the rich history of Long Island Bassmasters

Club History

Started in 1970, Long Island Bassmasters is an affiliated chapter of the Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society (B.A.S.S.).  Standing in as the 22nd affiliated club created, LIB is the first Club north of the Mason Dixon line, and the sixth longest lasting in the B.A.S.S. organization.  Over the years, LIB has become recognized as Long Island's top Bass fishing organizations.  Here are some of its honors and achievements.


  • B.A.S.S. National Federation Chapter of the year 1982
  • B.A.S.S. Eastern Division Public Relations Chapter of the year Eastern Division 1987
  • B.A.S.S. NY State Conservation Award 2003
  • B.A.S.S. Chapter of the year NY State Federation 2005 
  • B.A.S.S. NY Federation Chapter Conservation Club of the Year 2008 
  • B.A.S.S. NY Federation Community Service Award 2010
  • B.A.S.S. NY Federation Special Event Award 2010
  • And LIB has raised tens of thousands of dollars for charities like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Schneider's Children's Hospital, Make A Wish, and the Wounded Warrior Project, just to name a few. 

Long Island Bassmasters holds meetings at the Ronkonkoma V.F.W. on the 2nd Thursday of Each Month at 8 p.m. Anyone interested in joining L.I.B. is urged to come and attend one of our meetings and see what our club is all about! 


Conservation and Youth L.I.B. supports the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in many ways.  LIB takes part in many Belmont and Hempstead Lake spring and fall events, works with SASI, the Lake Ronkonkoma stocking of Largemouth Bass, and participates in the Lake Ronkonkoma Task Force.  LIB also works with PLECO weed pull and hosts an annual Father's Day "Take a kid fishing Tournament." And, as listed above, LIB also participates in various charitable events, and the Department of Environmental Conservation summer camp. Long Island Bassmasters is dedicated to conserving natural resources and improving bass habitat. In the 2002/2003 year, LIB enlisted the help of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Army National Guard and others, placing over 150 stumps into Lake Ronkonkoma.

LIB and the National Guard placing 150 sumps into Lake Ronkonkoma and stocking over 
3000 baby bass.

LIB and the National Guard placing 150 sumps into Lake Ronkonkoma and stocking over 3000 baby bass.