West Michigan Bass is proud to announce that in 2017, all members will be eligible to qualify for the Bassmaster Team Trail championship tournament late Nov / Early Dec - with a shot to compete for a spot at the Bassmaster Classic!
If you're not familiar with the Team trail, check out Bassmaster's website or follow along below...
It's a way for the every day angler to have a shot at the biggest tournament in the world - purely by competing in local team tournaments.
All paid teams of West Michigan Bass will be eligible. A portion of our membership fee is paid on your behalf to BASS which makes you also a member of the team trail. You'll receive a 1 year subscription to BASS Times magazine along with this membership as well as the usual WMB perks and discounts. Per BASS:Participation in this tournament is by invitation only. This tournament is open only to current B.A.S.S. members who are also current B.A.S.S. Team members, recognized by a sanctioned B.A.S.S. Team partner. Teams must consist of two people. Team members are not interchangeable. Teams qualifying for the Bassmaster Team Championship must consist of the same two anglers that began the season as a team, exceptions in case of an emergency may be granted with permission from the B.A.S.S. tournament director or if a trail has an “alternate” program in which teams may use the same alternate they used all year. However, full time Bassmaster Elite Series or FLW Tour pros, employees, officers and directors of B.A.S.S. or its parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies and members of their immediate families (spouse, parents, children and sibling, regardless of where they live) are ineligible. Any candidate for competition who, in the judgment of the Tournament Director, is disabled in such a manner as to endanger the safety and well-being of his/her partner or themselves shall not be eligible.
The number of spots allocated to WMB is driven by the number of members we have. In 2015 we had over 350 members. We anticipate 400+ in 2016. BASS will give us 1 spot per 50 members (25 teams) - so we expect to send 7 boats at minimum - realistically 8 or 9.
Per BASS rules, we must have a points system or cumlulative tournament to award the spots. In 2016 we will be granting the 2 top points teams from HOTD each a spot. The remaining 5+ spots will be awarded to the top finishing teams at the 2016 classic.
Other than your membership fee, there is no additional cost. Teams qualifying for the Team Tournament will be paying an entry fee for that tournament and require a BASS membership.