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
bass fishing. Club activities are directed toward that
objective through meetings, fishing tournaments, family and social
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.
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
Participate in our annual Ladies and Couples
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
boats is similar. Line up vehicles, be ready to go, back in
hook up the boat, and pull out.
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.
Registration, Entry Fees, Start Time:
Registration and payment of entry fees for each tournament
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.
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
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
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
program. Club members are encouraged to participate. The
rules are in the attachment “Catch and
Release Program Rules”.
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.
fellowship, good sportsmanship, and courtesy combine to make
Inland Empire Bass Club the
organization it is.
Welcome to its membership!!!!