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Welcome to the Montana East Region


Greeting Montana Anglers,

American Bass is looking for a Regional Tournament Director for our Montana East Region.  American Bass is the largest and oldest bass tournament organization in the western United States.  We have been operating bass tournaments since 1983.  We have the most prestigious sponsors in the sport.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a part of the exciting Bass Fishing industry, please contact us.  Along with the tournaments, there are additional opportunities if you are interested in working in the industry.

Please call American Bass to learn more; (714) 423-4532

American Bass has been supporting West Coast bass anglers since 1983!!!  We are the oldest organization supporting Team Tournaments in the West.  There have been a lot of changes over the years with anglers wanting the entry fees raised for a chance to win more money, and the paybacks deeper so that more teams would get a check, etc.  In 2016 will are lowering our basic entry fee.  This change is designed to make our events more affordable to all anglers.  We are excited and proud to announce these improvements.


American Bass is lowering the basic entry fee and changing the Team Classic format.  Starting immediately for the 2015/2016 Season.  American Bass is lowering the Basic Entry fee to only $135.  The “All-In” entry fee, including insurance, conservation fees & options will be $200 for teams entering all options in most regions.  (There will be a couple of regions that have a total cost a little higher, so be sure to check out your regions registration form)  We are lowering the entry fees per the request of many anglers that would like to compete, and qualify for the Team Classic, for a more affordable cost.  With fees, a team can now fish American Bass event for only $150, that’s only $75 per angler!!  The most you will spend is $100 (unless your region has extra fees) per event!  The American Bass membership is still only $30.  This is a 1-year membership from date of purchase.  We believe there are several anglers that have not participated in recent years due to the cost of the events, we feel with this price drop that these anglers will come out allowing the regions to grow and have even bigger paydays with the reduced entry fee!


Paybacks:  Less money will be reserved for the Team Classic from each event, which means a higher percentage payback at qualifying events.  No money will be reserved for a cash payback at the Team Classics.  Instead, there will be a $100 basic entry fee at the Team Classic that will be paid back 100% starting at 2nd place paying 20% of the competing field.  Nominal event fees will still be in place for these events.  Options will also be offered as in the past.  The options of course will pay back 100%.  A full payback schedule will be published prior to each event showing Team Classic paybacks based on the number of entries.  The Northwest Division used this structure this year, 2015.  Everyone is welcome to see the Northwest Team Classic pre-tournament and results issues of American Bass e-Magazine.


This means that a team can participate in a full season (5 event minimum) with American Bass for $750 (plus memberships).  That’s only about $400 minimum for the entire year to compete in 5 events and qualify for a Team Classic!  If you decide to fish only 5 events and you want in all the options the most your team will spend about $1,000, only about $500 per angler!!!  


We are excited to offer these more affordable events and look forward to attracting more anglers to your region to continue to make our sport grow in 2016.  Please pass this info along to fellow anglers that maybe have not yet competed in American Bass team tournaments.


We are looking for a Regional Director for our Montana East Region.  If you are interested in working in the exciting Bass Fishing industry, please call us today!  (310) 376-1026


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American Bass Montana East Region Anglers of the Year!


2016 –  N/A

2015 –  N/A

2014 –  N/A

2013 Tie – Benny Wiles & Bill Davis

2013 Tie –  Gary Ziegler & Melanie Sims

2012 –  N/A

2011 –  George Riedel & Wendell Tharpe

2010 –  Kent Stingley & Tyler Polesky 

2009 –  Kent Stingley & Tyler Polesky

2008 –  Tim Johnston & Ray Mounts

2007 –  Gary Ziegler & Sid Ziegler

2006 –  Benny Wiles & Bill Powell

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