This is my second article on Bass Clubs... Clubs offer great experiences, especially for those who are just getting started into Bass fishing.
There are many benefits besides meeting new club members. Perhaps you have no one to fish with or maybe you have a boat but you really don't know the lakes that well, or maybe you have no knowledge what baits to use, the bass club pretty much solves those problems.
Basically there are two types of clubs; the standard team type, where you will fish and learn from the same partner at each tournament that the club has, and the draw your partner type, where you will draw for your partner usually at a club meeting prior to the fishing date, you will have a different partner every tournament, unless you draw the same person two times in a row and that will happen. Both types are good and you will learn from both.
I think the draw type has more of an advantage over the other for several reasons. By fishing with someone new every tournament you learn something new every time, you will see what each guy uses for tackle, what type of lures they use, how they handle their equipment, and all that will help you in becoming the fisherman you want to be.
There are several clubs in and around our area. The one in Vero Beach is the Indian River Bass Anglers and they hold their monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the Month, and fish on the third Saturday of the month.
Most clubs have at least one tournament. I would suggest fishing with their club as a guest to really see if that's what you want to do. Now is the time to get serious about joining a club. We are approaching some of the best times for bass fishing.
On another note, if you don't have a boat, clubs usually have guys looking for a partner. If you do join clubs without a boat remember that it cost that boat owner money to operate his boat and it only proper for you to help in that expense, ask how you can help.
For more information about joining a club, call John Kinchen, at (321) 432-9332 or Johnny Fink at (772) 473-1992
Have fun, stay safe and go catch a big'un
Joe Kubik is a tournament fisherman and former Charter Captain. Joe can be reached at email@example.com