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Ray Scott Heading to Restaurant Opening
His taste buds are taking outdoor icon Ray Scott to Pittsburgh for the opening of Wintzell’s Oyster House, a franchise of the historic restaurant in his home state of Alabama.
“I have no official affiliation with Wintzell’s,” says Scott, “but the restaurant has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. When I found out they were opening a place in Pittsburgh, I invited myself along. I love Wintzell’s food and as an outdoorsman I love Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.” Scott is founder of B.A.S.S. (the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the world’s largest sport fishing organization and also the Whitetail Institute of North America. “I know firsthand that bass and bucks are mighty popular in the Keystone State” he says. “In 2005 B.A.S.S. held one of our big Bassmasters Classics right downtown on the Three Rivers. My wife and I walked around to visit and eat and found it one of the nicest and friendliest Classic sites ever.”
The original Wintzell’s Oyster house is an historic landmark located in the equally historic 300-year-old port city of Mobile, AL. It has been open for over 75 years and is known far and wide for its oysters – “fried, stewed or nude.”
“From the time I was a kid heading to the Coast or New Orleans, I always made a stop at Wintzell’s,” says Scott. “Their gumbo and bread pudding are the best inside or outside of New Orleans. And that’s just for starters. We’ve got a Wintzell’s now in my hometown of Montgomery. I’ll make a lunch out of their grilled oysters and fried green tomatoes with crawfish sauce.”
The Pittsburgh restaurant, located at 530 Bruceton Avenue, Pleasant Hills, PA, will be the first outside Alabama and Scott thinks the city is a great choice. “I’ll be in the store on opening day, May 14, between the hours of 2:00 – 4:00 signing some books and I hope I get to meet a lot of Pennsylvania bass fishermen and hunters. And, if you’re affiliated with a B.A.S.S. Federation or club, Wintzell’s has a complimentary cup of their world famous gumbo for you. You guys come, or like we say in the South, y’all come.”
Please click on the link below to view the Capital City Bassmasters Press Release.
2013 BASS CLASSIC AT SUNBURY FOR LEUKEMIA/LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
A quick reminder that there is a meeting tomorrow night 4.25.13. Also don't forget to review the minutes from the last meeting. They have been posted on the message board.
East District Anglers,
There is a meeting Saturday March 23rd at noon.
West District Anglers,
Its that time again I will start taking apps for first two tournaments now and the first one in sept for 2014 on july 4. Its been a long winter and im sure we are ready to fish,The first tournament was supposed to be at Chataqua due to timing of getting permits there and heavy tournament loads already planned on Chataque,I had to move Chataqua to next year and move next years to this year,which is shenango on the 22 of june, Im sorry if this causes any stress to your vacation planning,but i tried the best i could to get us fishing.If you already sent in apps for Chataqua I will just change date and name on app to Shenango if you do not want me to do that and not fish Shenango just text me or email me.
Thank you ,and see you all on water soon.
Pa Bass Federation Nation, Inc. Members.
It is time to change the guard . Ben Bilott will be your new president as of Jan 1, 2013. I know you will give Ben the ultimate loyal support you have shown me during my tenure as president.
In my opinion, the Federation is in as good a position as ever to move forward to bigger and better accomplishments and it is my absolute belief that Ben and the re-aligned executive board will take us there.
My undying gratitude and thanks goes to the Executive Board and Directors that I had the privilege of working with. They made it all happen.
The Pa Bass Federation Nation, Inc. will have a new name as of Jan 1, 2013. We will be known as B.A.S.S. Nation, which will encompass not only us but all affiliated bass clubs. There are more changes coming and I trust that you will embrace these changes coming and will make our organization stronger and friendlier than ever. We have come a long way since 2006 and there is no way to go but up with allegiance to your new officers.
In closing, I am thanking each and every one of you for your support and help again, with a special thanks to my Executive Board.
Wishing you and all your families happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
We have a new Membership Director
Ben and I are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Buttermore to the position of Membership Director of our organization. Please coordinate your 2013 membership renewals through Ryan and Todd Caddy through the transition period.
Please join me in thanking Todd for a job well done and congratulations to Ryan on his new position.
National Championship anglerDarin Doll is shown here collecting some free goodies from B.A.S.S. sponsers. He is representing Pennsylvania at the BASS Federation Nation National Championship. It is on Wheeler Lake in Decatur Alabama. Darin is only 3 days away from qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic, the big show, the superbowl of bass fishing the...well you get the picture. The national championship is the last hurdle to get to the classic and get the chance to throw down against the pros. It's a chance of a lifetime and why many of us play this game. Darin is a great fisherman, has the drive and determination to fish his best, and will represent PA well.
Good Luck Darin!
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FYI-Letter from our state conservation director Jim Cardillo to B.A.S.S National Conservation Director Noreen Clough.
The Pa. Federation has taken great steps in reviewing and reorganizing our infrastructure after the debilitating events of the past. We continue to rebuild in every facet of the organization. As Conservation Director, I am relatively new to B.A.S.S. and have so much more to learn. I will continue to establish better methods of education and communicate the importance of conservation in what we do as an organization.
The July 7 & 8 State tournament in Erie certainly did not have the desired results. Although I was not present at this event, I have learned that several factors contributed to the less than desirable conclusion.
Beginning with bass season on Lake Erie, which opens on June 15th, there’s no predicting the weather when the tournaments are scheduled so far in advance when the permit application is filed. The actual weather was 89 degrees.
The clear majority of the fish that were lost were Smallmouth. They were predominately caught outside of the bay and from deeper cooler water. This required the optimum care with handling, temperature control, timing, fizzing, rejuvenation additives, and weigh-in procedures. The slightest deviation from optimum care at any phase would have negative impact on the fish survival rates.
I have discussed this event with several key members of the Pa. Federation and
serious discussions will continue to determine ways to avoid remotely similar tournament endings. There are always ways of improving every phase of our tournament activities. Initial discussions have included:
79% release rate, under the circumstances, is still unacceptable. Weigh-in procedures that focus solely on the welfare of the fish, and not the anglers, will improve.
Member instruction on the basic care in handling fish (i.e. hook set, hook removal, bringing the fish on board, tagging, live well conditions, weigh-in care, etc) will continue on our web site, at pre-tournament meetings, and at quarterly State meetings.
3. The avoidance of summer tournaments on Lake Erie.
Limiting the Erie tournaments to inside the bay, and not permitting access to the
deeper water outside the bay lake when temperatures are excessive.
As unfortunate as this event was, it will be used as a reminder that we cannot take for granted the normal routines that are used during any given tournament. Each event will have extenuating circumstances that will require adjustments in the many procedures that make up a tournament. Every member that takes part in any related event has the responsibility to do their very best to insure that the fish leave their possession in better health than before their capture. Although all of the lost fish were given to those who appreciated them for food, we will use this occurrence as the impetus to improve.
Please see the links below to Bassmaster.com for the new Certificate of Insurance request form. We have changed insurance brokers (the insurance company is the same) so the old AON form and contacts will no longer work.
B.A.S.S. Opens Registration for Unique Bassmaster Marshal Program
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S. members will have an exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s best bass anglers as registration for the Bassmaster Elite Series Marshal program opens this month for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series season (see schedule below). The program gives members a unique glimpse into the world of the pros as they spend tournament days on the water, observing as the fishermen employ strategies and special tactics to bring in the biggest catches during the eight-tournament Bassmaster Elite Series season.
“The Bassmaster marshal program’s popularity has grown immensely since its inception,” said Trip Weldon, B.A.S.S. tournament director. “Imagine getting eight hours of one-on-one, on-the-water classroom instruction from the best bass anglers in the world. Bassmaster Elite Series pros have embraced the program, and they are willing to share a wealth of information that is sure to help their marshals become better anglers once they return home.”
Marshal registration for B.A.S.S Federation Nation and Life members opens Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. CST for online applications and Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. CST for phone applications. All B.A.S.S. members can register online Oct. 2 beginning at 9 a.m. CST and by phone Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. CST.
According to Weldon, scoring a marshal slot can be a challenge as B.A.S.S. members play a beat-the-clock game to submit their entries to serve as marshals for their favorite tournament locations.
“We have many serious and dedicated fans, and some tournaments have all marshal spots filled within 15 minutes of registration opening,” Weldon said.
Before each event, participating marshals attend a registration and briefing by B.A.S.S. officials, who provide them with copies of Bassmaster tournament rules. The marshals’ familiarity with the rules helps ensure the integrity of the highest level of professional fishing. Marshals, who must be at least 16 years old to participate, are randomly paired with Elite Series pros.
Marshals will also have the opportunity while on the water to operate BASSTrakk, a cell-phone-based scoring technology, which broadcasts data to the Bassmaster.com website, allowing fans to follow up-to-the-minute tournament action as Elite anglers battle it out for the top prize of $100,000.
All Elite Series marshals participate on the first two days of Elite Series competition, and some are selected to observe the pros on Day 3 or Day 4.
B.A.S.S. members who are interested in becoming marshals can register at www.Bassmaster.com/marshal or by calling 877-BASSUSA. The enrollment fee is $125, which includes an exclusive Bassmaster marshal shirt and hat.
Sabine River Challenge
Sabine River System
Bulls Shoals Quest
Bull Shoals, Ark.
Bull Shoals Lake
West Point Battle
West Point Lake
Alabama River Charge
Mississippi River Rumble
La Crosse, Wis.
St. Lawrence River Showdown
St. Lawrence River
Lake St. Clair Championship
Lake St. Clair/ Detroit River
For more than 40 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.
The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications —Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming,Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Cabela’s B.A.S.S. Federation Nation events and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.
B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.