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.
The Top 6 tournament briefing and pairing dinner location has been changed to the Pitser Garrison Civic Center.
Pitser Garrison Civic Center
601 North Second Street
Lufkin, Texas 75901
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 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.
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.
Day one of the 2012 State Championship was greeted with near perfect weather conditions. The strong winds, the anglers experienced during the official prefish days had subsided leaving partly cloudy skies. Albert Collins of the Nacogdoches Bass Club is leading the individual results with 20.55 lbs. The West Region Team is leading in the club team results with 83.95 lbs.
The opening tournament for the panhandle region was a met with cold and wet weather, providing anglers an additional challenge. Although the panhandle anglers had tough conditions, there were no complaints as they all know how much our area needs the rain. Gene Lowery bested the field of anglers, by not only having the winning weight of 18.94 lb. but also bringing in a 8.75 lb. big bass to the scales.