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I am starting a new bass club in NW Ohio. There is really no organized tournament series in this region. The club will launch on 2017 while I take this year to gain interest and get the little details worked out. Currently I have 8 boaters and 6 nonboaters that want to join. My issue is what size like do I need to have to hold decent events. I have Lake Erie (obvious) and another lake that is 2500 acres. The next biggest lake in the region is 400 acres with most waters 150 to 275 acres. What is the minimum you would fish an event on?

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I really can't help you out but I'm in Oregon, OH and wouldn't mind participating as a non boater. Have you gotten anythkng worked out?

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Hey! I'm in Ohio 10 miles from clear fork lake and I'd love to help setup a club. I've been pretty serious with bass fishing yet I'm only going into my second year. I've spend countless hours researching techniques and tactics and a good bit of money on equipment and lures. However all I have is bank fishing opportunities but that doesn't stop me from trying! This is also only my second post on this forum because I forgot my password after I made the account lol anyways yes I'd be very interested in setting something up and participating. I also have a buddy (the guy that got me started) very interested in doing it as well. Matter fact we just spoke about doing the Ohio police and fire games fishing competition today so we are serious as it gets. Get back to me if this is still a topic of interest.

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Ohio Bassin,  Our trail fishes lakes from 300 acres to the Tennessee river System.  Our First Tournament this year will be on a 300 acre impoundment and are expecting close to 40 Boats, ranging from 16 foot duck boats to 21 foot rangers.  Our trail fishes a lot of State Lakes as well as 3 big water events.  Its been a good balance as our club has grown every year.  We fish teams instead of boater/nonboater format.  That way you don't have to keep up with more or less putting on 2 separate tourneys every time you fish one.  Which makes the payouts a little more attractive.  I can give you some pointers to help your tournament day experience a lot more enjoyable and smooth running if you would like.

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Ohio Bassin I live in MD and of course we have the Upper Chesapeake Bay/ Susquehanna Flats as well as the Potomac river and some smaller bodies of water.  The club I belonged to was part of MD BASS. It had lots of bigger clubs that had large numbers of members in them. Our club was made up of about 10 boaters max and an equal number of non boaters. We liked it smaller so we did not try to get big.  We also had maybe 7 boaters you could count on almost for every tournament.  Since we had the small town feel we used the catch, measure, immediately release method or paper tournament. If you all trust the same brand fish scale you could go by weight. Anyway doing this meant we never held fish in the livewells, never took up a busy ramp or parking lot for a weigh in.   MD had gone to needing permits for tournaments.  We avoided all of the hassles.  No one could tell we were anything more than a bunch of buddies going fishing that day.  Just something to think about. A paper tournament cuts down a  lot of work. Now we know it can not be done that way for bigger tournament organizations , but till you get big paper tourneys work out well.  There is no cheating because the angler pairings are done by chance, picked out of a hat.  By changing partners you actually get to learn more from each other.

 Just make sure to adhere to the major safety regs like all competitors must have life jackets on, zipped up and kill switch lanyards hooked up ANY time the gas engine is running!  Good Luck this season.

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On 1/30/2017 at 4:49 PM, XF15-Loader said:

I really can't help you out but I'm in Oregon, OH and wouldn't mind participating as a non boater. Have you gotten anythkng worked out?

 

On 2/2/2017 at 6:43 PM, Hooper_c4 said:

Hey! I'm in Ohio 10 miles from clear fork lake and I'd love to help setup a club. I've been pretty serious with bass fishing yet I'm only going into my second year. I've spend countless hours researching techniques and tactics and a good bit of money on equipment and lures. However all I have is bank fishing opportunities but that doesn't stop me from trying! This is also only my second post on this forum because I forgot my password after I made the account lol anyways yes I'd be very interested in setting something up and participating. I also have a buddy (the guy that got me started) very interested in doing it as well. Matter fact we just spoke about doing the Ohio police and fire games fishing competition today so we are serious as it gets. Get back to me if this is still a topic of interest.

Check out the Facebook group Bass Anglers of Ohio we are getting heavy on non boaters but always looking for more anglers. 

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I'm glad to see you got this off the ground. However, to say there are no bass clubs in NE Ohio is far from the truth. I may not live in Ohio, but I already know of the following clubs/series in NE Ohio. You (and potentially others) may want to look into them.

 

Rats Nest Bass Club

X Series

DoBass

Great Lakes Largemouth Series

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