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#11742200 - 07/25/16 09:44 PM Tournament System Idea
Brent S Online   content
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Registered: 07/04/13
Posts: 2435
Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
I have put some thought into ways to promote the sport of tournament fishing. There are many anglers who tournament fish, or would like to tournament fish, and be able to compete at a certain level. The sport is growing with new and young anglers that would like to compete, but may get discouraged due to their skill level or experience. Yes, you can say that people need to spend more time on the water, but for some, that is not viable. My idea is to create a tournament series with divisions based off skill.

Almost every sport has varying levels of competition through which athletes are able to compete in as they practice improving their skills. Why not translate something like this to bass fishing?

Format:

- 10-12 tournaments in a season
- Two or three divisions
- Individual or team

(For two division system)

Division 2 (Lower Division):

- $40 to $60 entry

Division 1 (Higher Division):

- $120 to $180 entry


Anyone can fish whichever division they choose, but once you place in a division, you are to continue in that division for the remainder of the year.
If you fish in division 2 and place three or more times that season, you are to fish the following year in the next highest division.
If you do not place in the higher division that year, then you may drop down a division.

This format will promote growth in the sport and level competition. Anglers will be able to identify with a division based off skill. They will also be able to compete at a level while improving their abilities.

What does everybody think of this idea?

Thanks

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#11742333 - 07/25/16 10:48 PM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
trackerman. Offline
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Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 115
Loc: Ft. Worth, Tx
Sounds like a workable idea. That might help with skill sets on both levels.

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#11742350 - 07/25/16 11:01 PM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
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I think the crappie guys do this in the CAT tourneys and I always liked the idea.

In some ways, it already exists. I focus on club tourneys that have low entry fees because I know I'm just donating 90 percent of the time. Others fish the Platinum trail. But I love the idea of working your way from the bottom to the top in your format.
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#11742393 - 07/26/16 12:16 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
John P085 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/12
Posts: 234
Loc: La Grange,TX
I would love to see something like that. Great idea cheers

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#11742402 - 07/26/16 03:56 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
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Registered: 11/07/15
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It's like club/travel baseball for youths. I like the idea keeps everything in a even fields

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#11742710 - 07/26/16 09:21 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
Brent S Online   content
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Registered: 07/04/13
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Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
Thanks for the feedback. Would like to hear from more people - good, bad, or indifferent.

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#11742721 - 07/26/16 09:26 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
GROD Offline
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Not a bad idea at all... Someone would have to run 2 or 3 separate events... Or would two or three divisions all fish the same day on the same body of water?

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#11742742 - 07/26/16 09:37 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
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Isn't that Idea already in place?

1. Club Level fishing usually 40 to 60 per entry with a membership
2. Trail Level fishing usually 150 up to 350 per entry
3. Semi Pro entry fees are roughly 500 to 1k
4. Pro entry fees are between 3k and 5k per entry.

Just what I thought about when I read your post.

Jody
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#11742749 - 07/26/16 09:45 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: GROD]
Brent S Online   content
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Originally Posted By: GROD
Not a bad idea at all... Someone would have to run 2 or 3 separate events... Or would two or three divisions all fish the same day on the same body of water?


My thought would be to do the same body of water. You specify what division you are Fishing in and are competing against others in that division.

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#11742756 - 07/26/16 09:49 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Weekender]
Brent S Online   content
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Registered: 07/04/13
Posts: 2435
Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
Originally Posted By: Weekender
Isn't that Idea already in place?

1. Club Level fishing usually 40 to 60 per entry with a membership
2. Trail Level fishing usually 150 up to 350 per entry
3. Semi Pro entry fees are roughly 500 to 1k
4. Pro entry fees are between 3k and 5k per entry.

Just what I thought about when I read your post.

Jody


Similar, yes. I don't think there's a system in place to encourage anglers to compete in their level without dropping down and making essentially "easy money".

When that occurs, like I said, it discourages anglers from competing.

This format also keeps all the levels in one tournament series and makes for an easy transition into higher divisions.

Thanks for the feedback.

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#11742806 - 07/26/16 10:14 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
Bass-N-Buck Master Offline
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Registered: 02/16/13
Posts: 1961
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
good idea just be sure you keep the amounts far enough apart as not to have those at the top come down to the lower level to pot lick the lower division especially if there are more entries in the lower than,there is at the to. because those will chase the lower level if it pays more.

1. Have a championship for both at the end.
2. Maybe break it down into experience and/or money won. ex. less than 5yrs fishing tournys and/or less than say 5k winnings or less than 1k average per year if over say 6-10yrs then upper division is 10Yrs or more.
3.keep entries say $100 for lower lever and at least $250 for higher lever and half of entries for individual tournys.

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#11742817 - 07/26/16 10:19 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
Rhino68W Online   content
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Registered: 11/06/14
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Loc: Benbrook, TX
Playing devils advocate here....What's to prevent a better angler from purposefully competing in the lower classes to take home more cash?
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#11742826 - 07/26/16 10:24 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
BAGaBass Online   content
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Registered: 01/09/12
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Perhaps make the buy in less in the lower division. That might help prevent the better anglers trying to hustle the beginner.

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#11742865 - 07/26/16 10:37 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Rhino68W]
Brent S Online   content
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Registered: 07/04/13
Posts: 2435
Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
Originally Posted By: Rhino68W
Playing devils advocate here....What's to prevent a better angler from purposefully competing in the lower classes to take home more cash?


That is the biggest issue to tackle. People will want to fish against those less skilled because it's easy money. I'm trying to come up with a way to keep that from happening.

Maybe the first year, since there will be no record on anglers performance, have placement tournaments. These will place anglers in their respective division to get the series started.

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#11742878 - 07/26/16 10:43 AM Re: Tournament System Idea [Re: Brent S]
Skeeter man ZX225 Online   content
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Registered: 05/30/03
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good idea, just a small question, what about the few anglers that are consistently good, would they be able to start in the lower bracket and jackpot it all season for their first season? Something to think about. Other than that when do we start and will you have them in north Texas?

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