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B.A.S.S. names 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sixty-two outstanding high school anglers from across the country have been named to the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.

“The Bassmaster High School All-American program recognizes the best young anglers in the nation,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “These student athletes are at the top of our sport both with their tournament success and academic achievements. We are proud to honor their accomplishments on a national level.” read more...

The Scruffy City and B.A.S.S. Strong

There were two big winners at last week’s Bassmaster Classic — the new champion, Ott DeFoe, and Knoxville, Tenn., the host city.

As you know by now, DeFoe beat a strong field of 52 anglers, walking away with the trophy and $300,000. Knoxville garnered a significant payoff as well, hauling in massive kudos from fishing fans, the media and my colleagues here at B.A.S.S. for its beauty, vibrant downtown and the general friendliness all encountered. 

But it wasn’t always so for this Southern Appalachian city. As a native son of Knoxville, I appreciate just how far it has come in the past few decades.  

The Knoxville of my youth was a bit insecure about how it was viewed by the outside world. Located at the headwaters of the Tennessee River, with the Smoky Mountains to the east and the Cumberland Plateau to the west, the town was somewhat geographically isolated. Some may have considered us provincial — hillbillies perhaps — dressed in overalls and listening to bluegrass music. That was the stereotype, at least.

Two writers who visited Knoxville, and wrote negatively about it, actually did the town a favor.

In 1947, author John Gunther referred to Knoxville as “America’s ugliest city” in his book Inside USA. Knoxvillians were offended, but Gunther’s words motivated residents and organizations to start planting trees — red buds and dogwoods — and flowering plants. In 1955, the Knoxville Garden Club took up the torch and laid the foundation for what is now 60 miles of dogwood trails and an annual Dogwood Arts Festival that energizes the city each spring with blooms and thousands of visitors.

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Minn Kota, Humminbird, Talon sign multi-year agreement with B.A.S.S.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Johnson Outdoors, one of the most innovative companies in the fishing and boating industries, has expanded its sponsorship of B.A.S.S. events, including the Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series.

Under the multiyear agreement announced today, three of Johnson Outdoors’ most powerful brands — Minn Kota, Humminbird and Talon — will be premier sponsors of B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization with more than 500,000 members, through 2019, 2020 and 2021. Minn Kota and Humminbird will continue their prominence at Bassmaster events. Minn Kota’s Talon shallow-water anchors brand is new to the family of premier sponsors of B.A.S.S. read more...

Falcon Bass Boats adds Brandon Cobb to pro team

Newberry, S.C. – Premium South Carolina manufacturer Falcon Bass Boats announces the addition of another top flight pro to their pro team. Brandon Cobb, from nearby Greenwood, S.C., has made the flight to Newberry and will be competing in his first year as a Bassmaster Elite Series pro from the Falcon F205, equipped with a new Mercury 250PROXS Four-Stroke.

Any fan who has followed the sport of bass fishing closely over the past several years has likely come across Cobb’s exploits. In his five-year career, he has become known largely because of his four consecutive top 10 finishes in his four Forrest Wood Cup appearances from 2015 to 2018. However, that’s not to say that he only performs in championship events; in his FLW career, Cobb has amassed over $400,000 in earnings, two wins and 32 other top more

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Then next MN B.A.S.S. Nation meeting is April 6th, 2019.  Please see the event calendar for details.

Conservation Directors
Meet Idaho and Minnesota conservation directors

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Specific goals vary, but two new B.A.S.S. Nation state conservation directors share a general objective.

"I want to grow in the job and impact the actions and decisions of our members and youth in a way that helps conserve the amazing natural resources we have here in Minnesota," said Sport Smith, a member of the Gopher Bassmasters, as well as a "professional dad" and fishing guide.  read more...  

B.A.S.S. Nation Releases Schedule for 2019
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S. officials announced Thursday that the B.A.S.S. Nation, the popular grass-roots organization with affiliated clubs in 47 states and 10 nations worldwide, will once again hold three regional events and a year-end championship in 2019.

The Nation will visit Alabama’s Lake Guntersville for the Central Regional on April 17-19, California’s Lake Shasta for the Western Regional on May 8-10 and Sebago Lake in Maine for the Eastern Regional on Sept. more


2018 MN B.A.S.S. Nation Tournament of Champions   
August 16 and 17
Lake Pokegama - Grand Rapids, MN

Final Results

2018 TOC Launch Video

Press Release - MN B.A.S.S. Nation - August 2018

Mittelstaedt Wins Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship



Kent Mittelstaedt wins Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship on Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids, MN. Kent has competed in bass tournaments in MN and across the nation for nearly 15years. He originates from Minnetonka, MN and is a bass fishing guide on Lake Minnetonka. On August 17th, Kent came out on top over 220 of Minnesota’s best bass fisherman in a two day bass fishing tournament on Lake more

2017 College Classic Bracket
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Veterans from all of America’s recent wars are finding healing, comradery and a cathartic way to share their stories through Operation: Fishing Freedom, a TV show entering into its second season on the Discovery Channel and the American Heroes Channel that is part fishing show and part historical documentary.

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. 

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