The 2018 Bass Battles Coastal Series has come to a close. The second year of this series built on the excitement of the first season, showed a couple different bodies of water to our anglers and viewers, and produced a solid group to move on to the TBF Semifinals in October. Jeremy McKay, the current reigning Bass Battles Champion, retained his title against Clint Messner in a two lake battle between Siltcoos Lake and Woahink Lake. These two very different fisheries are just a few minutes apart but threw challenges at both anglers in the championships since the locations were not announced with any time for pre-fishing or preparation of any kind.
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Overall, Jeremy qualified for his second year in a row for the TBF Semifinal event as a boater and walked away with over $2600 in cash and prizes in this series, including a weekend getaway and gift certificate courtesy of Darlings Marina & RV Resort. Look for Jeremy to try and stay unbeaten in the Bass Battles River Series starting June 23rd at Scappoose Bay.
In Second Place and also qualifying as a boater in the TBF Semifinal event, Clint Messner took home $1150 between the first day seeding event and the championship rounds. Clint’s first year fishing Bass Battles proved very successful and we look forward to seeing what this angler can do to finish the year strong and hopefully return next season for another shot at a Bass Battles title.
Jay Culver returned this season and made another Final 4 for the second year in a row taking home $700 including the seeding event cash. Jay qualified to fish the TBF Semifinal as a non-boater but will be fishing the upcoming Bass Battles River Series with hopes of grabbing one of the two boater positions if he can finally crack into the championships.
Mike Strickler made the Final 4 in his first year of Bass Battles earning him $200 and a spot as the first alternate in the TBF Semifinals. We enjoyed the on boat coverage this year with Mike and know the matchup against Jay Culver would be one to watch. Ultimately, we respect the class in Mike’s decision to take 4th place with a graduation to attend and a full summer schedule. Look for Mike next year and take note, his only actual career Bass Battles loss was to the 2x Champion Jeremy McKay at Cullaby Lake.
As we turn our attention away from the Oregon Coast and look ahead to Bass Battles “The River”, a whole new set of challenges await our anglers. June 23rd will create another opportunity for anglers to face off in the head to head bracket series with hopes of qualifying for another 2 boater spots in the TBF Semifinals, 1 non-boater spot, and cash and prizes to push this years total payouts close to the $10K mark.
The location has been announced for the seeding event at Scappoose Bay. Many anglers that LOVE the Columbia River, are still surprisingly unfamiliar with the tidal waters at this location. The anglers will not be allowed to lock through upriver but will have plenty of water to explore with access to the Multnomah Channel, Willamette River, and many backwater areas with untapped potential.
This permitted event still has spots remaining but there is an off limits period enforced Monday through Friday prior to the event. If interested, register by filling out the form linked below and contact Bobby Brown for more information. Entry is $200 for the event and you must be a current FLW, TBF, Bass Battles Member to participate (Full Membership is $95 and can be paid at the ramp).
As the Bass Battles River Series kicks off, we have additional opportunities for cash, prizes, and 2 more available spots in the TBF Semifinals. Our Non-Boater pilot will make it possible for men and ladies to get in on the Bass Battles head to head bracket. Entry fee’s for these are $50 but only open to the first 8 anglers. The same registration form linked above can be used for any Bass Battles events.
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