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#11524574 - 04/05/16 11:07 PM Joining a club? Or find a mentor?
dreamweaver96 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/02/16
Posts: 96
Hey guys, I'm a 19 year old kid been fishing all my life but Ive just recently got into actual bass fishing. I basically suck lol. I work nights and try to fish for a few hours at least 3 or 4 times a week during the day in the ponds in my neighborhood. From what I've been reading, the best way to really learn is to join a club as a non boater since I don't have a boat. Im not really sure if that's right but since I'm not really that great at fishing would they just laugh me out or what? Or should I try and find someone who would just kind of show me what's what and how to really fish? Any suggestions yall have are always appreciated. Thanks yall. -Jordan

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#11524603 - 04/05/16 11:38 PM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
JoshJones1984 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/24/15
Posts: 132
Loc: Sanger, TX
not sure where you're from, but Ray Roberts is my home lake. You're always welcome to go with me. I fish most every wednesday, weather permitting. Let me know if that is in your neighborhood and want to go. I'm no professional, but I'm happy to share what I have learned from others.

I have very limited experience with bass clubs so I can't really offer any advice there. Best of luck.


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#11524625 - 04/06/16 01:00 AM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
ROBERT HARGROVE Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 321
Loc: DALLAS TEXAS
try century bass club

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#11524631 - 04/06/16 02:42 AM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
James Biggs Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/11/06
Posts: 2585
Loc: DFW area
Denton county bass club is a good one.

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#11524639 - 04/06/16 03:53 AM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
dimitri Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/12/09
Posts: 2062
Loc: Arlington TX
i work nights too and fish around arlington area during the week usually 8a-3pm. pm me if u want to go sometimes. no gas money needed!!!!! lol

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#11524641 - 04/06/16 04:15 AM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
dreamweaver96 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/16
Posts: 96
To those suggesting clubs, can you explain how these clubs work? Is it just like a big group of people who all go fishing together or is there some sort of structure? Thanks yall

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#11524642 - 04/06/16 04:28 AM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
teenfisherman Offline
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Registered: 07/29/09
Posts: 1737
Loc: Lubbock
Are you me? Im 19 and work nights as well as suck at bass fishing. A kayak really improved my game though, or at least the motivation to get out more often because there's more water you can cover.
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#11524646 - 04/06/16 05:29 AM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
Jigfish Offline
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Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 2726
Loc: Tx
Don't worry about being new to bass fishing and people laughing at you. Everyone started from where your at. Everyone had to learn from casting to driving a boat.
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#11524656 - 04/06/16 05:55 AM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
Puma Jim Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/27/09
Posts: 637
Loc: Nebraska
Join a club, any club because you never stop learning in a club. You will draw a different boater every time and can learn how to or how not too do a certain technique.

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#11524658 - 04/06/16 05:59 AM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
Jpurdue Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/28/14
Posts: 691
Loc: NW Houston
Here's my two cents. You need to find a mentor, although joining a bass club may be a good way to do that. A lot of bass clubs tend to be tournament focused. Nothing wrong with that, but without a mentor it could be a slow and ineffective way to learn the ropes. A good mentor can teach you in a year what might otherwise take you a decade. Finding them is the trick.
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#11525243 - 04/06/16 11:31 AM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
rowlettfisherman Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/25/12
Posts: 719
The idea of getting a kayak is a great idea. You can fish a couple hours a day at any lake you want. When you feel comfortable with yourself ask the kayak guys if you can tag along. Club guys tend to be into winning, and don't normally share much info.

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#11525344 - 04/06/16 12:14 PM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
JaxonsPops Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/26/14
Posts: 6
Loc: Sanger tx
I joined a club almost 25 years ago and got several mentors by doing that. I still have a few them today!

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#11525863 - 04/06/16 03:29 PM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dimitri]
Ban-D Offline
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Registered: 02/08/10
Posts: 6707
Loc: Tx
Originally Posted By: dimitri
i work nights too and fish around arlington area during the week usually 8a-3pm. pm me if u want to go sometimes. no gas money needed!!!!! lol
take this man up on the offer, he's a good fisherman,good person, and knows how to catch em'.

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#11526001 - 04/06/16 04:28 PM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
UTDmiller Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/01/13
Posts: 1652
Originally Posted By: dreamweaver96
To those suggesting clubs, can you explain how these clubs work? Is it just like a big group of people who all go fishing together or is there some sort of structure? Thanks yall


I would definitely suggest going out with a few people first and maybe even fishing a team tournament with someone so you can get accustomed to what it is like if you decide to be a tournament fisherman. Going straight into a club to fish tournaments without some practice or previously learning tournament fishing could be really tough, and i think it would make it hard to learn from who ever you draw that week. What area do you live in? maybe i could be of some help
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#11526466 - 04/06/16 08:25 PM Re: Joining a club? Or find a mentor? [Re: dreamweaver96]
dreamweaver96 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/02/16
Posts: 96
Wow. Yall have all been extremely helpful! I'm in North fort Worth which seems to be either pretty close or only a short drive from most of yall.

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