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Welcome to The Bass Federation of Connecticut.

Join Connecticut's most affordable bass fishing tournament trail for as little as $20 per tournament. More tournaments, more fun and more chances to advance to a Semi Final or National tournament.

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You don't need a boat to join !

Non-Boaters & Boaters welcome !!

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**** Tournament Entry Form ****

Fifteen year old Aaron Cusson from Westbrook, CT is battling brain cancer. Please join the TBF of CT in helping to raise funds for the Cusson Family.

When - October 27th (Saturday) 7 am- 3 pm Where - Candlewood Lake at Lattins Cove

Contact Information : John Fonda 203-605-8062 or fonda610@gmail.com

Please come out to support this great cause.

 

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News !!

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STOP !
Don’t join FLW until you read this!!
FLW dues have increased to $75 !!!

If you join the TBF of CT for $85, you get your annual FLW dues, National TBF and TBF of CT dues paid for 2019. From the TBF of CT you can fish our 2019 Trail and fish to qualify to fish the National Semi Finals (NSF) on Thousand Islands out of Clayton, New York. And if you do well then you could qualify to fish the TBF Nationals down south. Or just fish the two day to qualify for the NSF on Thousand Island in N.Y.

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2019 Tournament Trail

Event #1 Sunday 4/28/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #2 Sunday 5/19/19 Lake Zoar

Event #3 Sunday 6/2/19 Lake Lillinonah

Event #4 Sunday 6/23/19 CT River

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2019 CT-TBF 2 Day Championship

Day #1 - Saturday 7/20/19 CT River

Day #2 - Sunday 7/21/19 Candlewood Lake

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2019 National Semi Finals

Official practice days Sept. 18th, 19th, 20th, Tournament Days Sept. 21st & 22nd.

Location - St. Lawrence River (1000 Islands) *pending approval*

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2020 (early bird) Tournament Trail event #1 Sunday 8/25/19 Lake Lillinonah

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2019 Open Tournaments

Event #1 Sunday 3/31/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #2 Thursday 5/2/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #3 Saturday 6/1/19 CT River

Event #4 Saturday 6/8/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #5 Saturday 7/6/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #6 Sunday 7/14/19 CT River

Event #7 Sunday 8/18/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #8 Saturday 10/12//19 Candlewood Lake

Event #9 Sunday 11/10/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #10 Sunday 11/24/19 Candlewood Lake

 

******All tournaments are pending CT-DEEP approval*****

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CT-TBF gets JLMarine ( Power Pole) as new sponsor!

 

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CT-TBF Tournament Trail #4 -

Lake Zoar Results

 

A Division - 1st Jim Johnson (right) 11.81 lbs, 2nd Ron Haag (middle) 7.96 lbs,

3rd Tim Thompson (left) 7.77 lbs & Lunker 2.81 lbs, 4th Tony Viccaro 7.25 lbs

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B Division - 1st Jim Sherman 3.13 lbs, 2nd Andrew Carnante 2.90 lbs & Lunker 2.90

See complete results on the Tournament Results Page.

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Congratulations to Tim Thompson, Ken Bugden, Jim Johnson and Jeff Misaiko for qualifying for the 2018 National Semi Finals (Division 15) from the Trail !!!

 

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2018 CT-TBF 2 Day Championship, 1st Place - Matt Marinelli

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2018 CT-TBF A Division 1st Place (AOY) - Ken Bugden

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2018 CT-TBF B Division 1st Place (AOY) - Jim Sherman

 

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Congratulations to all of the 2018 CT-TBF Div. #15 (CT, RI & NJ) National Semi Final Qualifiers listed below.

Boaters - Ken Bugden, Matt Marinelli, Jeff Misaiko, Jake Roczniak, Jim Johnson, Tim Thompson, Kate Dattilo, Fred Perry

Non-Boaters - Tony Viccaro, Eric Baba, Ron Haag, Paul Indorf, Jason Myslak, Norm Boucher, Steve Salafia, Bob Dattilo

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Check out the 2018 Photo Gallery for pictures of the 2018 NSF Division 15 tournament on Lake Champlain.

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2018 NSF Division 15 Overall Tournament Winner & Top CT Boater Matt Marinelli along with Top CT Non Boater Eric Baba will be representing Connecticut at the 2019 TBF National Championship.

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2018 NSF Division 15 Overall Tournament Winner & Top CT Boater Matt Marinelli

Lake Champlain was a completely new place for me. I didn’t have a game plan going into practice for the 2018 TBF Region 15 National Semi-Finals. I didn’t get an opportunity to pre fish before scheduled practice either. However, I studied my Navionics maps, watched my Lowrance HDS units all week, viewed a lot of online video, and talked to friends/teammates to get an idea of what I could expect.

I broke down my practice to fish north and south of the Ticonderoga ramp. I wanted to make sure I took time to explore as much as possible. Although it was sunny and 85, we were due for adverse weather and cold front conditions, which had me focused on targeting thicker vegetation. There were numerous mats and heavy grass lines; so I thought it would be worthwhile to find stretches that I could punch/flip. I guessed that the dropping temps and deteriorating conditions would push fish into heavy shallow cover.

I spent Wednesday south of the ramp looking for good water and came up with a few areas that had fish. The bites were few and far between and it didn’t seem like the opportunity for a good bag was there. I aimed to catch 15lbs a day regardless of where it landed me. I thought that was a good goal and these areas didn’t have what I was looking for.

I steamed north on Thursday. I originally set out in search of smallmouth but my plans quickly changed when the wind kicked up. I stayed south of the Crown Point Bridge and went back to looking for largemouth. Thursday yielded an abundance of 3-4lb fish and one 5lber. The best part was it was a mile long stretch and it seemed like there were no other boats around it.

Most of Friday was spent rechecking and expanding on key areas, shaking fish off if they bit. I felt confident that I could scrap up a decent limit on Saturday and stay consistent on Sunday, which was imperative to do well.

Day 1 I ran north of Ticonderoga and immediately found active fish, but they wouldn’t commit. I settled in to the area and picked it apart slowly instead. As the morning progressed, the bite turned on and by 11am my non-boater and I had good limits. We spent another 2 hours expanding on the spot in hopes for finding something for Sunday. At 130 it was time to head back toward the ramp and check some spots along the way. One grass line yielded a 1lb upgrade that put me just over 16lbs for the day.

Day 2 was brisk and the wind subsided. The bite in my main area was definitely affected.  I was also concerned that we stayed too long the day before. It took until 1130 to scrap up a 10lb limit and by 1230 it was clear that we needed to make adjustments. I pulled out the Dobyns Champion XP 765 and 766 and headed straight to where I made a cull late in the afternoon on Saturday. Tom Petty came on the radio as we came off pad and I had a weird feeling that something good was about to happen. Over the next 90 minutes I culled 4 times. All of my fish came from the edges of the thickest mats in the cleanest water available. I caught them on 3 and 4 inch baits rigged on Euro Tackle Tungsten 1oz and 1.5 Oz weights.

I honestly didn’t think I had enough weight to win. I knew I had to stay consistent and catch them both days but I didn’t think 29lbs would be enough for two days on Champlain. It proved me wrong, and for that I am grateful.

I’m also immensely thankful for the support from my wife, friends, teammates, the companies that provided me with the tools to make this happen, and my family. My mom, stepdad and stepsister drove up for the weekend just to see the weigh in! Also, a giant thank you to Fred and Amy Perry for keeping CT TBF organized, giving all of us anglers a platform to fish competitively and keeping the whole team fed too! Without this team, as a whole, none of this would have been possible or as much fun.

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CT-TBF Open

Tournament #8, 10/13/2018 - Candlewood Lake Results

 

1st - Rose/Rose 20.76 lbs, Lunker 5.10 lbs (middle)

2nd - Groballi/Tesch 19.84 lbs (right)

3rd - Misaiko/Bugden 17.69 lbs (left)

Congratulations to the top 3 teams !!!

Complete results will be posted on the Opens Page.

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**** Next Meeting ****

The next TBF of CT board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday November 15th 2018 at the Cabela's in East Hartford. Meetings are open to all members and all members are encouraged to attend.

Meetings are at 7 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month, unless otherwise specified above.

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2018 CT-TBF Tournament Trail

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

 
Event #1 - 4/29 Sunday Candlewood Lake - completed
Event #2 - 5/20 Sunday Lake Lillinonah - completed
Event #3 - 6/24 Sunday CT. River - completed
Event #4 - 7/22 Sunday Lake Zoar - completed
 

 

Each year the organization hosts a tournament trail for the membership. There are two divisions in which the members can choose to fish. A Division is a little more expensive ($40 per tournament) and is generally fished by people who are comfortable at fishing tournaments and have a little more knowledge of the waters. B Division is quite cheap to fish ($20 per tournament) and is generally considered to be a place for learners and people who are not familiar with the waters to fish against other people who are competing at the same level.

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 $75.00 fee. The deadline for this application is before you fish your first 2018 trail event.

 

2018 CT-TBF 2 Day Championship & TBF NSF Div. 15 Qualifier

Day #1 - 8/4 Saturday CT River - completed

Day #2 - 8/5 Sunday Candlewood Lake - completed
 
 
2018 TBF National Semi-Finals Division 15 (NJ, CT, RI) - completed

Lake Champlain Ticonderoga, NY Sept 8th - Sept. 9th 2018

Hosted by The Bass Federation of Rhode Island

 

Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.


Tournament Director
Amy Perry 860-398-0215
FRAM4TBF@sbcglobal.net

 

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2018 CT-TBF Team Trail

(State Team Qualifying Tournaments)

Event #1 - 3/25 Sunday Candlewood Lake (cancelled)

Event #2 - 5/3 Thursday Candlewood Lake - completed

Event #3 - 6/2 Saturday CT. River - completed

Event #4 - 6/9 Saturday Candlewood Lake - completed

Event #5 - 7/7 Saturday Candlewood Lake - completed

Event #6 - 7/15 Sunday CT. River - completed

 

Entry Fee $100.00 per boat - Optional Lunker Fee of $20.00 - Launch position by postmark of paid entry - TBF Open Rules apply - 75% Payout to 20% of the field. Five fish limit (Smallmouth or Largemouth bass) CT-TBF members only. Two (2) drop tournaments.

Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.

Tournament Director
Amy Perry 860-398-0215
FRAM4TBF@sbcglobal.net

 

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2018 Open Tournaments

 

Event #1- 3/25 Sunday Candlewood Lake (cancelled)

Event #2 - 5/3 Thursday Candlewood Lake - completed

Event #3 - 6/2 Saturday CT River - completed

Event #4 - 6/9 Saturday Candlewood Lake - completed

Event #5 - 7/7 Saturday Candlewood Lake - completed

Event #6 - 7/15 Sunday CT River - completed

Event # 7 - 8/19 Sunday Candlewood Lake Lattins - completed

Event #8 - 10/13 Saturday Candlewood Lake - completed

Event #9 - 11/11 Sunday Candlewood Lake

Event #10 - 11/25 Sunday Candlewood Lake

 

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

Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.


Tournament Director
Amy Perry 860-398-0215
FRAM4TBF@sbcglobal.net

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To become a member of our federation one must either join an existing club (check the club listing page) or form a new club with a minimum of 6 members. By doing either it will automatically enroll you in the federation and entitle you to all our member benefits and protect you under the TBF insurance coverage. Most clubs in the state are actively recruiting new members at this time and welcome new faces enthusiastically.

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