College Bass Fishing
Posted April 30 2012 - 03:14 PM
Posted May 01 2012 - 12:11 AM
FLW is an easy process to start. Go to the college part of their website, www.collegefishing.com and look under the tournament drop down. FLW has 4 qualifiers per region. that means 8 people from you're school are guaranteed to compete in regional qualifiers. Other teams from your school can be put on a wait list, but the tournaments always fill up. If you're in top 5 for each regional, you go to regional championships. top 5 from the five(or maybe its only 4 regions) regional championships go on to the national championship. if a team from a school got 1st place in regional qualifiers, regional championship and then won nationals, they would be looking at a winning of over 150,000 and two boats valued at around 20k each.
Boat US has one big tournament for all colleges nationally I believe, and 2 teams from each school can go to that. No qualifier that i know of, besides just signing up.
BASS is a little different. They have opens. As long as 2 people from you're school participate(and i think place with the top 50 or somethings) then you're school is then eligible to send two people to the BASS national championship. They don't have to be the two people who went to the open, but that would be fair.
My advice, establish a team at your school, then write up a club constitution. Make up a fair point system to determine who gets to go fish the above 3 tournaments. The above 3 tournaments also have payouts, so determine how much of the money goes to the school. Then to the club, and the anglers. I personally believe NC State has a good club setup. Go to their site, google "BassPack", and take a look at the constitution. I think it will prove as a good guideline. I stress the constitution because when you add tournaments with payout into the equations, things can get messy...
Individual schools throughout the year, atleast in my area, hold Opens where they invite others schools to compete on a single lake for "fun" for a lack of a better phrase. They don't lead to anything else, but its a good way to compete against others schools and their is usual some kind of pay out, whether in sponsorship gear or money.
Good luck, if you have any other questions shoot me a PM.
Posted May 03 2012 - 04:59 PM
Posted May 04 2012 - 09:09 AM
Just to give you an idea of what is going on here. We receive no funding from the school b/c of the way the bylaws are written. We aren't allowed to hold any fundraising events for the purpose of covering expenses b/c they say it could "conflict" with their bass tourney for the athletic department, even though it would be held at a different time of the year.
And finally, two anglers came in second at an FLW qualifier two years ago, FLW writes the check to the school to be distributed between the school and club, and the school said thanks for the money but you aren't getting any. This was eventually sorted out after a few months of whining and it cost the school more than what they would have had to give the club if they would have just done it in the first place.
These are few problems that we have going on right now. I strongly suggest getting an advisor (you will probably have to have one to form a club) that is committed to help.
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