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    Posted by lacas on February 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Looking for a local bass club that would welcome a fairly novice bass fisherman. Any contact info would be appreciated. From La. and mainly fished shallow water lakes, and this deep water is playing with my head.

    tnbassman10 replied 7 years, 11 months ago 5 Members · 11 Replies
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  • chris

    February 12, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    CALL JOHNNEY COLEMAN @615-330-4652

  • lacas

    February 13, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Thanks Chris

  • rolltide

    February 17, 2016 at 3:51 am

    to anyone who is looking for a fishing club:

    Three years ago I fished a club called Rock Bottom Bass Anglers.
    The club took last year off and decided to restart this year.
    If anyone is looking for a good small local club to join and fish with,
    you could try this one.

    When I mean small we did good to have 10 boats in it.
    It’s a good little club for weekend fisherman.

    Rock Bottom Bass Anglers Schedule
    February 28 Long Hunter 6am to 12noon
    March 20 Old Hickory 6:30am to 12:30 pm
    April 24 Long Hunter safelight to 1pm
    May 22 Old Hickory TBA to 1pm
    June 12 Long Hunter TBA to 1pm
    June 25 Old Hickory (NIGHT) 7pm to 1am
    July 16 Long Hunter (NIGHT) 7pm to 1am
    July 31 Old Hickory safelight to 1pm
    August 14 Long Hunter safelight to 1pm
    September 18 Old Hickory safelight to 1pm

    FISH OFF!!!!
    October 15 Old Hickory safelight to 1pm
    October 16 Long Hunter safelight to 1pm

    No Membership fee
    Entry fee is $25.00 per person
    $5.00 goes toward fish off, $5.00 toward big fish

    If you have any questions you can contact David Kimery: 615-945-2635

    Chuck Howell

  • lacas

    February 17, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Thx for the info Chuck

  • tnbassman10

    February 18, 2016 at 6:48 am

    If you’re looking for a small, “local” club, there are a few to choose from:

    Old Hickory Percy Priest Bass Trail (“OHPP” for short)
    They fish starting around late Feb/early March and fish every 2 weeks on each lake (meaning 1 tournament on Hickory and 1 tournament on Priest per month).
    I fished with them from 2008-2009, 2011-2014. Fun club which used to be one of, if not the, largest “amateur” trail in the state. At one point (09-10) they had 250+ members. Entry fees were $50 per boat and $50 annual membership fee per person. Originally, they didn’t allow guides, pros, or sponsored anglers and I’m sure it’s still that way today. Brad Chapman used to run the club and when he did it was really rolling with sponsorships. Each entry fee was given a raffle ticket and at the end of each tournament 25 door prizes were given out ranging from new rod or reel to a $25 gift bag from Academy sports. Even if you didn’t win any money, you had a chance of walking away with something (and even sweeter if you won money and won the rod!). I’ve heard the club is heading downhill as of late though. I can’t say that from experience as I didn’t fish with them last year. I will say the club has changed presidents 4 times in the last 8 years though. Typically about 16 tournaments per year plus a 2-day fish-off in October. Also pays points champion or angler of the year at the end of the season a few hundred bucks (which I was lucky enough to get in 2012). 2-day Fish-off champion normally gets about $1500-$2000.

    Tween the Lakes (search Google)
    Pretty much the same as OHPP. Actually this club started I believe in 2013 when some members of OHPP were unhappy and broke off to form their own trail. Pretty much the same schedule (except opposite lakes) as OHPP. They fish Percy Priest and Old Hickory exclusively last I heard. No clue on championship money or AoY money.

    USA Bassin’
    A national “grassroots” tournament trail that has a Old HIckory and Priest division. You can check them out. I hear they have new directors but I wasn’t too impressed fishing the Percy Priest division last season. If you advance to a state regional, you have your choice of Old HIckory or (I think) Douglas Lake. If you finish in the top 25 (I think–check website) you advance to the National Championship against every other regional top 25 anglers. The National Championship is always on Kentucky Lake in May and usually for a new boat. However, the National Championship also has about 350-400 boats in it. Good luck! AoY pays out as well.

    VERY similar to USA Bassin’ but they do not allow guides, pros, semi-pros (BFL anglers), or sponsored fishermen to compete. The setup is very similar to USA Bassin’ along with the entry fees and membership fees. There is a National Championship (but it changes lakes) at the end of the year. This year, it is Pickwick in Alabama in October. I’m planning on fishing the minimum required to make the National Championship this season (because I love Pickwick from my college fishing days). Championship is for a new Ranger boat. No clue on AoY contest or pay out.

    Friendship Bass Club
    I’ve heard of this club before but I didn’t know anything about them because they didnt have a website. I’m planning on trying to fish a few tournaments with these guys this year, but I doubt I do the entire schedule. I can’t fish as much now that I”m married and the wife and I are planning on kids real soon so this may be more my speed this season. I don’t have a 2016 schedule yet but I do have a copy of the 2015 schedule.
    10-12 tournaments (including a “Summer Classic” which is a 2-night event in June on Old Hickory/Percy Priest) plus a end-of-the-season championship or fish-off. They are WEEKEND-ONLY anglers club. They do not allow pre-fishing (from what I hear). They do travel some (based on 2015 schedule):
    Old Hickory (day & night)
    Percy Priest (day & night)
    Center Hill (day & night)
    Tims Ford (day & night)
    Kentucky Lake (day)
    Chickamauga (day)
    I think this is kind of an invite-only club but if you’re interested I can get more information from the guy who invited me. They do not have, nor do they want, a website. If you consider yourself a rookie and are looking to find a good club, this is probably a good bunch of guys (from the ones I know) if you’re willing to travel. I believe you can make the fish-off–by fishing enough tournaments–just by fishing Center Hill, Old Hickory, and Percy Priest. No idea on championship money or AoY pay out.

    Cedar City
    Kind of a step up in competition but this is a single-boater only tournament trail. It is run by Adam Sharp. They travel around but stay in-state mostly. If you consider yourself a rookie, you might want to wait until you know more about these lakes before jumping up with these guys. Lots of good fishermen in this. I’ve fished with them before, mostly good guys though, but very competitive. I’d say the championship money is pretty good and there is a AoY payout last I knew.

    Tuesday Night/Thursday Night (Adam Sharp)
    Tuesday nights out of Davis Corner, thursday nights out of MIsty Cove on Old HIckory. Fun little 3.5 hour 3-fish limit tournament. On any given day with a little luck, anybody can win these. These start in mid/late April and run through September if I remember correctly. I fished these all the time in high school but it’s been a couple of years. Things may have changed.

    This is a lot of info. If you want any more or have any questions, email me

  • blockel

    February 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Amazing information, BassMan. I know I didn’t start the thread but I really appreciate your post.

  • lacas

    February 18, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Thx Bassman, really good info. I am just an old retiree trying to get out more. My family really don’t want me on the lake by myself, so trying to get involved with someone that can help an old man out. Thanks again, Bassman

  • tnbassman10

    February 23, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    No problem.

    Did any of those interest you?

  • lacas

    February 24, 2016 at 2:28 am

    TnBassman, I kind of like what I read about the Friendship Bass club. Not too sure of which way I will go yet, but thanks for the great info

  • tnbassman10

    March 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm
    quote lacas:

    TnBassman, I kind of like what I read about the Friendship Bass club. Not too sure of which way I will go yet, but thanks for the great info

    I’ll send you a PM of the Friendship trail

  • tnbassman10

    March 5, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Lacas, it wont let me personal message you. If you want more info, email me:

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