2017 TBF Semi Finals in Review by Steven Taylor

2017 TBF Semi Finals in Review by Steven Taylor

I was really excited when I heard that the Semi Finals for 2017 between TN and KY would be out of Paris Landing on KY Lake. I love that area and had caught them really well on KY Lake in the fall of 2016. Man was it ever different.
I had a Renegade Classic out of Kuttawa the first week of October so that was going to be great prefishing for the Semi Finals. I spent 7 days on the water including the tournament days for the Classic and it really sucked. I tried to catch them on top water, which is how I caught them last year, and could not make it happen. I refused to go below Paris and that was my down fall. We performed really poorly and I did not have much hope for the Semi Final.
I went down for another three days prior to the cut off and found a few fish on top and a few on a jig on a creek channel ledge. Neither pattern was very strong and I went home with even less confidence than after the Renegade Classic. At this point I had spent 10 days on KY Lake and still did not have a reliable pattern.
Back down to the lake the afternoon prior to the first official practice day and was rooming up with Greg Hoskinson, David Taylor and Bill Lowther. I took my hooks off of most of my top water baits to start the first practice day and went south as far as Harmon. First top water bank I had 3 fish pull my bait down with no hooks and caught just a keeper on the one bait I didn’t take the hooks off of. Caught a few on a jig but nothing to hang my hat on.
Day two of practice and I caught an 18” fish that was so skinny he wouldn’t weigh 2lb on top water, same bait that I caught the keeper on the day before down south but both areas were calm and we weren’t going to have that during the tournament. Went to my confident spot that will always produce a couple of keepers and had a good keeper on a ¾ oz jig, shook two off and then caught another decent one on an Arig. Spent another 2 hours on drops in the same creek with no bites. I had caught a 5 lber on a Shower Blow the previous weekend on a single stump so that was where I was going to start on Saturday morning. Then go to the drop and play it by ear from there.
Saturday morning was cloudy and breezy, perfect for top water. Except I couldn’t buy a bite on top. By 8:30 I was on the drop with my big jig and by 9:00 I had 3 in the boat. By 11:30 I had a limit so we decided to leave and try some top water. Nothing. Then tried a main river channel drop that is another confidence spot, hooked a huge fish on the jig, got him to the boat and………………drum. Back to my drop and culled with the largest bass of the day. 2lb 3 oz. After weigh-in I was in 3rd with 9lb 12 oz. Better than a stick in the eye but not the weight I thought I would need. Bill Lowther was leading KY with 3 that weighed 11lbs 10 oz so he was catching the right size. I knew I needed a big bite the next day to pull this out.
Sunday the wind was whipping pretty good but I had decided to go South to my top water spot and give it 30 minutes. When I arrived, and turned my front unit on I had the green screen of death. Great, now I get to fish all day without a front depth finder or chart, and I plan on fishing a drop most of the day. I caught a short fish and a 5lber on my top water spot then headed to my drop. About half way there I noticed a really bad vibration in the boat. Felt like I had thrown an ear off my prop. When I got there, I discovered I had jarred a cable off of one of my Talon’s in the 4’ waves and it was extended 10’ down so that was my vibration. Oh well, I’ll just take it off before I head back to the weigh in.
The previous day I had put two way points on my Lowrance with boat symbols to show where my boat needed to be sitting to fish the best part of the drop. With no front unit I would just have to set my boat on the mark and stay there.
I sat down on my spot, aligned my boat on the marker off of the point and set the spot lock on my Minnkota Ultrex. If you guys haven’t been in a boat with one of these you don’t know what you are missing. For guys like me who enjoy structure fishing they are invaluable. I started fishing that spot at 9:00 and left at 2:35 to head back to the weigh in. I caught a keeper on the ¾ oz jig and a few shorts then the bite died. I switched up to a magnum trick worm on a 3/8 oz shaky head, 17lb Seagar InvisX and started catching them right away. I ended up with only one keeper out of about 20 fish but did break the hook off on another one but you know how that goes, you always think the one that got away is the big one.
Back to the weigh-in and I had 8lb 11oz with those the 3 fish. With the way Bill Lowther was getting bit in practice and the first day on top water I didn’t think I had a chance until Bill told me he only had a small keeper. The next two guys had blanked so the day turned out to be tougher that I thought.
I ended up in 1st place on the Angler side for KY and was shocked that 18lb 7oz would win in October. But it did.
Can’t wait to get to the Nationals again and see if I can move on to the All American.
Thanks everyone for all the well wishes and to Bill, David and Hosko for a great time sharing a cabin with me. Thanks also to all my Sponsors, iXL, Ranger Boats, Renegade Marine, Danali Rods and a special thanks to the KBF, the TBF and the Tennessee Bass Federation for hosting the event and making all of this possible.

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KBF entries for TBF National Semi Final Championship

Names in RED text are Members that have not Accepted the Invitation.  Deadline to Accept is October 13th.  October 14th you will be unable to compete.

BRIAN BEMIS        Alternate     Brian is currently the only KBF member to step forward and commit to being an Alternate.  Should KBF have another KBF member that can be close to the event and would like to serve as an Alternate, notify Donnie Keeton before the Deadline Date to get them on the Invitation list.

 

Boaters that have Accepted the Invitation
CHRIS ALLEN
JASON BEAN
TOMMY BISHOP
MICHAEL BOGGS
RODNEY BRIDGMAN
Michael Ryan Carter
WES COLE
MARK COOPER
STEVEN CURTSINGER
KENNETH DAVIS
TIMOTHY FROHLICH
ALFRED GOLDSBERRY
DARREL GOTTLER
Jason Hatton
TIM HENNEMANN
GREG HOSKINSON
LONNIE JONES
BRADY LINK
BILL LOWTHER
DARIN MOXLEY
KEVIN NEWMAN
WILLIAM NICHOLS
RODNEY POWELL
DWIGHT POYNTER
JEFF RICHEY
CHRISTIAN ROMANS
Hoyt Rorrer
MICHAEL SCAGGS
ERIC SIRLS
BRYAN SNYDER
KARL SNYDER
DAVID SOWERS
VERNON SOWERS
BRANDON STATEN
PAUL T. STONE
DAVID SULLIVAN
DAVID TAYLOR
STEVEN TAYLOR
DON TOMLINSON
BARRY W WARD
STEVE SCOTT WARD
DENNIS J WHEELER
RICH YOUNG

Co Anglers that have Accepted the Invitation

JOE ALCORN
TOM BALLOWE
DUSTIN BAUER
PETE BAYERLE
TROY BICKERS
BEN BIDDLE
TIM BLYTHE
Kalani Borges
JAMES S. BURNS
JOHNNY COOPER
HAROLD DAY
Brian Dillard
JAMES FLOWERS
JACOB GREEN
DAN HERALD
Dustin Herman
PATRICK HERMAN
JAY HOLSAPPLE
MICHAEL R JOHNSON
ED KENNEDY
BOBBY KIDWELL
Robert Kitts
PAUL LACKEY
TYLER MCDANIEL
TERRY MITCHELL
SCOTT NEIHEISEL
BJ NELSON
JIM PANOSH
DUSTIN POYNTER
EUGENE PUCKETT
RONALD ROWLETT
LARRY STATEN
CALEB STEPHENSON
GREG STEVENS
RICK STRINGER
MIKE W. SULLIVAN
GORDON SUMMERS
NATHANIEL H THOMAS
MARK VAN METER
JOEY VON HOENE
TOM WHITTINGTON
STEVEN WORMLEY
HUNTER YOUNG

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KY Dept of Fish & Wildlife 2018 License Increase

Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

Contact: Mark Marraccini

mark.marraccini@ky.gov 

1-800-858-1549, ext. 4425

Hunting and Fishing License Increases Proposed Department seeking more revenue to support its education efforts FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2017) — The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously recommended today that the department increase prices for some resident Kentucky hunting and fishing licenses. The Commission is the guiding body for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It took the action during its September quarterly meeting. It will be the first resident license price increase in more than a decade, and the first increase of the senior and disabled sportsman’s licenses since their inceptions in 1999. The Commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife relies primarily on license sales and federal excise taxes from the sale of hunting and fishing equipment for its revenue. It does not receive state General Fund money, such as those derived from income taxes or property taxes. The Department manages more than 600,000 acres for public use and stocks nearly 10 million fish each year. Hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife watching generate an estimated $5.9 billion to Kentucky’s economy each year. The Commission’s recommendation includes resident hunting licenses, fishing licenses, combination hunting/fishing licenses, senior and disabled sportsman’s licenses and joint fishing licenses for spouses. “Periodic license price increases are necessary to keep pace with inflation and general costs of living,” said Commission Chairman Jimmy Bevins. “We usually project that an increase will last five years, but solid fiscal management historically has allowed us to make them last much longer.” The Department’s last three resident rate changes happened in 1992, 1999 and 2007. License and permit fees for non-residents increased to help offset rising operational costs in 2014, but resident fees remained unchanged at the time. Commission members said they took the action to help offset the rising costs of operating the Department’s three summer camps and the Salato Wildlife Education Center. In addition, increased revenue also will be utilized for increased conservation law enforcement efforts across the Commonwealth. The three summer camps annually graduate more than 5,000 youth. The Salato Wildlife Education Center, located on the main Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus, hosts more than 50,000 visitors each year. “These programs are one main reason why Kentucky continues to see robust participation in hunting and fishing despite decreases seen in surrounding states,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gregory K. Johnson. “Our children are our future sportsmen and sportswomen, and our future leaders. “These license increases help the Department maintain a commitment and solid investment in outdoor education of our youth,” said Johnson. “Revenue also will support a more complete law enforcement presence across the state, and improved law enforcement recruitment and retention.” “We operate almost entirely from user fees derived from hunting and fishing license sales, and federal excise taxes generated by the sale of hunting, fishing and shooting equipment and ammunition,” said Bevins. “Other Kentucky state agencies are largely funded by General Fund tax dollars.” “The new rates for residents would not happen until the 2018 license year,” said Bevins, “so that means we will have made our last increase last for 11 years – more than twice the original projection.” The Commission voted to increase a resident hunting license from its current $20 to $27, a resident fishing license from $20 to $23, a combination resident hunting/fishing license from $30 to $42 and the resident joint fishing license for spouses from $36 to $42. Currently, the senior and disabled sportsman’s licenses provide $165 worth of licenses and permits for $5. A resident sportsman’s license cost $95. Under the Commission action, the senior and disabled sportsman’s licenses would increase to $18. In 2007, Kentucky sold 90,184 of these licenses. Kentucky’s aging society caused that number to reach 120,426 by 2016, with that number projected to continue increasing. “We surveyed senior and disabled license holders across Kentucky and had a strong response,” said Bevins. “Nearly three quarters said they would continue to purchase a license even if it was as much as $20. “I believe the support from our seniors is a direct reflection of their own memories and experiences,” he said. “They remember when all deer hunting in Kentucky was prohibited prior to 1956 because there were very few deer, and when there were no wild turkey, elk or bears, or fish hatcheries to raise and stock fish. “Today our fish and wildlife populations are healthy and abundant, and our management program is a national model. Our seniors know better than most that our conservation camps and school programs are helping to leave a better natural Kentucky for their children and grandchildren,” Bevins said.

 

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife news releases are available online at fw.ky.gov The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information on the department, visit our website at fw.ky.gov.

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KBF Junior State Tournament

Kentucky Bass Federation State Tournament for the future Bass Fishermen of the Federation

KBF Youth State Championship

September 30th & October 1st 2017

6:30 – 2:30 Central Time Both Days

(Times Subject To Change By Youth Director Rick Kempton)

Barren River Lake: Port Oliver Ramp

 

* Host Motel: Days Inn

  105 Days Inn Blvd.

  Glasgow, KY 42141

  270-651-1757 

  (Mention You Are With The Kentucky Bass Federation For Better Rates)

 

* Pizza Party

  Saturday, September 30th 2017

  5:30pm Central Time

  Papa Johns

  603 Happy Valley Road

  Glasgow, KY 42141

  270-651-7775

 

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