High School State Open #3, Chickamauga, Dayton Boat Dock – Nov. 16, 2019

Tennessee BASS Nation High School State Open #3, 2019-20 Season.

This tournament is open to all BASS Nation and TN BASS Nation member teams. This will be a high school and a junior tournament.

Of you do not want to register online send your High School roster to dlowrie@blomand.net and pay your entry fee at registration.

ALL JUNIOR TEAMS MUST REGISTER BY EMAILING your roster to Captain Jake Davis at sctnbassnation@gmail.com

There will be a MANDATORY Friday Meeting/Registration at:

Dayton Boat Dock,
175 Lakeshore St,
Dayton, TN 37321
Friday, November 15, 2019 – 6:00pm to 8pm EASTERN TIME.

In the event of weather issues we will have a back up location for the registration meeting.


The meeting is Mandatory for all student fishermen and captains! If there is a special circumstance that a student or captain can’t attend the meeting the other members of that boat and the coach of the team are required to fully inform the person of all rules and information. There will be NO EXCUSES for not knowing all the tournament information and rules. Anyone who can’t attend the meeting MUST GET PERMISSION to miss the meeting from David Lowrie or Jake Davis.

Dayton Boat Dock is the launch ramp we will be using this tournament. We will blast off from Blue Water Resort and weigh in at Dayton Boat Dock. You may launch from any ramp. The Dayton Boat Dock will have breakfast and lunch available.  

Launch will be “Safe Light” approx. 6:45am EASTERN TIME.

Blast off will start on time whether you are in the water or not!

Mandatory Lunch Break 10:30am EASTERN TIME. Everyone will stop fishing and take a 15-minute break. The Juniors will be due back in starting at 2:00 pm. The First flight for the High School will be due back at 3:00pm. Flights will be based on 25 boats and staggered every 15 minutes.

This tournament will be a 5 fish limit with only one smallmouth allowed per angler. Our limits will be 12 inch spotted bass and 15 inch largemouth and 18 inch smallmouth bass.

This tournament is regular points with first place earning 100 points, second 99, third 98 and so on down to 40 points. Once we reach 40 points all boats beyond that point will get 40 points.

Entry fee is $40.00 per boat for the high school boats and $20 per boat for the juniors.

Standard rules, all other rules are found on Bassmaster.com. All students, captains and coaches are expected to know all rules and there will be NO EXCEPTION for not knowing and understanding the rules.

  1. Life Vest/Person Flotation Devises 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.
  2. You must maintain 50 yards away from another competitor, unless you invite the competitor in…once you invite a competitor in all are invited.
  3. NO Hole sitting (You may NOT have anyone sit/hold/block and area)
  4. Alabama/Tennessee rigs are authorized, must meet TWRA Regulations or Alabama Regulations if in Alabama Waters.
  5. All Boat Captains and Anglers must have read and understand the general tournament rules posted by BASS for High School and Junior Tournaments.
  6. At NO TIME will a boat Captain fish.
  7. Mandatory 15-minute break by all teams starting at 10:30am LOCAL time
  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.
  9. All Teams which qualify to fish at the National Level “MUST” operate the trolling motor. ***High School Boat Captains: take heed if we catch a boat captain using a Remote or I-phone or cell phone to control/operate the trolling motor it will be treated as cheating…
  10. Boat Captains-High School Level may not have/handle an angler’s catch, any fishing rod or net an anglers catch during competition hours. 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 6thfish…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-in. 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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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 such and such blah blah blah…this rule will be enforced.
  16. 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 State Director David Lowrie at 931-235-6216 or Asst State Director Capt Jake Davis at 615.613.2382 or via email at sctnbassnation@gmail.com


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:

  1. Coach
  2. Give advice
  3. Teach by example
  4. Fish
  5. Run the trolling motor
  6. Land fish with or without a net

During Competition

Coaches MAY:

  1. Coach
  2. Give advice (send in plays)
  3. 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:

  1. Fish
  2. Teach by example
  3. Tie knots
  4. Land fish with or without a net
  5. 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.


Online registration is now closed.