Massachusetts B.A.S.S. Nation
2020 MBN TEAM TOURNAMENT RULES
Prolog: These tournament rules are subject to change. The following rules are a general set of rules that all participants will be held accountable – no matter which trail a person is competing in. Infringement of any of the MBN Tournament Rules will be reason for disqualification. MBN reserves the right to refuse entry of any contestant. .
Each Trail and each event has their own set of rules that will be IN ADDITION TO the following:
1. ALL State, Local and Federal rules apply.
2. Drugs, including marijuana, and/or alcohol are not allowed to be consumed by a competitor within 6
hours of a competition’s start time or allowed on/in a competitor’s boat.
3. All boats in a MBN tournament: a. Must be equipped with all required Coast Guard safety equipment.
b. Must have a working kill switch. c. Must have separated aerated livewells with the capacity to hold 5
average size bass.
4. All people in the boat must wear a life vest when the gas engine is running.
5. A minimum of $300,000 liability insurance is required. Proof must be submitted with the application.
6. All Contestants must have a valid fishing license for the state or states that the tournament is being
7. If competing in New Hampshire waters, the boater must have a “Safe Boaters Certificate” in the boat.
8. Protests must be brought in writing to the Tournament Director (TD) before weigh-in. The TD’s
decision is final.
9. Only artificial lures may be used. No live or prepared baits allowed. Pork rind is the only exception.
10. Only one fishing rod per angler is allowed to be used at one time. No trolling.
11. Fishing is allowed anywhere on the tournament waters unless the TD specifies an area as “off
12. Culling of fish must be done immediately(5 fish Limit). There will be NO CULLING AT THE RAMP.
13. More than allowed limit brought to the scale: Angler picks live fish to release and 2-lb is deducted
from total weight.
14. Dead fish cannot be culled and a .25 penalty (1/4 pound) will be assessed for each dead fish.
15. A 1 pound penalty per minute a contestant is late to the weigh-in site. More than 15 minutes late =
16. A tie for 1 st place will be broken by first: # of live fish; second: total fish, third biggest fish. If still tied,
the first and second place
monies will be combined and divided equally between the two contestants. Same process for any other
17. Launch take –off positions will be determined by a blind draw of numbers.
18. 1 st Place will receive 200 points. 2 nd 199 points and 3 rd 198, etc. If a contestant(s) enters and fishes in a
tournament but catches no fish, they will be recieve 25 less points than the lowest weighing team
19. Only largemouth and smallmouth bass will be allowed to be brought to the scales.
20. Nets are allowed.
21. Tournament hours are from 7 A.M. to 3 P.M. unless otherwise decided by the Tournament Director.
22. Everyone must be at the ramp and monies paid by 6:20 A.M. There will be a tournament briefing at the
ramp or on the water before takeoff.
23. If there is a “check-in boat” all participants, at the end of the tournament, must check in with this boat
before 3 P.M.
24. If there is an out-of-the-water weigh-in, then the Tournament Committee will pull their boats first. No
other boats will be allowed to pull unless otherwise authorized at the pretournament briefing.
25. All Contestants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and
consideration. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification.
26. ONLY non-penetrating culling clips are allowed for use. Any clip that penetrates the skin or mouth of a
bass is not allowed.
Both trails will qualify teams for a combined TOC. Which will be the top 25%(1 for every 4) from each trail.
- This TOC will count for points for all teams.
- Following the TOC. The points Leader from the Sunday Trail and Friday Trail will both qualify for nationals.
- In the event one team declines the invite. The spot will be given to the TOC Winner or highest remaining TOC finisher unqualified.
- We will follow this same procedure if the state is able to send more than 2 teams
2020 schedule and format changes please read
The 2020 sign up sheet and waiver will be available asap and sent out , it will be at the January sportsman show as well. 2020 scholarships form will also be sent out in an email
- April 26 Sunday Webster Lake
- May 17 Sunday Manchaug pond
- June 14 Sunday Singletary lake
- All 3 events will count towards the 2020 points finals no drop event (event will be early august location unknown )
- All BASS rules will remain the same ex life vest etc.,
- 5 fish total events
- The first place team will go to this years event , the second place team to the 2021 event
You must join up as a team ( two members ) that will fish together all year ,on your form put your team members name on the bottom make sure he or she also gets their info and payment in on time.
You must have your own boat captain for each event
It has become extremely difficult to find volunteer boat captains' for these events , other states have also gone to this same format , I apologize and will do the best I can to help support teams to find boat captains, reach out to captains you have fished with in the past ask friends or neighbors who may have boats . We have a meeting this Tuesday I will see if I can get some volunteers,
Keep in mind if you just want to fish there is the option of fishing the co angler side of the adult trail which has 5 events as well as the state fish offs on lake Winnipesauke in august as a co angler.
All forms will be due by April 5, 2020 no exceptions - it take a good two weeks to get everything to BASS
The cost will be $70 per member - $140 per team which includes your BASS dues.
2019 Mass B.A.S.S. Nation Youth / High School Summary
Apologies on these getting out so late , as I have mentioned in the past its a challenge to keep this program moving and finding the time needed to run it. There will be a second email after this one going over the 2020 dates and changes on how the program will be run any questions let me know.
2019 1st event Webster lake 4/28 ( I was not at this event - hip surgery) Ray and George both helped run this event this was all teams fishing the complete 22 teams.
1- jake and romano 100
2-nate and brody 99
3- nick and Andrew 98
4-logan and tucker 97
5-justin and mikey 96
2019 2nd event split field half the teams ashumet lake 5/19 11 teams (mass nation high school )
1- ryan welch - cambell ingersol - no show ( webster 50 ) 100 total 150
2- trevor and Caiden webster 92 99 total 191
3-zane and will webster 95 98 total 193
4-jake and romano webster 100 97 total 197 went to this 2019 year finals
5-nick and Andrew webster 98 96 total 194
2019 3rd event split field half the teams quinsig 6/23 11 teams ( Blackstone Valley high school )
1- Justin and mikey webster 96 100 total 196
2- woody and zachry webster 50 99 total 149
3- jake and mason webster 88 98 total 186
4- evan and mike webster 94 97 total 191
5-justin and jeremy webster 50 96 total 146
final 2019 standings
first - Jake and Romano 197 went to 2019 finals
second - Justin and Mikey 196 first place team for the 2020 finals
third- Nick and Andrew 194 first alternate for the 2020 finals
fourth- Zane and Will 193 second alternate for the 2020 finals
please mistakes can happen please let me know if there is a error, pictures of the weigh in boards were used to calculate the standings.