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2016 SQT Trail #1 Results

Potomac River: April 16th

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.

MBN PVA Capital Clash Raffle

MBN Nation Apr 5th, 2016 Permanent Link

In support of the 2016 Paralyzed Veterans of America Capital Clash, Maryland Bass Nation presents the 'Potomac River Fishing Trip' and 'Handcrafted Wooden Fish Table' raffle! See additional details on the MBN Message Board!

** 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.

Fiorille & Pryal win SQT Trail #1 on the Potomac River

Roger Trageser Apr 21st, 2015 Permanent Link

The Maryland Bass Nation kicked off the 2015 qualifying season with the first of four Pro-Am tournament trail events on the Potomac River on April 11.

Tom Cole with Ardent set up shop and had plenty of cool merchandise to share with our MBN members while Livingston Lures provided ten lucky random draw competitors with their great product. Jim Kline was the lucky individual that got into the lunker pool and found his name draw for a free Ardent reel.

While the morning started out relatively calm by the time the volunteers got finished with breakfast the wind started to pick up significantly. At one point, later in the afternoon, we were lucky to keep Tom's tent from flying up and into the parking lot.

Limits were scarce on both the boaters and the riders side but at the weigh ins conclusion.

Al Fiorille from Ulitmate Camo took the boaters top spot with a weight of 12.71 pounds and Mark Pryal from Skeeter's Owners topped riders with 10.06 pounds. Scott Sewell with MR Bass had luker with 5.99 pounds.

Thanks for all the help from Bix Stix members Ron Hines, Mike Day and Nat Hutter and to Bass-aholics Scott Himmelfarb.

Potomac River SQT Trail #1 sponsored by Ardent

Stephen Carman Apr 8th, 2015 Permanent Link

We begin the season this Saturday with the first of four state qualifying trail tournaments and we are excited to have Ardent as the premier sponsor for this event.

Representative Tom Cole will have product on display and available at the always fantastic 50% discounted price for Maryland Bass Nation members.

In addition each tournament participant will receive a free Screen Clean package. This great product will put your electronics, sunglasses and phone screens back in crystal clear operation.

Finally for every angler that puts himself into the lunker pool they will automatically be entered in a drawing for a free Ardent reel.

Ardent continues to be one of our hands down top sponsors providing product and service to our adult membership, youth activities and PVA event support.

2015 SQT Tournament Trail

Dick Brown Mar 23rd, 2015 Permanent Link
Hi Guys and Gals


We are excited to kick off our new SQT tournament trail format and season.   Registrations are trickling in for the 2015 Maryland State Qualifying Tournament Trail.  Thanks to those that have already sent their applications.


This Saturday 3/28/2015 is the Registrations Deadline to have your entry applications Postmarked by. If you can send them in as soon as possible and not wait till the Deadline


There are 12 State team spots coming out of the trail 6 Boater and 6 rider positions as well as the alternate boater and the alternate rider positions for a total of 14 State Team spots. Boaters are fishing against only boaters and non- boaters are fishing only against non- boaters in their respective divisions for spots on the State Team.


Come on out and join in with your fellow Maryland B.A.S.S. Nation members as B.A.S.S. embarks on a new era in Nation State, Regional and National Tournament Competition.

2015 President's Conference

Roger Trageser Mar 3rd, 2015 Permanent Link
Thanks to all who braved the pending weather forecast on Sunday and found their way to the Gamber Firehall for our annual President's Conference.

We had twenty-four clubs represented out of our total adult number of thirty-seven which was just enough to give us a quorum on our budget discussion and vote.

Kudos to all our committee speakers who, in light of the deteriorating weather, pulled off some very efficient report deliveries and had us out of the door by 1:00.

These would be Dick Berich with membership, Steve Carman for budget and web site, Dick Brown with tournaments, Scott Sewell with conservation and Jim Kline wrapping up with a youth and scholarship update. By the way even with a smaller than usual crowd our auction and donation take for the youth and scholarship programs still managed to generate $1,678.00.

A thank you to Pappy's Bait's who did have a little bit of an advantage. Gambers hosted a fisherman's flea market the day before so rather than packing and booking he just kept himself open for business. After a number of years of conference attendance Pappy's will be relocating just a little too far out of the district (like Canada) to continue to be an annual attendee. However his great products will still be available so make sure you continue to look him up and make those purchases.

Because of distance and weather Tom Cole and Ardent could not be present. Ardent will continue to be a strong sponsor presence with the Nation in the same fashion that they have been in the past so please dial them up with your support.

As always thanks to Jeannie Green for plenty of coffee, doughnuts and soda throughout the event and to Savoy Catering for a great lunch. With plenty of food on hand I practically forced seconds and thirds on everyone.

Finally a thank you to all you guys representing your clubs who realize the importance of this event. This is the one opportunity that we are afforded to have the Board, Committee Directors and Presidents come together with some meaningful back and forth discussion. With the vast changes being put into place these discussions this year were even more critical. The input and feedback was excellent.

Check out pics of the Presidents Conference on the MBN Photos page!

B.A.S.S. Nation Competition 2016

Stephen Carman Dec 2nd, 2014 Permanent Link

In 2016, the road to the B.A.S.S. Nation Competition championship will be supported by a new Regional qualification format as well as a Bassmaster Opens ‘Pro-Am’ style opportunities for Boaters and Riders.

In short, there will now be three qualifying Regional tournaments and separate competitive venues for Boaters and Non-Boaters. And, although Nation Classic spots are being reduced from six to three, the prizes and opportunities for State Team competitors is outstanding.

The State Team seats will be increased to 10 Boaters and 10 Non-Boater positions, providing more opportunities for Maryland Bass Nation members.

Additional program details can be found here:

Looking ahead into the Maryland Bass Nation 2015 tournament year, the Tournament Committee along with the Executive Board has already worked to incorporate these changes into our qualifying tournament venues for 2015. These tournament details are available in November's minutes.

Additional details to follow!

MBN 2nd Annual High School Championship

Stephen Carman Oct 10th, 2014 Permanent Link
Morgan Winegardner and Joe McClosky take 1st place at the 2nd annual High School State Championship tournament on the Potomac River. Check out the story on our High School page.

2015 State Team Announced

Stephen Carman Sep 30th, 2014 Permanent Link
  2015 MBN State Team

Now that the SQT tournaments are in the books, our 2015 State Team is locked and loaded.

Jim Iden, Rick Svoboda, Tyler Judd and Guyowen Hall made it to the team by way of the Mr B.A.S.S. tournament venue. The SQT Trail delivered six seats and an alternate position to Brett Quader, Brad Weese, Jeremy Mathias, John Jeddry, Ed Riley, Brian Trieschman and Richie Martin. The Weekend SQT venue delivered two seats and an alternate to Danny Rodriguez, Eric McNulty and William Zinkham.

Check out the link for additional details.

Congratulations to the 2015 State Team! Well Done!

Weekend SQT Tournament

Roger Trageser Sep 7th, 2014 Permanent Link
Is it just me or was this one heck of a quick summer season? 

We'll be wrapping up the SQT Trail on September 20 at Deep Creek and finishing out the qualifiers with the Weekend SQT event on September 27 and 28.

Hopefully Don already has his final field of Deep Creek competitors in place so he can work on the pairings and get these out with a comfortable margin of time. You guys fishing the trail have certainly had plenty of time to know if your making the trip west or not. I'll check with Don and get these pairings out ASAP.

Like wise with the entries for the Weekend SQT the deadline is September 13. 

I'm going to ask Don to hold very tight to that cut off date so again we can pull together pairings and have all our information about how this tournament is going to shape up and what type of set up and help we will require to run it. 

If you are contending out of the trail and even think that you want to hedge your bets with a Weekend entry than pull the trigger and do it. If you make the team through the trail we will reimburse your entry for the Weekend event. Better safe than sorry.

We are banking on a good turn out for this final event and a large field is certainly going to be better served with a trailered weigh in. This does require a greater than normal volunteer turnout in the afternoons. While this event has been placed in an Upper Bay local and the Northern Region has been designated for volunteer assignment we will never turn down the help from any region member that wishes to participate. We may even have a couple of volunteer give aways in place at the conclusion of each days weigh in.

So here it is plain and simple. If your competing get your info to Don by September 13 and if you can volunteer please let Don know by at least the 25th.

Thanks Guys.


SQT Trail #2 Upper Bay Winners!

Stephen Carman Jul 14th, 2014 Permanent Link

John Jeddry won the SQT Trail Upper Bay tournament with a 22.72 pound bag, anchored by a 6.38 pound lunker.

SQT ‘Top 5’ winners from left to right: Jeremy Mathias (5th place), Charles Appleby (3rd place), John Jeddry (1st place), Brian Trieschman (2nd place), Richie Martin (4th place).

CBF Anglers for Clean Water

Stephen Carman Jun 12th, 2014 Permanent Link

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation ‘Anglers for Clean Water’ is a new service that should be informative and useful for Bay anglers. For more information, check out our Conservation Page.

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Event Calendar

  • Jun 10th-12th '16 PVA - Potomac River
  • Jun 16th '16 Executive Board Meeting
  • Jun 18th-19th '16 Weekened SQT - Deep Creek Lake
  • Jul 7th '16 Southern Region Meeting
  • Jul 9th '16 SQT Trail #2 - Upper Bay
  • Jul 13th '16 Western Region Meeting
  • Jul 21st '16 Executive Board Meeting
  • Aug 6th '16 Crabtowne Open Team Tournament