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#11462723 - 03/08/16 06:34 AM Tournament Payouts
Nutman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 2634
Loc: Athens, TX
with the tournament season in full swing & the Big Bass events starting to happen,,,,,,, what do you look for in payouts/entry fee when choosing an event ?
Obviously for the major trails Bass Champs has it nailed with $20,000 1st place and the payouts way down the board, with last place payout $600.
300+ boats at the major lakes on the schedule @ $300 entry fee.........
But what about the other trails & smaller events + BB tournaments. What do you look for ?
Payouts, drawing prizes, boats ?????

#11462798 - 03/08/16 07:39 AM Re: Tournament Payouts [Re: Nutman]
WillieKetchum Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 547
Loc: Huntsville, TX
A good organization that is producing it so you know it's honest and a fairly run tournament

High percentage payouts

I try to get a feel for how many entries they will get. It makes no sense to gamble $100 to enter, go run your good spots and catch 20lbs just to win $500.

If all things are equal and I have to choose between 2 tournaments, I will look at where on the lake the tournament is being held. I want to fish the one closest to where my fish are so I'll have more time to fish and less driving time. Also, the weather and wind won't be as big of a factor getting back to the weigh in if you only have to run across the lake to weigh in instead of 20 miles back down the lake (assuming it's a flighted take off).

#11462984 - 03/08/16 08:59 AM Re: Tournament Payouts [Re: Nutman]
Outdoordude Offline
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Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 1951
Honestly, I look at the caliber of the competition before the money. I don't mean for that to sound snooty; I mean that it's better to join a trail where you have a chance to compete than to join one where you're getting slaughtered every tournament. I have experienced this, and there's no better way to kill the fun of a circuit, for me anyway, than to be totally irrelevant all year long. When you're regularly getting checks in that circuit, bump on up to the next more expensive trail / tougher competition.


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