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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.