​​Higgins Lake & Houghton Lake​​
Houghton, Michigan

October 5-6, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.​​
Payback

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.

A Big Bass Award will be awarded each day.
Qualification

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.
Launch

Higgins Lake - South Higgins Lake State Park Boat Launch
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​Houghton Lake - West Houghton Lake Boat Launch
StartingOrder
Fishing Report

Houghton Lake was the site of the 2017 Classic. Gary Price and Brian Mitchell won with 19.66 pounds of smallmouth. This will be the first time the R & B Bass Circuit has visited Higgins Lake.

The challenges are exactly that. Houghton is dingy, over 20,000 acres, and nearly all of it is no deeper than 10 feet of water.​ Higgins is over 10,000 acres, crystal clear, and its deepest spot is 135 feet.

Qualifiers will need to balance practice on both lakes, which are strikingly different. The similarity, though, is they both have an abundance of big smallmouth bass and quality largemouth.​​​​​
OFF-LIMITS
Both lakes and all connecting waters will become off limits at 5:00 pm October 4. No Exceptions!
Registration & Pre-Tournament Meeting

Registration will begin at 5:30 at the pavilion located at the South Higgins Lake State Park pavilion. This pavilion is located at the same boat ramp used for Day 1 of the tournament. 
R & B Bass Circuit Classic
Megaware

The 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.
Optional Payback

The R & B Bass Circuit will offer an optional side pot for those anglers wishing to increase their winnings . The winner of the side pot will be the highest finishing team entered in the side pot. The cost to participate in the optional side pot is $30. John Gipson will be collecting the side pot funds at registration.

  1. Cody Bennett & Kyle Kaser W1
  2. LaVon Raber & Mike Raber E1
  3. John Gipson & Tom Noe S1
  4. Trevor Paulus & Dave Selig W2
  5. Booy Strock & Calvin Yoder E2​​​​
  6. Austin Brinkman & Jason Shafer S2
  7. Chris Carman & William Elliott W3
  8. Don Amari & Kevin Rathke E3
  9. Tim Pugh & Dan Truex S3
  10. Brad Stering & Clay Sterling W4​
  11. Lance Tresenriter & Chad Walter E4
  12. Ron Fabiszak & Jason Fowler​
  13. ​​​​​​Larry Stanley & Dave Terry W5
  14. Bob Miller & Myron Miller W6
  15. Kevin Fletcher & Greg Mangus E6​​​
  16. David Brown & Terry Schoettmer W7​
  17. Cory Gaff & Bill Sutton E7
  18. Tyler Burton & Dick Peiserich E8
  19. Travis Osbun & Brian Molnar W9
  20. Shawn Clucker & Larry Regina E9
  21. Kevin Miller & Jeremy Bontrager W10
  22. Mark Farver & Steve Kline E10​​​​​​
  23. Bo Boyd & Kenny Yoder E11
  24. Kelley Kovets & Kyle Kovets W12
  25. Jim Graham & Greg Rekeweg E12​​​​
26. David Ringler & Jared Yoder E13
27. Greg Bard & Jim Wheeler W15
28. Ron Crawford & Bo Judd W16
​​​29. Leanne Sizemore & Scott Sizemore W17
​​30. Ryan Deveau & Troy Taylor E17
31. Andy Buss & John Dupont W18
32. Duane Hartman & Mike Miller E18​​
33. Charlie Enterman & Bob Radliff E19
34. Steve Prange & Gary Price W20
35. Kevin McClurg & Rich Roy E20​​​
36. Matt Gardenour & Josh Ware
37. Don Seabolt & Curtiss Werner E22
38. ​Jeremiah King & Cole Shultz W23
39. Fred Claar & Gary Harold W24​​
40.​ Skylar Slay & Josh Stepp W26
41. Laureano Santos & Hoyt Johnson W30
42. Jason Ginder & Steve Januchowski W3​​1
​​43. Jim Dobkins & Tony Fields W32
44. Dominic Richardson & Austin Turner W33
45. Chris Braden & Joe Jimenez W37
46. Dustin Hamilton & Eric Smith W40​​​