This year TBF anglers will have a home field advantage at the National Semi-Final which will be hosted by the Missouri TBF. The National Semi-Final is open to anglers who qualify through events hosted by their state federation or by winning their club boater and/or co-angler championship. The Missouri TBF has chosen to hold the event in 2018 at Stockton Lake. Orleans Trail Marina will be the location for the event scheduled for October 13th & 14th.
Stockton Lake has a solid reputation for a fall bite, with a lot of different patterns that should be in play. With an expected field of 30-35 from Missouri and Kansas, Stockton is the perfect size to allow anglers to explore the lake while giving plenty of room for everyone to find their “sweet spot”.
The event will include 2 days of formal practice with a banquet and pairings on Friday night. The 2 day event will be based on accumulated weight with separate categories for boaters and co-anglers. Leading boaters and co-anglers from each state will move on to the TBF National Championship in 2019 (location TBA). Prize money and trophies will be awarded for the top overall anglers and co-anglers at the event along with “Bragging Right” award to the top state team.