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 on: Today at 11:07:53 AM 
Started by djkimmel - Last post by djkimmel
If you posted or messaged somewhere else, please add your status on this official thread now in addition. So I can keep track of everything in one place. Thanks!

 on: Today at 11:04:55 AM 
Started by stackenem - Last post by djkimmel
Please add your status to the official thread now so I can keep track of all of them in 1 spot. Thanks!

 on: Today at 11:02:17 AM 
Started by djkimmel - Last post by djkimmel
2023 Spring MadWags Memorial Members
Bass Tournament East

Saturday May 20
8 AM until 2 PM - please arrive no later than 7:15 AM
Lake St Clair - Michigan waters only
Harley Ensign MDNR Ramp - end of South River Rd
Entry Fee $5 per angler 13 and older (required)
Big Bass $2 per angler 13 and older (required)
Anglers under 13 fish for free*

Open to all registered members.1

This is a paper tournament - catch, measure & release.*

IMPORTANT: Each boat will need a Gator Grip Largemouth Bass Weighmaster Golden Rule (GG-51) designed for bass catch and release with weight conversion based on length.2

Format is draw tournament with boater and nonboater fishing as a team. 5 biggest bass between the two or three team members will be counted to determine finish. Biggest non-bass fish brought in to weigh wins the coveted BIG UGLY prize! Fish must be in season and legally caught to count.

*Anglers under 18 must be fishing with a parent or legal guardian. Contact me with questions.

1Please note:
Family members may be able to fish together. Please contact me directly by PM, phone 810-433-BASS (2277) or email to arrange this. I would prefer family members 18 and older be a registered member of I will not request that for family members under 18, and prefer not to have family members 13 and under register due to federal privacy regulations. If you have a family member that wants to fish but not be a member, please contact me privately prior to the event. Youth 17 years or younger must be participating with a parent or legal guardian. Exceptions to this will need to be discussed with me in advance. Use the contact information above please. Thank you.

2 If you don't have the correct paper tournament Weighmaster Golden Rule board (available from Gator Grip Golden Rule Weighmaster GG-50 Gator Grip Weighmaster GG-50 on Amazon or GG-51 Largemouth Bass 22 inch version - the difference between the two is the GG-50 comes with the paper weigh-in slips you don't need for this event), you can use a regular board. Measure the bass based on the farthest line the tail touches or goes over. Bring the board in to me and I can come up with a closest conversion in weights for you to finish tallying your weights - FYI you probably won't get as much weight credit. Please try to get the Weighmaster board from someone or some place. I don't have any more extras and can't buy them at a discount anymore.


Nonboaters please bring life jackets to make sure we have enough. Life jackets must be worn zipped and/or buckled whenever the gas motor is running. Boater must use working kill switch when gas motor is running.

No live bait. Artificials only.

I try to make sure there are as few boats as possible with no one that knows the water. I can have a mini-seminar before we launch on where to fish for people who ask for it - DON'T BE SHY! This event is all about fun - not winning!!

This event is all about everyone catching some fish, having fun and getting to know each other, and also to honor the memory one of our greatest members - David 'MadWags' Wagensomer!!! Thank you for being members of

If you have anything new or like new you'd like to donate for prize giveaways, please contact me.

Post that you are attending, and if attending as a boater or nonboater in this thread please. It is easier for me to keep track if your status is in this thread rather than only through some other contact means like PM, phone, email, etc. Thanks!

I'd like to have at least 9 boats minimum, and hope to not have to leave any non-boaters without a boat to fish from.

A little pricey for this board - you may be able to get a board directly from Gator Grip or a few other online sources. Couldn't find any on ebay and hasn't had them for a long time now.

 on: Yesterday at 05:23:21 PM 
Started by stackenem - Last post by Jay-MadWags
I’m in as a boater with MadWag’s friend Brian from Chicago. He’s making a trip to fish this event. May 20th sounds like the best day😊🎣.

 on: Yesterday at 03:53:12 PM 
Started by stackenem - Last post by VinceR
I'm in as a.boater.

 on: March 30, 2023, 01:06:30 AM 
Started by Bigbass201 - Last post by Bigbass201
It can be a tough cookie to crack in tournaments.  It usually takes about 12 lbs. to win.  Lake Drive use to have tournaments pretty regular.  I haven't fished one since the Benke Open on that chain.   Those were usually in August and it's a different animal then. 

 on: March 29, 2023, 10:30:03 PM 
Started by News - Last post by News
Dreams Coming True at Lake Of The Ozarks, MO

The dream of every Federation grassroots member is to fish the TBF Federation National Championship. This year is no exception. 102 of the very best Grassroots TBF anglers from across the US and Canada converged on Osage Beach Missouri and the banquet hall at the Inn at Grand Glaze for event registration today. At stake …

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Source: Dreams Coming True at Lake Of The Ozarks, MO

TBF Inc national news update. Click Source link to visit and read complete story.

 on: March 29, 2023, 10:30:02 PM 
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2023 TBF National Championship Contenders Headed to Lake OF The Ozarks, Missouri March 29-31

Nations Top Grassroots Anglers Can Pack Their Bags And Head To Lake OF The Ozarks Missouri For The  2023 TBF National Championship March 29-31 BIGGER PRIZES FOR GRASSROOTS ANGLERS TO HELP MAKE THEIR DREAMS COME TRUE! Ponca City, OK. (November 7, 2022) – The Bass Federation (TBF) announced today that 102 of the nation’s top …

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Source: 2023 TBF National Championship Contenders Headed to Lake OF The Ozarks, Missouri March 29-31

TBF Inc national news update. Click Source link to visit and read complete story.

 on: March 29, 2023, 07:54:28 PM 
Started by Bigbass201 - Last post by djkimmel
Been a loooonnng time since I last fished the Coldwater Chain. Barely remember it now. I think I fished all or most of the lakes from one end to the other.

 on: March 29, 2023, 07:25:28 AM 
Started by Bigbass201 - Last post by Bigbass201
Glad you liked it Beatrice.  Tight lines on the water this year.

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