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depends but most dont care for local stuff. i suggest you fish fun tournaments first

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You'll need to check local clubs and regulations. There is a list of electric only clubs on tinboats.net  A livewell of some sorts is a must.  

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Aerated livewells are required for almost every tournament I have ever seen. 

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depends but most dont care for local stuff. i suggest you fish fun tournaments first

What do you mean like less serious/ low stakes? I mean i have no problem starting off in the fun tournaments, i dont have alot of money.

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Aerated livewells are required for almost every tournament I have ever seen. 

This guy I work with fishes local tournaments.  He's just got an old Jon boat with a small outboard/trolling motor and his livewell is an old igloo cooler with an aerator rigged up to it.  Needless to say, the regulations for club tourneys (at least for this one) aren't as strict as the pro-level ones.

 

I'd think that your best bet for tournaments would be to find a local bass fishing club in your area.  You may even be able to join one as a non-boater and get to go out on someone else's boat.  The only thing is that most tournaments are going to have a per-boat or per-person entry fee (that's where the prize money comes from) and as a non-boater, you'd still be expected to put up some money.  Like half the boat entry fee and maybe even put up a couple bucks to help pay for gas.  Just something to think about.

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Brent, if there are any lakes that allow only trolling motors or nothing more powerful than a 9.9 outboard the may have tournaments.

 

If so, you can take your trolling motor watercraft but with the following understandings:

1.  You need a live well and an aerator to keep the water oxygenated.

2.  You need a good trolling motor system to last the 6 to 8 hours of fishing.

3.  You need to make sure your parents' homeowners policy will provide third-party liability fishing tournaments. Some policies have restrictions on fishing tournaments.

4.  If necessary your parents will have to purchase a watercraft liability insurance policy to meet the tournament's requirements.

5.  You need a net to net your fish.

 

Check with local tackle shops in your area and Google tackle shops around the lakes and reservoirs that have 9.9 outboard motor horsepower limits. They will know of any tournaments on the various bodies of water.

 

Good luck and let us know what you find out.

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Don't waste your time join a club and go as a non boater. You are suppose to get to rn the boat for half the time. altho most of my non boaters never want too.

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Don't waste your time join a club and go as a non boater. You are suppose to get to rn the boat for half the time. altho most of my non boaters never want too.

 Ive never seen that before.

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I too recommend that you find a club and check out the regulations.

it may be more advantageous for you to fish as a nonboater. However I have had some not so pleasant experiences.

But a good club will have good people running it.

 

I've not seen anyone fish a tourney out of a jon boat but that dont mean you can't. Its about what the club will allow.

You may even be able to find a Jon boat club to fish with. They can help you do things to your boat that you never thought possible.

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I was in a club that fished lakes where gas motors were not permitted. Most of the "bassboats" were homemade from jonboats  that were powered by electric motors

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Fish as a co-angler. It will cost you almost nothing!

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for anyone reading this in the future... i carry $300,000 of liability insurance on my boat, it increased my policy a whopping $7/month

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 Ive never seen that before.

 

Yep, in most club tournaments the nonboater can ask to run the boat for half of the tournament.

 

Not with the pros but with the amateurs.

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Fish as a co-angler. It will cost you almost nothing!

 

Hmmmm.  You will have to pay 1/2 the entry fee.  Pay for 1/2 the gas used in the boat.  And if you carpool to the tournament, you'll want to kick in for fuel for that too.  Hardly "almost nothing."  Looking at about $100-150 minimum for most small club events.

 

 

Yep, in most club tournaments the nonboater can ask to run the boat for half of the tournament.

 

Not with the pros but with the amateurs.

 

I've heard of this, I can't think of any club that allow this in my area.  There at least half a dozen, and it isn't the norm to let a non boater run at the front.  I've heard of it in some sanctioned events, but not at the club level.  I know if my club implemented this rule, I'd quit.  I'm all for teaching, but I'm not going to be compelled to let a rookie run the front of my boat for half the day.  That's why I bought a boat, lol.

 

Aerated livewells are required for almost every tournament I have ever seen. 

 

This is generally the biggest point, since most tournaments are catch and release.  Livewells and liability insurance are usually all that any trails ask for.  Kill switches get checked at some as well.

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No way I'd let someone control my boat per club ruling.

According to my insurance, I'd have to change my policy to include them on, then have them part of the driving percentage.

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Fish as a co-angler. It will cost you almost nothing!

 

 

Costs almost nothing if you are the type to not offer to split the costs and stick the boater with all of the gas/oil/tourney costs. 

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I have no idea what type of club your fishing in haha. Fish with a club that fishes local lakes, offer the boater gas money (amount pending on the body of water), and find a club that just does fun tournaments. Usually only 30-40 dollars. Manageable for most teens i'd say... 

Hmmmm.  You will have to pay 1/2 the entry fee.  Pay for 1/2 the gas used in the boat.  And if you carpool to the tournament, you'll want to kick in for fuel for that too.  Hardly "almost nothing."  Looking at about $100-150 minimum for most small club events.

 

 

 

 

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Fish as a co-angler. It will cost you almost nothing!

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I have no idea what type of club your fishing in haha. Fish with a club that fishes local lakes, offer the boater gas money (amount pending on the body of water), and find a club that just does fun tournaments. Usually only 30-40 dollars. Manageable for most teens i'd say... 

 

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