Message from the President

I began my tenth term of service as president of the Maryland Bass Nation making what you might call a soft announcement that after twenty years of service I would not seek or except a nomination to continue serving as the organization’s president. I have spent the past year and a half debating that decision but, in the end, I am sticking with it.

Do not think for a minute that I am stepping away from my Maryland Bass Nation family because that is just what all of you are, my family. It is just time for a change in our leadership makeup. I will help in any way necessary and as long as required to acclimate my successor to this position and I will continue to be the MBN’s liaison with DNR as a commissioner with Sport Fish and as a member of the Black Bass Advisory Committee.

I would like to thank all the Board and Committee members that I have had the pleasure to work with over these past twenty years. Many of them have made their commitment to their position for almost as long as I have. A solid Board makes the job that much easier.

One of the biggest challenges to filling the position of president may be that of the eligibility requirements. As per our by-laws a person must have served a minimum of one year on the Executive Board or at least three years on the Board of President’s (club president) with service on a Nation project. Tall order but I must believe doable. The board will take all nominations into consideration.

I could probably fill page upon page with the experiences that I, the Board and all the membership have worked with over the past twenty years and perhaps I will provide some follow up articles over the next few months with the most memorable and demanding. For anyone considering stepping up do not hesitate to reach out to me for information or directions.

Last, but not least, thanks to all the members of this wonderful organization. You may not realize this, but you have all been part of building and supporting a tremendously high level of service and respectability within our state.


Roger Tragesar, President

Maryland BASS Nation