The Tennessee Nation strives to make you a better angler thru local club involvement. We encourage Juniors to get off the couch and onto the water. We have 4 regions throughout the state enabling clubs to be apart of the Tennessee Nation.
Tennessee BASS Nation President: Jeff Giarrizzo
Phone Number: (254) 493-9679
Oakley was created for world-class athletes, those who see the limits of possibility as just another challenge. Their dedication drives us to look beyond the conventional ideas of industry standards. Decades of Oakley innovation have been awarded more than 600 patents that elevate physics to the level of art. Douglas Lake is the host for the Rusty Wallace Big Bass Classic event on the Oakley Big Bass Tour.
Contact: Keith Odom
Phone Number: (877) 958-8687
Tournament Director: Sam Phillips
Phone Number: (423) 587-5555
A grass-roots organization of anglers dedicated to the The Bass Federation, it's members, the future of bass fishing, promoting catch-and-release, encouraging community involvement, lobbing for and against proposed legislation, introducing youth to fishing and the enjoyment of fishing for the beloved Bass.
President: David Daniel
Phone Number: (931) 622-0999
An overview of the organization
No one could have predicted that the 106 fishermen competing in Ray Scott's first tournament in 1967 would one day turn into a membership organization more than half a million strong. It would have been just as impossible to predict that the B.A.S.S. newsletter, first distributed in 1968, would evolve into BassmasterMagazine, the bible of today's bass fisherman — but it happened. B.A.S.S., born and raised in Montgomery, Ala., was founded by Ray Scott with simple goals in mind: to create a credible and honorable tournament trail, to improve our environment by uniting and amplifying the voices of anglers and to secure a future for our youth. In the past four decades B.A.S.S. has met all these goals and more. It would take volumes to list the accomplishments of B.A.S.S. over the years, but two may be most significant. In 1972, B.A.S.S. initiated a "Don't Kill Your Catch" program that evolved into the modern "catch-and-release" ethic now practiced by nearly all bass anglers.
In 1984, B.A.S.S. lobbied Congress in support of the Wallop-Breaux amendment, which generates more than $200 million annually for state fisheries. B.A.S.S., the focal point of what has grown into a multibillion-dollar fishing industry, has created a publishing giant with Bassmaster Magazine, B.A.S.S. Times andJunior Bassmaster Magazine. B.A.S.S. produces The Bassmasters weekly television program which airs on ESPN2, the Bassmaster Tournament Trail and the Bassmaster Classic, recognized around the globe as fishing's world championship. The first Classic, held on Lake Mead near Las Vegas, Nev., awarded a winner-take-all paycheck of $10,000 and was witnessed by a straggling handful of spectators.
Today, tens of thousands of people cram into coliseums to watch the daily weigh-ins, and $1,194,500 is awarded to the anglers — $500,000 of which goes to the champion. Since 1968, B.A.S.S. has been active in local, state and national conservation issues.