Reed and Gillispie win Buddy Trail Championship at Mon River

Jeff Reed and Jason Gillispie won the 2022 Buddy Trail Championship held July 16th on the Mon River. Jeff and Jason brought in a five fish limit with a total weight of 11 pounds 15 ounces. Matthew Farley and Terry Riggins took 2nd place with 10 pounds 46 ounces. In 3rd place with 10 pounds 43 ounces was Josh and Roger Balser. Rounding out the top 5 was Johnny Crockett and Jim Posey with 10 pounds 23 ounces and Bob and Lane Flint with 9 pounds even.

2022 District 12, VA, WV. National Semi-Finals on Sept. 17-18

Location: James County VA. Chickahominy River

To be eligible to compete, you must be a member of a club in good standing with the WV Bass Federation and an active member of the TBF.

Each club can advance top boater and top non-boater from the club (no paper clubs).


Top 10% of each states event participation (participation in last fall’s divisional qualifiers or this year’s buddy trail).

The 2021 Buddy Trail Champions and the top 10 individuals from the State Championship will have paid entries into this event (top five from championship are eligible to be boaters).  Please email and let me know ASAP if you are fishing this event or not (if fishing, please send me your shirt size).

For all other members wanting to fish this event, I must have your name, e-mail address and if you would like to go as a boater or non-boater (and shirt size) by July 29th so I can send your information to the TBF (we must have an even number of boaters and non-boaters). Please try to help by finding a boater or non-boater and sending the pair of names to me at one time. If you can’t find someone and want to fish, send me your information and I will put you on the list and try to pair you up (first come, first paired). It’s up to the state to make sure we send an equal number of boaters and co-anglers to this event.

Once I send your information to the TBF, they will send you an e-mail to register and pay (boater $200 and non-boater $100) between August 1 – September 1.

For more information on the tournament, you can go to The,  go to tournament schedules and then to National Semi- Finals. You can also contact Robert Harkness at or call 304-275-3125.

New member looking for a club

I have a boater/ non boater searching for a club to be able to fish the qualifier.   My # is 304-677-0162

2022 Buddy Trail Year End Results

Attached is the year end results from the 2022  Buddy Trail tournaments. Congratulations to Mick Goodwin and Mick Goodwin Sr. for winning the 2022 WVBF Buddy Trail. Congratulations also to Matthew Farley and Terry Riggins for a strong second place finish. Both teams have qualified to be on our 2023 state team. Great Job guys!

Every team that fished (or paid) for 4 tournaments, are eligible to fish our “no fee”  Buddy Trail Championship July 16th on the Mon River from Palatine Park. We will launch at safe light and fish until 4pm. The Locks will be open.