Tickets for a 50/50 drawing and miscellaneous raffles will be sold during Registration. These raffles will pay for the costs ($200) of renting the Convention Center. Any additional money beyond $200 collected will be added to the Classic Pot. Tickets will be sold during Registration.
Upon conclusion of the Meeting, Cash Tables to play Texas Hold'em will be held. Profit from these will also be added to the Classic Pot. Volunteers to bring poker chips are needed!
All activities will end at 9:30.
The R & B Bass Circuit pays back 100%. Thus, every dollar that has been collected by both divisions throughout the season will be paid back at this event. Our account will have $0.00 October 9. To view how much many has been collected, visit the Payback page.
Cost to participate is $70.
A regular season tournament pays back 1 spot for every 5 teams, but the classic will payback 1 spot for every 4 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 a normal tournament.
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.
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. The starting order will be determined by the final Standings. The top team will be boat #1. With the two divisions coming together, the division with the highest average turnout will take the top place in the take off. For example, if the West Division has a better turnout than the east, their season champion will be boat #1, while the East's season champion will be boat #2. Then the West's runner up team will be boat #3, and the East's will be #4, and so on.
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.
Approximately 4 hours north of South Bend, Indiana, Lakeview Park is on the southern end of Houghton Lake in Houghton Lake, Michigan.
It is located on M-55, just 2.5 mi east of US-127 and 12 mi west of I-75.
Use the map to find your best route.
Houghton Lake is an outstanding smallmouth and largemouth bass fishery. With a surface area of 20,044 acres, Houghton Lake is Michigan’s largest inland lake. There is a maximum depth of just 21 feet and an average depth of less than nine feet. Thus, Houghton Lake contains extensive shallow water areas suitable for rooted plant growth.
The shoreline of Houghton Lake is over 35 miles long. It is over five miles wide and eight miles long. Strong winds can produce large waves.
OFF-Limits Houghton Lake and all connecting waters will become off limits at 5:00 pm October 6. No Exceptions!
Lodging The R & B Bass Circuit has arranged a nightly rate of $59.99 at American Inn & Suites. Make reservations via phone, not online, under "R and B Bass Circuit" to receive the special rate. To insure a room, make reservations far in advance. There is sufficient space on campus for parking boats and electrical outlets.
There are only a handful of other hotels around the lake for a reasonable price. For a comparison the Super 8 is $93.00 a night. The next closest hotels are about 20 miles north in Grayling, Michigan.
At 7:30 the Pre-Tournament meeting will be conducted. 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 7:30 pm Friday, October 6.
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.
A restaurant and bar are on location and open for business during Registration.
The 2017 Classic is being presented by Megaware Keelguard. Along with product being given away, they are donating $1,000 to qualifying teams!
It will be distributed as follows:
The top finishing team with a KeelGuard installed will win $500
The top finishing team with a SkegGuard installed will win $250
The top finishing team with a 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. Cards with these codes will be distributed at each tournament beginning August 12 at the Waldron Chain. To order before that event, contact Andy Buss to receive a code.
1. Bear Griva & Mike Klavinski 2. Mark Farver & Steve Kline 3. Teddy Bradley & Mark Fennell 4. Andrew Quillen & Heath Wagner 5. Jason Schwartz & Brian Miller 6. Doyle Randol & Frank Randol 7. Andy Buss & John DuPont 8. Larry Stanley & Dave Terry 9. Ray Smith & Jim Wheeler 10. Chad Walter & Lance Tresenriter 11. John Gipson, Jr. & Tom Noe 12. Denny Cook & Rick Sawyer 13. Brandon Miller & Kevin Miller 14.Don Amari & Kevin Rathke 15. Trevor Paulus & Dave Selig 16. Tyler Burton & Dick Peiserich 17. Shaun Callaway Jeremy Larson 18. Don Bobay & Paul Hollabaugh 19. Steve Januchowski & Matt Osoinsiski 20. Craig Fannin & Rodney Fannin 21. Steve Prange & Josh Stalcup 22. Cory Gaff & Bill Sutton 23. Brian Mitchell & Gary Price
24. Mike Lytle & Colin Maple 25. Jeremiah King & Cole Schultz 26. Jon Hall & John Marquardt 27. Dave Hoffman & Mike Minix 28. Frank Berning & Nick Klopfenstein 29. Matt Gardenour & Josh Ware 30. Jim Dobkins & Tony Fields 31. Jim Betts & Rob Hayes 32. Randy Kafka & Jason Klingerman 33. Ryan Deveau & Troy Taylor 34. Aaron Brubaker & Ken Holder 35. Scott Sizemore & Ryan Kline 36. Landon Baker & Matt Kiefer 37. Bob Bruick & Aaron Krider 38. Joe DeNardo & Rick Ponder 39. Duane Hartman & Mike Miller 40. Tim Jones & James Pantell 41. Andrew Troyer & Jay Troyer 42. Tim Pugh & Dan Truex 43. Jim Graham & Greg Rekeweg 44. John Leader & Brian Souza 45. Chris Mynhier & Chip Troyer