Welcome to The Lakeland Bassmasters the largest Federated Club in The World.
Our club offers unique opportunities for the experienced angler and those new to tournament bass fishing. Members have the opportunity to fish with and against some of the most experienced anglers in Central Florida. For those new to the sport, you will rapidly gain knowledge on all facets of bass fishing by fishing with the best. For our tournament schedule, select Tour Schedule on the home page.
The Lakeland Bassmasters offer more than tournament fishing. We are actively involved in conservation, youth and special events in the Central Florida. Our efforts in these areas have been recognized with awards for youth activities, conservation, special events and club of the year in the Southeastern Region of BASS. In addition, we have won a BASS National Award for our efforts with youth in our Fishing For The Future Tournament for children of Big Brothers & Big Sisters and The Good Shepherd Hospice. Click on Special Events on the home page for more information.
We encourage you to come to one of our meetings and experience the camaraderie of this great organization.
NEW MEMBER APPLICATION (Downloadable PDF)
As a prospective member, we want to make you aware of the many activities and benefits that accrue to our members.
To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport. To offer our state conservation department our organized moral and political support and encouragement. To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards. To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to this crime. To improve our skills as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass-catching techniques and ideas, and to promote and encourage youth fishing, and a love for this great recreation. To function as a dynamic and effective link with other chapters of the Florida B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, embracing the principles and purposes of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.
All members must be a member of BASS and pay annual dues to the Club of $65.00 which includes a payment to BASS ($30.00), Florida BASS Federation ($15.00) and Lakeland Bassmasters ($20.00). This enables members to fish in BASS sponsored events at the State and National level. YOUR BASS MEMBERSHIP IS IN ADDTION TO THESE FEES. Proof of membership in BASS (member #) is required. Persons seeking membership must 18 years of age.
The Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Cleveland Heights Golf Course in Lakeland. Meetings start at 7PM. Attendance at meetings is not mandatory but will assist members in keeping current on Club activities and enable them to participate in activities.
At each Club meeting there will be an update on important Club issues. There will also be a raffle of valuable door prizes including baits, gift certificates, rods and reels. Tickets purchased at this meeting will be credited toward tickets at the annual banquet where many valuable prizes are available. (See notes on Raffle). Education Programs are scheduled for no-draw night meetings.
The Lakeland Bassmasters sponsors ten (10) tournaments from January to October and a Classic in November. In order for an angler to be eligible for the Classic, he or she must have fished at least eight (8) tournaments or be in the top 20 in the Club and have fished at least six (6) tournaments.
All our tournaments use a draw format wherein Boaters are paired with Co-anglers on a random basis. It is customary for new inductees to fish with their sponsoring member for their first tournament.
Tournaments are held on a group of six lakes in or near Polk County. Tournaments commence at first light with weigh-ins at 3 PM.
The cost for a one-day tournament is $35; a two day tournament is $45.0. From each tournament the Club will withhold: $4.00 to banquet fund; $8.00 to classic fund; $1.00 for the ladies prizes at the banquet. An optional big bass pot fee of $5.00 per day is also available for those members who wish to participate; and an optional team pot at a cost of $5.00 per member.
All entry fees due must be paid prior to take-off on tournament morning.
If a participant cannot fish a tournament for which an entry fee has been paid the entry fee may be carried over for only one tournament, provided Tournament Committee or Board Member is notified 12 hours in advance.
Except for two day tournaments, all tournaments are on Sunday.
Payback is based on the number of entrants. Payback averages 75% of tournament fees with the balance being withheld for the year end banquet activities. Prize money will be paid one place for each ten participants. Rankings during the year are accumulated based on placement in each tournament. The angler with the highest point total is declared Angle of The Year. Awards will also be given to Co-anglers based on standings.
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- All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements.
- All boats must be equipped with a safety kill switch that must be attached to the driver while the boat is on plane.
- All boats must be equipped with at least one working aerated live well.
- No airboats may be used to fish club tournaments.
- The Lakeland Bassmasters requires that all boaters be covered by at least a $300,000 liability insurance policy. Proof of insurance must be provided to the club secretary upon joining and resubmitted when renewed.
- All boats must provide a seat for the Co-angler if requested.
Co-anglers fish with the angler drawn at the pairings meeting. Co-anglers are expected to make contact with his boater prior to a tournament to establish meeting times and other issues important to the upcoming tournament. Co-anglers will pay the boater a $30 per day to help defray the costs incurred at the tournament. Failure to pay the fee will result in suspension until such time that the monies are paid.
Each partner will be granted one-half (1/2) of the day’s choice of fishing location. Boat owner will be granted first choice.
A raffle of valuable door prizes will be held at each meeting. Tickets purchased at the meetings will earn credit for tickets for the Annual Banquet Draw. Ticket purchasers will earn one Banquet ticket for each $5.00 purchased at the meetings. In addition, each member will receive one ticket for the drawing for each month in which the member attended both general membership meetings (i.e., attendance at all general membership meetings will earn each member twelve (12) bonus tickets in addition to the tickets earned for each $5.00 spent).
THE ABOVE IS A RECAP OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION. MEMBERS ARE DIRECTED TO READ THE CLUB BYLAWS ON THE WEBSITE.