2015 AOY Top 16 Fishoff


All 24 Events have now been gone through and Points have been verified and double checked for accuracy.  10/1/2015 4:45 AM

Top 16 Anglers Qualified for AOY Championship

Blue Type indicates Division Winner

Red Type indicates Point Total for Best 4 Events

Division f name l name Points per Div Best of 4 Events # Events Fished
John Dixon 1198 5
Central River Darin Moxley 1192 1197 12
Northern Darin Moxley 1189 1197 12
Eastern Chad Rice 1196 1196 4
Karl Snyder   1194 5
  Paul Stone   1192 4
  Rodney Bridgman   1191 5
LBL Brian Hickey 1190 1190 4
Bryan Snyder   1190 5
  Mark Cooper   1186 5
Sou Central Michael Johnson 1032 1179 8
Steven Wormley   1179 4
  James Burns   1178 5
  Steven Taylor   1177 5
  Mike Williams   1169 4
Central Gerald Smith 1030 1168 4
Top 16 Co Anglers Qualified for AOY Championship
Division f name l name Points per Div Best of 4 Events # Events Fished
Sou Central Rick Stringer 1198 1199 7
Central Patrick Herman 893 1199 8
LBL Tom Ballowe 1194 1196 5
  Paul Lackey   1195 5
  Tim Blythe   1190 5
Eastern Chuck Rice 1049 1049 4
Dennis Wheeler   1036 4
  Greg Stevens   1033 5
Central River Mike Sullivan 893 893 5
Mark VanMeter   893 4
  Scot Butler   893 4
  Dwight Poynter   891 4
  Ken Kleman   885 4
  Dustin Poynter   742 4
Northern Adam Fugate 599 599 2
Dillon Rager   595 2

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2015 KBF Qualified for State Championship List

Qualified for 2015 KBF State Tournament
Tour ID Angler 1 Angler 2 Co Angler 1 Co Angler 2
2 Rodney Bridgman Larry Whiteman Rick Stringer None
3 Rick Kempton Paul Stone Mark VanMeter None
4 Kevin Brown Mike Stone Bobby Headrick Joshua Muse
5 Vernon Sowers Ronald Rowlett None None
6 Brian Hickey Terry Chastain Patrick Herman Paul Lackey
7 Scott Jonnes NONE Bob Wiles None
8 James Burns John Dixon Mike Tester Dwight Poynter
9 Johnny Cooper Pete Bayerle Dustin Poynter Dennis Wheeler
10 Mike Boggs Chad Rice Chuck Rice NONE
11 John Nevison Rodney Powell Mike Mayes NONE
12 Don Odor Darin Moxley Joey Von Hoene Adam Fugate
13 Earl Truman Joby Gossett Tom Ballowe NONE
14 Tim Hennemann Rusty Wilhoite Mike Sullivan Scott Butler
15 Ron Smith Mark Cooper Brian Bemis Tim Blythe
16 Kevin Newman Lonnie Jones Kalani Borges Tom Whittington
17 Mike Lemons Donnie Robinson NONE None
18 Bryan Snyder Karl Snyder None None
19 Steven Taylor Mark Wenger NONE None
20 Mike Williams David Stevens Dillon Rager Joshua Greene
21 Jerry Turner David Sullivan Barry Ward Glenn Sageser
22 Mike McPherson Greg Hoskinson NONE NONE
23 Jay Holsapple NONE Greg Stevens NONE
24 None None Tim Frohlich NONE
Note: The chart ABOVE shows 42 Anglers & 28 Co Anglers Qualified thru the 24 Divisional Events

Anglers & Co Anglers below Qualified via entering 4 or more Events: 

11 Anglers & 1 Co Angler fished 4 or more.

Total # for State Championship 

53   Anglers

29  Co Anglers 

82 Total Persons Qualified for KBF State Tournament

Michael Johnson 8 Ken Kleman 4
Gerald Smith 5    
  Steven Wormley 4
David Taylor 5
Gordon Summers 4
Kenneth Davis 4
Wes Cole 4
David Sowers 4
Barry Smith 4
Michael Ryan Carter 4
Randy Findley 3 + buy in

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2015 Southern Divisional in review

I started preparing for the SD on Lake Norman right after the State Championship in October. I put more time in reading fishing reports, watching You Tube videos and studying my Navionics Lake Map App than for any tournament in my life. It paid off, this time.

Steven TaylorHere is how the week progressed.

I arrived in NC at the motel around 8:30 pm on Thursday night. I had a note book in the dash of my boat with the first three days of practice laid out. Where I would fish and techniques I would be trying. Boy did that get blown to bits, quick, fast and in a hurry.

Friday morning dawned cloudy with a light breeze. Perfect top water morning, or so I thought. My plan for the day was to catch them on top water on the rip rap in the back of Davis and then find them schooled up on the many shoals I had marked. I spent the first two hours throwing five different top water baits. Two bluegills and a short strike from a bass was all I had to show for my efforts. I graphed shoals, fished rock piles and points until about 1:00. Finally gave up and started fishing the deepest docks I could find. 30 minutes into this and I had three keepers in the boat. Fished a lot of shallow docks, nothing. Went out to the shoals and spent another three hours graphing and fishing. A few shorts. Went back to the same dock area and finished out a limit of spots. About 12 hours on the water, fished docks for about three to catch those five keepers.

Saturday still cloudy with a good breeze. Barry Ward rode with me and we put in at the 150 bridge. I had decided to start in the left fork of Stumpy with top water. It just looked good on the Navionics Map with the channel on the right side with lots of docks and it would be shaded. In the first hour I had 3 keepers on a Splashit and Barry had two on a sort of wake bait with a spinner on the back. (Still don’t know what the heck it was) Called Jerry Smith and he had caught one short fish on a buzzbait. Told him about the Splashit and he started whacking them. I spent the rest of the day skipping (or trying to) jigs under docks. The most productive docks were the ones with 18 plus feet of water in front of them and lots of poles. There was absolutely no doubt when you had a bite. Pick it up and your line would be out under the boat or way back under the dock. Those spots fight like they are crazy. I also managed to catch a 25lb. flat head out of a brush pile in 18′ of water on a jig and a 10lb blue cat under a dock on a white swim jig. I ended up with a double limit for maybe 10lbs. Not what I wanted but a good start.

Sunday cloudy and still with a breeze. I had decided to fish Hicks creek, the State Park and the river. Couldn’t buy a bite on top water around the docks but could get bit on the jig around docks. Went to some of the lay downs along the State Park and had multiple keepers on the jig. Would throw it to the base of the laydown, swim it back and when I hit a limb I would drag it over and kill it. That’s when they would slam it. Left this and ran up the river to the next bridge planning on trying to find some fish on walls or somewhere other than docks. Nothing on the walls but caught a 2lb 10oz spot on a big snag along the river. Fished laydowns along islands, docks behind an island, nothing. Went back to the laydowns in Hicks and whacked them again. Had 12 to 15 keepers for the day and maybe 12lbs. Now I have found something I haven’t seen anyone else fishing. Maybe if I can expand on this I could have a shot at this1st Pl Angler KY  Taylor thing. Brian Hickey started pushing me in the Team meetings and even in the mornings before we left to find a backup pattern to those laydowns. Excellent advice and I am glad my hard head listened. At the Team meeting that night Jerry Smith told everyone he was catching what he called “Pole Dancers”. Pitching to the wooded poles, feeding line and catching suspended fish. After that everyone referred to fish caught by the poles as “Jerry’s Pole Dancers”. Funny stuff.

Monday still started out cloudy with a good breeze. Dillon Rager, our 16 year old KY High School State Champion went with me and we started in Hicks. Brian Hickey and Chad Rice had caught them on a wake bait so I had stopped the night before and bought two at Gander Mountain. Didn’t know how to throw it but decided to give it a try. We started down the laydowns in Hicks and it didn’t take long to find out they wanted the wake bait. Caught an 18″ fish and then the biggest spot of the week, about 3.25lbs. Sat down and took both hooks off of the bait so I wouldn’t sore mouth anything. My next bite was a multiple. The fish hit about 5′ from the boat and there were three of them, all looked to be 17/18″ long. One would grab it and pull it down until I took it away from him and then another would do the same thing. A little ways down the bank and another good one grabbed it. Some of the fish were on flat mud banks and some were in tree tops in 18′ of water but it appeared they were coming a long way to get it so it didn’t matter. Just throw it. We fished some more of the trees with that jig and I shook a bunch more off. Went to the docks on the other side of the creek with the jig and the same thing. After talking to Brian I had went to a 1/2 oz. jig under those docks. On the initial skip you would either get bit on the fall or the first couple of bounces. I could not get bit dragging the jig which is how I like to fish a football jig. This swim jig they wanted bounced 6″ off the bottom. Thinking they were being attracted by the sound, I started putting rattles on my jigs. My bites picked up considerably. So, two things I had added to my pattern today. Go to a heavier jig to get to the bottom quicker where most of the bites were coming from and add rattles to get their attention. Keep refining my presentation and expanding my pattern. Now I have built some confidence. I can catch then on the laydowns and on the docks. I had fished other creeks but it seemed Hicks had better quality fish than any other place I had fished. A lot of the Team members were catching fish on a shaky head but, if I could get bit on the jig, then Mr. Shaky would not get wet.

Tuesday still cloud cover and breezy. Mike Tester fished with me. Started down the laydowns again with the wake bait. Had two pretty quick try to take it away from me so they were still on that pattern. Left the laydowns and expanded to other docks. Shook off a bunch, had two that hooked themselves and hooked a couple. It was getting time to sit down and rig everything for the next day so I decided to bust the next fish that bit. Sorry when I did because it was over 2lbs. Pulled up under a shade tree, dropped my Talons, rigged up and got everything ready for the first day of the Southern Divisional. I have what I feel is a strong laydown pattern and these docks are getting better each day but I still can’t get bit on shallow docks.

Wednesday dawns clear and fog is sitting over the lower end of the lake. They let us go and I have a bad felling that something has changed. And did it ever. I drew Walter Ogle from TN and he agreed to let me go to my wake bait fish first. We shared the front of the boat all day and it worked out great. Spent 1 1/2 hours fishing the laydowns with the wake bait and had two small keepers and Walter had one on a buzzbait. The bite had changed. It was Walter’s turn to fish his water so we went deep in the same area. He caught two and the bite quit. We went back to my dock pattern and I finished my limit and culled a couple times. Lost one about 2.5lbs trying to swing him in the boat. Bone headed move on my part. Weighed in 8 lbs. 4 oz. for 5th place on the KY Team. Dillon was leading with 11 lbs. 10 oz. so I am 3 lbs. 6 oz. out of the lead. Not where I wanted to be but within striking distance. One of our boaters had an issue with his leg and had to stop fishing so that moved me from a non boater to the boater’s position.

Thursday’s weather is the same, high blue bird skies with little wind. I drew Lamar Middleton from FL and he agreed to let me fish my area and stay in the front of the boat all day. What a great guy and a true gentleman. I had a great time fishing with him and would love to hook up with him in FL some day. Back on the laydowns to see if they will hit the wake bait. I had one fish roll on it but that was it. Started pitching my jig and caught two small keepers and Lamar caught one. The fish had left the laydowns, just like Brian had predicted. Went to the docks and had a limit by 9:00. The fish from the laydowns had moved across the creek and were loading up on the docks. Lost a good one on a dock pole, another in brush and another I saw swimming the jig over a submerged boat lift (about 3 lbs.). Then caught a 3.5 on another submerged dock lift. Had two blacks to weigh in and had not been catching any up until today. I also started getting bit on shallow docks today. I concentrated on the shallow docks early then the deep docks when the sun got up high. At the end of the day I spotted an active bream bed behind a dock. Under the corner of the dock was a fish that appeared to be 3 to 4lbs. I got her to nose down on my jig once and then pick it up once, carry it out, but nothing when I set the hook. Marked her for Friday. After putting the wake bait down, I stuck with the 1/2 oz. jig the rest of the day. Some of the real shallow docks would see my 3/8 oz. jig but 90% of the time the 1/2 was in my hand. I weighed in a limit for 9 lbs. 15 oz. and moved into 1st place on the KY Team by 1 oz. less than 3 lbs. separated the top six KY Team members so it was going to be a shoot out.

Friday morning I woke up at 3:00 a.m. and could not go back to sleep. It was supposed to be cloudy with wind, so I am bouncing back and forth between sticking with the docks or trying the laydowns again with the clouds and wind. By the time I leave for the water, I am sick to my stomach and about to heave. I love public speaking and tournament time. The butterflies in my stomach get me fired up and the adrenalin running. But this is different. I am not sure I will be able to keep that Apple breakfast bar or my Advocare Spark down this morning. Not good.

I drew Richard Phillips from AL for the final day. Richard was on some fish on walls up the river on a shaky head and wanted his half of the day. My heart sank. I was confident that I could get a good limit on my dock fish but had no confidence in fishing bluff walls and points. He agreed to let me fish the first half of the day so I decided to start on the bank in Stumpy creek where Barry and I had caught them on Saturday. By the time we got there my stomach had settled down and when I started fishing I forgot all about it. I picked up the Splashit but the wind was too strong and the waves to high for it to be affective. I had tied on a buzzbait that Jerry Smith and I had designed for Barren last year, so I pulled it out of the box and started throwing it. It has a single clear triple blade on it. I removed the skirt and glued a Ribbit frog on for a trailer. Perfect for clear water as it makes very little noise but lots of top water commotion. Within the first 5 casts I had a good one grab it and come loose after pulling her 3′ or so. Looked to be 2 or 3 lbs. Lousy way to start. No more bites in Stumpy. Went to Hicks, straight to the dock where the good fish by the bream beds was the day before. Brian had told me to throw short of the fish, reel it back real quick then throw past her. I did and when the wake bait came past the corner of the dock, a huge fish exploded on it. I set the hook, started reeling and poof, came unbuttoned. My heart sank even further. The biggest fish I have had bite all week, the last day of the tournament and she comes unbuttoned. I made another cast back to the same spot, reeled half way to the boat and hear Richard yell, “There she is”. He had pitched a jig 40′ away to a lone stump and she had ate it. He fought her to the boat and I saw that she had another fish that looked to be 3 or 4 lbs. with her. I netted his fish and it weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz. largest fish of the tournament.

Well now I am really sick. We make a few more casts then head to some shallow docks. Now I am flipping docks and throwing the buzzbait between docks. I catch a keeper on the jig, loose a huge fish that pulled me into a brush pile and loose another two plus on the buzzbait. I told Richard, “That’s the tournament. You can’t land one of the first five bites and expect to win.” The four fish I had lost would have been in the 13 lb. range. I said “Well it’s in Gods hands now. He has given me the bites to win and I blew it. Now I am just going fishing and if it is His will I will catch them, if not, I won’t.” Two casts later I catch a 2 lb. 2 oz. on the buzzbait. I didn’t lose another bite the rest of the day. At 10:00 I had my limit and at 10:30 it was Richards’s time to run the front of the boat and fish his water. We headed up the river and fished various points and walls. He caught one keeper and lost one in about three hours. I had told him that morning, if we had time, I wanted 10 minutes to try that dock fish that was with the big one he caught. With an hour of fishing left, we headed back down to the dock. I really needed this fish.

I stopped real short of the dock and jumped on the trolling motor. I wanted to go in slow so I wouldn’t spook her. The water around the dock and bream beds had muddied up, so I really didn’t have a lot of confidence, but was going to give it my best shot. I made two casts across the lone stumps then got lined up for the dock cast. A long cast past the dock with the wake bait, slow retrieve past the corner, and swoosh, she hammers it. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention something. On the way back down the lake from fishing the points, neither of us put a foot on my brand new $82 dip net and, when we hit a wave, it flew out and sunk. So now I have a good fish hooked, see that she only has one hook in the corner of her mouth, and no dip net. Richard runs to the front of the boat, lays down on his belly, and hangs both arms over the side of my Ranger. Sure glad for the flipping deck because the gunnel is only 2 1/2″ high. I ease the fish to the boat and Richard bear hugs her, lifts her up just as the bait comes out and sticks in his shirt at his neck. I reach down with both hands, get a strangle hold on the fish, pull her up, and head to the bottom of the boat. When Richard sits up, the bait falls off of his shirt to the floor. I culled a 14 1/2″ spot with a black that turns out to be 3 lbs. 13 oz., my largest of the three day event. I thanked God for the fish, thanked Richard profusely for giving up his body for my fish, and we head to the weighin.

I had one fish that succumbed to the shock on the way back to the scales so ended up with 10 lbs. 5 oz. for the day. I ended up with 28 lbs. 8 oz. and first place on the KY State Team. This will go down as the biggest emotional roller coaster ride of my life. The lowest of lows in the morning after losing four out of the first five bites, catch the good one late in the day and then pull off the win. Absolutely incredible. Brian Hickey finished second with 25 lbs. 11 oz. so Brian and I will be headed to the TBF Nationals next April. Wish us luck because this will be up against some real tough talent.

Lessons learned: Before this event I could pitch pretty well but skipping a bait was new to me. By the end of the practice I could put that 3/8 oz. jig 20′ back under the docks two out of five times. The 1/2 oz. not so much. (My reel with the 1/2 oz. has about 50 yards of line left after cutting away multiple back lashes) I didn’t own a wake bait and had never fished bream beds. The third thing I did was swim a jig through trees which was new to me. Everyone has flipped trees, but most of these fish were suspended in the trees, and if the water was more than 8′ deep, you were wasting your time letting the jig go to the bottom. Swim it to a limb, pull it over, kill it, let it fall 5 to 7′ and then swim to the next one. What a blast.

A big thanks goes out to Jerry Smith and Brian Hickey. Both of these guys had a feeling from Sunday KY Steven Taylornight on that I was on the quality of fish to win this thing. Jerry kept telling me to stay with what I was doing and I would win it. Brian was crucial in helping me refine the pattern around those docks and finding a backup pattern to my laydowns. I can’t thank both of you enough. I am very fortunate to have friends like you.

While the State Team did not reach one of our goals, which was to win the overall tournament, we did reach another that I think is far more important and will stay with us much longer than a trophy or our names at the top of some list.

That goal was working together as a Team and building friendships that will last a lifetime. This was a very special Team. We laughed a lot, teased one another, and shared information, spots, techniques, baits, etc  an experience like most of us have never enjoyed. Several of us have been on multiple State Teams so we told the new guys that if everyone works together, shares information, and is completely open, it would be one the best tournament experiences of their life. And this one proved to be just that. I have enjoyed building on existing friendships and making new ones. It was a bittersweet drive home Friday night. Elated that I had won, but sad that the experience was over.

What a special group of men who I now consider to be very close friends. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to share these experiences with you guys. I look forward to seeing all of you at the State Championship in October.

It was also very special to have Donnie Keeton give me that big hug after the event was over. You got so choked up you had a hard time getting your congratulations out. So many great memories in such a short period of time.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our National/State Sponsors and my Sponsors: Ranger Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Renegade Marine, Denali Rods and a special thanks to iXL Elite Hydration. Without you this would not be possible.

Steven Taylor







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KBF State Team at Southern Division Championship

2015 KBF State Team ResultsThe 2015 KBF State Team proves to be a 1st Class Team as all Team Members pitched in and worked hard during the Southern Division Championship.  A Class Team with 3 hard working Alternates all lead by the outstanding Leadership of President John Dixon.

Congratulations Gentlemen, I for one was a Proud Person as you gentlemen walked across the stage on the final day.  Job well done and deserving of a big Round of Applause from the entire KBF membership.

Kentucky Bass Federation














Congratulations are also extended to the Steven Taylor & Brian Hickey for your opportunity to advance on to the National Championship.  “Steven, your work thru the years have paid off my friend, your really choked me up on your accomplishment.  Now keep your chin up and lean on your Teammate Mr Hickey as he can be of superb help in the adventure you & he is getting ready for.

Steven Taylor Brian Hickey










80-13 81-15 129/119


Steven Taylor


9-15 10-05 15/14


Brian Hickey


9-06 8-06 15/12


Gerald Smith


10-07 7-13 13/13


Chad Rice


7-15 3-04 12/12


Rusty Willhoite


1-09 8-05 11/9


David Taylor


4-10 10-05 10/10


Dillon Rager


5-09 1-04 9/9


Tim Hennemann


8-00 0-00 10/7


Barry W Ward


9-01 8-08 10/10


Timothy Frohlich


6-01 10-05 9/9


Mike Williams


4-15 9-15 8/8


Michael Ray Tester


3-05 3-09 5/5


Wes Cole




John Dixon Alt




Tim Blythe Alt




Whoops! error corrected for MIke Tester.  Sorry Mike!




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Kentucky Team changes Leaders

Steven Taylor brought a 5 fish limit to the scales today that weighed 18-03 to move up to the KBF lead.

Steven TaylorThe race for the Top 2 spots is really gotten close with the following Team Members vying for the opportunity to travel to the TBF National Championship

1. Steven Taylor  18-03

2. Tim Hennemann 18-02

3. Kenneth Rice  17-05

4. Bryan Hickey 17-05

5. Dillon Rager  17-03

6. Gerald Smith  16-06

On Friday the Top 2 Anglers will advance on to the National Championship next Spring.  Site to be announced in the Fall.

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KBF Youth shines on Day 1

All KBF members need to be overly proud of Mr. Dillon Rager.   Dillon made the KBF State Team from the Junior Bassmaster Progran in Kentucky.  As a non Boater on Day 1 of the Southern Divisional Championship at Lake Norman in Cornelius, North Carolina.

KY Dylan RagerDillon came to the scales today with 5 fish alive that weighed in at a total of 10-11 to finish the day in 9th Place overall in the Tournament and Leading the KBF State Team in 1st Place in the Team Standings.

Reports we receive were that Dillon was a little laid back during the Practice days and some felt that possibly he may have felt a little out of place with the older team members.  After todays weighin , all Team Members stated that Dillon broke out of his shell and appeared to be the life of the party during the Teams nightly meeting.

The 1st place finisher for the Team will advance on to the TBF National Championship. The 2nd Place finisher for the state team will advance to the same event as the Co Angler.  Regardless of Dillon’s finish this accomplishment by Dillon should prove to be a Super Shot Booster for the Youth Program in Kentucky Bass Federation.

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2015 KBF Tournament Results

4 events have now been completed. Results cannot be posted until the following requirements have been met 

Barren River Lake 4/26/2015…. we have not received results for the co anglers in this event.

Yatesville Lake 5/3/2015 9 memberships on this event have not been officially recorded as members. cannot post.

Ohio River Garrison 5/16/2015 9 memberships on this event have not been officially recorded as members. cannot post.

Ohio River Augusta 5/17/2015 1 membership on this event have not been officially recorded as member. cannot post.

Green River Lake 5/24/2015 Results should be sent later today. cannot post until I have all the above results.Standings and Results will be posted after all data is received and recorded and available for website Posting


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KBF Message Board Is Back up Sorry for the Delay!

To view Message Board:   On the Homepage>>>Scroll down on Right side and look in the Member Links for the Message Board Icon.


Note to all KBF Members:   Message board is back up 3/30/2015 10:34 am sorry for the delay!

With a NEW location!  Just look on the right side of this page under MEMBER LINKS big black button that says MESSAGE BOARD! Enjoy!


Other News:  the results for Tournament # 2 & Tournament # 4 have been posted.  The rescheduled Tournaments # 1 & # 5 were completed this past weekend and results should be to the admin sometime today (Monday 3/30/2015), and will be immediately posted upon arrival.

The # 3 Tournament was rescheduled for April 12, 2015

Steven Taylor has predicted that with the disappearance of

ICE-SNOW – & any additional weather changes

that the Tournament Schedule is now back to normal. 

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KBF 2014 State Championship

2014 KBF State Championship in Review

What an exciting and fun filled event! A record single day weight and an AOY race that went right down to the wire with only one point separating 1st and 2nd places in both the Angler and Co-Angler divisions.

 The festivities started out with a fabulous Banquet and Awards dinner. Many, many thanks to the great people in Taylor County and Campbellsville KY. A special thanks to Judge Executive Eddie Rogers for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend and speak at the banquet. (Hope no one had to use the “Get out of jail free card” he offered)

 But the biggest call out goes to Elisha Nelson, Executive Director of the Taylor County Tourist Commission. I contacted Elisha in January to let her know that we were coming to Campbellsville for the KBF State Championship and she did the rest. A couple of more emails to let her know the exact date, time and number of people attending then I sat back and let her go to work. She set up the banquet hall and supplied the buffet banquet meal. And what a meal it was. I have been to 18 or 20 of these banquets and I can’t remember having more or better food. It was all home cooking from the good people at Druthers there in town and was superb. If you are going through Campbellsville make sure you stop in, have dinner and thank them for the meal. I have never had so many fisherman come up to me after a banquet with high praises over a meal. This left a lasting impression on the fisherman that will pay off for Campbellsville in the future.

 Again, Thank You Elisha for a fantastic job!!!

 And now for the fishing details. I spent a lot of time on the water pre-fishing for this event and the bite was scattered and inconsistent. High muddy water early in the week then the Corps pulling the bottom out of it trying to get back to summer pool made for moving fish and changing patterns. I found deep fish then the water came up and they disappeared. I found fish in the back of a creek but they were 1 to 2 lbs which I did not think would be enough to make the State Team. After the water came up the fish did move shallow and I had a top water/blade bite that I thought would hold for the two day event. It did but just barely.

 Most of the guys at the Banquet commented about how tough the bite was and the overall feeling was that it wouldn’t take but 12 to 13 lbs to make the State Team on the boater side. Green River Lake has a history of producing some really good bags of fish and this event was a record setter. I drew Dillon Rager as my Co-Angler for the first day who is the 2014 High School State Champion. Dillon had elected to take the KBF up on our offer to fish in the adult State Championship. Now the pressure was on me to produce some fish for him at the adult level. Here is how it played out.

 The first morning started out with a prayer and playing of the National Anthem thanks to Donnie Keeton and his PA system. My first stop was in a series of flat pockets close to the channel. I had 3 keepers on top water, went to my second spot and had a 3.5 on top and then flipped up another 1.5 on plastic. Went to my third spot and saw Jerry Smith. He did not have a fish at it was 11:00. Dillon was fishless as well so now I had to go to my backup plan to find him some fish. We took off for the back of the creek where I had caught fish early in the week. He did not have a top water bait like I was throwing so I rigged one up for him and I threw a spinnerbait which left the door open for him. When I sat down in the creek I checked the water temp and my heart sank. 61.5 degrees. It was 68 when I caught them early in the week. Oh well, we are there so we decided to fish see what would happen.

 We started though the laying logs where I had most of my bites and nothing. I looked back at Dillon and said, “Hey, we jinxed ourselves.” The dip net was still draped over the butt seat. I ran back and laid it on the deck and told him, “Now catch one”. Two casts later his first 14″ fish bit. A few minutes later he had a 2.5, then another 15 minutes later and he had a 3. I had 2 real small ones that needed to go so I picked up my top water and culled with a 2 lber then he caught another keeper. And that’s the way we ended the day. We went down and fished some of my deep spots but didn’t have a bite. I ended the first day sitting in 5th place with 10.74 and Dillon was leading the Co-Angler side with 8.86. I told him to keep the top water bait and if his day 2 Angler was not on anything then I would leave the creek for him. About half way through the second day I was wondering if that decision was going to come back and haunt me. The Corps was dropping the water a foot per day so the shallow water bite was going to be challenging.

 At the weigh-in the first day it was about as I expected with 2 exceptions. David Taylor came in with a bag that tipped the scales at 21.36 lbs. The largest single day weight that I can recall in State Championship history. Jerry Smith was bumping fish and with 12lb plus in 2nd we thought David was going to run away with it. I took over the bump table and then Jerry brought his bag up. Man, what a shock! 23.30 lbs! At 11:00 when I left him he had caught one 8″ fish! He said he just kept moving and came up on a bank at 12:30 that was loaded with big fish, all on top water. By 2:30 he was culling 3 lbers. And it was dead in the middle of the two spots where I had caught my fish that morning.

 The second day event was a completely different day. On my first pass though my cuts with top water I came up empty. Did manage one 14″ fish flipping a tree with plastic. Went to my second spot with top water with same results. Switched to a spinnerbait and caught two decent fish. Finally late in the day I went to a spotted bass wall and caught a keeper on a shaky head. I ended up with 4 that weighed 6.63 and slid into 7th place but still enough to make the State Team. Jerry Smith had only one fish that weighed 1.02 and David Taylor also caught one fish that weighed 1.12 lbs. But both maintained their 1st and 2nd place positions after two days with Jerry Smith being crowned the 2014 KBF State Champion. On the Co-Angler side Michael Tester won the event on the back of a 6.36lb bruiser while Dillon Rager caught 3.34 and finished in second place. Congrats to Dillon for making the State Team on his first try. He comes in at the ripe old age of 16!!!

 The Angler of Year race was a wild one. The KBF Board changed the points program this year and added each day of the State Championship with points as if they were two more tournaments. So we took your points from your top 4 events of the year then gave 300 to first place on day 1 and 300 for first place for day 2 going down the list of fisherman in their respective order of finish. Going into the event I was tied with Brian Hickey with 1191 points and we estimated we were about 3 or 4 points from the top. After day 1 Brian was leading and was ahead of me by 2 points so I really didn’t think I had much of a chance going up against him. At the day two weigh-in the finals had me in 7th place and Brian in 8th so we both assumed that I picked up one point. That would still have Brian in the lead by one. What we didn’t take into account is that you accrue points based upon your finish of that day and not where you end up on the State Team. There were several fisherman who finished between Brain and myself on the second day so it really played havoc on Tom Whittington to figure it out.

 When the final tally came in I had won the 2014 KBF Angler of the Year with 1777 points. David Sowers and Rusty Willhoite were tied for second with 1776 points. It doesn’t get much closer than that. This is my 3rd AOY title and was completely unexpected.

 On the Co-Angler side it was much the same. Jerry Turner won with 1782 points and Patrick Herman was second with 1781. This change in points format led to a lot of excitement in the final two days and it seems that everyone really likes the program.

 Thanks again to everyone who participated in the 2014 KBF Events, the KBF Directors and Officers.

 Congratulations to the 2015 KBF State Team. I look forward to fishing with you guys on Lake Norman in NC in June.

 Steven Taylor


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2015 KBF Membership are NOW due for the New Year


Club admins can begin collecting Membership Dues for Club Members and Submitting the rosters for the calendar Year of 2015 to TBF.  This will help Members that want to compete in the early BFL events and want to beat rush and make use of the Early Bird registration.  Reminder: Memberships for early events need to be on a Club Roster w/6 or more memberships in order to be processed at National Headquarters.

KBF has been receiving calls from Kentucky residents who may be interested in joining the Federation and receive their membership along with FLW memberships that need to pay up early to be eligible to register for BFL events via the Early Bird signup.

KBF has decided to work with these ladies and gentlemen to recruit new members.  A new membership form has been created for this purpose.

Should you not have a home club in your area, you can join the KBF Statewide Bass Club.  Some members indicate they would like to sign up a NEW membership and be able to join a specific Club in their area.

The NEW Form allows you to indicate the name of club you prefer to join. You are required to PAY the required Club Dues separately to your specified Club to be listed as a ACTIVE member.

Please keep in mind that SINGLE Memberships will NOT be processed UNTIL your selected Club has submitted the 6 person Requirements.

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Click KBF logo above to goto Membership Online Payment Form

TBF National Dues are $50.00 per Member and include the following: 

National Dues includes ONLY your TBF & FLW Membership

Sign up now for KBF, TBF, & FLW for the low price of $65.00 for all 3

* KBF Membership $15.00 ( Good for all KBF Divisional Qualifiers, KBF State Championship & KBF Sanctioned Tournaments ) When joining through the KBF all of these Memberships are included for the $50.00 National Membership FEE.

* TBF Membership $15.00 ( Good for all TBF Divisional Tournaments, TBF National Tournaments, & TBF Sanctioned Tournaments )

Special FLW Competitor Membership Only $35.00 when joining through the TBF.  ( Good for all FLW, BFL, Rayovac & College Fishing Tournaments )

A New Twist Youth Adult MembersKBF is conducting 4 Qualifying Events for 16/18 Year Old High School Age Youth that are members of the Adult Program.  These 4 events will be held in conjunction with the 4 Youth Tournaments.   16 -18 Members who Qualify at these 4 events will be eligible for the Adults State Tournament as a Co Angler only.  These members also have the Option of competing in the Regular Adults events.

NOTE of IMPORTANTANCE:  Club Membership Dues for Individual Clubs IS NOT INCLUDED in the$50.00 amount. YOU must check with Club that you intend to join to meet the Individual Club Dues Required. 

* KBF Youth Membership For 11/15 Age Group and the High School SAF Programs are both separate STAND ALONE programs and require separate Membership Fees:  (see breakdown shown below)

 Youth Membership for 11/15 Age Group    $35.00   ($10.00 State Dues + $25.00 National Dues)

High Scool SAF Membership Fees    $25.00

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