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Michigan Bass Anglers Junior Bassmasters Club

The Junior Michigan Bass Anglers is a club that focuses on having fun, teaching others, and preserving the sport of bass fishing for generations to come. We know that today’s youth are the future of our sport and we want to provide them with an atmosphere to learn all about bass fishing that is safe and fun.

As a Junior Club Member you will learn about all facets of bass fishing, including safe boating, from Adult Club members. You will bass fish in youth tournaments in real bass boats and be able to fish in the Michigan Youth State Championship sponsored by the Michigan BASS Nation. It is possible to start in our club and qualify all the way to the Junior Bassmaster World Championship.

Everyone at a Junior Club Meeting discussing FishingWe encourage all prospective members to come to a few meetings to see what the Junior club is all about. They usually last a couple of hours and are run by our Junior members. Please come and check us out!

If you want more details, or would like someone to contact you, Click Here, to fill out our contact form.

Click Here to see what B.A.S.S. has to offer the Youth in addition to the Michigan Bass Anglers.

As far as Youth Tournaments in 2012, we had a great season. If you want to check out the results click on the links below.


Joining a Youth Club

If you would like to get started with the process of getting into a Youth Club, you will at some point need contact one of the existing Youth Clubs or contact the Michigan BASS Nation to see what it takes to start a new youth club.  You can go to the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation web site for more information or if you are interested in joining the Michigan Bass Anglers club you can fill out an application ON LINE.  Our club has some limitations on how many youth members we can accept. You can also go right to the BASS Web site get more information on what a youth club is all about  CLICK HERE to get to the page to start the process.  You can contact our Junior Michigan Bass Anglers Youth Director Greg Choiniere at gchoiniere@michiganbassanglers.net , he can help you through the process.

How does a Youth Tournament Work??
If you want to see how we actually do things, check out this article...

Our Own Austin Ruddell takes Second Place at the B.A.S.S. Northern Divisional in Iowa

Austin with B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Jon Stewart at the Nothern Divisional   Austin Ruddell, a Junior Angler with Michigan Bass Anglers, managed to squeak out a second place finish at a very tough tournament on the Mississippi River on August  12th.  The 2011 B.A.S.S Northern Divisional was held out of Ft. Madison Iowa on pool 18 and 19 on the mighty Mississippi over 3 days with the final day also hosting the Junior Northern Divisional Championship.  10 of the 16 Youth Anglers did not manage to catch a keeper but Austin managed to get a single 2.2 pound Largemouth.  That fish got him a second place finish, right behind the winner. Zach Nighswonger also participated in the tournament representing the Michigan Bass Busters as the Younger Youth Championship winner from Michigan.  The Michigan Adult Team took Austin and Zach under their wings and helped them find and share fishing spots during pre-fishing.  It was impressive to see them all work together.  Congratulations should go out to Austin for his efforts.
Junior Michigan Bass Angler Austin Ruddell Wins Junior State Championship
   One of our Junior Anglers did the best out of the other 30 Junior Anglers on the famous Lake St. Clair. Austin Ruddell managed to pull a great sack of fish out of the lake on the one day Championship.  He ended up with 14.62 pounds, which is a very respectable catch for the shortened day.  The guys only had 6 hours to fish.  Austin finished First in the 15-18 age group and is now going on to Iowa to fish along side the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Adult team, this August.  Kenny Messina also did very well with a 3rd place finish with a 11.23 pound bagf in the 11-14 age group.  Kenny also managed to bring the Big Bass for the day to the scales with a nice 3.12 pound Smallmouth Bass. 
   We are very, very proud of all of our Junior Anglers, especially Austin and Kenny.  The rest of the boys did well and acted just like the Junior Professional Anglers they are becoming.  We all want to with Austin the best of luck in Iowa in August.
See the full tournament report and results...
Kenny Messina shows off one of his fishThe 2011 Michigan Junior Bass Anglers Season Kicks OffZac Rosen shows off one of his nice catches
We held our first Junior Tournament of the season on May 14th.  It was help at East and West Crooked Lakes in Brighton.  After meeting for breakfast, 14 Junior Anglers and 7 Boaters headed for the lake.  It was raining lightly first thing in the morning, but the weather cooperated somewhat, after that.  This was our biggest Youth Tournament since we established the club almost 4 years ago.  Almost everyone caught fish during the day.  Zac Rosen and Kenny Messina managed to pull off a win with 15.79 pounds.  A pretty good sack of fish for an inland lake. 
For the rest of the results, CLICK HERE...

The 2011 Michigan Bass Anglers Season Also Kicks Off
We held our first adult tournament of the season at Maceday - Lotus Lake on Saturday May 21st.  Like the first Junior Club Tournament. it was a Golden Rule type tournament where we caught, measured and released the fish as soon as we caught them.  Chris Bishop and Jeff Najmowicz managed to pull of the win with 11.75 pounds.  Chris had a nice 21-1/2 inch Largemouth that shows as a 6.21 pound fish.  Dan Wagner got the first Smallmouth of the season, it measured at 20 inches , which shows as a 5 pound fish.  It was a really nice day all day but the fishing was a little tough.  None of the boats got a limit.
For the rest of the results, CLICK HERE...
2008 Michigan Junior Bass Anglers Team2010  Michigan Bass Junior State Championship at Cass Lake

The 2010 Michigan Bass Junior State Championship was a big success.  Our Junior  team won the Team Competition this year.  That says a lot for our Junior Members. Zac Rosen managed to find 2 nice fish for 4.14 pounds while Jared Choiniere found 2 other for a total of 3.07 pounds.  Jake Choiniere brought two fish to the scale for 2.83 pounds. This was our very win as a club team, the boys should be proud!  Every one of the Junior members should be very proud of their selves. They worked very hard all day for those elusive bass.

We want to send out a special thank you to all of the adult members who took the kids out this year.  It is a tough day on the lake when all you are doing is driving the anglers around all day and not fishing.  With out their help, we would not have been able to attend the tournament and do as well as we did. We are all looking forward to the 2011 Junior State Championshiop at Lake St. Clair, it should prove to be very interesting...