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The Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Federation Nation held its annual membership banquet on December 10, 2011.  The attendees welcomed 1991 Bassmaster Classic Champion and Oklahoma Native Ken Cook, Vanishing Paradise and National Wildlife Federation representative Andy McDaniel and B.A.S.S. Federation Director Don Cochran. 

 

   Ken Cook started the evening’s festivities.  Mr. Cook spoke about the importance of all fishermen’s role in introducing new people to the sport we all enjoy.  He chronicled his career and how it all started in the B.A.S.S. Federation.  Mr. Cook described how the foundation and lessons he learned in the Federation were tantamount in having successful career.  The lessons on learning how to catch fish, developing relationships with sponsors and promoting not only sponsors but tournament fishing as a whole.

 

 

  Andy McDaniel raised many eyebrows in the room when he delivered his conservation message.  Andy brought to light how fast the land and marshes are disappearing on the Louisiana coast.  He also explained several adverse impacts of the loss. Fortunately, there are ideas and plans to address the erosion problems.  Andy asked the OBFN to partner with the Vanishing Paradise movement in order to have a stronger voice in their plight to stop the damage and protect the environment.

 

   The joining of forces to protect our rights and the environment is the underlying message we all need to hear. The partnering of organizations bridge all locations and what their main focus may be.   Despite each organizations uniqueness or membership and the differences in the species they focus on, we all have a common goal.  Whether it is the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, Ducks Unlimited, Trout unlimited or any other outdoor organization, we all have a vested interest in protecting our rights and future generations rights of access to enjoy the sports we love.

 

   Don Corkran echoed the messages of the Ken and Andy.  He spoke about the legislative process and how important it is in protecting access to fishable waters. He also spoke about the importance each and every Federation member has in being an Ambassador for our sport.

 

   Whether deserving or not bass fisherman are frowned upon in some circles.  Some home and marina owners believe we are a nuisance, they and in some cases truthfully say we damage their property by waking their docks, hitting their boats with lures or snagging boat covers with hooks.

 

   Don stated when it comes to repairing or developing relationships with the property and marina owners we have to be at the forefront.  At times bass fishermen have not been the most amiable group when dealing with those who don't have the same passion for fishing as we do.  In those cases Don stated, “We have met the enemy and the enemy is us!”

 

   Our duty is to educate and portray a positive image for the Federation Nation and bass fishing as a whole. It all starts with positive communication.  We need to be polite and friendly when we encounter individuals who oppose our sport or access to our sport. 

 

   The evening ended with raffle prizes.  Thanks to many sponsors, this year included more items than ever before.  Quantum supplied rods and reels, Gene Larew and Culprit provided soft baits, Brandon Mosley owner of Mosley Rod Works donated a custom built crank bait rod, Ryan Saum, from Snap-On Tools provided an ice chest and pullovers, Mercury and Yamaha provided numerous shirts and hats, Hydro Wave donated a coupon for a discounted Hydro Wave Unit, Pradco Lures provided hard baits, local tackle dealer Lucky Lure presented two gift certificates and Lowrance Electronics donated several items as well.  Please help support all of the companies who support the Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.  Without their support we would not be able to do the things we do.

 

   Next year’s banquet will held on December 8, 2012.  Take the message Ken and Don spoke about introducing new people to the sport a little further and bring a non OBFN member to next year’s banquet. 

 

   I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope you all have a happy holiday season.  I look forward to seeing you all again. Check the website frequently for updates on federation news. Most importantly, remember to keep all of our servicemen and woman in your prayers during the holiday season.

 

 

                                                                                    Keith Blackstone, President

                                                                                    Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Federation Nation

 

Bartlesville Top Six Team - First Place

Keystone Bassmasters Top Six - Second Place

Middle Oklahoma Bassmasters Top Six - Third Place

2011 Oklahoma State Team

                                                                         

 


The Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Federation Nation held its first Divisional Qualifying Tournament (DQT) for the 2012 season at Lake Keystone on October 29th and 30th.   Over forty anglers unloaded their boats all vying for a spot on the 2012 Oklahoma State Team.  Lake Keystone welcomed the anglers with a late fall cold front, temperatures at take take-off hovered around 32 degrees with fog.  The fog lifted revealing blue bird skies and tough fishing conditions.

Despite the conditions Billy Lemon brought in the largest stringer of the day weighing in at 14.09.  Lemmon’s stringer was one fish shy of the allowed five fish limit.  He also brought in big bass for the day a nice 6.65 pounder.  Lemmon revealed he spent most of the day throwing top water baits on main lake rock.  Lemon also finished near the top of the leader board on day two as well.  He struggled a little more on Sunday as his bite changed.  Lemon stated his local knowledge of Keystone played a major role in his success.   

Mike Anthamatten stood alone at the top leader board when the scales closed on day two.  He brought in a five fish limit weighing 13.64.  The day two winner used a variety of Slayer Tackle jigs to catch his limit.  Anthamatten proved you can’t keep a good man down overcoming the tough weather conditions as well as boat problems during practice.  Mike relied on his good friend Johnny Burke after his motor developed a problem.

The top five in the season points after the Keystone event is lead by Billy Lemmon, 2nd Mike Anthamatten, 3rd Dale Hightower, 4th Bobby Myers and 5th Lee Sanders.  All five anglers put together two strong days. 

The Lake Keystone event also marked the unveiling of the new Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Federation Nation’s weigh-in trailer.  The trailer provided the tournament staff led by Mike Myers, Tournament Director an awesome platform to conduct the weigh-in and partner pairings.  Myers, a perennial State Member, provided the use of the trailer for the OBFN.  Myers Bodyworks, Inc graphic design team, led by Amber Myers, designed and laid out all of the OBFN’s sponsor banners and decals on the trailer.

Several OBFN members spent time installing cabinets, sinks and accessories in preparation for the Keystone DQT.  Kenny Butts, Randy Heavin and Richard Minyard deserve a round of applause and huge THANK YOU for their dedication and support.

The second DQT is scheduled to be held on Lake Texoma in March of 2012, however, if Mother Nature doesn’t provide some rain between now and then the Corps of Engineers will not issue a permit.  In the event lake levels at Texoma do not rise the second tournament will be moved to Sardis Lake, with the final event taking place on Ft. Gibson in April.

 

 

 

President
Mike Myers
Oklahoma City, OK
405.760.4171
Limit5Mike@yahoo.com
MyersBodyworks@sbcglobal.net