Southern Tier Bassmasters was officially "born" on February 11th, 1998. A dedicated group of eleven tournament fishermen and women decided to start something new in the heart of New York's southern tier to serve the communities in which we live and the youth in these communities.

As sportsmen and women, we support the ideals of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and the New York State B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation.

We extend an open invitation for anyone to join us. A boat and experience are NOT NECESSARY!

Melick is the 2014 STBM
Angler of the Year

The Southern Tier Bassmasters Club marked the close of another successful fishing year with its awards banquet on March 28th at Moonwinks Restaurant in Cuba, NY. Many members and their spouses were in attendance as well as several club guests as club member Dominic DiGirolamo served as the emcee of the club’s 15th annual ceremony.

After everyone enjoyed a fantastic meal numerous door prizes were given out as well as a few special drawings – two nice gifts for the wives and two Bass Pro Shops gift cards for the members. Club president Kevin Kuhn assisted Tournament Director Charles Prince by presenting the evening’s awards and recognitions. He first noted that the club set a new record last season by returning 99.63% of our bass back to waters where they were caught. This broke the long-standing live-release record of 2004 and the club has always been proud of its advocacy for conservation.

Kuhn recognized last August’s Club Classic top finishers with personalized fishing wear sporting our newly embroidered club logo: 1st – John Carey (club jacket), 2nd – Noel Good (sweatshirt) and 3rd – Wade McClurg (shirt). Next were the club’s Top 10 anglers who will fish in the 2015 Club Classic. They are (from tenth to first): Brady Schoonover, Noel Good, Larry Good, Bob Elliott, Larry Commons, Wade McClurg, John Siejak, John Carey, Jeff Kilbury and Bill Melick. Kilbury was presented a plaque for his runner-up position and Carey received an embroidered club jacket. Melick also broke Noel Good’s nine-year record for most points in a season.

Winning the coveted Angler of the Year Award Melick was almost perfect, finishing the season with 395 out of a possible 400 points. When asked to speak, Melick, who's job recently returned him from Alabama, said he was proud to have won this prestigious award and thanked all those whose efforts make the club a great one. Melick noted, “Once I returned to New York I never even considered joining a club other than Southern Tier.”

Next up, long-time member Brady Schoonover was presented a plaque denoting his win as Non-Boater of the Year. This award is given to the angler who does not own a boat, but who fishes with others in the club out of different boats. Brady hopes this will be the last non-boater title he ever wins, waiting for the day he once again enters as a boater.

The Southern Tier Bassmasters is associated with BASS and the New York Bass Chapter Federation.

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Carey Wins at Cayuga
Camp and Mastro Take First at Conesus Open
Barth Takes the Early AOY Lead
Bob Elliott wins 2013 AOY Title in Record Fashion
Johnson and Shamp Win STBM Final Open on Conesus
Golub and Kolody Win at Honeoye Open
McGrath and Walsh Win Erie-Niagara Open
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Schmitt Wins and Records Fall at Irondequoit
Good wins 2012 Club Classic
Brodnicki Wins at Silver Lake
Bianchi and McRae Win Conesus Open
McCurg takes first at Chautauqua
John Carey takes 2012 AOY Title
Brodnicki Wins Final Points Tournament
Juniors Take State's Team Event
Christie Wins Lower Niagara Points
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2015 Tournaments

Irondeqoit Bay (points)


Conesus Lake (OPEN)


Chautauqua Lake (points)
8/8-9 Club Classic -
Cayuga Lake
Honeoye Lake (points)
Canandaigua Lake (points)
9/19 Lake Erie/Niagara R.
Honeoye Lake (OPEN)
Conesus Lake (OPEN)



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