So, you want to fish your first bass tournament, but just can't bring yourself to just do it?
It's as simple as just picking up your phone and gathering your gear. Within a few moments, you can be on the line with Brandon McKay or Lynne Andrews, tournament directors, and you'll begin to understand why Budget Bass has so many folks fishing the tournament.
Budget Bass began in 2010 and we can thank Mr. McKay and Ms. Andrews for making it the fastest growing competition around. They keep it fair by disallowing any judges from entering, as well as keeping it safe, fair and competitive.
The name 'Budget' makes it clear what they had in mind when starting the tournament. They follow Coast Guard regulations for safety and to keep it within budget, the monies collected for each competition is awarded for that day(s) when all the bass are weighed.
The format for placing is the two largest bass (within limit) take Large Fish Prizes and then the first, second and third heaviest strings of fish that don't exceed the numerical limit. Due to the nominal cost of entry, you can make a real winning if you do well enough.
Most of the tournaments are fished out of Lake Okeechobee and typically consist of at least 20 boats on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Boat launching order is determined when you pay your entry fee in order of first come, first serve.
It keeps the launchings easy, safe and quick.
All in all, Budget Bass Tournaments consist of good group of guys and gals. A great group of 'fisher people'- some good, some better and some lucky! Whichever category you fit in, there is always room to learn and improve, which can be done at the two larger tournaments: Spring and Fall Classic.
Different lakes are chosen for these two tournaments and after prizes and awards are distributed there is a great dinner served. There is a criterion to be met of fishing at least six of the 11 regular events during the season in order to enter.
For more information: Budgetbasstour.com.
Now, go catch a Big 'un!
Joe Kubik is a tournament fisherman and former Charter Captain. Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org