Welcome to the Montana West Region
Greeting Montana Anglers,
American Bass is looking for a Regional Tournament Director for our Montana West 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.
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What Are American Bass "TEAM" Tournaments?
American Bass "Team Tournaments" are competitive Bass fishing events that are open to all American Bass members. Each team consists of two American Bass members. (It is permissible for one member to fish alone if they do not have a partner or if their partner can not attend the event). American Bass has many special "Category" teams, most of these are family oriented such as Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Brother/Sister etc. Call American Bass for details. Each team is fishing for their best 5 Bass limit (unless the lake limit is less than 5 Bass). All fishing must be done from a boat, one team per boat. Each boat must be equipped with an aerated livewell (a large ice chest with a battery powered aerator may do, call for details). Only artificial lures may be used. At weigh-in time each team brings in their fish. The Bass are weighed and released. After the weigh-in is complete, there are lots of prizes given away and the CASH and awards are presented!The reward for fishing the entire season is the chance to qualify for one of the American bass Team Classics! The top 30 teams in each region and all teams that fish all 6 events within a region at the end of the season qualify for one of the divisional team classics! These are the richest Team Events in the entire Western United States!If you think this sounds like fun, give us a call. We have events scheduled in regions throughout the Western States. There are probably some close to you. So call your best fishing buddy and start making plans to fish American Bass TEAMS! American Bass Team Tournaments are the #1 Team events in the entire West. We would like to see you be a part of these exciting events! If you have any questions call American Bass at (310) 376-1026 or see the complete tournament schedule and the phone number of the Regional Tournament Director in your area!
Mostly, American Bass "Team Tournaments" are FUN!
Here are some more details
The American Bass Team Tournament Trail
ANY 2 AMERICAN BASS MEMBERS CAN FISH TOGETHER AS A TEAM! Fish any region or fish the "Travelers" region in any of our 3 Divisions to qualify for one or more of the "American Bass Team Classic Fishoffs". Your best 5 out of 6 events count for qualifying for the American Bass Team Classics. Each team must fish a minimum of 5 events in any one region to qualify (including the Traveler's Region). If you qualify from two Regions, including Traveler’s (with at least 10 events), you will receive invitations for two Team Classic’s. Qualify from three Regions, including Traveler’s (with at least 15 events), you will receive invitations for three Team Classic’s.
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• The Best Paybacks • The Best Coverage & Publicity • Boat + The Biggest CASH Fishoff Purse • Best 5 of 6 Event Format • Cash Paid To 1 in 5 Teams - Top 20 Paid (based on 100 entries) • 5 Bass Limit • Categories • 100% Option Pots • The Most Prizes • The Best Lakes At The Best Times Of The Year • The Most Options Of Lakes To Fish (Travelers Region) • The Most Manufacturers Support •
'American Bass Travelers' Region!The Ultimate Team Circuit!
The "American Bass Travelers" region allows you to put together your own schedule! Now you can fish the lakes you want to fish when you want to fish them. This is also the ideal division for anglers who's schedules make it difficult to participate in just one region. This is also ideal for anglers who want to participate in more tournaments. Here's how it works: Fish American Bass “Team Tournament” events in 2 or more “Regions” in any one “Division” (North, Northwest or South) during any season. We will total up your points from your BEST 5 finishes from the season. A maximum of 3 events from any single region will be counted. You CAN fish all 6 of the events in any one region, only the best 3 can be counted for Traveler’s points. The top 50 teams, plus ties, will qualify for that seasons "American Bass Team Classic Fishoff"! Example: If you fish 7 different "American Bass Team Tournaments" in the South Division during a season and your best finishes were 2 events in the So Cal Region, 1 event in the Inland Empire Region and 1 event in the San Diego Region and 1 event in the Nevada Region, those would be the points totaled up for your "American Bass Travelers" region total. You will still keep your points in each region also. The "Anglers of the Year" for Travelers will be determined by the most total points from 5 events. There are separate "Travelers" Regions for the North, Northwest and South Divisions. Many anglers consider the "Traveler's Region Anglers of the Year" title in American Bass to be the Ultimate Prize for Team Anglers in the West! If you need additional info please call American Bass at (310) 376-1026.
"American Bass Categories"
American Bass Categories are designed to promote family participation. At each event a special award and product prize will be presented to the highest finishing team in each category. In addition, the highest finishing team out of the top 30 in each category at the end of the season will qualify for the Team Classic Fishoff! You must compete in a minimum of 5 events in any ONE region to qualify for the Classic. Call for details (310) 376-1026. Here are the categories: Husband/Wife, Father/Son (under 16 yrs.), Boy/Girl, Father/Daughter (under 16 yrs.), Mother/Son (under 16 yrs.), Bassin' Gals, Adult/Youth (under 16 yrs), Singles (one angler team)
"Team Classic Championship Fishoffs" (North, Northwest & South Divisions)
Points are awarded to the top 100 finishing teams at each "American Bass Team Tournament", 100 pts to 1st place, 99 pts to 2nd place and so on. Each team also receives 10 participation points at each tournament they participate in. The top points team for the year, in each regular region, and the top "American Bass Travelers" region team will receive five basic entries in that region for the next season. After the last tournament, the top 30 teams in the points standings, plus ties, and the top team in each category that is out of the top 30 (which participated in at least 5 events in that region), from each region, will compete. In addition, the top 50 teams will qualify from the "American Bass Travelers" region. To qualify for the American Bass Team Classic from any “Region”, each team must fish a minimum of 5 events in any ONE region. To qualify from ”Traveler's”, each team must fish a minimum of 5 total events in any one Division.
Check with each Regional Tournament Director for pre-fish limitations for each event!
Team Tournament Entry FeesTeam Entry : $135.00Conservation Fund( mandatory): $5.00Insurance (mandatory): $10.00
American Bass Team Tournaments Pay Cash to 1 out of Every 5 Boats!
American Bass Options! All Options Feature 100% Payback!American Bass Options give you a chance to win even more CASH!(Not all options are offered in each region. Fees may vary by region. Call the Regional Tournament Director in each region for details)
These are optional:
(check with the director of your region to see what options will be available and what price they will be)Dr. Plots Option (pays 1 out of 10): $20.00Big Fish Option (pays 5 places): $20.00Big Bucks Option (pays top 3 option teams): $20.00, $50.00, $100Easy Money (The best odds!): $20.00Double Down (You never know!): $20.00Biggest Bass (pays 1 big Bass spot): $20.00There are also special Options in some regions
Any Questions? Call (310) 376-1026 or email us through the “Contact Us” page on this website.
CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM
Basic Entry $135Mandatory Fees $15 (Includes Insurance, Conservation)Options:Big Fish $10 (Pays up to 3 spots)Big Bucks $20 (Pays up to 3 spots)Dr. Plot's $20
Total All-In $200
Here is a quick link to all of the forms and information you need to start competing in American Bass events. For an entry form for this region, please click on the “Entry Fee” tab. There is a link to a form specifically for this region.
Waiver: Every angler is required to complete and sign a waiver each year in order to compete in any American Bass event. You only need to sign one waiver each year.
Click here for WAIVER
Rules: American Bass “Team” events are governed by American Bass Team Tournament rules. Be sure to read the rules each season as some additions/modifications may alter the rules each tournament year.
Click here for RULES
Angler Profile: American Bass strives to provide our members with the best promotional opportunities. In order to be successful, we must have your current information. Please review your Angler Profile by clicking on the “Profiles” tab on the home page and selecting the “Angler Profiles” option. This allows you to type your name and review your angler profile. If the information is not complete or not up-to-date, please print and submit an “Angler Profile” form.
Click here for ANGLER PROFILE FORM
American Bass is proud to have the finest sponsors in the industry. Please consider these sponsors when making your purchasing decisions.
Regional Sponsors receive recognition through involvement at American Bass events on a regional level. If you are interested in becoming a Regional Sponsor for this region, please contact the Regional Director.
If you are interested in becoming a National Sponsor of American Bass, please call (310) 376-1026.
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American Bass Montana West Region Anglers of the Year!
2016 – N/A
2015 – Jim Conlin & Jerry Dickson
2014 – James Wood & Glenn Smith
2013 – Jim Conlin & Jerry Dickson
2012 – Jim Conlin & Jerry Dickson
2011 – Stan Fisher & Berry Cole
2010 – Jim Conlin & Jerry Dickson
2009 – Jim Conlin & Jerry Dickson
Click Here for a link to the past American Bass Team Classics from 1998 to present!
Here are the Dates for the 2017 American Bass / Ranger Boats Team Classic's
These events are Friday & Saturday Competition days with a Thursday evening registarion/meeting.
Please CLICK on the event below to link to the Pre-Tournament e-Magazine!
NORTHWEST: Tri-Cities - 9/15 & 9/16, 2017
NORTH: Lake Shasta - 11/3 & 11/4, 2017
SOUTH: Lake Havasu - 11/10 & 11/11, 2017
These are Invitation Only events open to teams that qualify per American Bass rules.
The 2017 American Bass/Ranger Boats Team Classics will award the new "Top-of-the-Line" Ranger RT188 aluminum bass boat rigged with a Mercury 115 ProXS Outboard! This package has a retail value of approximately $24,000!!
Do you own a Ranger Boat?
If you own a Ranger Boat . . . Any Year . . . Any Model . . . Join Ranger Cup
If you win any American Bass/Ranger Boats Team Classic and you are a Ranger Cup member and comply with the Ranger Cup rules, your prize will be upgraded to the Ranger Z118c with a Mercury 150!
The cost to join Ranger Cup is only $19.99 per year. Remember, any Ranger Boats model/year is elegible for the American Bass prize award upgrade!
The American Bass/Ranger Boats Team Classics are two day events with a Thursday Registration day and Friday & Saturday competition days. All competing anglers must qualify to be invited to this event. Qualifying is accomplished by competing in qualifying events during the 2017 American Bass season. Each Team Classic has a $100 basic event fee that features a 100% payback. The winning team is awarded a Ranger/Mercury/Lowrance boat package. The winning team receives the amazing Ranger RT188 Aluminum rigged with a Mercury 115 outboard and Lowrance HDS7. PLUS...If the winning team is Ranger Cup qualified and is compliant at this event, they will receive an upgrade to the Ranger Z518 (or equivilent 18' model if Ranger Boats makes a model change) with a Mercury 150 Outboard and Lowrance HDS7! The 100% cash payback will be awarded to 2nd place through the position representing 20% of the field participants. There is a $35 event fee to cover Insurance/Lake Fees, etc. There will be a total of $300 in entry options available that feature a 100% payback. All options also payback 100%, 1st place will recieve any option money earned. PLUS...There will be great prizes awarded. Every team that attends the awards ceremony will receive either cash awards or products from our sponsors. Everyone will win!