L/A Junior Bassmasters
Androscoggin River, Turner Host Junior Bassmaster Tournament on July 26
The first High School and Junior tournament for the year will be held on Sunday July 26th on the Androscoggin River in Turner. This will start from the Gulf Island Pond public boat launch like most events there but will start off a bit different from a normal tournament. To avoid large gatherings so that we comply with state guidelines teams will be launched as they arrive and register. There will be a designated ‘lines in’ time when fishing will start and will rely on the honor system so no one starts early.
There will be fishing through a six-hour period and each fish will need to be measured, photographed, then released. In addition to taking the photo the boat captain will also send it in to the tournament organizer through a text along with the information that was measured and also filled in on your score sheets. This will all be tabulated as we go and will need to correspond to the sheet you turn in at the end of the tournament. Most all other tournament rules that have been in place for youth events will apply.
There will be a ‘lines out’ time designated six hours from lines in and fishing must stop. Teams will then proceed back to the start location and will load up, get your weed inspection, turn in your score sheets, then leave the area.
Results will be posted as soon as possible and awards will be handed out at the dinner that follows the championship tournament in September.
Please remember that your 2020 Bassmaster dues and your 2020 Nation dues is due before July 31st to be eligible for the State Championship in September, and the 2021 National Championship. The event is for High School and Junior anglers and teams. Club Dues, (Nation Portion) if you are not a current paid member of the MEBASS High School team it is $10 per member and can be turned in on the 26th at the tournament. If a Junior member is not already part of an established club they can join the L/A Junior Bassmasters club (also $10) at the tournament as well. Bassmaster memberships can be easily obtained online and are discounted for High Schoolers and Juniors (current BASS #’s will be needed). In addition to the dues for the teams there will be a fee for this tournament of $20 per team to cover the costs of trophies, tech support, etc. This will be further assessed and fees at future events adjusted to meet our needs. High School and Junior Youth teams should start now to secure their boats/captains for the tournament. If you have difficulty locating one you can message us on the state website or Facebook pages and we can try to help. (Teams have had some luck contacting adult club representatives and inquiring.) The tournament will be coming right up so get right on this if you don’t already have a captain committed. July 26th, Androscoggin River, teams may launch as early as 630am but fishing starts at 8am. Fishing stops at 1pm and teams should be loaded up by 230pm. Boat captains will need to have a phone that can send photos/texts.
You must bring your own measuring device that measures in at least 1/4 inch intervals. We are looking into an App that we can use to log our catch.
Hope to see lots of you there. Dave Trask, Youth Director, Maine B.A.S.S. Nation.
Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series
Oct. 19-20, Junior National Championship, Lake TBA
Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors
Oct. 18-24, High School National Championship, Location TBA
Charlie Sawyer will Coordinate the upcoming 2020 season. Charile has some exciting ideas to make this another great season for our yourh. All of you should have recieved an email from John about us moving forard with Charlie at the helm which included hs contact info.Charlie will be in touch with you as we near the start of the season. If you do not get an email please reach out to him to make sure you are on his email list.
L/A Junior Bassmasters
In 2020 the L/A Junior Bassmasters will be for those in grades 2-8, this continues to be the same.
MEBASS High School
In 2020 the high school teams will fall under the state organization, Maine B.A.S.S. Nation, you will still be called "MEBASS High School Club". This iwill run a little different than last season. Dave Trask with the assistance of all the Maine adult clubs with the assistance from Charlie Sawyer will manage this group. The high school anglers should consider starting there own club within their high school, you only need 2 members to get started and Dave Trask can help you get that going.
Junior, High School, College State Championship
The State Championship will be Sept 27, 2020 on Pleasant Pond out of the Gardiner Sportsmans Club in Litchfield.
Another exciting opportunity for those anglers that 16 or older is the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series. If you have a kayak or canoe and you meet the qualifications you can fish these events. For more on this contact us.
Gavin White and Brandon Smith 2019 Junior Bassmaster State Champions
The top 2 teams advance to the Basmaster Regional/National Championship in 2020.