B.A.S.S. Nation Releases Full Four-Tournament Schedule For 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S. officials announced Wednesday that the B.A.S.S. Nation, the
popular grassroots 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. 11-13.
The season will then culminate with the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, which will be held on
South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell at a date to be determined — most likely in October.
“We’re excited to have a schedule that includes well-known bass-fishing havens like Lake
Guntersville, Lake Shasta and Lake Hartwell,” said B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart.
“Obviously, the tradition that B.A.S.S. has with those three lakes speaks for itself.
“But we’re also really excited about holding a B.A.S.S. Nation Regional event at a great site like
Sebago Lake. It’s a place that we’ve visited for smaller divisional tournaments before, but a
place that maybe a lot of people aren’t as familiar with as some of the others.”
The timing of the Guntersville event — right in heart of spring — should make for good weather
and excellent fishing on a 69,000-acre Tennessee River fishery that is known for producing giant
largemouth. The tournament will feature a field of 190 boats with 418 anglers, including
alternates.
Guntersville has hosted 22 major B.A.S.S. tournaments, including the 1976 and 2014
Bassmaster Classics and Bassmaster Megabucks events in 1990 and 1992.
“All you have to say is ‘Guntersville,’ and bass fishermen perk up,” Stewart said. “Bass anglers
of all skill levels understand what an opportunity it is to fish a lake like Guntersville, especially
during the spring.”
The Lake Shasta tournament, which will be held in Redding, Calif., will have a field of 110 boats
with 242 anglers — and history says it could be a spotted bass slugfest.
“When we were out there for the Nation Regional in 2017, anglers were saying you could pull
up to any place you wanted to, throw any bait you wanted to throw and expect to catch fish,”
Stewart said. “We had some incredible fish weighed in, mostly big spots. We hit it just right —
and hopefully we will again.”
The final regional of the year, on Sebago Lake, will feature 180 boats with 396 anglers leaving
from Point Sebago, Maine. The 30,000-acre fishery, which is the state’s second-deepest lake at

316 feet, has excellent populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as landlocked
salmon and lake trout.
Unlike 2018, when the site of the Nation Championship was announced well after the regional
lineup, Lake Hartwell has already been identified as the site of the 2019 year-end event. The
56,000-acre fishery on the Georgia/South Carolina border has hosted three Bassmaster Classics,
including the 2018 event that drew a record total attendance of 143,323.
The event will be hosted by Visit Anderson.
“Our team at Anderson county could not be more excited about hosting the 2019 B.A.S.S.
Nation Championship again at Green Pond Landing and Lake Hartwell,” said Neil Paul, executive
director of Visit Anderson. “Our community enjoys a tremendous amount of success whenever
we’re hosting the great folks at B.A.S.S. We owe a great deal of credit to B.A.S.S. for their part
in helping to make Lake Hartwell a championship fishery and Green Pond Landing one of the
top facilities in the nation.
“We look forward to welcoming the anglers, their families and the entire B.A.S.S. Nation in
2019.”
The Top 3 finishers from the 2019 Nation Championship will earn a spot in the 2020 Classic, and
the overall Championship winner will receive an invitation to fish the 2020 Bassmaster Elite
Series.
“When we refer to the B.A.S.S. Nation as a grassroots organization, we mean exactly that,” said
B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “It’s an organization that gives anglers from all walks of life an
opportunity to fish at the highest level of professional bass fishing.
“That’s what makes it truly special — and that’s why it’s still growing after 50 years.”

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Learn secrets from the Classic

Learn secrets from the Classic

In order to remain competitive on the water, whether it’s on the Bassmaster Elite Series or your local trail, you have to continue to study the sport. Of course I always want to win, but sometimes I even feel like I learn more when I fail than when I succeed – and with all of the resources available there’s no shortage of opportunity to pick up new information.

Take our recent tournament on Lake Martin, for example. After two days on the water and a subpar finish, I tuned into Bassmaster LIVE on Saturday just like many of you did. The coverage taught me a lot about where I went wrong. It turns out that even though the score sheet seemed to indicate that I was out in left field, I really wasn’t that far away from doing much better. I didn’t key in on the right color crankbaits and I was a bit off on my areas, but overall it was good to know that I had something of a clue out there. I would’ve rather been fishing on Saturday, but since I wasn’t I took it as an opportunity to learn.

If you’re going to learn, there’s no better opportunity than the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. You’ll have more than 50 of the world’s best anglers out there, and with no points on the line, everyone is going to try to fish their strengths. I don’t care if you’re the most versatile fisherman on tour, there are always certain techniques that we gravitate to, and at the Classic you’ll get a master class in everyone’s strengths.

A lot of time during the regular season that might not happen. I could go into a tournament looking to crank or flip for the win, but if it isn’t working after a couple of days of practice I may try to salvage my event by doing something else. That probably won’t happen at Hartwell – no one is going to pull out a shakey head just to fill out their limit.

With all of the coverage – Bassmaster LIVE, the Bassmaster blog, online photo galleries, etc. – it’ll be virtually impossible for the anglers to hide their little secrets, so why even try? There’s no glory in second, and for the Classic trophy it’s worth it to lay it all out on the line.

If you’re a weekend angler, it’s a chance to learn from the best of the best on the sport’s biggest stage, but you can believe me when I say that when it’s all over I’m going to study how it’s won and how the winner dialed in his pattern. Prior to Casey Ashley winning the Classic at Hartwell three years ago, I’d never realized the potential of the underspin. It’s still not a major part of my arsenal, but I’ve used it on occasion since then with some success. By watching how he fished it, and learning from the subsequent coverage, it sped up a process that might’ve taken me years to learn on my own.

I’ll admit it – I was disappointed that I didn’t win the Classic last year at Conroe, and I’ll be disappointed if I don’t win this year at Hartwell. I don’t like leaving a tournament site without a trophy in the passenger seat of my truck. If I don’t win, though, I always try to dissect how the winner figured things out or executed better than I did. At some point down the road a similar situation may arise, and I’d love to be able to take some of their little tricks or tweaks or specialized gear and beat them at their own game.

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New Website – With Pro Angler Hub

New Website – With Pro Angler Hub

We are happy to announce that we will be securing a new web host and updating the web page. We have teamed up with Pro Angler Hub. We anticipate the abiliyt to pre-register and pay for tournaments on line and hope to have instant uploads of tournament results. Stay tuned for updates on the website.

Cant wait to see everyone at the first event.