Frequently Asked Questions on Membership

How do I join the New York B.A.S.S. Federation?

First, you, find a club in and your area and join it. If you can’t find a club that suits you, the NYS Membership Committee will assist you and five other bassin’ buddies in applying to the Federation and B.A.S.S. to establish a Chapter. Secondly, you must be a member of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. Your club can help you do that. It’s really that easy!

What if I don't know of any clubs in my area?

No problem. There are about 50 existing chapters throughout the state. There is probably one located right in your hometown. Contact our Membership Chairperson and he/she will assist you in finding one, or see the list of Club Contacts.

How long do I have to wait to become a member of the New York B.A.S.S. Federation?

If your club is already affiliated when B.A.S.S. processes your application, then you are automatically a member. So what are you waiting for? Fill it out now and let’s go fishing together!

How much is the dues to join the New York B.A.S.S. Federation?

To join the NYS B.A.S.S. Federation the dues is $20. It is split as follows: $9 to the General Fund, $7 for the Federation Fishlines Newsletter, $2 to the Youth Program, and $2 to Conservation activity.

Do I need a bassboat to participate in NYS B.A.S.S. Federation tournaments?

Definitely not! Riders are a very necessary part of tournaments. All boats must have two participants during the tournament, a boater and a rider. Also, there will be a special award category, for the best non-boater only at the end of the season.

Where does the Federation hold their meetings?

The Federation holds about 3 to 4 meetings a year rotating around the state so that all have a chance to attend.

Can I go to Federation Meetings or does just the Club President or Rep go?

All meetings of the Federation’s Executive Committee and the Executive Board are open to active members of the federation. Although only club reps have voting rights representing their clubs, you are welcome to come and attend and participate in the meeting.

When are the meetings held?

Meeting dates usually on the 1st Sunday of December, the second Saturday of Januray and the 2nd Sunday in March. They are formally announced at the January meeting every year and their starting times are indicated on the agenda which is posted on this web site and mailed to club reps at least one month before the meeting.

What time do the meetings start? How long to they last?

Meetings usually begin at 11:00AM, and usually run till about 2PM. Lunch is provided for all.

What else do I need to become a Federation member?

The most important element of any member is the desire to become a better bass angler. Through fellowship, lasting friendships develop that will ultimately fulfill that desire.