Check here for FAQ about the BBWC.
Q: Can I fish in another state if I travel or move?
A: Once entered, contestants may fish in any of the 49 participating states (excluding Alaska), subject to state and local regulations. You register the fish where the fish lives, not you!
Q. What about fishing more than one state?
A: Once entered, you must declare which state you are fishing. To fish more than one state, an addition $20 fee, or to fish the Nation the total fee is only $65. If you decide half way through the year, you want to compete in additional states, the fee is still only $20 per state, or $40 more for the nation.
Q: Can I certify more than one bass in the competition?
A: There is no restriction on the number of bass entered, provided each bass is entered on a separate Certification form. And as long as you are declared in multiple states, you can enter fish caught out of those states and lead more than one state. The BBWC encourages you to send in each catch, because we will take 2nd place from the state champions if first place is not able to participate.
Q: Do I have to pay another $25 each time I enter a catch?
A: NO! The $25 entry fee is a one-time only charge. Enter as many fish as you wish! But for a second state, the fee is $45, or fish the nation for $65. These all are one time fees.
Q: How do I certify a catch?
Complete & mail the Big Bass Certification Form along with the 3 photo(s) of your catch. The photo's are simple:
Measure the catch LENGTH with the Official 2018 BBWC Ruler and photograph it with the entire ruler showing. DO NOT lay the fish on the ruler.
Measure the catch GIRTH with the Official 2018 BBWC Ruler and photograph it with the entire ruler showing.
Hold the fish so you can take a selfie! Or have a friend take your photo of you holding the fish. Make it a good photo, it could be used in BASSIN' Magazine or even on the cover!
Complete & mail the Big Bass Certification Form along with the 3 photo(s) of their catch to BBWC Headquarters.
(OPTIONAL) OR NEW IN 2017, video your catch. Video must include you catching the bass, measuring the length of the bass, and measuring the girth of the bass, as well as releasing the bass and you holding it showing your face with the bass. (it is highly recommended to photograph the length and girth as well and submit that with the card from the video recorder)
Q: Can I laminate my Official 2018 BBWC Ruler?
A: Yes and we encourage it. Plus it's easy to store and use on other occasions! The easiest way to do this is clear packing tape. Run it from end to end, front and back. Waterproof and reusable, you won’t have to wait for us to send a new one if it tears! EXTRA RULERS ARE $2 each.
Q: What is the minimum size requirement for my state?
A: BBWC and BASSIN’ promote catch and release. You can measure any bass, photo it, and send it in. No more taking a fish to a certified scale. It is that easy! Any Bass qualifies!
Q: How many times can I send in a different fish?
A: BBWC and BASSIN’ allow you to send in as many fish as you want. We take second place to the Championship if first place is not able to attend! We encourage you to submit all your catches, each time you catch a larger fish!
Q: Should I send in all my catches?
A: BBWC and BASSIN’ allow you to send in as many fish as you want. We take second place to the Championship if first place is not able to attend! We encourage you to submit all your catches, each time you catch a larger fish! And there is no fee's to send in fish!
Q: When and where are the BBWC Finals this year?
A: This will be held confidential by BBWC staff. It will be announced around the Aug 15th, 2018 cutoff date. Bassin’ and the BBWC keep this secret to not allow local anglers to be on the water when not all anglers are possible to do so.
Q: What species of fish are allowed to be entered in the competition?
A: Only largemouth black bass, spotted bass and smallmouth bass will be considered for qualification.
Q: When does the competition begin and end?
A: Entries for certification for the 2018 BBWC begins Jan 1, 2018 and ends August 15, 2018. We will not mail rulers until last week of DEC, 2017.
Q: What is the top prize this year?
A: As more sponsors come on board, more prizes will be added. $25,000 from BASSIN Magazine as of today. Now for 2018 an additional $50,000 is added to the prize pool by an insurance, when the winning ounces match a predetermined envelope provided by that insurance. 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Champions were also awarded a 16.5 Bass Boat, with a motor and trailer! Watch for more added prizes each year. 2017 2nd place also won a Bass Hunter Boat!
Q: What if I don't have a boat?
A: No boat is required. You can fish from the shore, a boat, a bridge, a pontoon, anywhere you have legal permission to fish. A pond, creek, stream, lake, river, any kind of watershed you wish, under state and local laws, with a valid fishing liscense to do so. So your going fishing anyway, why not enter today! It could be on your next cast!
Q: How big was the bass that won in my state last year?
A: Last years fish for your state can be found under the BBWC 2017 tab on bassinonline.com under 2017 tournament results. Or at the top of this page.