Tennessee BASS Nation High School

TBN High School/Junior Stop #2

2 Percy Priest, Fate Sanders Marina

17 Oct 2020 – Old Hickory Lake




All times will be Central Time

Launch will be “Safe Light” or “Safe Conditions” approx. 6:30am Central Time

Mandatory Tournament briefing 16 Oct 2020, 6:00 PM Central, Academy Sports + Outdoors Smyrna TN

I will call numbers whether or not you are in the water!

Mandatory Lunch Break 10:30am – 10:45am

High School, First Flight will be due back in at 3:00pm

Juniors, First flight due back in at 1:00pm

Largemouth 15 inches

Smallmouth 18 inches

Kentucky/Spotted Bass 12 inches


All Coaches/School Advisors: Please if you are paying entry fee with one check or cash email all team rosters fishing this event: Junior Division sctnbassnation@gmail.com or High School Division dlowrie@blomland.net as soon as possible. Online registration is open go to Junior Division www.sctnbassnation.com bottom of home page and High School Division www.tnhsbasstrail.com Entries need to be paid at registration or the morning of the tournament.
Boat numbers will be drawn/posted once registration closes, 2pm, Central Thursday 24 Sept 2020. There will be NO Add-on once registration closes.

Life Vest/Person Flotation Devices (Type III) must be worn by all
individuals on board anytime the main motor is in use, ALL Buckles buckled,
and all zippers zipped all the way up **Tennessee State Law require all
individuals 12 years of age and younger to wear a PFD at all times while on
the deck of a vessel. Anglers under the age of 16 are NOT authorized to use the inflatable life vest.

  1. You must maintain 50 yards away from another competitor, unless you
    invite the competitor in…once you invite a competitor in all are invited.
  2. NO Hole sitting (You may NOT have anyone sit/hold/block and area)
  3. Alabama/Tennessee rigs are authorized, must meet TWRA Regulations or
    Alabama Regulations if in Alabama Waters.
  4. All Boat Captains and Anglers must have read and understand the general
    tournament rules posted by BASS for High School and Junior Tournaments.
  5. At NO TIME will Junior or High School Boat Captains fish or touch any
    rod, reel. Line or bait during tournament hours. (Junior Captains may
    assist in tying or fixing lures or reels until 1 Jan 2021, but may NEVER
  6. Mandatory 15-minute break by all teams/anglers starting at 10:30am local
  7. A Boat Captain can “Coach” anglers while on the water…Captains MAY NOT
    demonstrate…verbal coaching only. Boat captains can coach but will never
    touch or handle any fishing rod, lures or line during competition hours.
    Including lunch break. Captains can net if a single angler is in boat.
  8. Trolling Motor Operation – Manually or by REMOTE, In the interest of
    Safety…High School Teams: A boat Captain may operate the trolling motor to
    “Make Safe” the anglers and vessel, this is the only time a High School
    Captain should be operating the trolling motor.** JUNIOR Boat Captains** if the anglers are not familiar
    with operating the trolling motor, you MAY operate the trolling motor…BUT
    PLEASE teach them, once anglers move up to High School level they MUST
    operate the trolling motor. All Teams which qualify to fish at the National
    Level “MUST” operate the trolling motor.
  9. Junior Boat Captains – Junior Level only until 1 January 2021: Boat Captain may
    assist/instruct with tying lures, measuring a catch, clearing backlashes
    (reel must be detached from rod) and may net fish (the effected angler must
    be observing the boat captain and not fishing while you teach
    him/her…again, it is expected that you teach your anglers as once they
    reach the next level they must be able to do these actions themselves).
    Junior Captains may NEVER FISH!
  10. ALL, it is the ANGLERS responsibility to ensure length limits of all
    fish and number of fish in the livewells. Anglers MUST cull immediately
    upon catching the 6th fish…no more than 5 fish are to be in the
    livewell at any given time.
  11. Anglers will present the days catch to the scales. There will be a NO
    courtesy check station at the weigh-ins. Once a catch is presented to the
    scales, the catch may/will be checked as needed by the weigh master. Bass
    presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the official length, shall
    result in a penalty of 1 pound for each such bass, which penalty shall be
    deducted from the total score of the competitor. Short fish will not be
    weighed. Dead fish penalty is .25 pounds.
  12. Anglers are not authorized to use electronic devices
    (cell phone, for example) unless emergencies arise including during lunch
    break. No phone fishing
  13. Boat Captains may and are encouraged to video and/or
    take pictures during the competition hours and post them to Facebook or
    send them to the tournament directors for use on Facebook.
  14. All Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency rules must be adhered to at all
    times. It is the Anglers responsibility to be familiar with and understand
    TWRA Regulations. If you have a question, contact the tournament Director.
    A ticket during tournament hours from TWRA/USCG/TVA is a automatic
    Disqualification for the tournament day.
  15. All Boat Captains and Anglers must have read and understand the general
    tournament rules posted by BASS ( can be found atBassmaster.com/
    high school) for High School and Junior Tournaments.
  16. Licensed or unlicensed fishing guides or Professional Anglers may NOT be boat captains, unless the guide/Professional Angler is a “Direct Family” member such as Dad, Stepdad, Mom, Stepmom, Brother….
  17. Guides may be hired/used prior to any TBN Event up to the tournament
  18. No anglers or boat captains may be on the tournament waters after the
    registration/tournament briefing the evening prior to the event.
  19. All Protest or complaints shall be filed either prior to the start to
    the weigh in or immediately following the weigh in…once we start issuing
    scholarships it’s over. Period!
  20. Failure to report a rules violation to the tournament director SHALL
    result in both the offending team and the team who fails to report said
    violation to be disqualified, points removed for that event or complete
    suspension for the remainder of the tournament season. In other words, if
    you fail to report the day of the tournament, but later report a violation
    or complain that you saw a violation…this rule will be enforced.

These tournaments are meant to be a teaching, learning and enjoyable
experience. It is the responsibility of all Coaches, School Advisors, Boat
Captains and Tournament Officials to teach and ensure good sportsmanship
and prepare our anglers for the next level of life and tournament
competition. If you have questions, please contact the Asst State
Director/CTN Region Director Capt Jake Davis at 615.613.2382 or via email
at sctnbassnation@gmail.com or TBN HS State Director David Lowrie at 931.235.6216 or dlowrie@blomland.net


B.A.S.S. High School Coaches Rules

Coaches may only fall in the following criteria:

  • Official faculty member of the student’s institution
  • Close family friend/State Nation member
  • Parent of the student’s High School B.A.S.S. Club

*If a potential coach is a local guide, then they will be ineligible for the tournament.

B.A.S.S. reserves the right to deny any Coach. 

During Official Practice* coaches MAY:

  • Coach
  • Give advice
  • Teach by example
  • Fish
  • Run the trolling motor
  • Land fish with or without a net

During Competition

Coaches MAY:

  • Coach
  • Give advice (send in plays)
  • Verbally explain techniques, how to…….

In addition each team must take a 15 minute halftime beginning at the time designated by the Tournament Director. This is designed to instruct, hydrate, and eat before beginning the second half.

Coaches MAY NOT:

  • Fish
  • Teach by example
  • Tie knots
  • Land fish with or without a net
  • Run the trolling motor

*This is a state by state basis. Some states require a valid vessel license in order to operate the trolling motor. If this is the case and your students do not have a valid vessel license, then you will be allowed to operate the trolling motor during competition. 


During Official Practice* or Competition, anytime the combustion engine is running, coaches MUST be seated in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat. 

*official practice days only are those days immediately preceding competition days, in which B.A.S.S. has identified as the “official practice days”. Not all events will have “official practice days”

TN BASS NATION High School and Youth DOES NOT have official practice days.



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