Maine B.A.S.S. High School Nation
The B.A.S.S. High School Nation is a new program that will help shape the future of the sport, one high school club at a time.
The High School clubs will enjoy camaraderie and competition, as well as education and conservation programs.
As part of the B.A.S.S. High School Nation, young anglers can compete in the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Open and compete in State Championships to qualify for the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Championship, the first of which was held in 2014.
Teen anglers can also attend the High School Elite Experience, a free opportunity for anglers who live near certain Bassmaster Elite Series tour stops.
These clubs and tournaments are for anglers who want to learn from their peers, adult volunteers, and who wish to be part of a group which respects conservation efforts put forth by the Miane B.A.S.S. Nation and B.A.S.S.
We appreciate your interest. To get started, click on the links below.
Steps to Start a Maine B.A.S.S. Nation High School Club
FMI Contact Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Youth Director, Dave Trask firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 431-4343
Benjamin Quist / Josh Erickson-Harris Win Maine High School Fishing State Championship, Evan Thomas / Seth Shawley also Advance to Bassmaster Championship
|Pos||Club Name||Boat Captain||Angler 1||Angler 2||# Fish||Big LM||Weight|
|1||Mainely Bass Junior Bassmasters||Bob Boynton||Benjamin Quist||Josh Erickson-Harris||5||3.17||12.72|
|2||Hampden Academy Bass Fishing Team||Scott Thomas||Evan Thomas||Seth Shawley||5||3.62||12.61|
|3||Gorham High School||Adam Walter||Bode Meader||Paul Ersing||5||3.19||11.34|
|4||Bonny Eagle High School||Jon Sirois||Connor Sirois||Tyler Williams||5||2.42||11.31|
|5||MEBASS High School||Troy Garrison||Evan Cox||Sean Quinn||5||2.56||10.51|
|6||Cony High School / Erskine Academy||Vic Guimond||Jake Peavey||Jordon Roddy||5||2.91||9.82|
|7||Hampden Academy Bass Fishing Team||Dan Delicino||Luke Martin||Alex Briggs||5||2.18||8.79|
|8||MEBASS High School||John Volkernick||Owen Doyle||Hamilton Gray||4||5.95|
Qualifying Events hosted by Somerset Bassmasters are Individual Opens.
The Individual Opens hosted by Somerset Bassmasters can be used as Qualifying Events for Junior and High School Teams. The term Individual Open, means that the boaters are competing against the other boaters, and the non boaters against the other non boaters. The boater can also function as a boat captain for a high school or junior team.
Junior and High School Teams with a volunteer boat captain do not need to pay an entry fee unless they wish to compete against the other non boaters in the Junior or High School division, and the boat captain does not need to compete separately in the event unless he wants to.
The entry fees for those choosing to compete for prize money are: $25 per person (or $25 Per Junior/HS team) Entry fee distribution is as follows: $10 to the division winner, $5 to the division 2nd place, $5 to the division lunker, and the final $5 to pay for the permit (if there are enough entries after $55 is collected for the permit then the last $5 goes to the respective third places)
The Junior or High School team would enter in the non boater division with the a five fish team limit. Junior or High School anglers who don't have a teammate can fish alone as a non boater in the event and it would still qualify as a fished tournament for championship purposes. (The anglers eventual Championship partner will have to have fished a qualifying event as well)
Androscoggin Bassmasters Qualifying Events for High School teams
The Club Tournaments hosted by Androscoggin Bassmasters can be used as Qualifying Events for Junior and High School Teams.
Teams must bring their own Boat Captain and boat.
Entry fees are $5 per angler for the Junior Division, and $5 per angler for the High School Division.
All teams or anglers must be on a B.A.S.S. Junior or High School Fishing Club Roster.
Junior Teams not belonging to L/A Junior Bassmasters will be eligible for the Big Bass Award Only.
High School Teams not belonging to MEBASS High School Club will be eligible for the Big Bass Award, and the 1st place Award Only.
The Junior and High School Team Boat Captain is eligible to fish and contribute 1 bass to the teams 5 bass limit. Junior or High School Teams may fish alone with a boat captain, but the boat captain can only keep 1 bass toward the 5 bass team limit.
Maine B.A.S.S. Nation High School and Junior Clubs
1. Belfast Area HS Basscats - High School club (Belfast, Me.) President-John Boynton
2. Biddeford High School -High School Club (Biddeford, Me.) President-Sean Behen email@example.com
3. Bonny Eagle - High School Club (Buxton, Me.) President-Brett Levin firstname.lastname@example.org
4. MEBASS High School - Dixfield, ME Advisor-John Volkernick email@example.com
5. Noble Knights Fishing Team - High School Club (Lebanon, Me.) (no contact information available)
These are the current High School Clubs for Maine. There seems to be widespread interest from young anglers in joining a club and learning more about the sport but the organized clubs are quite limited in number and location. Young anglers interested should consider joining the nearest club to them to get started. This might involve some travel but after gaining some experience you can start up your own club in your area with just a few friends who have similar interest. You can find out about the requirements for a new club on this site and can also get some assistance from the adult club that is closest to where you live.