USA Bass asks boat owners to become part of historic event

The 2022 XVI Black Bass World Championship has become a historic celebration of bass fishing. Nations from across the globe will compete for bronze, silver and gold medals on Lake Murray. This includes anglers from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The event has drawn so much interest that USA Bass is asking for volunteers to participate.

The event needs volunteer Boat Captains with boats to work with an international team for five days on Lake Murray. You will be driving your boat with two anglers from take-off to check-in each day. The vent also needs Boat Marshals to ride along with a nation that brings their own boat, for the three competition days only.

Volunteer days will be:
October 18 and 19 – official practice days
October 20 – 22 – competition days

The meeting location for boat captains and marshals will be Dreher Island State Park.
Participants will be expected to have their boat in water by 7 am at main ramp to meet buses offloading competitors. Staff will be assisting.

What is a Boat Captain?
A driver of his own boat, assigned to the same two anglers for five consecutive days of the World Championship, taking them safely to their requested fishing locations on Lake Murray.
Visit tinyurl.com/rmksft2k to learn more or sign-up to be a boat captain.
• For five days of volunteering, you get a $500 check.
• Check will be picked up at the event tent on Dreher Island on Saturday (after weigh-in).
• You will be reimbursed for boat gas used when you turn in your receipts at the end of the event or mail your receipts in provided envelope to be paid when sent into USAngling.
• Daily lunches and ice for boat.
• Boat captains and marshals receive official USA Bass Team hat

Boat Captain requirements:
• Bass boat (minimum 18’) with 150hp – 250hp
• Operating electric trolling motor on bow
• Working live well
• Marine electronics on dash and bow
• Landing net
• Three life jackets for you and your anglers to wear
• Fully charged boat batteries each day
• A current boater’s liability insurance policy

What you do on the boat as Boat Captain:
• Drive anglers to locations they want to fish
• Ensure boats stay a minimum of 50m (55 yards) apart when fishing
• Ensure all fish are netted
• Ensure no fish is intentionally snagged
• Do not help competitors with fishing information

Boat marshals are assigned to a nation and ride in their team boat to ensure rules are followed. When a nation provides their own boat, there must be a boat marshal to join them.

This is a volunteer position, no pay. Nations needing boat marshals: USA, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, and maybe others. Boat marshal assignments will be at discretion of organizer. Event official hat and daily lunch are included.

Visit tinyurl.com/bdbtttt8 to learn more or sign-up to be a marshal

What you do on the boat as Boat Marshal:
• Ensure boats stay a minimum of 50m (55 yards) apart when fishing
• Ensure all fish are netted
• Ensure no fish is intentionally snagged
• Do not help competitors with fishing information

Contact John Knight with any questions at 970-376-5703 or [email protected]