Steve Wilson, President, Maine B.A.S.S. Nation
Nobody can say that 2017 isn’t starting out with some excitement. New leadership in the White House, a fifth ring on the hands of the New England Patriots Players, just a lot going on!
2016 is now behind us however we have a lot to look back upon with favor. Our largest State Fish-Off event in a decade, MEBASS winning back the Rockland Rotary tournament on Damariscotta Lake, holding our third Annual Fathers Day event with again 100% of the proceeds going to TravisMills.Org., manning a booth at the Augusta Sportsman’s show for the second year in a row to providing over a dozen boats for the Paralyzed Veteran event on North pond, the members of the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation have been very busy.
In May the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation sent a team to TN to compete in the 2016 B.A.S.S. Eastern Regional qualifier. Again this past September we held our State Championship Fish-Off on Sebasticook Lake in Newport and qualified another 22 anglers to compete in the 2017 Regional’s to be held out of North East, MD on the Upper Chesapeake Bay, in June.
We again qualified juniors and high school aged youths for events both in and out of the State of Maine and completed many conservation projects at boat ramps around the State. Yes the list goes on and on. Once again I cannot say enough about the membership of the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation, they are always ready and willing to step up when needed. They are, no, to our membership you are just amazing!
With the 2017 season upon us as we start fishing this coming spring, we must remember that we are all stewards of Maine’s waterways and with that responsibility each of us will have the opportunity to promote our sport by always setting a good example, always doing the right thing and always treating other’s recreating along side of us with respect. In this manner we can all have a positive impact on our sports future.
It humbles me to be your President, it pleases me to be your President and it has truly made me a better person. Watching as members give unselfishly of themselves in order to help others has been a constant reminder that although not all is right with the world, here in Maine our membership can do it well and do “do it well” on a regular basis.
I feel the need to reiterate this again in 2017 so here it goes!
To the Members of the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation, you are part of something much larger then even I am aware of, it is taking place all across this nation and it involves people just like you! On the side of the road, at boat ramps and along the banks of our lakes our smiles are contagious and our attitudes & behaviors both remembered and often mimicked. In 2017 go out there, have fun, catch fish but most importantly remember you are a role model and always do your best.