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2017 SQT Trail #1 Results

Upper Bay: April 22, 2017

2017 President's Conference

Roger Trageser Feb 26th, 2017 Permanent Link
Fellow MBN Members,
I am hoping that we will see a good representation of our clubs at this years President's Conference. Two members from each club may attend.
Our new venue is the Sykesville Memorial Post 223 American Legion, 7327 Slacks Road, Sykesville Md 21784.
Dr. Joe Love will be our guest speaker providing us with an update on the health of our tidal fisheries and also answering any questions concerning the tournament operations and requirements for the upcoming season. 
This annual meeting gives club representatives an opportunity to provide insightful comment on issues ranging from conservation projects, high school and youth initiatives, MBN tournament rules and regulations, the proposed budget and any other subjects that require worthwhile discussion.
The meeting will begin at 9:00 AM. I hope to have Dr. Love up and presenting by 10:00.
As usual an excellent lunch will be provided. 
If anyone has any items that they would like to donate for our youth auction bring them along. It would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Roger

2017 BASS & MBN Membership Roster Updates

Stephen Carman Nov 29th, 2016 Permanent Link

The 2017 BASS and Maryland BASS Nation club and membership fees are now due!

There is no change in process from last year!

See the message board 'Members Only' Forum for details.

2016 Executive Board Election

Roger Trageser Oct 31st, 2016 Permanent Link
The elections for the 2017-2018 MBN Executive Board Officers is being held at the December board meeting.  All officers are running unopposed, but we still need clubs to vote to re-elect them.  Ballots are being emailed to all club presidents/representatives. If you did not receive a ballot a copy is available on the members only message board
Because of the frequency that some regions now hold there meetings, it might be difficult to get ballots to the region directors in a timely fashion.  Because of this and for this year only (since all officers are running unopposed) you may fill in the attached ballot (typing in the president’s name) and email it to your region director.  If you can print it, sign it, and scan it back in, then email it, so much the better.  If you can get it to your region director personally, feel free to do so.

MBN 2017 Tournament Dates Announced

Stephen Carman Oct 23rd, 2016 Permanent Link

Maryland Bass Nation announces the 2017 Tournament Schedule!

SQT TRAIL (Best 3 of 4)
#1: April 22, Upper Bay, Dundee Creek Marina
#2: May 13, Potomac River, Smallwood State Park

#3: August 5, Nanticoke River, Sharpstown

#4: September 9, Deep Creek Lake


July 22-23, Upper Bay, Dundee Creek Marina


October 7-8, Deep Creek Lake


October 1, Deep Creek Lake


June 14-16, Upper Bay, Northeast River, Anchor Marine

Details to follow!

Could Use Some Captains

Roger Trageser Sep 20th, 2016 Permanent Link
Our High School Championship field as expanded a little bit and I've been requested to see if the MBN could drum up some boat captains for this Sunday's event at Dundee Creek Marina. 
This is not an exclusive request for the Northern Region guys. 
Anyone interested and able to jump in and provide their service and support is welcome.
We are targeting a 7:00 AM launch with a 3:00 PM weigh in with food and drink after and perhaps some other special goodies as well.
If you can jump on board shoot me an email please ( 
Thanks, Roger

High School Championship

Roger Trageser Sep 14th, 2016 Permanent Link
It was overlooked from a web site posting point of view but never the less we are holding the 2016 High School Championship out of Dundee Creek Marina on Sunday September 25, 2016.
Launch will be at 7:00 AM with weigh in beginning at 3:00 PM.
While I am not looking for boat captains (at this time) we could use a few volunteers on the ground to assist with the weigh in.
Anglers Express is again sponsoring this event while Team Electric will be providing the burgers and dogs (and some other goodies).
Unfortuanately our traditional weigh master Jim Kline will not be available due to upcoming sugery.
I am more than happy to pick up the MC duties but could really use some help with the grill and food.
I'm sure there will be plenty of parents available to assist but I'm hoping to recruit some local talent as well. The North as always represented well.
If you can give us a hand shoot me an email at


Reef Ball Project

Roger Trageser Sep 13th, 2016 Permanent Link
The reef ball construction phase of the National Harbor restoration project will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Volunteer help is requested and information and registration is available at the following Chesapeake Bay Foundation web site.

Hope to see you there.

MBN PVA "Turkey Table' Raffle

MBN Nation Jul 17th, 2016 Permanent Link

In support of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Maryland Bass Nation presents the 'Handcrafted Wooden Turkey Tables' raffle!

2016 MR Bass Tournament In The Books

Roger Trageser May 30th, 2016 Permanent Link
Two days of wet and chilly weather are what the 2016 MR Bass contendors had to deal with as this years competition was completed on May 21-22. Sponsored by Dick Brown and Nationwide Insurance and hosted by the Central Region this years event was held out of Virgina's Leesylvania State Park. Two boaters and two non-boaters now hold the first four positions on the MBN 2017 State Team.

First place boater was Charlie Russler of Potomac River Bassmasters who finished with a two day toatal of 30 pounds and .37 ounces. Second place and just .14 ounces out was Liberty Bassmasters Rick Svoboda with 30 pounds and .24 ounces. First place non-boater was JR Robertson also with Liberty Bassmasters with a two day weight of 18 pounds and .07 ounces. Second place went to Potomac River Bassmasters Nathan Catlett with 17 pounds and .56 ounces.

Interesting to note that the four top finishers represent two clubs. I have to believe that these were partners that came down, practiced hard together, exchanged information and capitalized on their experience without stepping on each others toes. Way to go gentleman.

Dick Brown and Nationwide provided Ardent reels to our four top finishers.
Our lunker winner was Mark Pryal with Northern Neck Fishing Team. With a first day catch at 4 pounds and .49 ounces that held up throughout the event.

Central Region Director Jon Blaine was present along with his two terrific kids Jacob and Kim. Also helping bump fish was Scott Himmelfarb and providing some great camera and video work was Sean Johnson.

Central handed out MBN engraved compact flashlight/lantern combos that were a big hit and useful to boot. Kudos to Jon's wife for coming up with the idea.

Young Guns Sams And Duarte Head To Nationals

Roger Trageser May 15th, 2016 Permanent Link

With the inaugural 2016 BASS Eastern Regional Qualifying tournament in the books the Maryland Bass Nation will be proudly represented at the BASS National Championship by two young men who have come up through the ranks of our youth program to reach that level that many more seasoned MBN anglers have longed to achieve.

Boater Andrew Sams from Team Outcast finished three days of competition with a weight of 31 pounds and 3 ounces. Out of a field of over 170 anglers, Andrew's final tally had him placed 35th overall.

Non boater Michael Duarte, also with Team Outcast, racked up a weight of 23 pounds and 12 ounces and placed in the top ten of his field at 6th place.

Andrew Sams & Michael Duarte

Both of these young and accomplished anglers will be heading to the BASS National Championship. The location and date for this event has yet to be announced.

Andrew will be fishing for one of the three Classic positions along with a package that includes an Elite berth, paid entry to a choice of a Bassmaster Open series, a prize boat and the "Nation's Best" package featuring the use of a wrapped truck and boat for a year.

Michael will be fishing for the Memorial Trophy, paid entry to a choice of a Bassmaster Open series, a prize boat and a Bassmaster Classic marshall spot.

The team overall performed well finishing a respectable 6th out of eighteen with a total team weight of 264 pounds and 11 ounces.

Photos should be heading to our gallery soon.

** Maryland DNR Announces 'Tidal Bass Action' **

Stephen Carman Mar 16th, 2016 Permanent Link

March 15th, 2016 - Maryland Department of Natural Resources has issued a 'Tidal Bass Action' memo implementing conditional guidelines for large tournaments. These requirements are tied to the recently announced changes in the tournament permitting process. See link below.

Maryland Bass Nation members can weigh-in and share their comments on the message board 'Members Only' forum.

** DNR Tidal Bass Action Memo

2016 Tournament Fees Structure

Roger Trageser Feb 29th, 2016
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  As we all know B.A.S.S. changed their divisional tournament to 3 much larger Regional tournaments beginning with the State Team that will be traveling to Douglas Lake in Tennessee in May. Travel Distance and mileage has increased and we now have 22 members traveling as the State Team vs. 14 in events past for the Mid Atlantic Divisional Tournaments . We have no idea from year to year where B.A.S.S. will hold the Regional Tournament so travel distance and hotel cost could be even farther and higher than this years expense. We kept the same fee structure for last years events leading to this years State Team Regional Qualifier resulting in a pretty significant under-funding of travel and expense money for this years Team. We have maintained that we will continue to fund the State Team with participant entry fees so it is funded using entry fees paid by the contestants not dipping into general funds unless there is an absolute emergency. So, only those members that are fishing our events to try to make the State Team are funding State Team expenses with their entry fees into our qualifying tournaments. That being said in order to fund 22 State Team Members at even a modest level costs more than funding 14 members. Since we went to Regionalization in the 1980's our average revenue for 2 people in a boat has been $200.00; an average of $100.00 coming from each contestant going towards funding the State Team. Up until now our fees for tournament participation remained at that same $100.00 average per contestant It's no longer possible to fund a current State team consisting of 22 members with the current participation levels at an average of $100.00 per qualifying event.

Knowing that in order to do our best to avoid asking to constantly dip into general funds something had to change to be able to fund the travel, hotel and gas expenses of our contestants at even a modest level. We know we cannot fund all of the expenses participants will incur in these events but want to maintain at least a level that will allow our members that earn a State Team spot be able to financially participate in the Regional Qualifier opportunity with a chance to make it to the National Championship and possibly even the Bassmaster Classic.

We are changing our fee structure to allow us to financially accomplish that goal. While increases are never the most popular option we simply had to make some changes to be financially able to help our 22 member team with the minimal expenses required to attend and participate in the Regional Qualifier.

For the Weekend SQT and Mr. Bass the boater entry fee for these 2 day events would increase to $200.00 per event and the Non-boater entry fees would increase to $100.00.

For the SQT 4 event trail the Boater entry fee would increase to $350.00 with the current payback portion staying at $150.00 of that amount and $200.00 of the total of $350.00 toward supporting the State Team. The SQT Trail rider entry fee would increase to $225.00 with the current payback portion staying at $100.00 of that amount and $125.00 towards the State Team.

Each of the boaters spots from each venue would contribute $200.00 towards the State Team and each Non -boater spot would contribute at least $100.00 towards the State Team.

Maryland Roster Renewels

Roger Trageser Dec 30th, 2015 Permanent Link
There have been some calls coming in looking for information regarding to the submission to the state of the  MBN roster and dues renewels.
The process and costs are the same as last year and our membership director has not changed but for those clubs that may have changed officers and need this information here it is.

Dick Berich/Membership Director
1241 Babe Drive
Hampstead, MD 21074-1674

If you have any additional questions Dick's cell number is 410-218-4618

Hope this helps.

Smoots Bay Habitat Project

MBN Nation Dec 10th, 2015 Permanent Link
See the latest update on the Smoots Bay Habitat Project on the Maryland Bass Nation Conservation Page.

Marriotts Ridge Wins the 2015 High School Championship

Stephen Carman Oct 27th, 2015 Permanent Link
Ian & Riley McGann took first place at the 2015 High School State Championship tournament on the Potomac River. Check out the story on our High School page.

2016 MBN State Team Qualifiers

Stephen Carman Oct 13th, 2015 Permanent Link

Congratulations to the 2016 State Team qualifiers!. Well Done!

State Team Qualifiers with points!

Left to right back row boaters; David Kyle (581), Al Fiorille (588), Paul Gietka (593), Brian Treischman (598), Ed Riley (579), Andrew Sams (585) (Alternate Scott Sewell (579) not in photo)
Left to right front row riders; Michael Duarte (588), Richie Martin (585), Tracy Fitzgerald (583) (not in photo, Tyler Judd (584), Walt Lechert (586) and Joshua Torres (588). Alternate Joe Kauders (581).

Trieschman & Redmond / SQT#4 Winners!

Stephen Carman Oct 13th, 2015 Permanent Link

SQT Trail tournament #4 was held at Deep Creek on September 26th.

Brian Trieschman won the Boater Division with 12.39 pounds and John Redmond won the Rider Division with 5.80 pounds. Congratulations!

Left to right Boaters; 4th Paul Gietka (7.49 lb), 3rd Jeremy Mathias (9.25 lb), 2nd Al Fiorelli (10.17 lb), 1st Brian Treischman (12.39 lb) Riders; 1st John Redmond (5.80 lb), 2nd Justin Bronson (5.39 lb), 3rd Michael Duarte (3.51 lb), 4th Richie Martin (3.28 lb)

Stierhoff & Pryal SQT Trail #3 Winners

MBN Nation Sep 1st, 2015 Permanent Link

SQT Trail tournament #3 was held on the Upper Bay with a Dundee launch.

Jeff Stierhoff won the Boater Division with 15.71 pounds and Mark Pryal won the Rider Division with 10.01 pounds. Congratulations!

B.A.S.S. Mid-Atlantic Divisional! Maryland Wins

Stephen Carman Jul 22nd, 2015 Permanent Link

Congratulations to the 2015 Maryland Bass Nation State Team. We're proud of your 1st place finish! Well Done!

Maryland Bass Nation 2015 State Team

McClosky & Winegardner Head for the High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake

MBN Nation Jul 15th, 2015 Permanent Link

Morgan Winegardner and Joe McClosky of the Garrett County High School Bass Fishing Team are heading to The Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship (July 22-25th) on Kentucky Lake. The team qualified to compete in the Nationals by winning the State High School Championship on October 5, 2014. This also qualified them to compete along with the Maryland State Adult Team at the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S Nation Mid-Atlantic Divisionals on June 17-19, 2015 where they placed 2nd in the High School Division and helped the Maryland State Team to win the Divisional.

Morgan & Joe are a part of the newly formed Southern Garrett Bass Slayers Fishing Club. The club was formed in April of 2014 to give High School Anglers the chance to compete in local, regional & national Bass Fishing Tournaments. The club holds local tournaments with all members once a month on Deep Creek lake from spring-fall. The whole club will be competing in The State Championships again in October on the Potomac River. For more information or to show support of the team, visit The Southern Garrett Bass Slayers Facebook page. The High School Nationals can be viewed via a live internet feed on Best of Luck to Morgan & Joe as they head to the Nationals!

Joe McClosky, Morgan Winegardner and coach/boat captain, Bret Winegardner

Hall and Bronson Top Mr Bass Field

Roger Trageser May 25th, 2015 Permanent Link

Nationwide Insurance and local agent and Maryland Bass Nation member Dick Brown hosted the 2015 Mr Bass qualifying tournament this weekend out of Dundee Creek Marina on the Upper Bay.

Greg Hall with MR Bass produced two solid bags, 15.53 and 19.71, to capture the Boater title with a final weight of 35.24 lb. Tiderunner Bassmasters Tom Welsh was equally productive with weights of 15.52 and 19.22 taking second with a total of 34.74 lb. Rider and young gun Justin Bronson with Hub City Bassmasters combined bags of 11.65 and 9.88 to capture the Co-Angler title with a weight of 21.53 lb. Captain’s Choice Mark Pryal was not far behind showing up with 10.40 and 11.01 to capture second place with a total of 21.41 lb. All four of these gentleman have now secured spots on the 2016 Maryland Bass Nation State Team.

Al Fiorille captured first day lunker monies with a 5.23 lb. beauty. Ed Riley’s 7.48 bass was the big fish of the weekend but Ed was not entered into the optional lunker pot. Second day lunker prize monies went to Greg Hall and his 5.56 lb fish that anchored his close to twenty pound bag.

While tournament director Don Bronson along with our appointed secretary for both Saturday and Sunday Mike Lutz worked on the final numbers the rest of us had fun giving away prizes. Again, ten lucky anglers walked away with super crankbaits from Livingston Lures while Kevin McGinnis and Lionell Merchant each picked up a SavePhace mask courtesy of Team Electric. The Maryland Bass Nation also gave away two gallons of oil.

Dick Brown and Nationwide collected information cards from anglers and volunteers and once collected drew two winners of a beautiful camo finished spinning rod and reel from Ardent. Nationwide also awarded four premium Ardent baitcasting and spinning reels to the four top finishers.

I want to thank not just all the volunteers that made themselves available for both morning and afternoon duties but to the friends and family that showed up, especially on the final day, to support and root for their favourite competitors. It sure is nice to hear those hearty and well deserved applauses.

2015 Weekend SQT! Blaine & Hitt Take 1st Place Honors!

Stephen Carman May 10th, 2015 Permanent Link

The Maryland Bass Nation Weekend SQT, held on May 2-3 on the Potomac River, was blessed with great weather and, at its conclusion, qualified our first two boaters and non-boaters for the new 2016 BASS Regionals.

Bass –aholics Jon Blaine’s first day weight of 13.26 and day two’s 17.57 propelled him to the top boaters spot with a total of 30.83 lb.

John Jeddry of Team Outcast scored early on day one with 14.03 lb. and proceeded to limp his way back to Smallwood with an engine that continued to overheat. Once corrected John remained focused on day two and put another 16.64 in the boat for a second place boater total of 30.67 lb. Jim Hitt from Liberty Bassmasters combined 8.97 and 7.68 to top the non-boater side with 16.65 lb. while Hub City’s Doug Zittle put 7.87 and 7.79 together for a second place weight and finish of 15.66 lb.

Day one Lunker was taken by Big Stix Mike Day with a 5.72 beauty and although River Ratz Tom Todd’s 6.52 fish was the biggest second day and overall fish in the tournament he was not entered in the pool so John Jeddry’s 5.26 held up on day two. Both days paid a nice $410.00.

Ten lucky contenders were randomly drawn to receive a Livingston Lure crankbait while George Loope and Don Eney each received a SavePhace shield supplied by Team Electric .

Rick Svoboda and Joshua Torres names were drawn and each received a gallon of Mercury oil.

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Event Calendar

  • Apr 29th '17 Jr BASS Nation State Championship
  • May 3rd '17 Southern Region Meeting
  • May 13th '17 SQT Trail #2, Potomac River
  • May 18th '17 Executive Board Meeting
  • Jun 2nd-4th '17 PVA Capital Clash, Potomac River
  • Jun 14th-16th '17 BASS Nation Eastern Regional
  • Jun 15th '17 Executive Board Meeting
  • Jun 23rd '17 M.R. Bass Summer Solstice Open Tournament