BRANSON TO HOST THE BASS FEDERATION’S BEST FOR THE 2009 TBF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

PONCA CITY, Okla. (June 19, 2008) – The Bass Federation announced today that the resort community of Branson, Mo., and Bull Shoals Lake will host The Bass Federation National Championship presented by the National Guard in 2009. The event will be held March 10 through 15, and is the culmination of more than two years of qualification for most of the 30,000 anglers that are members of TBF. Anglers from six TBF divisions competed locally in their home states during 2007 to qualify for the 2008 no-entry- fee TBF Divisional Championship Series tournaments. The top two anglers from each state at those events will advance to compete in the no-entry-fee 2009 TBF National Championship.Once again the prestigious event will be held in conjunction with one of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour stops the same week on Table Rock Lake. Weigh-ins and Family Fun Zone festivities for both events will be held at the new Branson Convention Center.“We tried a ‘dual’ TBF Championship and FLW Tour event in 2008, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive from our anglers and everyone else who attended.” said TBF President Robert Cartlidge. “It is a lot of work to do two major events at the same time, and it takes a lot of dedicated FLW Outdoors and TBF people to make it work. But the events feed off each other and are both bigger and better because of it. Branson is a great family destination, with many things to do and see. It is right in the heart of ‘fishing country’ and we expect big crowds and lots of fun. Our anglers deserve nothing less than the very best we can give them.” TBF National Championship anglers will compete for their share of over $200,000 in cash and merchandise, every TBF Championship angler will receive a check and other prizes including a $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package and berths into two of the sport’s most coveted events – the $1 million BFL