaters and 8 Non-Boaters qualifying for the 2024 TBF National Semi Finals.



Jim Johnson

Rich Schumacher

Keith Cleary

Tony Viccaro

Sam Leary



Eric Baba

Mike Talaga

Kyle Langan

Jason Myslak

Jeff Shannon






2023 CT-TBF 2 day

NSF (2024) Qualifier Results

(Top 3 Places)



1st Place Matt Marinelli

2nd place Charlie Jedlica

3rd Place Mark Pszczolkowski



1st Place Ron Haag

2nd place Tyler Racca


Congratulations to Matt Marinelli and Ron Haag on winning the Boater and Non Boater divisions in the TBF 2 Day !!


Lastly, the 2023 Lunker of the Year winners:

Boater Division Jim Johnson 6.62 lbs winning $260.

Non-Boater Division Justin Nadeau 5.12 lbs winning $240.








2023 Federation National Semi Final Tournament - Division #15


Hosted by the New Jersey TBF

Hudson River Kingston, NY


Under tough conditions the tournament angler over-all winner was Michael McMahon of New Jersey who finished with a 2 day weight of 30.39 lbs.

Connecticut Angler Keith Cleary finished 2nd overall with a weight of 24.58 lbs.


The co-angler winner was Jerry Vitello of New Jersey with a weight of 20.38 lbs.

The top Connecticut co-angler was Ronald Haag who finished with a weight of 12.83 lbs.


Congratulations to CT. TBF angler Keith Cleary & co-angler Ron Haag. Keith & Ron will be representing the CT-TBF at the 2024 TBF National Tournament.


The State Pride competition was won by Connecticut with a weight of 118.81 lbs., followed closely by New Jersey with a weight of 116.73 lbs.


Congratulations to all involved anglers on a great competition !





2023 CT-TBF Trail

Event #5 August 20th Lake Lillinonah Results


Boater Division

1st Keith Cleary 12.77 lbs

2nd Jim Johnson 10.64 lbs

Lunker Kevin McCoy 4.17 lbs


Non Boater Division

1st Mike Talaga 8.61 lbs

2nd Kyle Langan 6.17 lbs

Lunker Mike Talaga 4.16 lbs








Congratulations to all !!

See the Tournament Trail Results page for compete results.







2023 CT-TBF Open

Event #8 Sunday August 13th

Candlewood Lake Results


1st Lenny T Gaita / Lenny J Gaita 20.73 lbs

2nd Anthony Consiglio / Tyler Angelo 20.64 lbs

3rd Nick Papotto / Dave Dziob 19.34 lbs

4th Brian McLeary / Joe Craig 18.51 lbs

5th Kevin Baranowsky / Gabe Dispoto 18.23 lbs

Lunker Nick Papotto / Dave Dziob 5.57 lbs


22 Teams competed, Congratulations to the top 5 teams!

Complete results will be posted on the Opens page.






2023 Cabelas Booth Membership Drive

TBF Assistant Tournament Director Rich Schumacher, 2022 State Team member Sam Leary & TBF Secretary Amy Perry.



2023 Mohegun Sun Outdoors Show

2022 TBF National Semi Final (1000 Islands NY) Champion Jeff Misaiko at the Bass Federation of CT show booth.



2nd Annual CT-TBF Banquet


The 2022 CT-TBF banquet (held on Jan. 15th 2023) at Lola's Bistro was a great success. There was plenty of good food and lots of raffle prizes to be won.


Keith Cleary was awarded the 2022 Angler of the Year trophy. Mike Talaga was awarded the 2022 Co-Angler of the Year trophy. The 2022 Boater "Lunker of the Year" went to Andrew Krayewski with his 5.45 catch. Eric Baba took the 2022 Non-Boater "Lunker of the Year" with his 4.74 catch.






The Bass Federation and The Bass Federation of CT welcome two (2) new sponsors, Lews and Strike King.











The New CT-TBF tournament jerseys are out and are a big hit.



The New Tournament Sponsor Flags look great !!

Thanks to Amy Perry










TBF of CT. Lake Zoar Weigh In.




CT-DEEP Urges Safe Boating, Use of Life Vests & Courteous Behavior at State Boat Launches.

Please visit the DEEP Boating website for news and updates:





Next Meeting


The next TBF of CT board meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Thursday January 25th 2024 at the Cabelas located at #475 East Hartford Boulevard in East Hartford, CT. Meetings are open to all members and all members are encouraged to attend.

Meetings are at 7 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month, unless otherwise specified above.

The TBF-CT Website is constantly being updated, but we need your input too. Please email any thoughts and suggestions directly to or

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CT-TBF 2023

Tournament Trail, 2 Day & NSF Information


All Tournaments 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM unless otherwise specified


2023 Trail #1, Sunday April 23rd Lake Lillinonah Steel Bridge Ramp

2023 Trail #2, Sunday May 21st Lake Zoar State Ramp

2023 Trail #3, Sunday June 11th Candlewood Lake Squantz Ramp

2023 Trail #4, Sunday July 16th CT River Haddam Meadows Ramp

2023 Trail #5, Sunday August 20th Lake Lillinonah Steel Bridge Ramp


2023 2 Day (2024 NSF Qualifier) - Aug. 26th CT River Haddam Meadows ramp, Aug. 27th Candlewood Lake Squantz Ramp

Must be a CT-TBF Member at least sixty (60) days prior to the 2 day event.


2023 District 15 National Semi Finals (NSF) - Hudson River Kingston New York, hosted by the TBF of New Jersey. Practice Dates are Sept. 27th, 28th & 29th, Tournament Dates are Sept. 30th & Oct. 1st.


Each year the organization hosts a tournament trail for the membership. There are two divisions in which the members can choose to fish, Boaters ($50 entry fee) and Non-Boaters ($25 entry fee).

If you wish to try and qualify for the National Semi Final Division 15 tournament through the tournament trail, you need to fill out the "NSF Trail Qualifier" Application, and attach the indicated fee ($150). We will count your best 4 out 5 trail events (1 drop). 

The deadline for this application is before you fish your first 2023 trail event.

You can also qualify for the National Semi Finals through the 2 Day Championship or by being a TBF Club Champion Boater or Non-Boater.


Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page

Tournament Director
Keith Cleary C-914-419-0218






2023 Open Tournaments


Open #1, 03/25/2023 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #2, 04/08/2023 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #3, 05/04/2023 Thursday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #4, 06/17/2023 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #5, 07/08/2023 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #6, 07/30/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #7, 08/13/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #8, 10/22/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #9, 11/12/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #10, 11/26/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz


Entry Fee $100.00 per boat - Optional Lunker Fee of $20.00 - Launch position by postmark or receipt of paid entry. A applications accepted at the ramp - TBF Open Rules apply - 75% Payout to 20% of the field. Five (5) fish limit (Largemouth or Smallmouth bass), you can fish as a team or fish alone.


Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.

Tournament Director
Keith Cleary C-914-419-0218



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