FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
TMTanglers Fishing Club
Where and when do you meet?
How much are dues?
How much are entry fees?
Are these team or individual tournaments?
Are you a draw club?
What is your home lake?
What is your schedule?
Where do you fish?
Are you a Federated Club?
What is your "unique scheduling process"?
What is the difference between "Wildcat" and "Official" tournaments?
How do the inshore tournaments work?
Are you looking for new members?
How do I become a member?
If you have a question not answered here please feel free to visit our message board and ask it there.
1. Where and when do you meet?
We do not meet like other clubs. TMTanglers conducts all business online. Members are given usernames and passwords to the members only sections of our website. From here we discuss and vote on all club business. Participation is not mandatory, but we do ask that members check in once a month.
2. How much are dues?
$40 a year. ($20 to TMTanglers and $20 to BASS Federation Nation)
3. How much are entry fees?
Entry fees are $40 per boat for one day tournaments and $80 per boat for two day tournaments.
4. Are these team or individual tournaments?
All of our tournaments are team tournaments.
5. Are you a draw club?
No. It is up to you to find a partner. Both boaters and non-boaters are allowed to bring guests.
6. What is your home lake?
We do not have a "home" lake that we regularly visit. We currently have members from Alabama and Georgia who fish a wide variety of waters. Historically, the club has had more tournaments on Lake Martin more than other lake, but there is no guaranty that we will continue to fish there in the future.
7. What is your schedule?
We fish three major tournaments a year. One if the spring, one in the summer, and one in the fall. These are two day tournament and Angler of the Year is based on these three tournaments.
In between our major tournaments we have Wildcat and Inshore tournaments that are more informal tournaments. The numbers of these events can vary from year to year.
8. Where do you fish?
Our major tournaments have traditionally been held in Alabama and Georgia. However, in the future we would like to recruit members from surrounding states.
9. Are you a Federated Club?
Yes. We joined the Alabama BASS Federation Nation effective 1/1/2006.
10. What is your "unique scheduling process"?
Each year we have a "host lottery" where we randomly draw members' names out of a hat. One name for the spring tournament, one name for the summer tournament, and one name for the fall tournament. If a member's name is drawn then that member gets to decide the location of that tournament. There are no geographic limitations and the member's choice cannot be refused. The bottom line is when your name is drawn you get to fish where you want to fish.
11. What is the difference between "Wildcat" and "Official" tournaments?
Official tournaments are major two day tournaments where points towards Angler of the Year are earned. Wildcat tournaments are less formal one day tournaments.
12. How do the inshore tournaments work?
Inshore tournaments are kind of like Wildcat tournaments for saltwater. Every boat puts money in the pot. The boat with the biggest speckled trout gets half the pot. The boat with a redfish less than 27'' that has the most spots wins the other half of the pot. These are laid-back tournaments.
13. What are CPR tournaments?
In 2008, we added "Catch, Photo, and Release" (CPR) tournaments to our activities. This contest last and entire season. Basically, anytime our members go fishing they try to bring a camera and digital scale with them. They simply submit a picture of a fish and tell us how much it weighs. The categories are Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, and Speckled Trout. At the end of a season the winner of each category gets bonus AOY points. 2009 will be our first full season to conduct the CPR tournaments. So far it has been great fun that fills the gaps in between Official tournaments. The best part of CPR contest for me is it allows me the flexibility to competitively fish on my own schedule.
14. Are you looking for new members?
Yes! Our club has room to grow. We are particularly interested in recruiting boaters with tournament ready rigs who are interested in representing our club in the Federation Nation Bass Club World Championship. But having a big tournament boat is not a requirement. We also would like to have members from other states.
15. How do I become a member?
Send me an email and let's talk. It is probably a good idea to fish with us some time as a guest and see if you like the group and the way we do business.