50/50 Drawing, Raffle, & Cash Tables
Tickets for a 50/50 drawing and miscellaneous raffles will be sold during Registration. These raffles will pay for the costs of renting the Convention Center. Tickets will be sold during Registration.
All activities will end at 8:00.
The R & B Bass Circuit pays back 100%. Thus, every dollar that has been collected by all divisions throughout the season will be paid back at this event. Our account will have $0.00 October 7. To view how much many has been collected, visit the Payback page.
Cost to participate is $70.
All R & B Bass Circuit tournaments pay back 1 spot for every 5 teams, with a maximum of 10 paid spots. Money has been added to the pot after each tournament and every dollar from the membership fee has also been added. To see how much has been collected, check out the Payback page.
The Big Bass Awards will remain the same as during the regular season.
There are two ways to qualify for the classic. Each division will follow this criteria:
1. Any team who has participated in all 6 regular-season tournaments automatically qualifies regardless of their finish in the Year-to-Date Standings.
2. The top 50% of teams, from an average field of a regular season tournament, in final standings will qualify for the classic. For example: we currently average 51 teams per tournament, thus, the top 26 teams in the standings will qualify. Any team who finished higher than 26th place, but participated in all 6 tournaments still qualifies.
3. Any team attending and participating in 4 tournaments from any division and also attends and participates in 4 tournaments from other divisions for a total of 8 tournaments will qualify for the classic.
However, Tournament Directors do not count. If directors are fortunate to finish in the top 50%, they will not take a team out of the tournament. Hence, in the example above, if directors finished 5th place overall, the top 27 teams would actually qualify.
Rules & Boat Order
There will be no rule changes from the regular-season tournaments with the exception of starting order and length.
For teams fishing all 6 tournament in one division the starting order will be determined by the final Standings. The team standing in 1st place in the division with the highest average turnout will be boat 1. The team standing in 1st place in the division with the second highest average will be boat 2 and so on... Teams fishing 4 tournaments in one division and four in other divisions will start at the back and after all teams that have fished 6 regular tournaments. The order will then follow the same procedure as before by final standards and division with the highest average turnout.
Since Registration and the Pre-Tournament meeting will be conducted Friday night, teams should launch immediately upon arrival. Boat #1 will take off promptly at 8:00. If a team is not present when their number is called, they will be sent to the back of the line! To insure an 8:00 take off, it is vital all teams arrive early.
The tournament will be 8 hours long each day.
Approximately 3.5 hours east of South Bend, Indiana, Elizabeth Park is on the southern end of the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan.
Use the map to find your best route.
Fishing ReportThe Detroit River and connected waters is considered one of the premier fisheries in all of America. The smallmouth bass fishing is legendary, but the largemouth bass also grow to large sizea and are often overlooked.
While the river yields outstanding catches of both bass species, Lake Erie to the south and Lake St. Clair to the north are also permitted waters. These lakes hold boundless opportunities for tremendous fish catches. Expect records to be broken!
The R & B Bass Circuit East Division has visited Lake St. Clair the past two seasons and are slated to return in 2018. Below are the previous results:
The Detroit River and all connecting waters will become off limits at 4:00 pm October 5. No Exceptions!
LodgingNumerous hotels and lodging opportunities exist in the surrounding area ranging in price range from $50 and up. The Best Western offers a rate of $79 for anglers.
Registration & Pre-Tournament Meeting
Pre-registration is mandatory and will be held Friday night. Location has yet to be determined. However, registration will begin at 5:00.
If a team cannot register during the official time, a member from a different team may register them, or arrangements may be made in advance with Tournament Directors. Without exception, a team must be paid in full by 6:30 pm Friday, October 5.
At 6:30 the Pre-Tournament meeting will be conducted. During this meeting the Season Champions for each division will receive their recognition and prizes, winners for the 50/50 and Raffles will be drawn, and any pertinent information on the tournament will be announced.
R & B Bass Circuit Classic
MegawareThe 2018 Classic is being presented by Megaware Keelguard. Along with product being given away, they are donating $500 to qualifying teams!It will be distributed as follows:
- The top finishing team with a KeelGuard installed will win $250
- The top finishing team with either a SkegGuard or FlexStep installed will win $250
Teams do not need to win the event to cash in. In fact, they can finish in the 30's so long as they are the top team with the product installed. Teams must register
their products during Registration Friday night (see below) and photo of product will be taken at weigh-in.
Purchase of these products can be done online at Megaware Keelguard
, and members can get 15% off their purchase with a Promotional Code.