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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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KBF State Championship on Green River Lake

There have been 51 Anglers and 30 Co Anglers now qualified to compete in the KBF State Championship.

KBF has now posted a link on the Message Board where you can click the link and fill out your entry form and pay via PLASTIC for a first time adventure.

KBF Secretary/Treasurer Tom Whittington has prepared a Letter to Anglers & Co Anglers about the upcoming Event.   Letters are being mailed, however should you not receive your copy via snail mail, you can click the link below to view your letter.

KBF 2014 Angler State Tournament Info Letter

KBF 2014 Co-Angler State Tournament Info Letter

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Open Team Tournament * $5000 Guaranteed 1st Place *


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Carrollton’s Two Rivers Bass Tournament

October 11th 7AM-4PM & 12th 7AM-3PM

At Point Park in Carrollton, Kentucky

$5,000 Guaranteed 1st Place

$150 Entry Fee Per Team

90 % Payback

Big Bass Payout $250.00 ea Day

Compliments of Wieda’s Marine

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for additional details, Rules, & Entry Forms

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Cabela’s Announces Plans for Bowling Green, Ky., Cabela’s Outpost Store

CabelasCabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced today plans to open a 42,000-square-foot Cabela’s Outpost store in Bowling Green, Ky.

The store will be Cabela’s second in Kentucky – joining the Louisville location – and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. It will be located at the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Ken Bale Boulevard near Sam’s Club. Read the rest of this entry »

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2013 KBF State Championship at Lake Cumberland in Review

2013 KBF State Championship at Lake Cumberland in Review

by Steven Taylor

The festivities started out with a great Awards Banquet at The Aspire Center Sponsored in part by Wayne County & Judge Executive Greg Rankin, Conley Bottom Resort, Lake Cumberland Pro Bass/Greg, and Eagle One Boat Wax/Jason Abney. The High School Fishing Team from Wayne County assisted in preparing the Banquet and there was an abundance of food for everyone.

Awards were handed out for points winners of the 4 divisions and the qualifiers for the Angler of the Year competition were announced as well. Jr Keown, one of my salesman, had his name drawn out for the Lowrance HDS8 raffle that was put on to raise funds for the purchase of the new weigh-in scales for each division. Thanks to everyone for their participation.

Saturday morning started off cloudy and cold and my fish were not biting. I had located some shallow fish but most were 12′ to 20′ deep in log jams.  In hindsight the several days of cloud cover had moved the fish shallow and I did not adjust. I finally moved shallow late in the morning to the back of a pocket and managed to catch a keeper black on top water. What I failed to realize is that the fish were there I just had to stay with them to get them to bite.

At the weigh in on the first day it was obvious that several competitors had found the shallow fish and they were biting. Karou O’Bryan led the way with a limit of blacks that tipped the scales at 12.42 lbs followed by Wes Cole with 9.65 lbs and Scott Jones with 9.39 lbs. The 7th place cut was 6.32 so even with my measly 1.91 lbs I was still in the hunt. Karou had told me on Friday night that he was catching them on a buzzbait in the backs of the creeks but I hate listening to “Dock Talk” so I refused to adjust. My hardheadedness would prove to be my downfall.

Sunday we arrived at the ramp to fog so thick you could wave it with your hand. After a 2 1/2 hour delay John Dixon, KBF President started letting us go at 10:00. We were due in at 4 and with the run I was making it was going to be a short day.

I started in the pocket where I caught my keeper the day before and immediately had two fish roll on my white buzzbait but would not eat it. Switched to my black one and had a keeper on my second cast. After 30 minutes with no bites and the sun shining bright I switched to plastic on a hump. The first bush I flipped I lost a good one. Next cast to the open area between bushes I lost another keeper that I saw. After that I started letting them run for 4 or 5 feet before setting the hook and did not lose any more. Had two more keepers and 15 or 20 shorts in the next 2 hours.

My intent was to stay in that area for the rest of the day after catching those 3 keepers. Bass were still busting shad every now and then so I knew they were there. Don Thomlinson came in and I saw him catch two line burners that did not make the 15″ limit on a swim jig but my hard head would not change up and duplicate what he was doing. I got impatient and left to fish my deep logs. No bites. Don caught two more keepers in there and made the State Team. I managed to have the 3rd highest weight for the second day but needed another 1.5 lbs to make the State Team.

Karou only had one keeper the second day but it was enough to take top honors in the event, his first every KBF win. Great job of figuring out the fish Bud. Brian Hickey, who had just two fish the first day, came in with 4 on day 2 that tipped the scales at 8.52lbs moving him into second place overall and the Angler of the Year crown. Brian is also our 2014 KBF representative for the TBF Nationals in April. Brian is on a roll to say the least.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our Sponsors for the 2013 year and, most importantly, the 2013 State Championship. The good people of Monticello KY were gracious hosts and I really look forward to going back again.

Congratulations to all the 2014 KBF State Team members.
I would love to be fishing Neely Henry [June 1 thru June 6, 2014] with you guys in June but the cards did not fall that way. When you get down there any of you that can take a day and get in the boat with Brian or Karou. It will be a free guide trip and you will learn more in a day with either of these guys than you can imagine.  Enjoy the trip

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2013 TBF JWC

     August 15-17, 2013.

The TBF held the Junior World Championship on Caddo Lake in Shreveport, LA.  This was an unbelievable event for 78 anglers from 39 states across the nation.  Caddo Lake was quite a different lake and many anglers commented that they had never seen Cyprus trees and fields of lilly pads.  The lake had a very different slot limit in which all fish between 14-18 inches had to be released.  So many anglers were trying to catch fish between 12-14 inches or over 18 inches.

Kentucky’s two representatives were Hunter Young of Northern Kentucky in the 11-14 age group and Cade Waldrop of Glascow in the 15-18 age group.  Both anglers reported releasing 17 1/2″ fish weighing 3 pounds.  Although neither Hunter nor Cade advanced to the divisional finals, both put forth the effort that a state champion would have been expected. Kentucky was well represented.

The TBF, along with the FLW again put on a wonderful event.  The organization was outstanding and along with hundreds of parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends looking on, all had to be very impressed with the tournament and proud of all the anglers.  This is the only event of it’s kind left where a youth angler can have the stage for themselves and a sense of accomplishment.  Hopefully, in the future, this event will grow even more in popularity.


Gerald Smith

KBF Youth Director

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KBF lands Denali Rods as New Rod Sponsor


Denali Rods wants to be the Kentucky TBF’s rod of choice and we would like to offer you the following sponsorship package for 2013.

TBF members would receive a 25% discount on all our rods.  For every 5 rods sold to your membership, Denali will kick in one free Jadewood  rod to be donated to the KBF for raffles, prizes, giveaway, state team  etc.

Members will be given a discount code exclusive to their organization to use when placing orders, which can be placed online at www.denalirods.com. Denali will be able to track the club’s sales with the given code. Regular shipping rates apply.

Members wishing to place a Order for new Rods, should contact President John Dixon or Sec/Treas Tom Whittington for the Discount Code before placing order.



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KBF & Zeko Shoes

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 The Kentucky Bass Federation and Zeko Shoes are partnering to offer a great opportunity to the federation members.  Zeko is offering to all Kentucky Bass Federation members a special discounted price on shoes.  When you are ready to place your order, contact Mike Cox at ike@zekoshoes.com   or  President@KYBassFed.com for the super super Discount.

Zeko shoes is also offering to the winners of the State Tournament $200 to the Angler and $100 to the Co-Angler if they are wearing Zeko Shoes and have a decal on their boat or truck during the tournament.

And for the Anglers of the Year, Zeko will give $100 of product to each the Angler and Co-Angler of the year if they are wearing Zeko Shoes and have a decal on their boat or truck during the tournament.

Each person who places an order will receive 2 stickers for their vehicle and/or boat along with the arrival of order of Zeko Shoes.

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Visit Zeko website at   www.zekoshoes.com

 For more info contact:

Mike Cox

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John Dixon



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How to obtain a FLW Membership

Attention ALL Club Presidents,

Club Secretaries,

Club Roster Management Admins.

KBF Members.

Lately our phones have been ringing off the wall over FLW memberships.

ALL Federation Members are required to update their FLW memberships thru their respective Clubs in the Kentucky Bass Federation.

The Bass Federation, Inc.  (TBF) ‘s partnership with FLW Outdoors is based solely on Memberships. Therefore, all Federation members are required to update their FLW membership thru their Mother Club in the State of Kentucky.

KBF cannot submit roster updates to TBF with a partial payment.  Every Roster submitted to TBF MUST be accompanied with $50 for each member on this Invoice.  $15.00 for TBF National Dues & $35.00 FLW membersip Dues.

At this time each year, the KBF Office is flooded with phone calls from members that need to update their FLW memberships so they can get the early bird entries at BFL events.  Most of these persons are calling FLW and asking to purchase a membership, therefore they are sold a new membership, and shortly thereafter they see that they now have a 2nd membership number.

Please Read Slowly:   IF YOU ARE A Kentucky Bass Federation member you must renew your FLW Outdoors subscription thru your Club and State Federation.

The bottom line is the same ole story every year.  Clubs and Club Members look at the State Federation Qualifying Schedule and when the 1st events is not scheduled until mid March or early April, their thoughts are what the heck, I will just wait until a few days before the 1st event before I pay up.

Now I decide in November that I want to compete in some of the early scheduled BFL events around my area, and I simply go buy the FLW membership there and by pass the club and State.  Now when your Club and State is updating membership to the National Federation, you begin to yell I am already a FLW member.  Yes you are, BUT why did you not follow procedure in becoming a FLW member.

KBF By Laws requires all Clubs/Members to provide a new Roster update to their State Federation and in turn the State is required to provide the same update to the National Federation on/before December 31.   DEAR MEMBER… No excuse … your State Federation and the TBF National Federation is excepting roster updates beginning November 1st  of each year.

When you called FLW to buy or Renew your FLW membership, had you told them you were a Federation Member they would have told you the same thing you have just read in this Note.

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Ky Dept Fish & Wildlife opposes Restrictions

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR)

Position Statement

Regarding Boat Restrictions at U.S. Corp of Engineers (USCOE) owned Dams

KDFWR is opposed to the USCOE decision to unnecessarily restrict boat access below the dams.

If you are as well, please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative now!

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, released its plans on December 13, 2012 torestrict boating access above and below their damsto maximize safety associated with hazardous waters. These new restricted zones are set to take effect in 2013.
The Corps will hold two public information meetings in KY:
Meeting 1 – January 10, 2013 in Grand Rivers, KY from 6-8 pm (CST) at Badgett Playhouse Theater, 1831 JH O’Bryan Avenue.

Meeting 2 – January 24, 2013 in Somerset, KY from 6-8 pm (EST) at Somerset Center for Rural Development, 2292 Hwy 27, Suite 300 (turn off 27 at Traffic Light #15).

Contact your U.S. Senators and Representative to voice your concerns.

The new restrictions are based on a 1996 policy established in ER 1130-2-520, Chapter 10, Project Operations-Navigation and Dredging Operations and Maintenance Policies. This policy allows restricted areas to be established based on hydraulic criteria and site-specific operational considerations. In this case, the recent decision by USCOE impacts four impoundments in Kentucky including Martins Fork, Laurel River, Barkley, and Cumberland lakes. Although the restricted areas above-dam will not have a notable impact to most boating activity,the below-dam restriction will significantly impact boaters and anglers, especially below Lake Cumberland and Barkley Lake.

KDFWR Concerns:

KDFWR agrees with the USCOE that there are significant safety considerations below any dam due to the periodic turbulent conditions and reverse currents that are created. Based on this, the department recognizes and enforces the current warning signal and requirement to wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in the restricted zone already. However, KDFWR is strongly opposed to the proposed restrictive zones for the following reasons:

  1. Both areas support major      recreational fisheries that will be negatively impacted.
  • Areas below dams (known as tailwaters) provide a concentration of fish due to the physical barrier, flow and oxygen conditions, and the concentration of forage fish for major predators and these conditions attract boat anglers. Anglers have been accustomed to fishing these areas since 1953 at Lake Cumberland and 1966 at Barkley Lake. Site specific data is not available on Lake Cumberland tailwaters but anecdotally this is highest fishing pressure area and supports the highest catch rate and harvest for this entire 75 miles of trout stream.
  • Data from Barkley Lake in 2000 reveal the importance of these tailwaters. Specifically, there were 562 fishing trips per acre immediately below the dam compared to four fishing trips per acre above the dam. Over 60% of these fishing trips were made by boat anglers.  Similarly, the fish harvest in tailwaters was recorded at 2,655 fish per      acre, compared to only nine fish per acre in the lake. Overall, the economic value for the Barkley Lake tailwater fishery is over $3M.


  1. The proposed restricted zones below Barkley Lake and Lake Cumberland are unnecessarily restrictive, since they are based on bank full conditions with all major gates open. These conditions represent a true flood stage at either location, when it is definitely unsafe to be in the entire river below the dam. However, the proposed zones will now also restrict access to very calm and safe water for significant portions of the year including the major recreational season.  The USCOE’s own policy contains language that allows flexibility, in that any boundaries for restricted access above and below the dam are to be “ordinarily” established based on high flow conditions. The rule does not require the USCOE to take this approach.


  1. The hydraulic line standard only applies at flood stage and is not applicable during other major times of the year. In particular, the Lake Cumberland hydraulic standard is definitely excessive since gates have only been opened during rare events since the dam was constructed except during the current dam repair era. Major dam repairs will be completed sometime in 2013 and a normal flow operation will follow.


  1. The proposed buoy line to delineate the zone will be expensive and has not been budgeted as part of normal congressional appropriations.


  1. The USCOE rule now being implemented has apparently been in effect since 1996. However, the Corp has chosen not to enforce this rule for over 17 years! Despite this, before KDFWR became involved, the USCOE had not announced any intentions to allow for public input to this change in restricted areas. It is important therefore that this input is heard at the public information meetings scheduled for January.


Call to Action and Compromise:

KDFWR has reached out to USCOE officials as well as our state and federal legislators to try and foster a compromise, which addresses the USCOE safety and liability concerns while continuing to promote the outstanding fishing and tourism opportunity in these areas. KDFWR has specifically proposed, as an alternative,warning lights to designate a restricted zone when gates have been opened. Both our Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) have agreed to dedicate law enforcement efforts if a less restrictive methodology is utilized. It is our belief that the Corps can maximize safety and minimize legal liability by using these and other alternatives.


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