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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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.