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.