2015 was a fantastic year for the Costa Bassmaster High School Series. We could not have done any of this without you! We want to thank you very much for your participation and support!
The 15/16 fishing season is quickly approaching us. We have launched our new registration/affiliation system that is fully online. Meaning no more paper packets you have to print out and mail in. This new system is live on the Bassmaster High School Register Page.
Simply, read through the steps and then fill out the form at the bottom and press enter or submit and it will automatically be submitted to us. We will then reach back out to you for payment of memberships. The payments will be the same as last year, a $20.00 fee that will cover both your B.A.S.S. and High School Nation memberships.
For tournaments, I know that a lot of our Youth Directors are in the process of scheduling their own state and team trail events. We are close to finalizing the High School Opens (Southern, Central, Midwest). Those will be announced before the end of this month. Please be on the lookout for these announcements on Bassmaster.com or the High School facebook page.
Again thank you for your support and here’s to a great 15/16 school year and fishing season!
B.A.S.S., LLC Manager, Bassmaster High School
The Seminole Slam - October 25, 2015
"The Seminole Slam" will be our first qualifying event of the 2015-2016 season. It will take place on Lake Seminole on Sunday Oct 25th. The event will follow the BASS Southern Open that week. The launch ramp and meeting location will be determined and announced in the coming weeks. Entry forms ($50 per team) should be mailed to Martin Bozeman.
Just a reminder of the changes for 2015. ** You must be from same High School ** You must qualify for the State Championship (Top 70% of each qualifier advance). Rules should be finalized and posted by Sept. 1st. The 2nd and 3rd Qualifiers will be announced as soon as the location/dates are secured (will be in central Fl)
Launch site/Official Host
Lake Seminole Lodge, Marina, Hotel, & Campground- Owner/Contact Monte @ 850-593-6886
2360 Legion Rd, Sneads FL. 32460--**Some Rooms and Campsites available. Additional Host Hotel- Seminole Lake Inn- 850-593-6158- 8269 US-90, Sneads, FL 32460
MUST MENTION FL BASS NATION HIGH SCHOOL TO GET ROOM $55.95 plus tax for double bed, $45.95 plus tax for single bed- must reserve by Oct 5, 2015
Mandatory meeting at launch site Saturday night at 8pm We will briefly go over rules, points, Team of the Year and the launch order. The meeting is at 8pm because of the Southern Open weigh in at Bass Pro in Tallahassee Saturday afternoon. This will allow the teams to watch the weigh if desired or practice longer.
MUST BE REGISTERED WITH B.A.S.S. (ONLINE AT BASSMASTER.COM AND FL BASS NATION
(MAIL TO ME) TO FISH- NO EXCEPTIONS.
The High School and Junior anglers were greeted with a gorgeous sunrise over lake Toho as we launched the 25 HS and 6 Junior teams. Who would catch them on a lake that just had a major event with some of the biggest names in fishing on it. The Southern Open was a star studded line-up and they didn’t disappoint. Chad Morganthaler took home the victory Saturday. The team of Beau Clymer(last years Champion) and Kyle Tomlinson(14 State Champion) opted to stay and practice Saturday evening instead of watching the big boys weigh in at the Bass Pro in Orlando. That would be a move that paid off with the victory on Sunday as they are quietly building a great resume. Watch out for these anglers in the near future.
We have a team in the Junior division that everyone will have to compete against in the next 5 years or so and should be worried. Bryce Goff and Roger Weigel Jr continue their dominance (2014 State Champions) on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes with a victory!!
Congrats to all the anglers that competed. It was a difficult bite and they just kept their head down and fished. We all can take lessons from them. A special thanks to B.A.S.S.(Chris Bowes and Max Leatherwood), Terry Segraves from Experience Kissimmee, Mark from Big Toho Marina, Boca Bearings, Martin and Denny Bozeman, David Driggers and especially the parents and boat Captains.
High School Bass Fishing is here to stay in Florida. B.A.S.S. and the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation are committed to the young anglers in the state. We at the FBN will be running a Tournament Trail next year just for High school anglers. Here is the information packet on how to start your own High School Club!!
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Jeff Brooks State Youth Director-Florida B.A.S.S. Nation