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State Championship Eligibility

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Eligibility Requirements Updated 5/19/2019

Each year the Michigan B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation, Inc. (Referred to as the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation or M.B.N. in these Guidelines) holds a State Championship to select a Twenty–One (21) member team to represent Michigan in the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional Championship Tournament. The team will consist of a 10 Pro-Anglers and 10 Co-Anglers. An Alternate Pro-Angler / co-angler position will also be determined from the top scoring finishers after the last day of competition. In addition, the B.A.S.S. Nation state president or his/her designated representative will be considered a second alternate. The alternate anglers may compete as either a boater or a co-angler.

All affiliated Local Clubs may send members to the State Championship provided, all the following requirements must be met:

  1. Each contestant must be an active member of B.A.S.S. (with a current 9-digit membership number).
  2. Be a current paid member of a National B.A.S.S. Nation Club.
  3. Be a current paid member of a Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Club as of May 1st, 2019.
  4. Any High School or Junior Bass Master member who reaches the age of sixteen (16) by December 31, 2019 may participate as a Co-Angler. They will be eligible to proceed on to the B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Tournament as a Co-Angler only.
  5. The contestant must maintain all memberships (and meet all associated criteria) always during their subsequent competitions.

M.B.N. Clubs can send all their members to the State Championship provided they are on the club roster as of the date set forth by the Board of Directors at the December meeting (May 1st, 2019). Each M.B.N. Club must submit a roster of officers and members to the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Membership Director by the date designated by the M.B.N. Board of Directors at the December meeting. The member’s name and correct information must appear on that roster. The Club must be in good standing with Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation, B.A.S.S. Nation, and B.A.S.S.

Each club will send an equal number of boaters and back seat anglers (Co-Anglers or marshals) if it can, but no member will be prevented from attending due to an odd number of applicants. The High School and Junior Bassmaster members who are sixteen (16) years old by December 31, 2019 are eligible to participate as Co-Anglers and compete in the B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Tournament.

The net revenues from the State Championship will be a factor in determining the funding for the 2020 Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation State Team for the Central Regional Tournament with the minimum acceptable amount being sufficient to help pay reasonable and customary expenses of each team member.

Tournament entries must be received using the Online Entry, submitted BY August 13, 2019 by 11:59 PM, through or the angler is not eligible. Each Boater will be responsible for providing a replacement boat as needed. Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation is not responsible for providing replacement boats.

Contestants may only fish one B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship annually. If a competitor has fished a B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship in another State during the calendar year they are not allowed to compete for the Regional team thru the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation State championship that same year.

Anglers participating in any Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation-sanctioned event shall observe the B.A.S.S. Angler Code of Conduct and all applicable rules for these events. Anglers shall always conduct themselves in a manner becoming professional anglers that will not reflect unfavorably on this organization, B.A.S.S., its members, officers or representatives, or sponsors. All anglers shall use their best efforts to demonstrate professionalism and integrity in support of the sport of Bass Fishing. Any angler who violates any of the provisions of the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to sanctioning from events up to permanent banning from competition, membership or any combination thereof as deemed appropriate by the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Board of Directors.

Participation Levels Explained

Competitive Boater

Pays Required $200 Entry Fee

Fishes Boater’s Tournament

Has Full Boat Control All Day, Fishes from Front Deck

Pays for All Boat Gas

Competing for 1 of 10 Final State Boater Team Spots and 1 Alternate Team Member Position

Moves on to Compete for 1 of 3 Bassmaster Classic Seats as a Boater (Top 3 Finishers at B.A.S.S. Nation Championship)

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Competitive Co-Angler

Pays Required $100 Entry Fee

Fishes Co-Angler’s Tournament

Has No Boat Control All Day, Can Not Go on Front Deck

Does Not Pay for Any Boat Gas

Competing for 1 of 11 Final State Co-Angler Team Spots

Co-Angler National Champion Competes on B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Final Day as Boater (boat provided) for 1 of 3 Bassmaster Classic Boater Seats

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Competitive Marshal

Pays $25 Entry Fee

Fishes Marshal’s Tournament

Has No Boat Control All Day, Can Not Go on Front Deck

Does Not Pay for Any Boat Gas

Competing for a Portion of Paid Entry Fees

Does Not Move On

Non-Competitive Marshal

Pays No Entry Fee

Fishing for Fun

Has No Boat Control All Day, Can Not Go on Front Deck

Does Not Pay for Any Boat Gas

Not Competing

Does Not Move On