Texas Bassmaster Team Trail Rule Changes

The official rules for the Texas Bassmaster Team Trail (TBTT) have been updated to better align with published rules by B.A.S.S. regarding participation age and maximum outboard horsepower. In addition an exception has been added to the off-limits and official practice period for the Sam Rayburn qualifying tournament. This exception was made because the Sam Rayburn TBTT qualifying tournament fell back-to-back with the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation (TBN) Southeast Region qualifying tournament. The intent of this exception is to allow all anglers, including those fishing the TBN Southeast Region qualifying tournament on Sam Rayburn, two full pre-fishing days. Future planning of TBN Regional qualifying tournaments and TBTT qualifying tournaments will make efforts to not schedule events back-to-back on the same water to prevent conflicts and allow all participating anglers equal pre-fishing days.

The updated rules can be found on the official Texas Bassmaster Team Trail page.

Tie On Your Umbrella Rigs

In October B.A.S.S. announced that it would increase umbrella rig restrictions on all qualifying tournaments that lead directly to the Bassmaster Classic (see article here). Immediately after hearing the news Texas B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Directors and Officers began having discussions concerning the use of umbrella rigs at tournaments operated by Texas B.A.S.S. Nation. Throughout these discussions it became clear that the Region Directors and Officers felt we should continue to allow the use of umbrella rigs at any Texas B.A.S.S. Nation tournaments. The last step was to contact B.A.S.S. and determine if this was a restriction that would flow down from the B.A.S.S. to each affiliated state. On the first of December we received notification from Jon Stewart – B.A.S.S. Nation Director that affiliated states could still allow the use of umbrella rigs. Texas B.A.S.S. Nation plans to allow umbrella rigs in all tournaments.

While Texas B.A.S.S. Nation is allowing the use of umbrella rigs, it’s important for anglers to remember that umbrella rigs will not be allowed at any tournament operated by B.A.S.S. that leads directly to the Bassmaster Classic. It is the responsibility of each angler to know the tournament rules and to abide by these rules to safeguard the fairness and integrity of our sport.

Lake Texoma, Official site for 2015 State Championship

Lake Texoma a Red River impoundment located on the border between Texas and Oklahoma has been selected as the official site for the 2015 Texas B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship. Lake Texoma is a 74,686 acres impoundment, which is the 12th largest United States Army Corps of Engineers Lake constructed under the Flood Control Act of 1938. We are pleased to have Highport Marina as the official host marina for the tournament.

Tournament Dates: 3/23/2015 thru 3/27/2015