Amendments and Bylaws for a BASS NATION Affiliated Chapter Club
Name; Westside Bassmasters Club, LLC.
ADDRESS: WESTSIDE BASSMASTERS, P.O. BOX 2, BRUSLY,
State Affiliation Phone : 2257766982
Email : WSBMClub2016@gmail.com
CLUB NAME: WESTSIDE BASSMASTERS
CITY : PORT ALLEN
STATE ZIP: 70767
ARTICLE I – Name and Purpose
Section 1: NAME
This Club shall be called the: WESTSIDE BASSMASTERS, LLC
CITY STATE: PORT ALLEN, LOUISIANA
Section 2: Purpose
To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport. To offer our state conservation department our organized moral and political support and encouragement. To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards. To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to his/ her crime. To improve our skill as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass-catching techniques and ideas, and to promote and encourage youth
fishing and a love for this great recreation. To function as a dynamic and effective link with other Clubs of the state B.A.S.S. Nation, embracing the principles and purposes of
ARTICLE II – Membership
Section 1: Number of Members
The Club shall begin with and maintain at least six members.
Section 2: Requirement for Regular Membership
To become a Club member, a person shall:
(a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.
(b) Be a member of B.A.S.S. (See ARTICLE VI for affiliation requirements.)
(c) Be a member of the state B.A.S.S. Nation.
(d) Be recommended by two members at a regular monthly meeting.
(e) Be voted on by membership. Vote shall be by secret ballot and affirmation shall be unanimous.
(f) Be 16 years of age.
Section 3: Requirements for Junior Membership*
To become a junior member of an adult Club, a person shall:
(a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.
(b) Be under 16 years of age.
Junior members are not required to pay national membership dues and are not entitled to the benefits of a regular member. The acceptance of junior members will not affect a club’s liability insurance policy. Junior members may not hold office in an adult club nor may they be voting members. At age 16, junior members may continue membership by joining the club as a regular member. Junior membership ceases on a person’s 16th birthday.
Section 4: Membership Dues
The membership dues shall be $80 annually, initially payable upon being voted into the Club, $30 of which shall be for B.A.S.S. Nation dues, $20 of which shall be for Club dues and $30 of which shall be state dues. B.A.S.S. membership dues are also required at the current rate. (See ARTICLE VI, Section 1 for state
Section 5: Meetings of Members
The membership shall hold regular meetings at pre-established times.
ARTICLE III – Officers, Elections, Vacancies, and Eligibility
Section 1: Officers shall conduct the affairs of the Club in a manner consistent with these Bylaws. In addition, the State B.A.S.S. Nation Board of Directors is required to be comprised of members who are free to serve the State and its members without a conflict of interest. B.A.S.S. Nation State Board Members and Officers are not permitted to hold positions within any other B.A.S.S. Nation type
organization, that is not affiliated with B.A.S.S.
Section 2: Officers and their Duties
The officers of the Club shall consist of:
(a) President: Preside over all meetings and direct all official business. Appoint and be
an ex-officio member of all committees. Supervise all club functions.
(b) Vice President: Act as program chairman, assist the president in his/ her duties and preside in the absence of the president.
(c)Secretary: Maintain accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called
for by the Club president. Maintain regular liaison between your Club and the B.A.S.S. and the state B.A.S.S. Club.
(d)Treasurer: Collect and disburse all monies. Maintain accurate financial records and present a current balance report at each regular meeting. Prepare an annual audit for
review by the Club board of directors. The Club may vote that the treasurer and any other officer handling Club funds must be bonded.
e) Conservation Chairman: Serve as liaison between the Club and state and national conservation/environmental agencies. Plan Club conservation projects and attend all local and state conservation meetings/hearings.
(f) Youth Chairman: Organize all youth activities and programs. Coordinate youth
events and start a Junior Bassmaster Club when the Club is ready for this sponsorship.
Section 3: Elections
The election of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of January. Election shall be by simple majority of members present. Election for each officer shall be held separately in the order listed in ARTICLE III, Section 2.
Section 4: Eligibility of Vote
Each member is entitled to one vote. Proxy votes are not permitted.
Section 5: Term of Office
The term of office is for one year, which shall begin on February 1st and end on the last meeting day of January 31st or until the successor assumes office.
Section 6: Vacancies
In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating the office. National B.A.S.S. headquarters shall be notified immediately of the change of any officers.
Section 7: Eligibility for Holding Office
To be eligible for an office a member must:
(a) Have been a member for six months. (Six months’ requirement waived during first 12 months of Club existence.)
(b) Have attended at least 75% of the Club meetings and 75% of Club functions during a 12-month period.
(c) Have shown an active interest in all Club functions.
(d) Maintain current B.A.S.S. membership.
ARTICLE IV – Standing Committees
All standing committees will serve for one year or until a new committee is appointed. The terms of the committee members will coincide with that of the president. Each committee shall elect a chairman.
(a) Board of Directors: The board of directors will consist of seven members: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president and two members elected at large by majority vote of the members present at the December regular meetings.
(1) The president will call all meetings of the board of directors and preside at such
(2) The secretary will record the minutes of these meetings.
(3) The board will rule on all tournament rules infractions, Club bylaws violations and all
protests when appropriately received.
(4) The board will develop agendas for the monthly meetings.
(b)Youth Committee: The purpose of this committee shall be to plan, organize and
implement a Club youth project; to introduce young people to the goals of B.A.S.S.; to
give them a basis of respect for our national heritage and an appreciation of the basic
rules for honesty, integrity, fair play and good sportsmanship; and to give them an
introduction to the sheer joy of fishing.
(c)Conservation Committee: The purpose of this committee shall be to protect our
natural environment from harmful change; to document and report to the proper
authorities violations of local, state and federal antipollution laws, statutes, regulations,
ordinances and other regulatory devices; to take legal action where appropriate; to
undertake informational and educational programs to bring public awareness of threats
to our environment; and to take a leadership role in repairing the harm that has already
been done to the life-giving waters of America.
(d)Tournament Committee: The purpose of the tournament committee shall be to plan,
organize and operate all Club tournaments. The tournament committee will draft
tournament rules, which must then be approved by the general membership. The
committee will keep tournament records, enforce all tournament rules, investigate all
protests concerning tournaments and make recommendations to the board of directors.
ARTICLE V – Removal of Membership
Section 1: Removal of Membership
Members may be dropped from the membership roll for the following reasons:
(a) Failure to pay dues.
(b) Any action that would reflect dishonor and disgrace on the Club and/or B.A.S.S.. (c)
Failure to attend 50% of the Club meetings and 50% of Club functions during a 12-
(d) Disqualification for any reason from participating in B.A.S.S.-sponsored events,
including disqualification for use of drugs or alcohol.
Note: Military deployment exempt.
ARTICLE VI – Affiliation
Section 1: Requirements for Affiliation
(a) Approval of Club charter by B.A.S.S..
(b) Update B.A.S.S. with Club membership roster once each year. Annual update cycle
begins each year on Nov. 1.
(c) Names and addresses of new members joining the Club during the year must be
submitted online to B.A.S.S. as they occur. (See ARTICLE II, Section 3 for dues
(d) Maintain 100% B.A.S.S. membership.
(e) Must affiliate with the state Nation and support its conservation and youth programs.
Any additional requirements that the state establishes for Clubs, such as
membership, dues, attendance at meetings, etc., would be necessary for the Club to
participate in the state qualifying tournament(s) and any other Nation-sponsored
tournaments or events.
ARTICLE VII – Method of Amending the Bylaws
Section 1: Amending the Bylaws
The bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the
members present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been
presented to the membership at least one regular meeting prior to the vote. We, the
undersigned charter members, do hereby agree to the above bylaws and the
commencement of the Club on this the __________ day of ___________________,
Complete two copies and forward both to B.A.S.S. for endorsement. One copy will be
returned to the Club secretary.
2019-2020 WESTSIDE BASSMASTERS -
WSBM- bass fishing league will be a series of SEVEN tournaments STARTING IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2020. Tournaments will take place once a month and each will be held at a different fishing venue, followed by a TOP 20 tournament at the end of the series. Tournaments will take place on a Saturday of each month.Each tournament will be paid out that day based on the number of fishermen of the tournament.
WSBM Rules and Guidelines:
Membership dues and for each tournament entry fee for the year of 2020 will be as followed: Membership dues: $100, which $30 will go toward the club, $35 to Lunker Bass, and $35 to the End of Year Classic. If you wish to join BASS Nation it will be an additional $60. $30 for State and $30 for National and Dues are due by December 31, 2020. If you pay after January 1st or join after January 1st then $10 will be added to your total Membership dues which will be $110. The $10 goes to the club escrow account. Dues for the club will cover expenses for drinks for the club, the Angler of the year membership, and other expenses for the club. You must join BASS to become a member of WSBM Bass Club to fish BASS Nation.
Tournament Entry Fee per member : $100 per member with $5 of that going toward a Big Bass Pot. You are able to fish as a member/non boater but you are still competing against all members of the club in the point system. Each members fish are weighed separately for individual points. It is the responsibility of the Boater/Non Boater to keep fish separate. Payout will be determined by 1 place per 5 fishermen and 1st place receives 60% OF PURSE, ALWAYS!
We will have a TOP 20 that will be able to fish the WSBM Classic. Top Twenty will be determined by the point system. You will need to fish 4 out of the 7 tournaments to qualify for the classic. Points are added together from 6 out of the 7 tournaments you fish(you will drop your lowest weight). Points also come from the meetings you attend, the tournaments you fished, the fish you catch, and the place you were from tournament, will make up your total points for the year. Angler of the year will be the member that finishes the season with the most points. He/she will receive a trophy and his/her dues will be paid for the following year of the club. Angler of the years points are all the tournaments including the Top 20 CLASSIC.
TO UP THE WINNINGS ENTRY FEE FOR TOP 20
WILL BE $100 PER ANGLER. TOP 2O PAYOUT WILL ONLY BE 1ST PLACE AT 70% AND 1ST PLACE BIG BASS AT 30%.
1. All Posted private canals that has a gate access and key to enter and private ponds are off limits. Boundaries for tournaments will be set for each tournament.
2. It will be an angler single’s club based on point system. You must be paying member to fish a WSBM tournament except for when we host our open tournament. For tournament you are allowed to fish with another member as a non-boater, but if you own a boat you must use it if operable. Otherwise you will have to draw a name of a member to fish with that person, will only fish with the person once. Husband and wives who are both members will be allowed to fish in same boat, It is the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ANGLERS TO KEEP FISH SEPARATE, only will allow 2 person a boat. All anglers, Boater and non
boater fishing the tournament are competing against each other for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on also 1st big bass places in the point system and for the tournament winnings.
3. Fishing hours- Official start time to start fishing will be voted on at the club meeting for that month. Official weigh in time will be 3 pm. You must be back at boat launch and checked in by 3pm. If you break down and not able to make it back you can have another boater bring you and your fish back to landing by 3pm.
4. Safety. Fish at your own safety and risk and follow coast guard rules. Be careful out there and respectful of other boaters and anglers. Life jackets must be worn at anytime the combustion engine is operating.
5. Cheating and unsportsman like conduct between anglers and other boaters will not be allowed and will result in disqualification from tournament and club.
6. Artificial bait/lures on fishing rod and reels to catch fish are all that is allowed for tournaments.
7. 5 fish in length of 12” or greater -per angler will be weighed in and released back into water. Penalty for dead fish will be 4 ounces for each dead fish.
8. Payout and winners will be decided based on the amount of fishermen the day of the tournament. 60% of pot awarded to 1st place each tournament, rest of pot split depending on # of fishermen. Total pounds decides the winners for the tournament that day. Point will be awarded to members from tournament standings based on POINT SYSTEM. Entry fee
for club tournaments will be $100 per angler and pay out purses will be as follows based on a $90 a person (the other $5 goes toward the Big Bass Pot if one is caught over 5 pounds in any of the tournaments, then the one who catches over 5 pounds receives the amount of the Big Bass Pot, and the other $5 will go toward the TOP 20!). New members are always welcome. If someone joins after a tournament, the new member will have zero points for each tournament they were not a member of the club before joining and paying dues, to begin the club as a member.
9. If club does not continue to the following year. The money in the WSBM account will be included in the purse of the last tournament that we fish as a club.
10. A meeting will be held before start of season, before open tournament, and last tournament of season on Wednesdays one week before the tournament at 6:30 pm. Location is TBA.
11. No surface drives allowed to fish. Only outboard motors.
12. You will be allowed to bring a youth of 13 years or younger fishing with you to any tournament!
13. We will not have a board everything will be voted on by the membership and all tournament issues will be voted on by the membership that fished that day!!!!!
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me, Joey Stein, at 2257766982.
WSBM POINT SYSTEM 2020
WSBM POINT SYSTEM WILL BE BASED UPON THE FOLLOWING:
The meetings you attend, the tournaments you fish, the fish you weigh in, member place/standings from tournament and big bass.
The points will be earned based on numbers of members in the club multiplied by 4 plus 20 for fishing the tournament.
If you fished tournaments but did not weigh in a fish you will receive 20 points.
If you did not fish a tournament, you will receive zero points!
Attend meeting: 5 POINTS
1st place big bass: 10 POINTS
Example: Based on 25 members (however many members are in club X4 +20)
1ST Place: 120 Points (25X4+20= 120)
2ND Place: 116POINTS (24X4+20= 116)
3RD Place: 112 POINTS (23X4+20= 112)
4TH Place: 108 POINTS (22X4+20= 108)
5TH Place: 104POINTS (21X4+20= 104)
6TH Place: 100POINTS (20X4+20= 100)
7TH Place: 96POINTS (19X4+20= 96)
8TH Place: 92 POINTS (18X4+20= 92)
9TH Place: 88 POINTS (17X4+20= 88)
10TH Place: 84 POINTS (16X4+20= 84)
11TH - 16TH place fished but did not weigh in receive: 20 points members who did not fish RECEIVE: 0 POINTS
Points system will determine the angler of the year points, top six and top twenty for the classic. Angler of the year will receive a trophy with their name and year. Angler of the year will have their dues waived for the following season.