Bassmaster Membership $10 (obtained by the angler at https://www.bassmaster.com/high-school-resources/
Bass Nation Dues $30 – Payable by the team treasurer or coach at https://www.bassmaster.com/high-school-resources/
TBN Dues $20 – Payable by the team treasurer or coach to Tennessee Bass Nation High School (Regional Trails do not have dues)
***ALL Memberships and Dues are required to be paid in full No later than 1 October 2023** Teams that are not in good standing will not be allowed to compete.
Tournament entry fees – High School $50/Junior $25 (All State Opens and Regional Trails, except Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Trail no entry)
Trails utilize Websites and Facebook for communication.
Central Tennessee region Bass nation high school www.sctnbassnation.com
North Central Tennessee region bass nation high school
West Tennessee region bass nation high school
Southeast Tennessee bass nation high school
Bass pro shops Tn high school tournaments
Trail Directors Contact Information
Tennessee Bass Nation high school/youth David Lowrie email@example.com or
Jake Davis firstname.lastname@example.org 615-613-2382
Central Tennessee Jake Davis email@example.com 615-613-2382
North Central Tennessee Anthony Scott firstname.lastname@example.org 931-397-3072
West Tennessee Jeremy Finley email@example.com or 931-698-5598
Southeast Tennessee Christina Goins 423-664-2339, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Brad Burkhart email@example.com
Pairing of student anglers:
1a. Tennessee Bass Nation High School/Youth tournaments are open only to current members of official Bassmaster high school Teams/Clubs, recognized by said high school or Bassmaster as an official community club. Students must belong to the same official high school club or official community club within the county of residence to compete as a team in this tournament. Multiple clubs from the same institution (one club per School) and/or community clubs within the same county (one community club per county). Community clubs can incorporate multiple institutions to include home school students. Students from those institutions must all be members of the same community club. High School students must fish for the school which they would normally attend. If the school does not allow Home School Students to participate in sports, then they will fish for the next nearest school or community club who does, but only after receiving written acknowledgement from their school system declining homeschool students access to sports programs.
1b. Student partner(s) must be members of the same official high school club or community club. In the event a student angler cannot be paired with a partner from the official high school or community club, the student angler maybe paired with a partner from the next closest club/team or adjoining county/parish with the written approval of the school/club coaches and state youth director or assistant state youth director. Any/All pairings of anglers outside the above stated rule or pairing across State Lines must have written recommendation/acknowledgement of both Official High School or Community Club Coaches and both State Youth Directors approval from B.A.S.S. TN Bass Nation HS and B.A.S.S. High School reserves the right to accept or deny such a request.
(Example/clarification) While Sumner County has multiple High Schools. Only one High
School has a team (Gallatin HS Fishing). Therefore, Gallatin HS takes precedence. If an
angler goes to Gallatin High School, he/she must fish for Gallatin unless the angler is
released by Gallatin with documentation from the Coach of the Gallatin team. With such a
release from the Gallatin team coach, the angle may fish with the Community Club in the
county (Sumner County Fishing). Anglers living in Sumner County will only be allowed to fish
for a team from outside of Sumner County if/when they present documented proof that
there is no partner available within Sumner County. Such proof must be presented to the
State Director or the Assistant State Director. The State Director or the Assistant State
Director shall determine if the documentation is sufficient and will determine if the angler
will be granted permission to fish for a team outside Sumner County. Finally, no angler will
receive approval to fish for a team outside Sumner County unless that county is an adjacent
1c. Grandfather Clause: If your county or school does not have an established team you may partner with the next closest team and then your county establishes a team you will be grandfathered to remain. (Example: Grundy County had anglers from Franklin County, those anglers where allowed to remain with Grundy as long as they wanted…but if the angler ever changed to Franklin County they stayed, no moving back)
Conservation/Volunteer/Soft Plastics Competitions
All Anglers are required to complete 8 hours of Volunteer Conservation/Community Service
This volunteer time counts for TN Promise and TN Achieve credit.
Every year TBN HS/Youth conducts Lake/River Clean up challenges and habitat improvement enhancement programs.
Assist TWRA, TWF, TWRF or School Teams with fishing events for youth or communities
Soft Plastics – each year school/community teams collect used soft plastics, the school/community team with the most weight wins a $500 Academy Sport Gift Card
Academy Receipts Competition- the school/community team with the most ($ value) in receipts wins a $1,000 gift card
Tennessee BASS Nation High School Hunter Northcutt Scholarship Program
This scholarship is only for senior students who are ACTIVE MEMBERS OF TN Bass Nation and have participated in tournaments this year. We hope to give away 5 scholarships again this year. It does not matter if you're going to a major 4 year school, a community college or a trade school. This scholarship is based on MORE THAN YOUR FISHING.
Commissioner’s Cup - (State Open Trail only) awarded to the top School/Program Team by the combined overall points from the entire season, including the State Championship Tournament of the top 3 Boat teams of each school.
Regional Trail School of the year- awarded to the top School/Program Team by the combined overall points from the entire season, including the Championship Tournament of the top 3 Boat teams of each school.
Boat Team of the Year – Solely based upon points from the trail which awards
Place of Finish Scholarships – (High School only) Awarded at each tournament ranging from $2000 to $100 is based solely upon participation in the tournament.
Top School for Non-Championship Tournaments- awarded to the top School/Program Team by the combined overall weight of the top 3 Boat teams of each school.
Path to the National Championship
National Events: When registration opens for these events be ready to register that day for every event you wish to fish. The Bassmaster High School Opens fill up fast. All information is based on Bassmaster history: Fish a Bassmaster open event. Events are announced around the first of the calendar year. Top 25 boats of each tournament earn seats to National Championship. Example: 250 boats top 25 in tournament transfer. National events are capped at 250 HS Boats and 50 Junior Division Boats top 10 boats advance to the Junior National Championship.
State Event: All information is based on trail history and is not guaranteed. The winner of each state tournament will earn a spot in the National Championship. The championship winner earns a spot. The points champion earns a spot. All other spots will redirect back to points order. National event qualifier will supersede a state qualifier. Example: Team Davis and Lowery qualified at the southern open but are the state points champions and won an event. They will use the national ticket and the state will retain the other spots.
Regional Trail Events: All information is based on trail history and is not guaranteed. All National Championship spots are earned by points. If the trail earns 5 transfer spots the top 5 in points get spots. If a team qualifies through the state or national events the regional trail gets to give that spot to next team in points
Junior Championship Nationals Qualification: Win a national event. Win the TN junior statewide championship tournament. Win the TN statewide junior points race.
Qualifying for TBN State HS Championship:
The TBN High School State Championship will be limited and have established qualification cut lines for Regions and State Open Trail
A: Each region to have 30 seats (5 regions 30 seats total seats 150)
B: State Open Trail to receive 50 Seats
C: State Championship to be capped at 200 boat team
D: State Open Trail seats take precedence over region seats (Jeremy/Jennifer qualifies both State Open Trail and Central Trail the seat count is from the State Trail)
E. Region on Region…. The seat would come from the highest qualifying (David/Andy fishes Central and finishes 3 and also fishes BPS Trail Finishes 7th the seat comes from the Central)
2024 TBN Junior State Championship
A. Limit the field to 200
B. A Boat Team must have fished at least 2 Regional or 2 State Open tournaments to qualify to fish the Junior State Championship
2024 Trail Championships
A. Fields are not limited (except BPS Sevierville HS Trail which is Limited to top 25 Teams)
B. West/CTN/NCTN/Southeast trails boat teams must fish in 3 Trail events
A. Points start at 200 for first place
B. After 150 places or the first “0” fish every team that entered gets 50 points
C. In the event of a tie: (two teams ties for 5thplace, both teams receive equal points (196/196) and next place receives 194 points….
D. All Regional Trails are Best 3 of 4/5 plus Championship
E. State Trail is Best 4 of 5/6 plus Double points championship (Two Day Event – points start at 400 and drop 2 points per position of finish…
Central Tennessee BASS Nation High School/Junior Trail
Community Service, Conservation, TN Promise Competition 2023-2024
To be announced
Some may remember last year (Christmas/Winter Break) we had a Community Service competition. We will be continuing this again during the 2023-2024 tournament season. It will run from 15 Sept 2023 to 1 May 2024. Thanks to several sponsors who really liked everything we did the last two years with the lake clean ups, habitat rehabilitation, and kid’s events.
In order to keep this fair across the board and provide equal opportunity for ALL community or school-based teams to have a reasonable chance at the awards, here is what I have come up with after talking to several coaches.
1. The Central Region High School Trail will schedule three (3) lake clean ups (Tims Ford, Normandy and Percy Priest).
2. The Central Region Trail is dedicated to Tims Ford, Woods Reservoir and Normandy Lake. We will schedule several workdays for these projects.
3. As you may have noticed we have teamed up with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation to help promote “Fishing in Tennessee.” Part of that effort is our commitment to exposing fishing to young future anglers and people that would normally not get a chance or take the opportunity. So, if CTNBN Trail with the help of a school or community team wishes to set up an event such as the disabled angler’s event that Scotts Hill or Livingston Academy conducts this would count.
4. If a school or community team wishes to conduct a lake clean up or habitat restoration project, it needs to be coordinated and approved with/by the CTNBN Director and all school teams/programs allowed to help.
** Note: This is not just limited to anglers! Boat Captains, Parents, Siblings, Boy Scout Troops, FFA Clubs can all help… (Example: Say Coffee County Bass Team talks the Coffee County Football Team members into helping, who ever showed up to help for that event would count towards Coffee County) (Everyone that showed up will get TN Promise credit but the hours will also count towards the respected school/team)
Community Service/Conservation work/TN Promise is not working a sponsor event, party, outing, tournaments, fishing show support…that is sponsor support which your team agreed to with that sponsor. Community service is participation in conservation activities, lake clean ups, habitat restoration, take a kid fishing events, actually working a benefit tournament whose primary cause is Kids Cancer, Homelessness, Saint Judes, helping challenged kids learn to fish or enjoy the outdoors… If anyone has concern whether or not an event qualifies call or email Capt Jake beforehand.