Going into the final day, Centennial Bass Club’s Frank Villa, from Windsor CO, had 9-11 and needed a lot of help to catch up. It did not help that the overall leader of the event going into the final day was also a Western Division angler with 26-7, and who caught the biggest bag of the entire tournament on day two: 19-10.
Frank finished up with a total weight of 16-9 in the end. As he said on stage, “It was a real kick in the butt!,” but still he had a great time and is looking forward to another chance at the national title.
Indiana’s Mark Dove landed the Championship Title totaling 39 lbs., and the Western Division representative going to the Bassmaster Classic next year is Andy Bravence of AZ, who caught 32-1 total, edging out the day one leader from Ventura County, CA, Jason Hemminger, who finished with 31-2.
Federation Nation Anglers compete at local level tournaments to make a State Team that will represent that state at a regional Federation Nation Divisional. The top angler from each state moves up to represent their home state at the BASS Federation Nation National Championship. From there, the top finishing angler from each Division will be a Federation Nation Angler at the Bassmasters Classic!
Frank Villa, a Firefighter who lives in Windsor, CO, is a member of the Centennial Bass Club and is also the Colorado Bass Federation Youth Director. Frank made the Colorado State Team last year fishing the Colorado Bass Federation State Team Tournament at Truman Lake, MO. As a State Team Member he attended the BASS Federation Nation Western Divisional at Flaming Gorge, WY this past spring. He finished as the top Colorado Angler and that got him a shot at making the Bassmasters Classic by fishing this National Championship.
Anglers interested in getting your chance to make it to the Bassmasters Classic should contact a Colorado Bass Federation Nation affiliated club, found at www.coloradobassfederation.com
for details on how to do what Frank accomplished this year.