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  • September 09, 2020 12:44 PM | Deleted user

    ConnectScale user Scott Scheldberg overcame rain and a broken rod to win the North division in the Connect Fishing League Labor Day Bass Tournament. In the South division, ConnectScale user Brandon Booth grabbed the lead early on and never relinquished it to bring home the crown.

    The tournament, which was held on Sept. 4, 5, 6, and 7, was open to anyone to participate and split into the North Division and the South Division.  Anglers across the United States competed over the long weekend, hauling in 84 catches. The total weight of the five best fish determined the winner and a bonus was given to the fisherman with the biggest catch.

    In the North division, Scott Scheldberg took home 1st place in the best five category with 15.98 pounds total.   Mike Bailey won the biggest catch with 3.81 pound scorable bass.   

    Scheldberg hauled in eight catches on Saturday, the first of his 25 catches throughout the tournament. Scott added 10 more catches on Sunday.

    “On Sunday the primary technique was a wacky setup,” he said. “Green pumpkin 5" Yum Dinger on a VMC Wacky Weedless Jig Head Black 1/16 oz. The biggest fish of the day was caught skipping under a dock, with a wacky setup. My rod is a 7' Abu Garcia Ike Finesse Series Spinning rod, medium power. Reel is a Abu Garcia Revo Rocket, 30 size, 7.0:1 gear ratio spooled with 20 pound super slick Power Pro braid backer with a 12 pound Seagar red Label fluorocarbon leader.”

    Scott reeled in catches of 2.20, 1.74, 1.59, 1.65, 1.30, 2.31, 2.67, 3.37, 3.02, and 2.49 pounds respectively. Labor Day presented him with some challenges.

    He realized he fell to third on the leaderboard. Then his rod broke in half and his trolling motor began acting like it was out of juice. He nearly called it a day.

    “Thought for a minute to trailer the boat and call it a day because the rain was coming. Had a quick conversation with my girlfriend who got my head back in the game. I checked my batteries and fiddled with the breaker on the trolling motor and miraculously, it started functioning normal again.”

    Scott switched to a homemade ¼ ounce LE swim jig with a rage craw green pumpkin trailer. He caught more than 30 fish after that, with seven of them counting towards his total. He reeled in catches of 3.09, 1.61, 1.48, 3.02, 2.56, 3.48, and 1.87 pounds. His five best fish had a total weight of 15.98 pounds, giving him first place in the tournament.

    “Many things have to go right to win a tournament, online or otherwise,” Scott said. “Some things went right, but many things went wrong. Being able to adapt and change when needed is key. Whether it's breaking a rod in half or pouring rain. I was fortunate to hammer them the rest of the day Monday with a jig in my hand which is my favorite way to fish.”

    In the South Division, Cody Dison swooped in on the final day of the tournament to claim second place. He hauled in two catches on Labor Day. His first bass weighed 4.19 pounds and his second weighed 2.09 pounds. These two catches totaled 6.28 pounds and earned him second place.

    Brandon Booth seized the lead early in the South division and could not be unseated.

    He started out on Saturday and brought in five total catches. Those catches weighed 2.97, 2.55, 5.37, 1.10, and 1.21 pounds. This gave him a lead of 13.20 pounds entering Sunday. 

    I fished Gibbons Creek Reservoir,” Brandon said. “Saturday was cloudy and the water temp was low to mid-80s.  I caught the first two fish on a Fishing Bait Club paddletail rigged on an owner flashy swimmer. The third fish was the big bass which came on a black Spro frog. I caught a few more fish here and there on a Carolina rig Senko on points.”

    Booth added two more catches to his haul on Sunday, bringing in a 3.35 pound largemouth and a 1.52-pound largemouth bass.

    “Sunday was sunny and much warmer. Started in the same as Saturday. Lost 3 fish within the first 10 minutes. Managed to catch a few fish on a Texas rigged worm and a crankbait.”

    Those catches brought his total weight for his best five fish up to 15.76 pounds and secured his victory in the South division. He also recorded the biggest fish caught during the tournament in the South with a 5.37 pounder. 

    Congratulations to Scheldberg Bailey, Booth, and all the participants. We look forward to the next tournament.

  • August 18, 2020 11:02 AM | Deleted user

    ConnectScale user Mike Bailey completed an epic comeback on Sunday to take home the win in the Connect Fishing League Weekend Bass challenge. 

    The tournament, which was held on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16, was open to anyone to participate. A total of thirteen anglers from across the United States took part in the challenge with seven anglers successfully logging a total of 45 scorable catches. The goal was to have the best total weight for five fish. A bonus was also given for the biggest catch. 

    Anglers started out strong on Saturday. 

    Dan Lewis started off the tournament with a 1.18-pound largemouth bass, which he caught at 6:39 a.m. He would follow that up with two quick catches in a row, snagging a 1.50 pound largemouth and a 1.80 pound at 11:02 a.m. and 11:38 a.m., respectively. 

    Lewis followed up Saturday’s performance with two more catches on Sunday. He caught a 1.80 pound largemouth at 8:21 a.m. and finished his day with a 2.14 pound largemouth at 9:29 a.m. Lewis had a total weight of 8.42 pounds, which landed him in third place. 

    Scott Scheldberg had an impressive 16 catches over the weekend and held the lead going into Sunday. He did most of his fishing on Saturday, hauling in 13 catches. He began his day with a 2.36-pound catch at 7:44 a.m. followed by a 1.79-pound catch and a 0.77-pound catch at 8:37 and 8:55 a.m. 

    He continued his strong morning with catches of 0.73 pounds, 0.62 pounds, 1.46 pounds, 1.79 pounds, and 0.79 pounds all before noon. When the afternoon rolled around, Scheldberg continued hauling in fish. Afternoon catches were all largemouth bass and weighed 1.08 pounds, 4.30 pounds, 2.31 pounds, 1.19 pounds and 1.57 pounds. 

    Scheldberg added three more catches to his total on Sunday. He caught a 2.93-pound bass at 8:35 a.m., added a 2.05-pound bass at 9:35 a.m. and ended his day with a 3.51-pound bass at 10:04 a.m. The total weight of his five best fish added up to 15.41 pounds and earned him a second-place finish. 

    Bailey nearly totaled Scheldberg in total catches with 15 allowable catches logged into the system. Nearly half of his catches came on Saturday. Bailey began the morning with a 2.05-pound catch at 7:31 a.m. He would not start reeling in more finish until the afternoon but would haul in seven catches in three hours. 

    His strong afternoon would see catches of 1.54 pounds, 4.60 pounds, 1.44 pounds, 2.15 pounds, 2.39 pounds, 1.63 pounds, and he would end his day with a 2.28-pound largemouth bass. 

    Entering Sunday, Bailey was behind Scheldberg by half a pound. 

    Bailey started off the morning with catches of 1.90 pounds and 2.05 pounds. He added five more catches in the afternoon, including the biggest catch of the weekend. His catches were 3.15 pounds, 4.37 pounds, 4.76 pounds, 2.31 pounds and 3.31 pounds. He ended the tournament with a total weight of 20.19 pounds for his five best catches. 

    He also earned the biggest catch of the tournament honors with his 4.76 pound largemouth. 

    Congratulations to Mike Bailey and all the participants. We look forward to the next tournament. 

  • May 27, 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Connect Outdoors Ambassador program is used to recognize ConnectScale Prostaff, individuals, and organizations who excel at promoting the products, brands and services of Connect Outdoors.


    • Connect Outdoors, Connect Fishing League and ConnectScale products and services for free or at reduced prices 

    • Special promotion of you or your organization.  We will help you build or grow your fishing network.

    • Special recognition as an Ambassador published on our website and our social media pages.

    • Special graphics and badges for you to use on your marketing.


    To qualify for consideration as an Ambassador, we will periodically judge your marketing expertise based on the following metrics:

    • Frequency and quality of pictures posted on social media showing you using the ConnectScale to weigh your catch using the hashtags #ConnectOutdoors, #ConnectFishingLeague, and #ConnectScale.  Be sure the ConnectScale is visible in your pictures.

    • Frequency and quality of pictures posted on social media showing you participating in Connect Fishing League tournaments.

    • Participation in Connect Fishing League events, extra points for finishing in the top three and more points for winning.

    • Registering as a tournament director using our Connect Fishing League software.  To learn more about this, click here to schedule a demo (https://calendly.com/connectoutdoors). 

    • Number of people you get to participate in your tournaments who also post pictures on their social media using the hashtag #ConnectAmbassador and tagging you in the post.

    • Write Blog Posts and generate Content that Connect Outdoors can publish on our website.  Examples - Best Gear for Summer Bass Fishing, Top 10 New Products, Guide to Walleye Fishing, Ultimate Shopping Guide for Every Fisherman.


    Throughout each calendar month, the Connect Outdoors staff will monitor the required activity.  Based on the quantity and quality of material, we will select a number of finalists for consideration of the honor of becoming a Connect Outdoors Ambassador.  These finalists will be notified they are being considered.  The Connect Outdoors will announce the winners via our website, social media and email.

    Terms and conditions are subject to change.

  • April 09, 2020 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    April 9, 2020


    W. Scott Morris

    VP Tournament Operations, Connect Outdoors, Inc.

    Connect Outdoors is excited to announce our partnership with New York Bass Nation Youth Program. Under this partnership, NY Bass Nation will solely use the Connect Fishing League Platform along with the new third generation ConnectScale for their tournament season.  We are honored to be part of the NY BASS Nation team under the leadership of Chris Misciagna and Michael Arndt.  

    Hey Anglers, The New York Bass Nation Youth Program is proud to announce a new partnership with the Connect Outdoors and their ConnectScale Bluetooth® fish scale.  Connect Outdoors is a Tennessee company and is a leader in bringing both technology and innovation to the fishing industry. Connect Outdoors created ConnectScale, a bluetooth Smart Digital fishing scale that easily interfaces with a smartphone.  B.A.S.S. has granted us permission to use this new technology as our primary measuring tool for all of our tournaments this coming season. This will give our tournaments greater accuracy, flexibility and a better social fishing experience for our anglers.  Connect Outdoors is offering all anglers in our program competitive pricing on their newest generation 3 ConnectScale. See you on the water.”

    Chris Misciagna

    New York B.A.S.S. Youth Director

  • April 05, 2020 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to JJ LaRue for sharing the Alcoa Fishing Team's experience using our new Tournament Management Platform this weekend.   If you or your fishing club are looking for ways to host tournaments in this time of social distancing please reach out to us.  LINK TO SCHEDULE A DEMO.  

  • April 01, 2020 5:28 PM | Anonymous

    We have created a database list of every states status on Recreation Fishing and links to their Department of Natural Resource, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Game COVID-19 Updates.  Please click on your state for links and more information on their COVID-19 Response. 


  • March 31, 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Cabin Fever Open

    ● $10 Entry Fee- Register and Pay In App payments secured by Stripe.

    ● We Recommend using a ConnectScale but all digital scales are accepted.

    ● Must use a length measuring device


    ● 1st Place – $100 + One (1) ConnectScale 3 Prototype Sample

    ● 2nd Place – One (1) ConnectScale 3 Prototype Sample

    ● 3rd Place - One (1) ConnectScale 3 Prototype Sample

    ● 4th Place - One (1) ConnectScale 3 Prototype Sample

    ● 5th Place - One (1) ConnectScale 3 Prototype Sample

    Top 50 - Participants that log a limit of 5 Bass and place in the top 50 will receive a Package of Soft Plastic Swimbaits shipped to them free of charge.

    BONUS - If the 1st Place winner is a Connect Fishing League Member he or she will receive an additional $100. Connect Fishing League Members finishing in the Top 50 will receive a total of 2 Packages of Soft Plastic Swimbaits.

    Social Media Challenge - We will give away One (1) ConnectScale 3 Prototype Sample to Three different people that promote their catches with a Video on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube with Hashtag #WinaConnectScale3 The prizes will be randomly selected Using a HashTag Search. One prize per Social Media Platform.

    CLICK HERE to become a Connect Fishing League Member


    ● Starts – April 1st - 6 AM EST

    ● Ends – May 31st - 9 PM EST


    ● Any Pond, Lake, River, Stream in the US


    ● Any Licensed Angler in the US that is not under a Shelter In Place Order from Local, State, or National Government.


    ● Boat, Kayak, Tube and Bank/Shore Fishing Permitted

    • Catches must be submitted to the tournament at time of catch.

    ● Must be in compliance with all Coast Guard, Local, State, and National Laws including CDC Guidelines on How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 and Travel Guidelines.

    Rules & Instructions:

    Step 1- APP - Must use the ConnectScale Fishing App to log entries.

    ● iPhone Users - Download on iTunes App Store.

    ● Android Users - Download on Google Play.

    Once you have downloaded the app. Complete setting up your User Profile with First and Last names, EMAIL and a Profile Pic that shows your face.

    Tap the Events Tab on the Bottom Menu. Select the Tournaments Filter on top of the page.

    Tap the $10 Entry Fee button to be taken to the Payment Page.

    Step 2- MEASURING and Weighing DEVICES

    1. We recommend a ConnectScale but all Digital Fishing Scales are permitted

    2. A measuring device to measure length. Ruler, Tape measure, Bump Board, etc....

    Step 3- CATCH - Go Fishing and Catch a Bass. Here are details of eligible catches:

    Species—Only “black bass” are eligible for scoring.

    1. Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass

    Step 4 - WEIGH & LOG - Weigh the catch on your scale and enter details of each catch on the ConnectScale Fishing App. There are no minimum weight or length limits,

    1. Weight - Obtained automatically from ConnectScale Bluetooth Fishing Scale. Automatic weights are indicated on the Catch Feed with a Green Font.

    2. Weight- Using another Digital Scale- you may enter manual weight. Weights should be

    entered in Pounds to the nearest 100th and match the display of the scale.

    3. Length - Manually input the length of each catch in the Length Field. Lengths should be

    entered in the nearest quarter inch rounded down.

    4. Species - Select appropriate species of catch. (Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, or Spotted Bass)

    5. Tournament Code - Make sure the Tournament Code CAB1 is selected with a Green Checkmark.

    Step 5- Photos - Add two separate verification photos for each catch. The Length Verification photo must include the Unique ID Code CAB1. Here is the LINK to the official Connect Fishing

    League Tournament card that you can print and use.

    1. Weight Verification – Photo(1) must show the display of ConnectScale or other Digital Scales LCD screen with weight and catch in frame. The catch does not have to be on the scale at the time of photo but scale and catch must both be in the frame.

    2. Length Verification – Photo(2) must show catch on the Measuring device. The fish needs to be measured from left to right. Starting from the mouth on the left and ending with the tail on the right. The mouth of the catch must be completely closed. This photo must also show the Unique Tournament ID with code CAB1 on a card.

    Private Catch Disabled - Make sure the Private catch slider is turned off and not showing Green. If the catch is kept Private we will not see it in Public Feed or in the database when we are verifying results. You may keep Share Map (GPS) Location private so that no other users will not know your location. The Private catch setting is used for determining if a catch is displayed on Public Feed and eligible for Public Tournaments/Challenges. If you keep your location private, only the Tournament Admin will be able to see your location. This is required to verify that the catch was weighed on a body of water and for safety verification.

    Save - After you have completed ALL of the steps above, tap Save in the top right-hand corner to save the catch submission and enter the catch in the competition.

    REPEAT - Complete steps 4 and 5 as many times as you can during the time frame of this challenge. This is the Best 5 Total Weight Tournament. Winner will be determined by the weight of the 5 largest catches.

    Live Leaderboard:

    Keep up to date with standings of all our events by using our new Live Tournament Leaderboard at www.connectscale.app

    Connect Outdoors, Inc and its staff reserves the right to disqualify or omit any catches that do not meet the rules described above. All decisions by leadership are FINAL. All users must practice Safe Social Distancing Measures as outlined by the CDC. The Tournament will be postponed if a National Quarantine or Shelter In Place order is given. As a condition of participation in a Competition, and by virtue of using the app, each Competitor agrees to accept the terms and conditions of the ConnectScale Terms & Condition including a Waiver and Release of Liability.


    How to protect yourself - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

    Travel in the US - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html


    Download the ConnectScale App iOS & Android

    Join the Connect Fishing League 

  • March 09, 2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Joseph Gayton had a busy Saturday as he logged 14 Bass for a total Weight of 29.19 LBS.  Cory Snyder had a nice showing with total weight of 21.05 LBS to take home 2nd place prize.   

    Brady Duncan competed in all 6 events finishing 1st, No Score, 1st, 5th, 3rd, and 3rd for a total of 542 Points.  

    Here are the final point standings.


  • November 01, 2019 10:57 AM | Anonymous




    More than 30 people turned out yesterday for an early lunch “meet and greet” hosted by the Innovation Lab at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

    The event featured presentations from three very different start-ups that had one thing in common: they are all building their new ventures in Northeast Tennessee. The three were:

    • Connect Outdoors, a company founded by Ben Arnold around the ConnectScale device that he developed in late 2014 as a better way for fishermen to weigh and track their catch data, whether for personal use or as a part of a fishing tournament;
    • SME Bio LLC, the newest member at the Innovation Lab and a company founded by Michael Stump who has a long history in the life sciences space; and
    • rpl, an “almost to testing phase” start-up founded by Lauren Glass to help those wanting a career in the creative space get guidance and mentoring from more seasoned professionals.

    As regular readers of teknovation.biz know, we posted our first article on Arnold’s company, then going by the name of its inaugural product in May 2017. Earlier this year, he added several senior members to his team, including John Cannon, and turned his evening and weekend sideline business that was slowly gaining traction into a true ramp-up effort under a broader brand name. We captured those plans in this July article.

    “We have 8,000 customers,” Cannon, Chief Operating Officer, told attendees yesterday. He was subbing for Arnold who had another commitment. The company plans to release version 3 of the ConnectScale device this winter as it expands its existing efforts working with high schools to also include colleges teams.

    Beginning on Friday and continuing for 30 days, individuals who might work on the weekend and, therefore, unable to attend normal fishing tournaments can participate in the “Big Bass No Dinks November Challenge” that allows competitors to fish in an online, virtual tournament.

    Cannon outlined a number of other plans on the drawing board.


  • September 29, 2019 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    Connect Fishing League Members now have free access to ConnectScale's Tournament Management and Administration Software.   

    We are opening up our Tournament Management Administration Software that we use to host League events to be Free for Connect Fishing League Members. Regular pricing for non-members is $5 Per Participant Per Event.  With our tournament admin software, members will be able to create Weight, Length, or Count based events.  The system allows individual or team-based scoring. Admins can set up time-based events for a few hours or host monthly competitions.  Tournament Directors will set rule and be responsible for administering the events.  Admins will have the ability to exclude catches or disqualify users.  

    We are working on integrating the software into the app but until then members will need to take a few steps to register for free access.  

    First you must be an active Member.   CLICK HERE TO JOIN

    Once you are a member you will need to create a Tournament Admin Account at www.connectscale.app    This is our web-based software that lets anyone to create an event, invite participants, and manage catches.    Here is the link -> http://www.connectscale.app/admin/login  

    Second, you will need to document the email account that you used to register on this Tournament Administrator Application F orm.  https://forms.gle/u5f2FcjcmG2jeZhJ6    This will allow us to go in manually adjust the cost to free.  Please allow 24-48 hours for us to make the changes. 

    This software will allow members to create and host events for you and your friends, Charity events, or organized tournaments.   Partiicpants will log catches with the ConnectScale Fishing App and then be populated on the event page and live leaderboard. We will be releasing some training material later this week on how to create and manage an event.   If you have any questions please reach out to us via email at info@connectscale.com.   

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