CLUB BY-LAWS  "BIG BASS RULES"  TOURNAMENT RULES  CATCH AND RELEASE  MEMBERSHIP FORM 


"The Inland Empire Bass Club is a family and friendly fishing organization, dedicated to providing a welcoming environment, knowledge and opportunities for members of all ages to experience bass fishing at levels from serious beginner to competitive expert."


CORE VALUES

History

The future of our club is built on the past, that exists primarily due to the experiences and friendships that have developed as a direct result of fishing and meeting together.
Knowledge By sharing life and fishing experience we help to improve each other and provide a system of support.
Friendship We share our experience and create goodwill by belonging.
Competition It makes us better.

                                                    HOW TO JOIN                           

Attend our next general Meeting

Where: Spokane Valley Marine, 7915 E. Sprague Ave. Spokane Valley, WA 99212  
When: 4th Tuesday of Jan., Feb., March, April, May, June, Sept., Oct., Nov. @  7:00 P.M.
What: Dues are $50.00 per year for a family / individual Collected by our Club secretary at general meetings.  Print a membership form, mail it to: Inland Empire Bass Club, P.O. Box 142147, Spokane Valley, WA 99214, or bring it to the next meeting.

 
 

Inland Empire Bass Club

Club Information Packet

    

              1. General Club Philosophy:  Inland Empire Bass Club, (I.E.B.C.) is organized to encourage and stimulate interest in

              bass fishing.  Club activities are directed toward that objective through meetings, fishing tournaments, family and social

              events in cooperation with other clubs and agencies.  The spirit of catch and release fishing, observance of game

              laws, education, conservation, habitat improvement, good sportsmanship, and courtesy are the guidelines we follow.

        

 

2. Membership: Membership in the I.B.E.C. and payment of all dues assessments entitles each member to:      Participate in all club tournaments, usually six two-day tournaments, with an organized potluck Saturday evening of each tournament.       

·         Attend club meetings with an educational program involving or relating to bass  fishing.                     

·         Participate in the annual Christmas Banquet and awards program.

·         Participate in our annual Ladies and Couples Tournament Weekend.

·         Join an organized family weekend with great prizes for a Kids Tournament.

·         Fish for trophies and prizes for the Top Ten overall anglers, Ladies Division,  Youth Division, Catch and Release, plus other individual awards.  

·         Participate in raffles and special events. 

·         Enjoy the fellowship and goodwill created by membership in a group with common interests

 

 

3.        Organization: Inland Empire Bass Club is organized with a Board of Directors.  The board, which consists of the four officers and seven directors, is responsible for conducting the business affairs of the club.  The purpose of using the Board of Directors for operating the club is to eliminate long and boring general membership meetings.  Since the board is elected and consists of twelve members, divergent views are generally represented.  Members are always welcome at Board Meetings.  Any decision deemed to be a major consequence, will be voted on by club members.  The Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm and the General meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

 

4.        Expenses:  Club expenses are paid by the club treasurer utilizing funds generated through annual dues and fundraisers.  Disbursement of these funds is to be approved by the President and /the Board of Directors.  Tournament contestants pay their own individual expenses.  Non –boaters are generally expected to pay one-half of all tournament expenses to include camping fees, vehicle gas, boat gas, and oil.  It is up to the individual fisherman to make proper arrangements for payment of expenses.

 

5.        Tournaments:  the Board of Directors schedules the club tournaments, usually six, based on suggestions by the membership.  The Tournament Director sends the tentative schedule to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. They work to mesh our requests with the schedules of the other bass clubs and individuals in the state.  Conflicts for bass tournaments are resolved at the Federation meeting in November.  Provisions for the piggybacking on other permits and adjusting of tournament dates generally allows clubs to arrive at a final schedule very close to their original request.  A draw system will provide the final decision if no other options work.  The club Tournament Director will receive a corrected schedule and the permits for the current year. 

 

6.        Tournament Procedures:  Inland Empire Bass Club tournaments are generally conducted in accordance with rules as outlined in the attached.  Specific procedures are as outlined in the attached “Inland Empire Bass Club, Tournament Rules”.  

 

7.        Boat Launch and Recovery:  Launching and recovery of boats before and after tournaments can be a pleasure to participate and watch or it can be extremely frustrating!  The generally accepted procedure for launch is for the boats to line up approaching the ramp.  All preliminary preparation, such as removing tie downs, inserting plugs, loading of personal items, and hooking up electronic gear must be done prior to arriving at the number one position on the ramp.  When your boat is in number one position, pull up to the ramp, back in, and unload.  If you are alone, get help to handle the boat or drive the launch vehicle.  Once the boat is launched, drive the vehicle away from the ramp so as not to hinder the launching of subsequent boats.  Once the boat is in the water, keep it away from the ramp.

Recovery of boats is similar.  Line up vehicles, be ready to go, back in hook up the boat, and pull out. 

Don’t delay on the ramp to put on tie straps, etc.  Remove the vehicle and boat from the ramp area so others may proceed.

The key to a good boat launch and recovery is for everyone to be courteous, friendly, and helpful. 

             Remember, to help others that are launching or recovering by themselves.

 

8.        Registration,  Entry Fees, Start Time: Registration and payment of entry  fees for each tournament 

can be accomplished anytime up to a half hour before start time on the first day of the tournament.  Pre-registration is also available at the general meetings.   Fees for Big Fish and any other option pots are also paid at this time.  Members must be in good standing with all dues, bills, etc. paid prior to fishing any club tournaments.  Considerations must be given to the tournament director during registration period.  He or she needs to have time to launch and get ready; therefore, all contestants must be registered no later than 30 minutes prior to tournament start time.  See “Inland Empire Bass Club, Tournament Rules” for members arriving after start of the tournament. 

The boat starting in the last position each day will control the departure, maintaining a safe interval between boats.  For two-day tournament, the order of blast-off will be reversed the second day.

 

        9.    Inland Empire Bass Club Invitational:  Inland Empire Bass Club sponsors an annual tournament,     which is normally conducted on the first weekend in June on the Pend Oreille River.  Traditionally, the headquarters has been the Outpost Resort.  The tournament is fast becoming a prestigious event, offering excellent prize money and a great time for all participants.  A Featured event is the Saturday evening raffle.  More information is located in the attachment, “Invitational Rules”.

10.  Engine Horsepower:  Other tournament circuits limit horsepower to B.I.A. rating of the boat.  For boat safety purposes as well as insurance purposes,  Inland Empire Bass Club recommends keeping the engine horsepower at or below B.I. A.  rating of the boat.

 

11.  Big Bass of the Year:  Annual trophies are presented for the biggest largemouth over seven pounds and     

      Smallmouth bass over five pounds caught each year in the tournament waters.  The procedures are

     Outlined   in the attachment “Big Bass Rules”.  There is also an award for the largest bass caught in a club

     Tournament.

 

12.  Catch and Release Program:  Practicing catch and release of bass is one of the basic facets of Inland      

       Empire Bass Club.  To emphasize this philosophy trophies are awarded each year to the top finishers in

       this program.  Club members are encouraged to participate.  The rules are in the attachment “Catch and

         Release Program Rules”.

 

13.  Summary:  Inland Empire Bass Club is organized to foster the interest of bass fisherpersons.  The club

        combines fishing, social, family, environmental, habitat, and other activities to form a cohesive group

        designed to meet the needs of a large number of people.

 Good fellowship, good sportsmanship, and courtesy combine to make Inland Empire Bass Club the      

 successful organization it is. 

Welcome to its membership!!!!

 

 

 

Revised 01/23/2017