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
We will post a list here of qualifying events for High School teams to fish. This will satisfy their tournament eligibility to fish the State Championship.
Qualifying Events, for Junior and High School Teams
We will post a list here of qualifying events for Junior and High School teams to fish. This will satisfy each anglers tournament eligibility to fish the State Championship on October 8.
May 21 - Pleasant Lake Casco CMR event 8am-130pm - Androscoggin Bassmasters 15 boat tournament limit. Contact John Volkernick 207-562-9255
July 1 East Pond, Smithfield - Somerset Bassmasters 7am-4pm Registration Contact: Dave Trask 207-431-4343
August 6 Kennebec River, Hinckley below Skowhegan Dam - Somerset Bassmasters 7am-4pm Registration Contact: Dave Trask 207-431-4343
August 9 Wilson Pond, Wayne 8am-2pm - Androscoggin Bassmasters 15 boat tournament limit. Contact John Volkernick 207-562-9255
August 19 Torsey Pond, Mount Vernon - Somerset Bassmasters 7am-4pm Registration Contact: Dave Trask 207-431-4343
August 30 Maranacook, Readfield 8am-2pm - Androscoggin Bassmasters 15 boat tournament limit. Contact John Volkernick 207-562-9255
September 17 Long Pond, Belgrade - Somerset Bassmasters 7am-4pm Registration Contact: Dave Trask 207-431-4343
October 1 Pleasant Pond/Cobbossee Stream/Horseshoe Pond, Litchfield - Androscoggin Bassmasters 15 boat tournament limit. Headquarters the Gardiner Sportsman Club, all boaters must use the sportsman club launch. Contact John Volkernick 207-562-9255
The following Qualifying Events hosted by Somerset Bassmasters are Individual Opens.
The Individual Opens listed above that are 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 listed above that are 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 $10 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.
2017 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods and Junior Championship Kentucky Lake, Paris, TN June 20 ~ 24, 2017
High school anglers will weigh in Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday and Friday at 2:45 p.m. ET. On Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch Live
2016 Maine B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship, Behen/Lavigne win
The Maine B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship was held on Pleasant Pond Cobb Stream on Oct 9, 2016 out of the Gardiner Sportsmans Club.
Our High School teams that will advance are Thomas Behen and Reid Lavigne with 10.60 pounds, from Biddeford HS. 2nd Place was Conner Sirois and Riley Brannigan of Bonney Eagle HS.