Well, I am down in LA at a two week school and decided to take a look at the forum. I thought I would throw my 2 cents into the mix with this thread. First off I want to say I was not planning on fishing the SCBBBC September tournament so any change to the schedule does not have any personal effect on me.
I want to let you know how important the BASS Federation Nation State Championship is to all BASS Federation Nation club members which we, all SCBBBC members, are a part of. This tournament is the next stepping stone for all club members. If you want to just experience a fun boat tournament or try to advance to the next level then this tournament is for you. Not only is it pretty cheap, only about 150-200 dollar entry fee, but think about all the other benefits that go with it. You get to fish out of a boat, which you get control of for half of each day. The have a great raffle and provide a great BBQ. The fellowship with fellow anglers across the state is phenomenal. You have a chance to make the California State Team which is awesome. Have Rich show you all the benefits (sic prices on Pure Fishing tackle, Mercury products, Lowrance products, etc.) at the next meeting he is entitled to as a current state team member.
Not only that but if you make it to the California State Team then you move on to the Western Divisional. This tournament is awesome. The next step after that is where I am heading in November, the BASS Federation Nation Nationals. I will be representing the SCBBBC and the California Federation Nation. As far as I know the only thing I pay for is my plane ticket to get there. Hotel, food, and boat will be paid for. And yes, I did say “boat”. They provide one to fish out of. I will be fishing by myself with an observer. If I can beat 11 other guys then I advance to the BASSMASTER CLASSIC! Did you hear that? I am one step away from the holy grail of bass fishing. How did I do that you ask? First I belong to a BASS Federation Nation Club (SCBBBC) then I fished two tournaments! The Federation Nation State Championship and the Western Divisional!
If I can do this then anyone can. You don’t have a chance if you don’t try. I won’t weigh in on whether to change the date on the tournament but if I was you I would be at Shasta period. That’s how to get to the next level. Talk to you all soon and I hope to see you there.