So I read this article in December of 2016 and it bothered me: http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/recreation/fishing/below-the-waterline-time-is-now-to-revive-bass-and/article_4b90f0e3-f0ce-5e58-84bf-192cd7ee739c.html
The author, Terry Brown, is President of Wired2Fish.com, an industry leading, daily website and social media fishing centered community that provides information on products, industry newsmakers and fishing techniques.
It bothered me so much that I tried to find a way to contact the author – basically to tell him that if what he wrote did indeed represent a general negative trend for bass clubs across the country, that our club, http://www.bayareabassmasters.com is an outlier!
Bay Area Bassmasters just had its first club meeting and tournament of 2017. We were big before, but now we are just plain huge! We are a team format club that now has upwards of 50 teams in the club. We have increased in size every year I’ve been involved, and most of the years preceding our team’s involvement with the club. If bass fishing clubs across the U.S.A. are in as dire of straits as Terry’s article seem to imply, then Bay Area is bucking that trend in a big way, as we’ve been the largest B.A.S.S. Team Format club in the country for many years now, with no end in sight. We fielded 47 boats in our first tournament of the year!
This is the first bass fishing club I’ve ever been a part of, and now it’s like an extended family to us. It is comprised of a group of extraordinary guys and gals, who were nothing but supportive and generous to Brian and I last year when we experienced a series of unfortunate events, leaving us boatless near the beginning of the 2016 season. The members of Bay Area stepped up, loaning us boats time and time again to make us able to finish out the season – E.g. it took forever insurance to figure out that the boat was a total loss, and therefore settle the claim. It also took us a long time to find a quality tournament rig to replace the Nitro. We found that replacement boat just before our end of the year classic on Lake Okeechobee (I bought it the day before). It was a crazy year, and they were crazy supportive of us!
Anyhow, I would invite the Author to come down and check out our club. It is well run. The rules are crafted in such a way as to minimize conflict during meetings. We have great sponsors, and we give back to the local community, donating thousands of dollars a year to one of our local hospice orgs, Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care, as well as donating material and time (sponsoring) a spectacularly successful youth bass club, Tampa Bay Junior Bass Club. For instance, the youth club currently has a waiting list of kids wanting in – as we get more volunteer boaters/captains, more kids on the waiting list get in…
If anyone out there knows how to get in touch with the author, Mr. Terry Brown, I’d love to have him come check out our club as a case study example of a good club that is certainly bucking the negative trend he has described in his article.
#bayareabassmasters #BABtillidie ;^)