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2016 Classic Bass Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation Tournament of Champions presented by Rapala

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – August 29, 2016 - Starting on Labor Day weekend, just under 200 anglers will arrive in the Minneapolis area to practice and prepare for the Classic Bass Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation Tournament of Champions (TOC) presented by Rapala on Lake Minnetonka on September 8th and 9th. These 190 anglers have qualified from their local clubs, representing 33 clubs from all over Minnesota. Anglers come from all over the state for many reasons; foremost is the camaraderie of fellow anglers and secondly to qualify for the 2017 B.A.S.S. Central Regional. The top 20 anglers from the TOC will advance next year to fish against other State Teams from the central United States in spring of 2017. At stake there is a chance to fish in the B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship and become one step closer to a Bassmasters' Classic berth.

The Wednesday night meeting will be held at Medina Ballrooml. A silent auction will raise money for Shriner's Children's Hospital - Twin Citties. Donations include gift certificates, tackle boxes, rods, reels, and tackle. "We are excited to have one of the largest TOCs in over 10 years. Medina Ballroom has been a great sponsor and is providing us with an excellent meeting location not only for TOC but throughout the year. Lord Fletcher's will provide us with an excellent weigh-in location right on Minnetonka. Join us for the weigh-in there and have some food and beverages" says Peter Perovich, Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation President. "We are proud to have Classic Bass as our title sponsor and Rapala as our presenting sponsor for our new Pro-Am format. Also we appreciate the support we get from Skeeter Boats, Boat World MN, Frankie's Marine, MinnKota, Hummingbird, Lamiglas, Rod Glove, and Vexilar.". Join us at Lord Fletcher's in Spring Park, MN September 8th and 9th for the weigh-in. Weigh-in will be at 3pm each day. Awards presentation will follow at 5:30pm on Friday.

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ABOUT MINNESOTA BASS NATION: Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation is one of the largest fishing organizations in Minnesota. It is a grass roots organization for bass fishing, conservation, and youth involvement. For more information visit www.mnbfn.org, facebook.com/MNBFN, and twitter.com/MNBassNation.

Life and B.A.S.S. Nation Members Marshal Registration is Now Open!

December 1, 2015
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Mike Iaconelli at 2015 Banquet

February 4, 2015
Over 200 people joined us and B.A.S.S. Elite and Rapala pro Mike Iaconelli on Saturday, January 3, 2015 for the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation Banquet. We had an assortment of silent auction items including a MinnKota Fortrex (80lb thrust) trolling motor, Humminbird Helix 5, and UMBCS tourney paid entry.

ReBaits®: Recycle Soft Plastic Baits

March 3, 2012
Minneapolis, MN
The Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation is launching ReBaits®. ReBaits is designed to keep potentially discarded soft plastic baits out of the water and out of the stomachs of bass, and into recycling, not landfills.

In September 2011, B.A.S.S. Times Senior Writer Robert Montgomery described the story of Joe Ford, an angler who had caught a 10-pound bass that died. The bass' stomach contents revealed that the bass had eaten 12 large soft plastic lures, which had created a mass in the bass' belly. "Too many anglers tear worn baits off their hooks and toss them over the side," said Montgomery in his monthly conservation column. "Either they do so without thinking about it, or they believe that a little bit of plastic can't hurt anything. They are wrong."

At the March B.A.S.S. Nation meeting, each club representative was given a ziplock bag to kickoff the program. Each bag has contact information to return and recycle the baits. A collection bin will be available at all B.A.S.S. Nation events such as the Junior Tournament of Champions in June and the Adult Tournament of Champions in September. Also each B.A.S.S. Nation tournament contestant will be given a ReBaits bag and we will be attempting to partner with our tournament organizations in Minnesota.

The Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation will be partnering with MG Lures to help sort and recycle the soft plastic baits. Mickey Goetting, owner of MG Lures, "We hope this project will be a win for all parties involved. We will keep plastic out of lakes and rivers and these lures will be recycled and given to youth."

If you are interested in partnering with the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation, contact Mickey Goetting, Conservation Director at mgoetting@mnbfn.org.

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Classic Bass George's Boat World

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MinnKota Humminbird Rapala Lamiglas The Rod Glove Motor Clinic Vexilar
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