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2017 World Championship Bass on The Fly Fishing Tournament Results

Once again the 2017 World Championship Bass on The Fly Fishing Tournament set a participation record with 74 fly fishers from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, California and Colorado!  The event was held at Lake Fork Marina on Saturday, May 6th.  The weather was great and the bite was good .......... for some. 

There were a record 26 teams (50 people) entered in the boater division and 24  in the kayak division.  80% (21) of the boater teams caught fish with 6 five fish limits and a total of 61 fish were photographed.  It was tougher for the kayakers where 50% (12) of them caught 28 fish and there were no limits.  This is a catch-photo-release tournament so even the Lake Fork “slot fish” can be counted.

The 2017 winners were:

Boater Division               
1. Ric McNulty & Bill Ramey, $800
2.  Rex White & Eric Dilts, $400
3.  Ben Bowne & Joe Veach, $300
4.  Steven & Nic Schwartz, $200
5.  Cameron Reeder & Cameron Clifton, $120
Big Bass - Brian Nims, $250               
Big Bluegill - Joshua Yarbrough, $55

Kayak Division
1. Calvin Rackly, $400
2. Greg Stine, $250
3. Robert Cromier,  $150
4. Russel Husted, $100
Big Bass - Lee Kodet, $125
Big Bluegill -Robert Cromier, $20

(Cash payouts are determined by the number of entries in each division.)

The winners consistently reported they caught fish on poppers early and streamers, some of which were homemade, later in the day.

In the optional Friday afternoon Blue Gill tournament $140 was won by Robert Cromier from Louisiana.

The accuracy casting contest was won by David Grimes from the East Texas fly fishers and the distance casting contest was won by Robert Cromier in a cast-off with Russell Husted.  The winners each received the TFO NXT Combo  that was used for the respective contest.

Robert “Catch” Cromier, from Lousiana, made quite a haul and threatened to bring some of his buddies with him next year.  In reality, he probably wants to keep the easy pickin’s a secret.

Everyone received an Umpqua coffee mug, a Rio leader, and assorted decals. Once again, Gypsy Jack produced some newly designed lures to be fished with sinking line which garnered a lot of interest.  Early entries also received a choice of lures including Peltz Poppers produced in California.

The early entry Sage Bass II rod with a matching Sage reel was donated by Sage & Tailwaters Fly Shop and was won by Chuck Ham, one of our kayak fly fishers from San Antonio. 

The coveted TEAM trophy was  reclaimed by the Lone Star Fly Fishers  by a slim margin over the East Texas Fly Fishers.   The Dallas Fly Fishers were not a factor this year, reportedly due to their aging membership.

The tournament donated $650 to Reel Recovery (retreats for men with cancer) and $500 to the Texas Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

Our great sponsors provided door prizes which included rods, rod & reel combos, sling packs, hip packs, flies & fly boxes, discount coupons, belts, billfolds, hats, DVD’s, fly tying kits, a hoodie, rod cases, cash and other assorted items.

Our Sponsors included Sage Rods,  Skeeter Boats, Umpqua, Tailwaters Fly Shop,  Cabela’s, Redington, Rio, Mariner-Sails, TFO Rods, Bass Pro Shop-Garland,  Simms, Orvis-Plano, Ranger Boats, Gypsy Jack Lures,  Fatties on the Fly, Lone Star Fly Fishers, Red River Fly Fishers, and East Texas Fly Fishers.  Thank you all for making this a fun tournament!

The 9th World Championship Bass on The Fly Fishing Tournament will be held in May 2018 (final date to be determined.)  We’re hoping additional fly fishing clubs will bring their best bass fishers to see if they can measure up to the clubs in North East Texas.  Check the website, www.bassonthefly.org, for the latest information.