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TBF of Connecticut Junior Bass Anglers

2017

There are currently no youth events scheduled.

2016

There are currently no youth events scheduled.

 

2015

Congratulations to Ryan Kusmit and Anthony Ferraiolo 2015 TBF High School Conference Champions Lake Winnipesaukee NH. Thanks to Boat Captain Ken Bugden.

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2014

TBF Youth Tournament #3

TBF Youth fished their third tournament on June 28, 2014 at Lake Zoar. Being Lake Zoar, it proved difficult to catch keepers. The 5 anglers caught plenty of 10" – 11.75" largemouth and smallmouth bass during the day, but only 12 bass made it to the scale. Max Dispoto continued his winning streak with 3 bass weighing 6.02 pounds. Matt Fields caught 4 fish weighing 5.79 pounds, Kevin Barnosky had 3 bass for 4.40 pounds (Kevin also caught a nice size pike), Brandon Jasensky had one fish weighing 4.07 pounds, the biggest fish of the event, and Shane Powers had one fish weighing 2.84 pounds.

Brandon's largemouth won him a TBF edition casting rod rod.

Thanks to Jamie Verab and Joe Rackiewicz who volunteered to be boat captains for this event. Thanks again to BIO Bass Anglers for supplying the scale used for the weigh-in.

TBF Youth Tournament #2

June 7, 2014
The 2nd TBF Youth tournament was held on Candlewood Lake. The five youth anglers who fished brought a total of 19 fish to the scales, four largemouth and 15 smallmouth. Max Dispoto was winner with a five fish limit weighing 14.91 pounds. Peter Wilson also had a five fish limit weighing 12.80 pounds, with a 4.04 smallmouth, the day's biggest fish. Matt Fields caught a limit weighing 10.99 pounds, Brandon Jasensky had three fish totaling 5.61 pounds and Shane Powers had a 2.51 pound smallmouth.

Peter's smallmouth won him a TBF edition spinning rod rod.

Thanks to Dominic Gambardella and Steve Powers who volunteered to be boat captains for this event. Thanks to BIO Bass Anglers for supplying the scale used for the weigh-in.

TBF Youth Tournament #1

May 17, 2014
The TBF youth fished their 1st tournament today on Candlewood Lake. Only three youth members fished, but all had a great time with some pre-spawn and bed fishing. The three anglers brought a total of 14 fish to the scales, five largemouth and nine smallmouth. Max Dispoto was winner today bring in a five fish limit weighing 11.93 pounds. Max also had the lunker of day, a nice smallmouth weighing 3.59 pounds. Matt Fields caught a limit weighing 9.09 pounds and Brandon Jasensky weighed in four fish totaling 6.85 pounds.

Max's 3.59 smallmouth won him a TBF edition bait-casting rod.

Thanks to Jim Canning who volunteered to be a boat captain for this event and thank you BIO Bass Anglers for supplying the weigh in scale.
 
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TBF Youth Tournament #4

The TBF youth held their 4th and final tournament of the 2013 season on October 26 on Candlewood Lake. Six youth participants fished but we only had two boat captains; so we fished a team tournament with 3 youth participants and a boat captain on each team.

Team Gambardella dominated weighing in an 8 fish limit of 20.87 lbs. Team Schumacher did not do as well, weighing in only 3 fish. Matt Fields and Ryan Kusmit from team Gambardella each took home a gift card to Newtown Bait & Tackle for having the lunkers of the day.

The final results for this year:
Age group 15 – 18

1 – Ryan Kusmit
2 – Shane Losonci
3 – Jake Budris
4 - Peter Wilson
5 – Matt Fields
6 – Anthony Ferraiolo
7 – Tyler Liven
7 – Michael Toohey

Age Group 11 - 14
1 – Shane Powers

Thanks to Newtown Bait & Tackle for providing all of the gifts for the TBF Youth events this season.

These events could not take place without TBF members who volunteer their time and boats to take the youth anglers fishing. A sincere thank you to all of the boat captains that supported the youth trail this year:

Dominic Gambardella, Jeff Misaiko, Joe Rackiewicz, Jim Canning, Ken Rollo, Chris Blanc, Amy Perry, and Ken Bugden

The TBF youth held their 3rd tournament on September 29, 2013 on Candlewood Lake.

It was difficult day of fishing, but 4 of the 8 anglers able to catch some fish. In the 15 -18 year old age group, Ryan Kusmit won with 8.81 pounds, including the lunker smallmouth of 3.40 lbs and the lunker largemouth of 3.31 lbs. Ryan's lunker smallmouth beat out Anthony Ferraiolo's smallmouth by .05 ounces. Even though it was a tough day for all of the anglers, Jake Budris weighed in 4.72 lbs., Anthony Ferraiolo 4.2 lbs., and Shane Losonci 3.71 lbs.

Ryan Kusmit took home both gift cards from Newtown Bait & Tackle for having the heaviest largemouth and smallmouth.

Thanks to Newtown Bait & Tackle for providing all of the gifts for the TBF Youth events. A special to the boat captains as these tournaments could not take place without these volunteers who take these anglers out for the day. Thank you Amy Perry, Chris Blanc and Ken Bugden for volunteering your boats and time for this event.

TBF Youth Tournament #2

The TBF youth held their 2nd tournament on June 9, 2013 on Candlewood Lake. Seven of the youth members fished and all seven brought fish to the scales. In the 15 -18 year old age group, Ryan Kusmit won with 12.04 pounds, followed by Matt Fields who weighed in 9.73 pounds and Jake Budris with 8.08 pounds came in third. Shane Losonci weighed in the lunker of the day, a 3.70 pound largemouth. Shane Powers had one fish, which was enough for the win in the 11 – 14 age group. The seven anglers caught 22 fish weighing 43.91 pounds.

Ryan Kusmit took home a gift card from Newtown Bait & Tackle for having the heaviest bag of the tournament and Shane Losonci won the gift card for lunker.

Thanks to Newtown Bait & Tackle for providing all of the gifts for the TBF Youth events. These tournaments could not take place without the volunteers who captain the boats to take these anglers out for the day. Thank you Dominic Gambardella, Jim Canning, and Ken Rollo.

Connecticut TBF Junior Tournament #1

The first TBF Junior tournament for the 2013 season was held on April 21 on Lake Lillinonah. The anglers were faced with 32 degree air temperature and very strong winds. Despite the tough conditions, a few anglers were able to land fish. Although a rough day, 4 of the 8 anglers brought fish to the scales. The top finisher was Shane Losonci with a two fish weight of 6.7 pounds; including a monster 4.9 pound smallmouth. Shane took home both gifts cards donated by Newtown Bait & Tackle for having the lunker and heaviest bag for the tournament. Ryan Kusmit had 2 smallmouths for 2.6 pounds, Peter Wilson weighed in a 2.1 pound largemouth and Jake Budris with a 1.4 pound smallmouth. The rest of the field gave it all they had but the fish would not cooperate. br>br> Special thanks to Joe Rackiewicz, Dominic Gambardella, and Jeff Masaiko for volunteering their time and boats to take these anglers out for the day.
 
 
 

Candlewood Lake 2010

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The TBF of Connecticut Junior Bass Anglers held their fourth tournament on August 13, 2010 at Candlewood Lake. It was a great day and all anglers brought fish to the scale.

In the 15 – 18 age group, Zack Zeno had an impressive 12.36 lbs. with four fish, including the lunker for day, a 5.16 pound largemouth. Second place went to Brandon Annunziata with five fish weighing 9.53 pounds and Alia Dingle came in third with two fish weighing 6.58 pounds. Justin Dingle weighed in two fish for 4.24 pounds.

The 11 – 14 age group was won by Michael Toohey with five fish weighing 12.24 pounds. Richard Creel, Jr. came in second place with three fish totaling 7.68 pounds.

Zack Zeno won a $15.00 cash prize for weighing in the lunker of the day. Michael Toohey received a $15.00 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods that was donated by Richard Creel.

One of highlights of the weigh-in was the new scale with the large digital display. All of the anglers and observers got to see the weights displayed in large red lights. Some of the spectators were quite impressed. The TBF Youth Club would like express their sincere thanks to Jim Canning for the scale.

Thank you to our boat captains who volunteered their time and boats to support the youth fishing events: Jonathan Dingle, Dominic Gambardella, Richard Creel and Richard Schumacher.

The points race for the top angler in each age bracket is very close. This has been a very competitive year for the Junior anglers. Thanks again to all of those who have helped support the TBF of CT youth program.

The next junior tournament will be on October 24, 2010 on Candlewood Lake.

Rich Schumacher, Youth Director

Connecticut Junior Bass Anglers 2010

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The TBF of Connecticut Junior Bass Anglers held their third tournament on July 11, 2010 on the CT River. It an extremely hot day and the fish did not cooperate with the anglers. One angler caught two fish while most others caught just one.

In the 15 – 18 age group, Nick Mahoney came in first place with 2 fish weighing 2.64 pounds. Second place went to Justin Dingle with one fish weighing 2.62 pounds and Brandon Annunziata came in third with one fish weighing 1.87 pounds. Jake Roczniak gave a steady effort but was unable to boat a keeper.

The 11 – 14 age group was won by Michael Toohey with one fish weighing 2.57 pounds.

Justin Dingle won a gift card donated by Newtown Bait & Tackle on Main Street in Newtown, CT for weighing in the biggest fish of the day. Nick Mahoney received a gift card donated by The Fishin Factory, 1426 Meriden Waterbury Tpke, Plantsville, CT, for having the heaviest bag. Thank you to Jonathan Dingle for talking to The Fishin Factory and obtaining the donation for this event.

Thank you to our boat captains who volunteered their time and boats to support the youth fishing events: Jonathan Dingle, Dominic Gamberdella and Rich Schumacher. Thank you to Joe Rackiewicz for providing the scale for the weigh-in.

Lake Lillinonah 2010

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The TBF of Connecticut Junior Bass Anglers held their second tournament on June 26, 2010 at Lake Lillinonah. Although it was a hot day for the anglers, they were all able to bring fish to the scale.

In the 15 – 18 age group, Alia Dingle came in first place with 2 fish weighing 8.46 pounds, including the lunker for the day, a 5.28 pound largemouth. Second place went to Brandon Annunziata with five fish weighing 8.38 pounds and Jake Roczniak came in third with five fish weighing 7.23 pounds. Justin Dingle, Nick Mahoney and Zack Zeno also caught fishing totaling 3.41, 2.60 and 1.05, respectively.

The 11 – 14 age group was won by Richard Creel, Jr. with two fish weighing 2.62.pounds. Michael Toohey followed with a 1.05 pound smallmouth.

Alia Dingle won a gift card to Newtown Bait & Tackle for weighing in the lunker of the day. Brandon Annunziata and Jake Roczniak each received a gift card donated by The Fishin Factory, 1426 Meriden Waterbury Tpke, Plantsville, CT for their catches. Thank you to Jonathan Dingle for talking to The Fishin Factory and obtaining the donations for this event.

Thank you to our boat captains who volunteered their time and boats to support the youth fishing events: Jonathan Dingle, Dominic Gamberdella, Richard Creel, Rich Schumacher and to Mike Zeno who had his boat available on the lake that day. Thank you to Joe Rackiewicz for providing the scale for the weigh-in.

Ct Junior Bass Anglers 2010

The TBF of Connecticut Junior Bass Anglers held their first of five tournaments on May 16, 2010 at Lake Zoar. The weather was nice and sunny, but the anglers struggled to catch fish. The event started at 7:30 am and finished at 2:00 pm. The anglers fish in two age brackets; children ages 11 – 14 compete against each; as do 15 – 18 year olds. The youth anglers go out with seasoned adult members who act as their “guide” during the tournament. The idea is for kids to think and act independently, while having competent fishermen on hand for safety and to give advice if asked.

In the 15 – 18 age group, Alia Dingle came in first place with 3 fish weighing 3.31 pounds. Second place went to Brandon Annunziata with one fish weighing 1.30 pounds. The rest of the anglers had a tough time finding bass greater then 12 inches, the legal size limit. James Schumacher, who participated in the event but is under the minimum qualifying age, had the heaviest bag of fish; weighing in 3 smallmouth bass for 3.60 pounds.

The big fish for the day was a 1.75 pound smallmouth caught by James Schumacher. James won a gift card donated by Newtown Bait & Tackle, located on Main St. in Newtown, CT.

The top angler in each of the age brackets earns the right to fish in the National Guard Junior World Championship (NGJWC). The NGJWC is the premier junior fishing tournament in the world and it is held each year in conjunction with the Forest Wood Cup.

The Connecticut Junior Bass Anglers would like to thank Newtown Bait & Tackle for their donation and support of the TBF of Connecticut’s youth program. We would also like to thank The TBF National Federation and The TBF of Connecticut for their continued sponsorship.

Thank you to our boat captains who volunteered their time and boats to support the youth fishing events: Jonathan Dingle, Dominic Gamberdella, Joe Rackiewicz, Mike Zemo and Rich Schumacher. Thank you to Joe Rackiewicz for providing the scale for the weigh-in.

The next junior tournament will be on June 26, 2010 at Lake Lillinonah.

Click for Zoar Youth Results and Standings


2010 High School Fishing World Finals

Russellville, Arkansas
Date: July 19-24, 2010


Dear Subscriber ,
We see you are a TBF Premium Youth Member, which makes you eligible to fish in this year's High School Fishing World Finals in Russellville, Arkansas!

If you have finished the 8th Grade, and have not yet began college, for this year only, we will accept all Premium Youth Membership Entries! This is a Student Angler Federation event, but we are accepting all Premium Youth Members too! This is a team event (5 fish team total), so you will need a partner to fish with, a boat & boat captain (over age 21). We would love to see you bring your entire school club to this event, but if you can't get that done before the end of the school year, simply get a partner. For more details and information, check out our website, HighSchoolFishing.org and download Rules/Entry Forms for the event.

For all entries received by June 1st, 2010, your team will be put into a drawing for 3 FREE Hotel Nights at one of the Event Hotels in Russellville. We will select two teams to win free hotel rooms, so get your entry in NOW! If you cannot get your team entry turned in by the early registration date, the final deadline to be entered for the event is July 6th, 2010. Entry forms may be mailed or faxed.

If you have any questions please contact TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, mark@bassfederation.com , or call 330-993-0014. You can also contact our TBF National Office at 580.765.9031.
We would love to see any of you there representing your High School, give you even more opportunity to win college scholarships and show off your High School Team Spirit!
Sincerely,
The Bass Federation (TBF)
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