If you are talking about bass clubs, they pay out a certain percentage and get membership fees. I have fished clubs that pay anywhere from 65 to 90% back to the anglers for each T. Then the residual goes for prizes like big stringer of the year, heavy fish of the year, Christmas party, memorial tournaments I run a working man's T and we pay back 100% at the end of the night. I also pay to fish as well, trying to win some of the money that way. I have won a few, but not enough to break even as of yet, but hopefully, I will become a better angler and start winning some more. We do not have membership fees, as anyone that wants to fish can. Biggest pot we had was $640 with an optional big bass pot of $160. One guy took home $608 for that T (32 entries X $20 entry fee and optional $5 pot for big bass. We pay 70% for first and 30% for 2nd). Not bad for 4 hours of fishing. Normally we attract much less boats, averaging about 9 fishermen per T (for the most part, but during the summer months, it goes up to about 12 per Friday night T).
Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.
Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.