As the annual Sherwood Bass Club Tournament enters the final stretch, trophies, embroidered jackets, and cash prizes are at stake. The bass fishing tournament on Saturday, August 19th, is the 7th installment of the 8-part series.
The winning team will bag a cash prize pegged on the weight of their day’s catch and a $500 bonus. The win will also boost the team’s standing in the championship race to win the $1,000 cash prize.
The race is open to all amateur anglers with a Sherwood Club Membership. Registration is ongoing until September. Late entrants need a $60 annual membership fee, a $100 team fee, and an optional $10 Big Bass pot. Anglers can register in person at least 15 minutes before the tournament starts.
All contestants must abide by the Sherwood Bass Club Rules. There is a limit of two anglers per team, and each person must hold a valid Arkansas fishing license.
Live baits and trolling are prohibited. All anglers must use artificial bait with their rods. Using modern technology to catch or locate the fish is prohibited, and anglers must stay on the boat until weigh-in.
The tournament focuses on only three bass species—Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass. There’s a five-fish cap per boat and any team that exceeds the limit risks elimination.
Each boat must have an aerated live well as only living bass count during the catch and release fishing event. All bass must be at least 12 inches long, and there’s a one-pound penalty for any undersized fish. The tournament uses a Gator Grip Golden Rule Board to measure the fish.
Only teams with five or more tournament entries can fish in the 2-day Bass Club Classic. Teams with four entries can secure a place with a tournament buy-in before September. All teams in the Championship will earn a payout equivalent to the weight of their catch in ounces.
Only the team with a top-10 finish will proceed to the 2nd day of the Championship. The team with the highest combined weight from the two-day event will be crowned championship winners.
The top four teams will win cash prizes. There’s a $1,000 cash prize for winners and $600 for the team that placed second. Third and fourth-placed teams will get $400 and $200, respectively.
The team that catches the biggest bass will be crowned “Big Bass of the Year,” while the team with the most points will be crowned “Team of the Year.” The Team of the Year will receive two embroidered jackets, two trophies, and a $500 cash prize during the Sherwood Club’s annual meeting.