Young anglers will have more competitive opportunities in 2019 as part of the Junior Bassmaster Division, which was announced Wednesday by B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. unveiled a four-tournament High School Series schedule for 2019 with a parallel division of up to 50 junior division teams competing at each event.
“This is another aggressive step toward giving more young people a chance to fish competitively,” said Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. senior manager for college and high school. “More parents are realizing that children who fish often avoid a lot of the more harmful aspects of our culture — and by creating a division for second- to eighth-graders, we’re helping parents start them out even earlier.”
The field for the high school tournaments will be capped at 250 boats.
In addition, the 2019 Bassmaster College Series schedule was revealed with four scheduled between February and June. A notable change to the format will be each tournament will be open to competitors from across the country, not just the region where the event is taking place.
“Our hope is that every college angler who wants to compete will now have a chance,” Weldon said. “You’re not limited to fishing a certain conference or region. If you want to travel to any one of these events — or all of them — you’re free to do that.”
Dates for the high school and college championships, as well as the annual College Series Classic Bracket, which qualifies one college angler for the Bassmaster Classic, will be announced at a later date.
2019 Bassmaster College Series Schedule
> Feb. 21-23: Lake Norman (NC)
> March 21-23: Smith Lake (AL)
> April 25-27: Bull Shoals Lake (AR)
> June 20-22: St. Lawrence River (NY)
2019 Bassmaster High School Schedule
> March 2: Lake Hartwell (SC) Eastern Open
> March 30: Lake Guntersville (AL) Southern Open
> April 28: Norfork Lake (AR) Central Open
> May 11: Lake Shasta (CA) Western Open