About Cecil Carter

My name is Cecil Carter and I’m the Panhandle Regional Director for the Texas B.A.S.S Federation. I’ve been a resident of the panhandle my entire life, attending Amarillo public schools and graduating from West Texas A&M. I’ve held various positions in the Information Technology industry and currently work for Fiserv Insurance Solutions as a Sr. Programmer Analyst. I’m married to my beautiful wife Melissa and we provide food and shelter to Maggie, a very spoiled beagle who thinks she’s human.
Fishing and the outdoors has always been a passion of mine, and I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many hours with my family perusing outdoor activities. When I’m not fishing with the Panhandle Hawg Hunters or the Panhandle Region Trail, I enjoy fishing trips with my wife and team tournaments with my father.
I’m proud to have the privileged to represent the Panhandle Region, and support angling as a sport and recreational activity.

Register as a 2014 Elite Series Marshal

Registration is now open for B.A.S.S. Nation and B.A.S.S. Life Members. It’s a great opportunity to ride along with an Elite Series angler learning how they approach the sport of bass fishing.

You can register online here.

2014 State Championship

Del Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau will host the 2014 Top Six State Championship on beautiful Amistad Reservoir March 17th – 21st. Along with the State Championship, Texas B.A.S.S. Nation will also hold our annual Youth Championship o March 15th – 16th on Amistad Reservoir.

Amistad National Recreation Area

Texas Parks and Wildlife – Amistad Reservoir

More information to follow as details become available.

2013 State Championship Pictures

Boy Scout Troop 328 helps with weigh-in

Scouts from Troop 328 having some lunch before weigh-in.

Scouts from Troop 328 having some lunch before weigh-in.

Texas B.A.S.S. Nation would like to thank Boy Scout Troop 328 of Frankston Texas for the assistance they provided during the Junior Bassmasters Championship held on Lake Sam Rayburn. The Scouts assisted in carrying weigh-in bags to the anglers and moving  fish between the stage and the live release tank. Tournament Director Brent Stafford held a short workshop, before the weigh-in, teaching the Scouts some basic fishing knots and fishing techniques, which will help them earn their fishing merit badge.

Location Change for Top 6 Championship Briefing and Pairing Dinner

The Top 6 tournament briefing and pairing dinner location has been changed to the Pitser Garrison Civic Center.

2013 State Championship Schedule of Events

Pitser Garrison Civic Center
601 North Second Street
Lufkin, Texas 75901


Embracing a New Name with New Changes

At a national level the new year brought with it a new name. B.A.S.S. Federation Nation dropped Federation from their name and is now known as the B.A.S.S. Nation. You can read more about that change in Tyler Reeds article entitled “We are now the B.A.S.S. Nation”.

With the new name, B.A.S.S. Nation has also decided to allow any person interested in the sport of angling to join the B.A.S.S. Nation without being a member of a local club. This is a change from the past where every B.A.S.S. Federation Nation member had to be a member of local club. So as a Texas B.A.S.S. Federation Nation member you might ask how does this affect our state? Well, your region directors and state officers have spent many hours discussing how to best incorporate these changes. The resulting decision was to embrace the national changes and hopefully introduce new members who have joined B.A.S.S. Nation to what Texas B.A.S.S. Nation has to offer. We are still committed to supporting the grassroots efforts in the sport of angling, and intend to encourage these new members to join a state club and become involved. The changes are as follows:

  • Texas B.A.S.S. Federation Nation will change it’s name to Texas B.A.S.S. Nation
  • Texas B.A.S.S. Nation will allow B.A.S.S. Nation members not affiliated with a local club to become a member of Texas B.A.S.S. Nation. (The annual dues and fees for non-club members will be $125.00 dollars.)
  • Texas B.A.S.S. Nation members not affiliated with a state club will be eligible to fish in any of the six Region Tournament trails. (The State Championship will remain as invitation only to state  clubs.)

The changes were approved by a unanimous vote and fully supported by your state officers. These changes are now incorporated into the state’s by-laws and operating policies.

Texas B.A.S.S. Nation By-Laws (Revised December 28th, 2012)
Texas B.A.S.S. Nation Operating Policies and Procedures (Revised December 28th, 2012)

Richard Wilson Wins Panhandle Region Championship on Ute Lake

Richard Wilson of the Lubbock Elite club bested five of the top anglers in the Panhandle Region by weighing in a two day combined weight of 8.92 lbs.  Attending the championship became a testament of patience, with anglers having to change strategies due to the draining of the championship lake. Lake Santa Rosa was originally drawn, but the week before the Championship, the lake was drained and closed. The anglers, who had already pre-fished Santa Rosa had only Sunday to pre-fish Ute before the official cutoff.  Our congratulations go out to Richard who now holds one of the coveted spot on the twelve man state team that will compete at the 2013 Cabela’s B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

2012 Panhandle Region Championship Results

2012 State Championship Photos

Day #1 Launch

Day #1 Weigh-in

Day #2 Launch

Day #2 On The Water

Day #2 Weigh-in

Day #3 Launch

Day #3 Weigh-in

Day #3 Awards

2012 State Championship – Day 3 Results

2012 State Championship – Day 3 – Club/Team Results

2012 State Championship – Day 3 – Club/Team Individual Results

2012 State Championship – Day 3 – Individual Results

2012 State Championship – Day 3 – Culprit Big Bass Results

2012 State Championship – Day 2 Results

Day two of the 2012 State Championship concluded with almost 2900 lbs. of fish being weighed-in. Rick Rickman fishing on the South Texas Region Team is leading the individual results with a combined 2 day total of 37.24 lbs. The West Region Team continues their lead into the third day with 175.85 lbs.

2012 State Championship – Day 2 – Club/Team Results

2012 State Championship – Day 2 – Individual Results

2012 State Championship – Day 2 – Culprit Big Bass Results