Recent trends in gas prices have and will continue to influence the ability of anglers to travel the distances necessary to participate in bass fishing tournaments. These trends are expected to continue and the LBAA is responding by lowering entry fees for the 2012 tournament season by one third in each division.
The professional division entry fee will now be $400 per event, and the co-angler division entry fee will now be $200. This reduction in fees will allow ladies to spend those dollars on travel expenses such as gas, lodging and meals.
In addition to this reduction in fees, anglers now have a growing list of contingency programs that will provide anglers from both divisions more opportunities to take advantage of to supplement their expenses. The guaranteed $5,000 first-place prize for the professional division is unaffected by this change in entry fees. The deposit for future events is $200 for the pro division and $100 for the co-angler division.
Anglers who have already paid entry fees will have the option of having any money over paid moved to a deposit for the next event, or they may request a refund.
â€œWe know all of these ladies have a passion for fishing and want to fish the 2012 season, and we feel this is one way in which we can all pull together during tough times,” said Secret York, co-founder of the LBAA.
Updated entry and membership forms are available immediately on the LBAA website at ladybassanglers.com
The LBAA added Bass Kandies to their grow list of sponsors for the 2012 season.
â€œWe are honored to be part of the LBAA family as a 2012 sponsor and look forward to a wonderful year ahead,â€ said Bass Kandi’s President Mike Holland. “With the unveiling of many new products and colors, we are excited about following the ladies of this tour. Good luck ladies, happy fishing and don’t forget the Kandi.â€
2012 LBAA Schedule
Lake Ray Hubbard at Garland Texas on Mar. 22-24
Lake Dardanelle at Russellville, Ark. on May 17-19
Kentucky Lake at Paris, Tenn. on July 12-14
Lake Neely Henry at Alabama on Sept. 6-8.
The 2012 LBAA Lady Bass Classic on Lake Guntersville on Oct. 11-13