Fish Guilds

B.A.S.S. is an acronym for “Bass Anglers’ Sportsman Society.” With a membership of over 500,000, B.A.S.S. is one of the largest angling groups in the United States and is dedicated to the promotion and conservation of the sport fishery involving the fish of its namesake, bass (generally largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted.)

As much as I love bass fishing, I try to appreciate all species of fish that I catch. If the bass aren’t biting, that “Plan B” fish can be just as much fun.

So, it got me thinking about potential acronyms for other groups who may focus on one particular species of fish…

Taking a cue from B.A.S.S. and having the first letter always stand for the fish itself, here are a few examples:


Walleye Anglers Legendary League of Enthusiastic Youth Encouragers


Drum Reeling Up Machines


Chub Hunters United Brotherhood


Gar Appreciation Ring


Pike International Knighthood of Enthusiasts


Shad Honorary Association of Diehards

What Society do you belong to? I’d love to hear some others.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.


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