Leesville BASSMasters FAQs

Is Leesville BASSMasters a member of BASS Federation Nation?

No.  Leesville BASSMasters is an independent club and not affiliated with BASS Nation, FLW, or any other sanctioning body.

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How do I become a member?

Prospective members must be at least 18 years old and attend a regularly scheduled meeting to introduce themselves.  Meetings are held at 7PM on the first Thursday of every month.  After being sponsored by a club member, you must fish with another member of the club who is not your sponsor.  Once you’ve fished with a club member, you’re eligible for a vote by the club membership at the next regularly scheduled meeting.  You're not permitted to attend the meeting where your membership is discussed and voted upon, and you'll be notified of the club's decision by email following the meeting.

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How much are club dues?

Annual dues are $50 for the first year of membership and $35 per year thereafter.  Monthly dues are $15.  If you’re affirmed as a member of the club, you should come prepared to pay your dues to the Treasurer at the next meeting after becoming a member.  You'll also need to provide your contact information for the club roster.  Annual dues are not prorated and monthly dues begin accruing as soon as you become a member.

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What do my dues cover?

Your dues cover club expenditures such as the club’s website, warranty coverage for the tournament scales, the annual money tournament, annual trophies, weigh-in bags, tournament permits (when applicable), and other similar club expenses.

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Do I have to pay monthly dues for months when I don’t participate in the club?

Yes.  Dues continue accruing whether or not you attend club meetings or fish tournaments, and you’re responsible to make arrangements to pay your dues if you’re unable to attend a meeting.  Failure to keep your dues current renders you ineligible for tournament participation, voting, and other member privileges.  Members whose dues become multiple months in arrears are subject to immediate termination.

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How many tournaments does the club fish each year?

We fish twelve (12) tournaments between February 1 and November 31.  Tournaments are typically fished on Saturday, and most are within an hour or so’s drive from Raleigh.  In general, we fish one tournament a month but some months may have two tournaments.
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In most years, two of the twelve tournaments are two-day events (Saturday and Sunday) fished at an out of town site within two to four hours of Raleigh.  Unless alternative arrangements are made in advance, partners for out of town tournaments are expected to share a room and split the lodging expenses.

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Do I have to fish all of the tournaments?

No.  You can fish as many or as few of the tournaments as your schedule permits, however, in most years you’ll need to compete in a minimum of 8-9 tournaments to have a shot at qualifying for the club’s annual money tournament (see Does the club fish for money?).

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How much does it cost to fish in club tournaments?

There are no tournament entry fees.   Non-boaters are required to share all tournament-related expenses 50/50 with their partner, but no less than $25 per tournament.   "Tournament-related expenses" include, but are not limited to:


Non-boaters who meet their partner at the ramp are still obligated to split round-trip gas for the tow vehicle.  Unless other arrangements are made in advance, you're expected to square up with your partner at the end of the tournament.

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Does the club fish for money?

Yes and no.  Twelve regular season tournaments are fished to score points and your top 10 finishes constitute your final score for the season.  Members are free to participate in a $10 side pot for big fish during regular season tournaments, but the big fish pot is strictly voluntary and not an official part of the club’s tournament.

At the completion of the season, the Top 6 finishers in the current season qualify for a money tournament held the following season.  Before the next season starts, each eligible member submits their desired choice from the upcoming season's regularly scheduled tournaments and the location is determined by random draw.  The money tournament is fished concurrently with the chosen regularly scheduled tournament as a "tournament within a tournament".

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How are tournament pairings set?

Competitors for each month’s tournament(s) are paired randomly at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting using the club's sanctioned draw pairing method.  Blast-off is established by the order pairings are drawn.  In most cases, boaters not paired with a non-boating partner will be paired up with other unpaired boaters unless only one unpaired boater remains.  The club's annual money tournament uses a slightly different pairing method to prevent money tournament participants from being paired together on the same boat.

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What happens if I’m a Non-Boater and there aren’t enough boats for all members to have a seat?

​This situation rarely occurs but if it does, available seats are awarded to non-boating participants based on club seniority.

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Why are there times when you won’t accept non-boaters for membership?

Our by-laws stipulate that the club's membership consist of no more than 40% non-boaters, and here's why.  We know that from time to time, boaters may have unavoidable commitments, a boat may be in the shop for repairs, or other situations arise on tournament day.  Clubs with higher ratios of boaters to non-boaters (e.g., 50/50 or more) have been known to leave non-boaters "on the beach" when there aren’t enough boats for a tournament.  In other cases, "beached" boaters are given preference over non-boaters for open seats.  You're paying dues as a member and we feel you should have a fair opportunity to fish.  By limiting non-boater positions, our goal is to ensure in nearly all circumstances enough boats are available to accommodate our non-boating members on tournament day.  And as more boaters join, additional non-boating positions become available.

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I own a boat.  Can I use my boat in club tournaments?

To compete safely on large bodies of water, provide adequate space for two competitors to fish effectively, and maintain fish caught during competition in a lively condition conducive to post-tournament release, boats used for tournament competition must meet certain minimum criteria.   Your boat must meet ALL of the following criteria to qualify for use in club tournaments:


In cases where there are more non-boaters than boaters for a given tournament, a non-boater owning a non-qualifying boat may relinquish his seat and use his boat to fish by himself to allow a fellow non-boating member to participate.

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