WHY SHOULD I ENTER THIS TOURNAMENT ?
New England and Northeast area Bass anglers are often forced to travel long distances, primarily to southern and mid western locations, and often at considerable expense, to participate in high payout bass Tournaments. It is our goal to provide the same high quality bass tournament right here in the New England and Northeast regions.
The CPR (catch-photo-release) event format provides anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to fish local waters throughout the region to qualify for participation in a high payout championship event.
We hope to develop and grow relationships with local anglers to increase tournament participation, as well as develop relationships with national and local sponsors, in order to maximize the overall payouts and prize structures for all participating anglers.
DO I HAVE TO BECOME A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE ?
No membership or membership fee is required to participate in this event.
HOW MUCH IS IT TO ENTER ?
The entry fee to participate in the Challenge qualifying period is $50.00. This averages out to $10.00 per month for the online qualifying period. There is no fee for the championship event for those anglers who qualify during the qualifying period.
WHERE CAN I REGISTER ?
All registrations are conducted through the Tourney X app.
WHEN CAN I REGISTER ?
Registration is currently open on Tourney X . The registration cut off date is June 30, 2021, 11:59 pm. You can start submitting your entries of bass caught beginning March 1, 2021 at 12:00 am thru July 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
CAN I FISH MORE THAN ONE STATE ?
Yes, but you must submit your catch only in the state from which it was caught. You can only win one state or wildcard qualification. The tournament director shall work closely with Tourney X officials to ensure submissions adhere to the tournament rules. Any angler who violates these rules will be disqualified from the event. If you would like to register in more than one state contact the tournament director via email or thru facebook after you register for one state on Tourney X. After paying the initial entry fee, there will be an additional 25.00 per state fee for anglers requesting to fish more than one state.
CAN I SUBMIT THE SAME FISH TWICE ?
No. The Tourney X software/app can pinpoint the time, location, and authenticity (originality) of photo submissions thru GPS technology. Anglers who submit photo uploads not in compliance with tournament rules will have the photo denied and/or be disqualified from the event.
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO USE TOURNEY X ?
No. Download the free app and sign up for free. Tournament photo submissions are free to users. Tournament officials bear the cost of the tournament management service to Tourney X on your behalf.
I DONT HAVE A BOAT CAN I REGISTER ?
The challenge or qualifying period does not require you to fish from a watercraft. Anglers can fish from shore, a pier, a kayak, jon boat, big bass boat, pontoon boat, or a stand up paddle board. There is no restriction on watercraft other than your local and state regulations. During the championship event, however, there are restrictions on permissable watercraft. Kayaks, canoes, pontoon and jon boats only 16' or less are permissable using paddle, peddle, or electric trolling motors. Read the tournament rules for a specific and more detailed explanation of permissable watercraft.
IS IT AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE FISHING FROM A KAYAK VS. A JON BOAT ?
No. Having fished from a variety of watercraft, there is no overall clear advantage or disadvantage, of using one or the other. In specific situations on the water one may be best suited for specific conditions over the other, but both crafts are allowed the same use of electronics and electric trolling motor.
DO I HAVE TO FISH WITH LURES OR CAN I USE LIVE BAIT ?
We encourage and support the use of artificial lures only for sportsmanship and conservation purposes, but from a realistic standpoint, during a challenge we have no way to monitor and enforce this rule. The championship event will be an artificial lure only event.
WHAT IS THE QUALIFYING PERIOD ?
It is the period of time between the start and end dates to qualify for the championship event by submitting your top 5 largest bass caught within a 5 month time period, March 1, 2021 12:00 am thru July 31, 2021 11:59 pm.
I AM A YOUTH CAN I REGISTER ?
Yes.Minimum age to enter is 16. Entrants under the age of 18 will be required to have a consent/waiver form submitted by a parent or legal guardian. Contact the tournament director for more information.
I LIVE IN ALABAMA BUT SPEND SUMMERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WHERE DO I REGISTER ?
Regardless of your primary address, any bass caught by a registered angler within the geographical New England/Northeast Region, for the state which the angler registers, which shall include MA, ME, CT, RI, NH, DE, MD, NY, NJ, PA, and VT, is an eligible bass.
I CAUGHT A BASS ON VACATION IN FL CAN I ENTER IT INTO THE TOURNAMENT ?
No, only MA, ME, CT, RI, NH, DE, MD, NY, NJ, PA, and VT are eligible states
DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE ?
Yes all anglers must possess a valid resident/tourist fishing license for the state the entry/photo submission was caught.
HOW MANY BASS CAN I ENTER ?
As many bass as you can catch and submit during the qualifying period but only the largest 5 by length will count for scoring and rank on Tourney X.
HOW MANY ANGLERS ARE PARTICIPATING ?
We hope to have 200 anglers participate to meet our tournament development, promotion, management/marketing, and participant payout cost. That averages about 20 registered anglers per state. If we exceed this goal we will increase cash payouts accordingly. If we fail to reach this goal we will decrease cash payouts accordingly. In 2019 we had 57 registered anglers, and for the 2020 season we had 107 anglers register for the event.
WHERE IS THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT ?
The Championship events are located in Rhode Island. For 2021 the NE Big Bass Challenge Championship assembly HQ will be at the Blackstone River State Park on Saturday October 30, 2021. There will be a steak fry and refreshments to all championship qualifiers after the event. There will be multiple launching locations to fish the Blackstone River in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Details coming as soon as they are finalized.
IF I CATCH A BASS IN ANOTHER TOURNAMENT DOES IT COUNT IN NEBBC EVENTS ?
Yes, but only if the tournament identifier is clearly showing in the photo and it was caught in accordance with the tournament rules.
I LOST MY TOURNAMENT ID CARD WHERE CAN I GET ANOTHER ONE ?
Handwritten, or otherwise improvised ID cards will be accepted. Other tournament identifier cards, such as a KBF card or local club identifier card are acceptable. The tournament identifier must be legibly printed on the ID card, on your hand, wristband, or measuring board. After u register and pay for the event, the tournament identifier will be uploaded to Tourney X at the start of the qualifying period.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP ?
The top 2 anglers from each New England/Northeast state, MA, ME, CT, RI , NH, DE, MD, NY, NJ, PA, and VT with the largest cumulative length of his/her top 5 large or small mouth bass upon the conclusion of the qualifying period receive an invitation to participate in the championship event.
The prior year Big Bass Challenge Champion shall recieve a free invite to defend his/her title, and does not have to qualify during the challenge period. If the prior years champion does not participate in the championship event, the invite does not roll down.
"Wild Card" qualifiers will consist of 10 anglers from the remainder of registered anglers, regardless of state representation, with the largest cumulative length of his/her top 5 large or small mouth bass upon the conclusion of the qualifying period.
If a state has no registered anglers, the award will roll down to the wild card position.
Each years Double-down second chance winner
6 local partner group champions, 1 per group, will be awarded a championship qualification as long as the
group director can verify a minimum of 5 participants in the Big Bass Challenge qualifying period. The qualification can be awarded to the groups AOY, division champion, or distributed any way the club/group director designates. Contact the tournament director to enroll your club or group in the partner program.
A total of 40 invitations are currently earmarked for the 2021 championship event.
ARE THE PAYOUTS GUARANTEED ?
Approximately $5000.00 will be awarded to the first place angler at the New England-Northeast Big Bass Championship event, provided a minimum of 200 anglers register for the event. If less than 200 anglers register for the event, an adjusted amount equal to the percentage of registered anglers will be awarded to the first place angler at the championship event. (125-150 anglers/$3750.00, 75-125 anglers/$2500.00, etc).
The top 5 finishers at the 2019 championship event recieved a total of $2300.00 in cash payouts.
The top 4 finishers at the 2020 championship event recieved a total of $2100.00 in cash payouts.
First place at the championship event is a guaranteed 1000.00
All other cash prizes, if any, are subject to registration totals during the challenge qualifying period.
Sponsor cash and/or prizes shall be distributed as received regardless of the number of NEBBC. registrations