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I don't know as though I can answer that question.  Our club embraces non-boaters.  I am the president of my club and I am a non-boater.  I think there are plenty of clubs that are non-boater friendly.

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i haven't found one yet that "embraces" non-boaters.  i'm glad you do.  i don't see the problem, more dues, more knowledge, more networking, etc.  i guess they feel that non-boaters are just using the boaters.  i've never been in a bass club, but from what i understand, when non-boaters fish with boaters they pay for costs of gas and use, seems like a good deal to me!  maybe one day, when i get settled down, i can get a boat and become one of the cool guys in a bass club. 

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I depends on the club and the format they fish.  In my club all our tournaments are a buddy draw format. It's a team effort, it's based on the weight the boat brings in.  The non-boaters are just as important as the boaters.  I've fished in other clubs with different formats and this is my favorite.  We could not function without non-boaters.

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I don't think clubs are turned off by non boaters, I think sometimes issues arise as to pairing them up for tournaments. My club fishes a team format and once you found a partner, alot of times you can fish the whole season with them. If there a more non boaters than boaters and everyone wants to fish, someone gets left out. Here's where the problems start. We've had it happen.

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After having guys burn holes in carpet smoking...

Spill worm dye on carpets....

Eat Peanuts and grind peanut butter into carpets

Not offer anything for help with gas, launch fees.

Bring way too much tackle/rods.....

I still like having club backseaters as I like to learn and teach and share the experience of fishing.

To see someone develop into a quality angler and more importantly ..A FRIEND is invaluable to me and keeps me grounded.

And from becoming a "Tournament Brat"

Teach them rules and ettiquet and they will prosper.

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All of the clubs I have been in "embrace" non boaters.

As a rider, I have angler of the year 3 times. And not toot my own horn...I can fish rings around lots boaters.

Our club now is a team tourney format. I don't care how good you think you are you can always learn something from anyone.

The first club I was ever in back in the late 80's was very big and well established. They got a handful of wanna be pros in it. They twisted the rules, schedule, and one actually said to a rider, "You're a rider your opinion don't count."  That club has 6 members now...all the wanna-bes and that's it.

Any one that tells me that I'm not a good fisherman, cause I can't afford a boat, isn't worth me fishing with anyway.

Call me kooky, but giving my family a nice home, and letting my kids do the activities they want, and taking nice vacations together is more imortant.

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