Cash prizes and bragging rights are on the line as the Bucket Head Bass Club fishing tournament finale beckons. The upcoming July 29, 2023 tournament on White River in Georgetown is the 9th installment of the club’s 10-part circuit leading up to the classic championship. Anglers will battle for undisclosed cash prizes and better championship standings for the coveted Big Bass and Angler of the Year titles.
The cash prizes and the number of winners in this bass fishing event are proportionate to the number of participating teams. If the tournament attracts:
1 to 4 boats: The winning team gets 100% of the payout.
5 to 9 boats: The first two teams split the payout (60:40).
10+ boats: The first three teams will split the payout (50:30:20).
The club will use half the membership fee to fete the top three teams during the classic championship.
The Bucket Head Bass Club tournament is open to all bass fishing enthusiasts. Interested parties can join the ongoing tourney after paying a $50 club fee and a $60 boat entry fee. Anglers can register for the tournament on the material day by paying their dues to a club member.
However, late entrants aren’t eligible for the classic to be held on September 9, 2023, at an undisclosed venue. Anglers must participate in at least six tournaments to qualify for the classic.
All anglers must follow the Bucket Head Bass Club fishing rules. A team will comprise two anglers with valid Arkansas fishing licenses. Participants can name an alternate to fish on their behalf but must do so when paying their club fee. Anglers under 18 years may participate if accompanied by an adult.
Live baits and trolling are banned. Anglers may only use artificial baits during the tournament. Unlike other bass fishing tournaments, the Bucket Head Bass Club tournament is a black bass event. Only legally caught black bass measuring over 12 inches will be legal fish during the tourney.
Before the weigh-in, participants must send the event organizers a picture of their catch on a golden flat board. The usual 5-fish limit applies, and teams will be penalized for any dead or short fish. Every dead fish attracts a pound deduction penalty, and any short fish will be disqualified during the weigh-in.
The tournament is only six hours, starting at 9 a.m. Any team that’s late for the weigh-in will be heavily penalized. Organizers deduct a pound for every 5 minutes a team is late. The team with the heaviest catch wins the tournament.