The 2018 return of Bass Battles for Season Two expanded on a successful Oregon Coast Series with the addition of “The River” Series, Men’s Non-Boater Series, and Ladies Non-Boater Series.
The battle for the Oregon Coast came down the reigning champion, Jeremy McKay, against a tough local stick, Clint Messner. With constant location and format changes keeping the anglers guessing, anglers were pushed out of their comfort zones each round. The championship round was a two lake battle that ended with Jeremy McKay producing two solid limits of bass and locking down Bass Battles first Two Time Champion.
Bass Battles The River showcased a mix of anglers familiar with our format and some anglers we hadn’t seen yet. As anticipated, The River was full of challenges that anglers and the crew met head on. Through the head to head rounds, three anglers moved on into the championship round, David Mays, Louis Smith, and Jeff Reid. On-Boat Coverage was made possible by volunteers Bryan Chapman and Logan Degree spending time on the water covering video interviews. At the end of the day, the bottom seeded Jeff Reid perfectly executed his come from behind victory to become the second person to be crowned Champion of Bass Battles.
The Non-Boater Divisions Piloted a new format with volunteer boat captains allowing our anglers to fish in this head to head format. The Ladies Division would come down between Mona Dunlap, Blossom Langston, and Whitney KaDell. All three ladies fished hard in a variety of locations to test their skills and when the final weigh-in was over, Whitney KaDell walked away with the first non-boater championship. Whitney and Blossom also became the first ladies to qualify through Bass Battles for the TBF National Semifinal.
The Men’s Non-Boater Division provided plenty of entertainment and a great group of anglers across the board. As always, Bass Battles created some different twists in this event including some rounds with specific baits having to be used for 30 minutes and the addition of an Online Championship partnering with ConnectScale. Our Championship anglers Todd Dunlap and Joel Berukoff were given two Bluetooth ConnectScale’s and two weeks to accumulate the largest 5 fish limit in any Oregon public body of water. After the event, both anglers gave feedback to help with future Online event possibilities and Joel Berukoff was announced as the Non-Boater Champion.
Bass Battles remained its TBF affiliation allowing 10 total anglers to travel to Washington and fish for a spot at a National Championship.
Jeremy McKay, Clint Messner, Jay Culver, Joe Potter, Jeff Reid, Louis Smith, Blossom Langston, Whitney KaDell, Joel Berukoff, and David Soliz all made it to Tri-Cities in 2018 to close out a great year.