Welcome to the Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation website. The DBN is an organization committed to the continuance of the B.A.S.S. principles and the DBN strives towards building camaraderie and respect among fellow bass fisherman, as well as encourage growth of the sport and awareness through conservation efforts and youth activities. The DBN plays a vital role in supporting our states natural resources and habitat so that fisherman of all kinds may enjoy this great sport for years to come. Please feel free to take a minute to look around the site and become familiar with our clubs and members.
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Please have boats in the water by 5:15 so we can launch at 5:30. OFF LIMITS WILL BE ALL OF THE DOCKS AT SMALLWOOD STATE PARK. The PVA is holding a tournament there which consist of a bank fishing tournament so the docks and banks around the launch will be OFF LIMITS.
Congratulations to Devon and Hailey for winning their age groups at the Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation JR SQT on Sunday 5/26/13. Both Devon and Hailey will be going with the State Team to the B.A.S.S. Nation divisional on Lake Erie.
Please be sure to patronize both our National and State sponsors, and take advantage of the numerous discount offers available as a benefit to state members.
New for this year... We have added an addtional event to our tournament schedule - the Team Open Classic!! Competing in this tournament is by qualified invite only. Based on the average number of boats for each individual event, the top "X" percent of the points field will participate in this No-Entry Fee tournament. We have increased the entry fee for each individual Team Open this year by $10, which will be set aside for the payout at the Classic. In addition, we will be suplementing the Classic payout with additional funds raised through various means and/or offering prizes as well as cash. Our intention is to set a minimum pay-out amount, and we are currently exploring our options for this. Check back here before the 1st Team Open of the season for finalized payout schedule.
Remember, the Classic payout, regardless of how much we suplement it, is limited only by how many boats compete in each event - the more boats, the larger the payout for the Classic will grow.
The Classic Pay out will be as follows: Top 25% of field get an invite. If that invited number is 10 boats or less, its winner take all. If the invited number is between 11-15 boats it will be a 70/30 payout between 1st and 2nd place. If the invited number is more then 16 boats, it will be a 50/30/20 payout between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.
During the regular scheduled events, you may fish alone or with an alternate during 3 events.You have to fish 2 events with you declared partner. Prior to the first event please declare who who you will be you partner for the year. We will work with those having issue's secure a Classic Partner prior to the launch of the first event. If partners decide to fish separate during a open event, the team must declare who's points will count towards there points prior to launch. This must be made to either the tournament director or a member of the tournament committee.
On 3/24/13, the Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation started its open team tournament trail on the Wicomico River. 17 Teams set out at 7AM looking for the 5 biggest bass to bring back to the scales at 3PM. The teams faced less then desirable conditions, with dirty water in all parts of the river and water temps in the mid to high 40's. Only 8 teams weighed in fish and not one limit was brought to the scales.
Leading the charge was the team of Jobe Tomer and Jeff Mandes who weighed in 4 fish for a total weight of 11 pounds. Their bag was anchored by the tournament lunker, a 4.64 pound bass. They were able to catch these bass by targeting main river pillions and docks with jigs.
Taking home second place honors was the team of Shelton Walters and Jeff Seamans, who brought a 4 fish bag to the scales that weighed 10.48 pounds. Their bag was anchored by a nice 3.64 pound large mouth. Shelton and Jeff targeted wood with finesse soft plastics and crank baits. They target their fish in water between 3-5 feet.
Coming in third place was the team of Bob Moody and Frank Daniels who brought 3 fish to the scales that weighed 6.48 pounds. Their bag was anchored by a healthy Wicomico River bass that weighed 2.41 pounds.
Congratulations to all the teams. Full field results can be found by visiting the tournaments page. The next event will be on the Nanticoke River on 4/13/13!!!
Lower Sussex will be holding their annual youth event on Saturday June 1st, 2013 at Broad Creek. Food and drinks will be provided, and the kids will have a great time. This is a free fishing event for the kids, bring your child out for a day of fishing, food, and fun... or just come out yourself and lend a hand. For more information, contact Craig Morris with Lower Sussex.
Three Ponds member Mike Morris learning he is Delaware's top angler
At the end of the final day weigh-in, with a bag anchored by a 7-3 lunker, Mike Morris was crowned Delaware's champion and will be heading to Alabama in October to compete in the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship and perhaps secure a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster's CLassic
Eastern Shore Junior Bassmasters Shawn Ashmead and Matthew Moody stuck to their solid joint game plane to bring in a combined weight of over 13 lbs and help secure the team's second place win.
Matthew Moody, our 11-14 y/o angler, is no stranger to competitive angling and he practiced hard on the Upper Bay with his Dad in the weeks leading up to the event. It was evident at the weigh-in that he had a plan and worked hard at it. In an event where even some adults blanked, Matt put two fish in the livewell for a very respectable 3 lbs 13 oz. When asked on the stage what he used to catch them, Matt was very tight lipped - but I bet it was Green Pumpkin something, cause that was all Emcee Jon Stewart could get out of him. Great Job Matt!!
Our 15-18 y/o Junior Angler, Shawn Ashmead, is no stranger to tournament fishing either. Shawn has been fishing his home pond ever since he was old enough to hold a fishing rod, and has been competing as a Junior angler for several years now. I have personally fished with Shawn on several occasions and he is gonna be tough to beat when he gets his own boat. Shawn told me the night before their competition day that he knew exactly where he wanted to fish, and exactly what he planned to use, and it must have been the right choice. When his fish finally stopped flopping around on the scale (a testament to those Triton Livewells), his 4 fish bag weighed an impressive 9 lbs 9 oz, putting Shawn on the hot seat to win it right up until the last Junior weighed in and unseated Shawn with over 12 lbs. Outstanding Job Shawn!!
Congratulations to Shawn and Matt, you both did great and the Federation is proud to have you in our ranks.
Del Mar's Don Lauer bagging his first day catch
The Delaware State Team just returned from the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Divisional Championship hosted by Maryland on the Upper Chesapeake Bay out of Anchor Marine on the North East River. Our 2012 Team finished in 2nd place to Maryland after 3 days of competition that proved to be a challenge to all teams this year.
The upper Bay can be a fickle fishery during September’s transition to cooler days nights, and this year proved just that for many of the anglers. The first day was a struggle for some, while some managed to find a pattern immediately. Still, Delaware managed to take the Day one lead by more than 5 lbs.
With a solid game plan for Day two, obtained through some great team sharing and advice, Delaware headed out to bag some nice fish and hold onto that lead. Even though our over-all bag weights increased on the second day, they increased for other teams as well and Delaware found themselves sitting in 3rd place by 11 lbs. Now, that is not that much of a lead and the team was not about to let a small slip like that take the wind out of their sails. Another team meeting the night before the last round and everyone was determined to take back first place and win the event.
Final day launch as competitors make final preparations.
The morning of Day three dawned cold and damp, but the spirits of the anglers were high and confident. Our team headed out that Friday morning two members stronger as the Junior Anglers from each state took to the water to compete and add their skills and weights to the efforts of each team. Everyone on our team stepped up to the challenge of the final day and pulled out another great day’s fishing to help cut that first place 11 lb deficit and try and retake the lead and trophy. The team’s valiant efforts on the last day helped to cut that lead to just 3 ½ lbs and, although it wasn’t enough to beat Maryland (who also had a great last day), it was enough to propel us into 2nd place.
Congratulations to the entire 2012 Delaware State Team, we’re proud of your hard efforts, Great Job Guys!!!