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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.




No boat ?, No Problem !

Non-Boaters & Boaters welcome !!


Upcoming Events !

CT-TBF Trail event #1, Candlewood Lake Squantz Launch April 28th, 7am-3pm.

CT-TBF Open event #2, Candlewood Lake Squantz Launch May 2nd, 7 am- 3 pm.


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 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.


Why you should join CT-TBF/TBF & FLW !!


  • When you join a TBF club, all FLW Dues will be collected at the local level and sent into the TBF main office.
  • TBF national dues are $50 a year (which includes BOTH TBF & FLW membership).
  • Membership comes with full benefits, discounts, priority registration and insurance for your club and events!
  • You can join an existing TBF club, sign up your current club or start a new club. It only takes 6 members to form your own TBF club.
  • Your club must belong to its home State Federation, and some states also have state dues.
  • Your club will submit your club membership roster and dues and keep it updated using the TBF online Club Roster Management system!

Pretty simple, once a year and your done, that’s all there is to it!



  • Ranger Cup
  • Discounts in the Member’s Only Online Store
  • $1 million in general liability insurance for your club.
  • $25,000 excess medical coverage!
  • $10,000 AD&D event coverage for every TBF member.
  • Special product discounts and TBF member rewards from many of our sponsors, including:
    • Ranger Boats
    • Evinrude
    • Berkley and more
  • A chance to advance through competition to fish in major bass tournaments: MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TBF MEMBERS
  • The Forrest Wood Cup (1 pro angler, 1 co-angler)
  • The Federation National Championship
  • The BFL All-American (7 boaters, 7 co-anglers)
  • Twice the number of TBF Anglers (2 from each state vs 1 as in the past) progress to the Federation National Championship.
  • “Living the Dream” contract for the boater AND co-angler of the Federation National Championship.
    • Fully-paid entry fees as a PRO into the winners choice of the FLW Tour events, or fully-paid entry fees into the FLW Series events.
    • The use of a wrapped “Living the Dream” branded Ranger boat powered by a Evinrude or a Yamaha Outboard.
    • The use of a wrapped, “Living the Dream” branded Chevy Truck.
  • FLW will reserve guaranteed berths in the FLW Series for TBF state champions, provided that such champions enter one (1) FLW Series division and compete in all four (4) FLW Series events in that division. The champion must also pay entry fees for all four (4) FLW Series events in that division to be guaranteed the berth.
  • FLW will provide priority registration to TBF boaters and co-anglers into the Bass Fishing League (BFL) events if they enter by the priority entry deadline with a counterpart (boater with a co-angler or co-angler with a boater). FLW will provide priority registration dates to TBF co-anglers who are dual members into the FLW Series and the FLW Tour. The early registration time period shall be available to dual members after the early registration for Ranger boat owners and prior to registration for the general public.
  • Product to state Federations from sponsor promotions.
  • $10,000 scholarship & prizes awarded at the TBF Junior World Championship, 1 Junior angler from each TBF state competes.
  • Funds to your states youth program, you decide where to spend it.
  • Funding and equipment for youth programs Such as the TBF “Reel Kids” casting program.
  • High School and College fishing teams.
  • Funds to your states conservation program, you decide where to spend it.
  • National Guard Conservation grant program, apply for funds for your states conservation work.
  • 4 Full pages (Minimum) in FLW magazine for federation stories about you! Federation coverage like never before. (we want your stories…contact us!)




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


2018 CT-TBF A Division Angler of the Year (AOY) - Ken Bugden


2018 CT-TBF B Division Angler of the Year (AOY) - Jim Sherman




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, Keith Cleary

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


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


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 on Kentucky Lake, April 11-13, 2019. Good Luck !!!




2019 CT-TBF Opens

Tournament #1, 03/31/2019 - Candlewood Lake Results

1st Alex Wetherell/Dan Stevens 21.78 lbs

2nd Noah Winslow/Matt Sweeney 19.16 lbs

3rd Brendan Cucinello/Mike Czaplinski 18.34 lbs

4th Ed Groballi 16.40 lbs

5th Rick Holmberg 12.22 lbs

Lunker - Ed Groballi 5.06 lbs

Congratulations to the top 5 teams !!!

Complete results will be posted on the Opens Page.


**** Next Meeting ****

The next TBF of CT board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday April 18th 2019 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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but we need your input too.
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2019 CT-TBF Tournament Trail

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

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


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


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.


2019 CT-TBF 2 Day Championship & TBF NSF Div. 15 Qualifier

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

Day #2 - Sunday 7/21/19 Candlewood Lake
2019 TBF National Semi-Finals Division 15 (NJ, CT, RI)

Official Practice Days Sept. 18th, 19th & 20th. Tournament Days Sept. 21st & 22nd. St. Lawrence River (1000 Islands) Clayton NY


Hosted by The Bass Federation of Connecticut

Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.

Tournament Director
Keith Cleary C-914-419-0218




2019 Open Tournaments


Event #1 Sunday 3/31/19 Candlewood Lake - completed

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


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
Keith Cleary C-914-419-0218


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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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