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2023 Minnetonka Classic

January 16, 2023
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4th Annual Hooksetters Fishing Extravaganza

4TH ANNUAL HOOKSETTERS FISHING EXTRAVAGANZA

B.A.S.S. Nation 2023 regional championship schedule announced

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 2023 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation schedule features five opportunities for grass-roots anglers to battle some of the country’s best bass fisheries. Each regional championship will provide opportunities for everyday anglers to qualify for the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship and a shot at one of three berths in the 2024 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.

“As we’ve seen in the past with anglers like 2010 B.A.S.S. Nation champion and two-time Angler of the Year Brandon Palaniuk and Taylor Smith, who represented the Nation with a Top 10 finish at the 2022 Classic, the B.A.S.S. Nation can be a fantastic opportunity for weekend anglers to fish for big money on a big stage or the gateway to a stellar career in professional fishing,” said B.A.S.S. Vice President of Tournaments Chris Bowes. “All of these anglers are going to have the opportunity to compete on fantastic and historic fisheries. We’re proud to offer three Nation anglers the opportunity to compete in the iconic Bassmaster Classic, where anything is possible.”

The schedule will kick off next spring with the Central Regional on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Okla., May 3-5. The fishery, known for its variety of structure, has hosted a dozen major B.A.S.S. events, including two Bassmaster Classics and, most recently, a 2020 Bassmaster Open.

 

After a stop at Douglas Lake in Jefferson County, Tenn., May 24-26 for the Southeast Regional, the schedule will swing to the upper region of the United States in June with the Northeast Regional on the Potomac River in Charles County, Md., June 7-9 and the Northern Regional June 28-30 on Lake Winnebago in Fox Cities, Wis.

“We are excited to welcome B.A.S.S Nation anglers to the Fox Cities of Wisconsin for the first time in 2023,” said Matt Ten Haken, director of sports marketing for the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The competitors will find that our waterways are some of the best fisheries in the Midwest and will surely provide a fun challenge. When they are not on the water, the unique dining, shopping and nightlife options of the Fox Cities will make for a complete weekend experience.”

The final regular-season event, the Western Regional, along with the date and location for the 2023 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship will be announced at a later date. 

The Championship tournament will be made up of qualifiers from all five regionals as well as international anglers and the Paralyzed Veterans of America Angler of the Year. The Top 3 anglers from the overall standings will earn a berth to the 2024 Bassmaster Classic.

 

The winner of the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship will earn the title of “Nation’s Best,” which includes the use of a fully-rigged tournament boat for a year, an invitation to join the 2024 Bassmaster Elite Series and a cash prize. The second- and third-place finishers and nonboater champion will each earn paid entry fees for all divisions of the St. Croix Bassmaster Opens as well.

“The B.A.S.S. Nation local clubs have been the foundation of our organization for more than five decades and mean so much to so many different people,” said GL Compton, tournament director for the B.A.S.S. Nation. “As someone who grew up fishing with the South Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation, I know that these clubs add so much to the culture and growth of our sport through their conservation efforts and youth events and initiatives.”


2023 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Schedule

Central Regional: May 3-5, Arkansas River, Muskogee, Okla.
Southeast Regional: May 24-26, Douglas Lake, Jefferson County, Tenn.
Northeast Regional:  June 7-9, Potomac River, Charles County, Md.
Northern Regional: June 28-30, Lake Winnebago, Fox Cities, Wis.
Western Regional: September 13-15, TBD

Chickamauga to host Bassmaster Kayak Series National Championship

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The country’s best kayak anglers are heading back to Tennessee, this time competing for a National Championship. The Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series Championship powered by TourneyX will be held at legendary Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn., as part of festivities surrounding the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic in Knoxville.

The championship at Chickamauga Lake will be a two-day event, March 22-23, 2023. The awards ceremony will be held on the Bassmaster Classic stage at Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus on March 24 prior to the Day 1 Classic weigh-in.

Chickamauga, which recently ranked No. 18 on Bassmaster Magazine’s annual 100 Best Bass Lakes list, Southeastern Division, last hosted the Bassmaster Kayak Series in 2020. The winner of the season-ending tournament was Iowa’s Tyler Cole, with five bass measuring 89.5 inches. The big bass of that event was a largemouth coming in at a whopping 23 inches.

Since 2019, this rich fishery has hosted six B.A.S.S. tournaments, including two Elite Series events and the 2021 Bassmaster High School Series National Championship.


When the Kayak Series returns to eastern Tennessee in 2023, Dandridge native and two-time Bassmaster Kayak Series champion Jim Davis is expected to compete. Davis took home titles at the inaugural tournament on Alabama’s Logan Martin Lake in 2020 and followed that up in 2021 with a win on the Upper Mississippi River. With just one event remaining in the 2022 season, Davis is currently sitting in eighth place in the Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Series Angler of the Year race.

Anglers will take to the waters of Pickwick Lake, Tenn., October 8-9 for one last chance to qualify for the championship. Competitors can register for the event through October 4, 2022 at Bassmaster.com.


Instead of a standard weigh-in that uses scales to measure pounds and ounces, anglers will practice “catch, photograph and release” to determine the standings.


When an angler catches a bass, he or she will photograph the fish lying on a standard-issue measuring board and submit the photo through a special mobile app provided by TourneyX. The boards will measure each fish in inches down to a quarter of an inch, and the angler with the longest five-bass limit will win.

The Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series Championship presented by TourneyX is being hosted by Rhea County, City of Dayton, Tenn., and Fish Dayton.


For more information, visit Bassmaster.com/kayak.

2022 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship

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Hartwell_Shane_Durrance.jpgSouth Carolina's legendary Lake Hartwell will host the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship and Classic Fish-Off Dec. 7-10.

Photo by Shane Durrance/B.A.S.S.

The Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship will be held on storied Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C., Dec. 7-10, 2022, filling the last spot in the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.  Battling for that coveted berth in the Bassmaster Classic will be the grass-roots anglers competing at the Bassmaster Team Championship. The team portion of the event will be held Dec. 7-8 and will feature anglers from across the country. The winning duo will not only win a cash prize, but they’ll also lead the charge into the Classic Fish-Off which will take place Dec. 9-10.

The Top 3 teams through Day 2 — six anglers in all — will have their weights zeroed and then compete individually in the Fish-Off. The competitor with the heaviest two-day total of the group will earn their spot in the Classic.  Since it was launched in 2014, the Team Championship has seen tremendous growth. Originally, 38 trails signed up. That number grew to 62 trails (with more than 11,500 members) last season when the annual Team Championship drew 179 two-angler teams to Alabama’s Lake Eufaula.

The 2022 Omnia Fishing Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation Team Trail Presented by Swagger Tungsten is represented by:

Brandon Cizek, Jim Severson
Brandon Cizek & Jim Severson
Nate Nipper, Dirk Robertson
Nate Nipper & Dirk Robertson
Dane Vocelka, Aaron Teal
Dane Vocelka & Aaron Teal

Best of luck to the MN anglers!


About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series presented by Mossy Oak Fishing, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship, Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX, Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

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Media Contact: Emily Harley, B.A.S.S. Communications Manager, 205-313-0945, eharley@bassmaster.com

Rocky Kaupp's Celebration of Life

September 7, 2022


It is with great sadness I must tell you of the passing of our former West Region director and friend Rocky Kaupp. Rocky lost his hard-fought battle with amyloidosis on August 29th, 2022. Rocky’s battled this disease over the last 10 years, yet he always was able to smile and make the best of his situation; He always said “it is what I was dealt” and “I will do the best I can to have a good life”.


Rocky Kaupp

Even after he was no longer able to fish, he did not give up his love of fishing and being involved. Instead, he helped with tournaments and doing wherever he could. He genuinely enjoyed the comradery and the energy associated with every single tournament.   Rocky was able to help through the 2021 season, but at the end of the season he decided to “retire” from the Board and from helping with the tournaments. He continued to watch the live weigh-ins and would text and or call to see how everything really went.


Rocky was a 25+ year member of the MNBN, had great passion for the sport of bass fishing, tournament fishing, and helping make our organization grow to be the best bass fishing organization in Minnesota. He loved being a Board member, planning events, calling new members to help find them clubs to join, and spending time with his club mates. Bass fishing was huge part of his life next to his family and especially his grand kids.


Rocky will be deeply missed, and he left us far too soon. I am sure he is on a lake with Pat [Hagen] right now talking about the next spot to hit. RIP Rock!


Rocky’s celebration of life information https://www.bradshawfuneral.com/obituary/RichardRocky-Kaupp

Opens profile: Hribar a self-starter


Most bass fanatics started fishing early in life thanks to a parent or another family member. Minnesota’s Andy Hribar, who currently holds fourth place in the Bassmaster Central Opens Angler of the Year standings, is the rare self-starter. He introduced himself to fishing at age 14 when his family moved from Texas to Minnesota.

Prior Lake, a small body of water a block down the street in Minnesota, became Hribar’s playground. Largemouth bass prowl this natural lake, and Hribar set out to catch them. What little he knew about bass he learned from reading Bassmaster and other fishing magazines.

“I would ride my bike to the lake and fish by myself,” Hribar said. “I’d throw Rapalas and crankbaits. I just loved it.”

His bass world expanded exponentially at age 15 when he got a job at Paradise Bait & Tackle, owned by Roy Jacobson. Jacobson fished for bass and took Hribar fishing in a boat several times over the next year. On Hribar’s 16th birthday, Jacobson gave him the day off, and they teamed up to fish Hribar’s first bass tournament. It was an annual event at Prior Lake.

They failed to make the money, but the experience was a life changer for Hribar. He convinced his parents to buy a fish and ski boat, which was used far more for fishing than skiing. Hribar launched it in local lakes at every opportunity so he could cast for bass.

He joined a B.A.S.S. Nation club that year called the Hawg Hookers. The following year he initiated his own club with some friends dubbed the Prior Lake Hooksetters. Now, at age 44, this lifetime B.A.S.S. member still competes in the club’s tournaments. He has qualified for three B.A.S.S. Nation Regionals.

Besides club events, Hribar also fishes local derbies in Minnesota with his regular team partner Jeff Wiita. Prior to fishing his first Bassmaster Open in 2019, this was the extent of Hribar’s bass tournament world.

The interim years were spent making a living, starting a family and fishing whenever he could. Hribar bought his first bass boat at age 18 with money he had saved from working at the tackle shop, a sporting goods store and by helping a neighbor frame houses.

“I spent $10 grand on a boat and $1,500 on a car to tow it with,” Hribar said.

He began working for a heating and cooling company the following year and started his own business in this industry at age 25. He married his wife, Stacey, in 1998, and they were blessed with their daughter, Alexis, in December of 2001.

Two years ago, Hribar sold his business and began fishing every division of the Bassmaster Opens in pursuit of his dream to become a Bassmaster Elite Series pro.

“I’ve slaved for a lot of years to get to do what I’m doing now," Hribar said. “I will either make the Elites or go back to work. I figure I’ve got five years to make it, depending on how much money I win.”

The Bassmaster Opens have forced Hribar to compete on waters across the country he has never seen before. He has learned on the fly how to find bass that live in habitats much different from those in Minnesota’s natural lakes. And, he had to learn new techniques.

Hribar is overcoming these challenges by relying on what he has done all his life — hard work.

“Fishing is pretty much all I do now,” he said. “If I’m not practicing on a tournament lake, I’m fishing somewhere else trying to learn new things. I haven’t been home in a long time.”

Hribar bought a bass boat two years ago for fishing the Bassmaster Opens that had 50 hours on the engine. The engine has now logged more than 1,000 hours.

At his first Bassmaster Open on the Harris Chain in 2019, Hribar met fellow competitor Dennis Fiedler, who is currentlyninnth in the Central Opens AOY standings. They hit it off and have become true bass bros.

“We’ve learned a lot together,” Hribar said. “We have a lot of trust and tell each other everything.”

Of the many things Hribar has learned since embarking on the Opens, tuning in to his electronics has been especially beneficial. He claimed that the forward-facing LiveScope sonar on his Garmin has been a real eye-opener.

“I’ve learned quite a bit just seeing how my baits are working and how the bass react to them,” Hribar said. “I use LiveScope a ton now. I caught every one of my bass with it at the Pickwick Open.”

Hribar has limited his professional bass quest to the Bassmaster Opens. His goal is to fish with the Elites, which he calls “the best of the best.”

His lone sponsor is All Terrain Tackle.

B.A.S.S. Northern Regional



Richard Lindgren, of Lakeville, Minn., is leading after Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional on the Upper Mississippi River with 15 pounds, 9 ounces.

Minnesota team is currently in 2nd place.

Day 1 Results

team standings

Overall

boater individual standings
non boater individual standings

Team by Team

boater by team
non boater by team
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Omnia Fishing Signs on as Presenting Sponsor for the 2021 MNBN Team Trail

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN February 25, 2021 Omnia Fishing announced a partnership with Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation (MNBN) as the presenting sponsor of the 2021 MNBN Team Trail, which is a sanctioned trail of the Bassmaster Team Championship. This trail will feature four tournaments on premier Minnesota waters capped off locally with a no entry fee Team of Year (TOY) Championship. Finally, the MNBN Team Trail will send at least one team to the National Team Championship to compete for an opportunity to fish the Bassmaster Classic!

 

“We are excited to announce Omnia Fishing will be the presenting sponsor for the 2021 MNBN Team Trail”, said Peter Perovich, MNBN President. “This is a great opportunity to have Omnia Fishing on board and we are looking forward to working with them”.

 

“We at Omnia are excited to partner with MNBN Team Trail for the 2021 season. We are a rapidly growing company taking aggressive steps to make shopping for fishing tackle smarter. While our goal is to be a major national retailer” said Pete Przepiora, Head of Merchandising at Omnia Fishing. “Minnesota is our home base, and we want to support the Minnesota anglers. The Team Trail has shown that they are on an upward trajectory. MNBN is doing a lot to protect and grow the sport of bass fishing in Minnesota. Simply--it just makes sense to support them”.

 

Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation consists of over 500 members and is a member of B.A.S.S. Nation. Core principles include improving anglers’ bass fishing skills, promoting bass conservation, and engaging youth via grass roots bass fishing across Minnesota to anglers of all skill levels. For additional information on how you can become a part of Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation go to mnbassnation.org or follow us at twitter.com/MNBassNation and facebook/MNBassNation.

The Nationals as Experienced by Rich Lindgren

Follow along, as Rich takes us on a tour of his experiences on Pickwick for the Bass Nation Nationals.

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2020 Northern Regional

2020 Regional Tournament


The 2020 B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional was held on Lake Vermilion in Minnesota. The Minnesota state team placed 3rd over all. Congrats to Rich Lindgren and Bryan Larson for continuing on to Nationals!



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G-MAN's Advice to Aspiring Competitive Anglers
Wired2Fish Apr 6, 2018

Gerald Swindle has some great advice for anyone looking to break into the professional Bass Fishing Industry.  He shares what he believes are the most important things to focus on in your High School, College and Amateur career. 




The B.A.S.S. High School Nation is helping shape the future of the sport, one high school club at a time. The High School club members enjoy camaraderie and competition, as well as education and conservation programs.





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