Letter From OBN Tournament Director, Danny Ryan
Hello Folks!! I am proud to present the 2017 season schedule and format chosen by our membership. For those of you that are new to the OBN or thinking about joining we run two trails:
1. Ohio State Team Individual Trail
The individual trail is run as a Pro/Am Format similar to the B.A.S.S. Open Events. We field a 20 man state team consisting of 10 anglers and 10 co-anglers. There are alternates as well. This trail will consist of 4 events. If you win an event you make the State Team. The remaining team is made up by the angler and co-angler of the year points assigned based on 200 and 300 point system. The first 3 events are 200 points and the final event (State Championship) is 300 points. We will drop one tournament out of the 4 events. You only need a link for the state championship event. That is a B.A.S.S. requirement that will be confirmed at the presidents meeting.
Event #1 will be on Sunday 5/21/17 on Portage Chain of Lakes. There are giants in this lake and in the spring….dare I say 19lbs to win…sounds like fun to me.
Event #2 will be on Sunday 6/18/17 on Delaware Lake. Can you say fish factory. Should be lots of limits.
Event #3 will be on Sunday 7/16/17 on Alum Creek. Largemouth…Smallmouth…take your pick or catch a mixed bag.
Event #4 Championship will be on Sunday 8/13/17 on Indian Lake. Yes sir, back by popular demand, pad flipping/frog fishing fun times.
The Ohio Team Bassmaster Championship trail is a team trail where the highest finishing team in points after 4 events will be the winning team for the state of Ohio. There is NO drop event for this trail.
Event #1 will be on Saturday 5/20/17 on Portage Chain of Lakes.
Event #2 will be on Saturday 6/17/17 on Delaware Lake.
Event #3 will be on Saturday 7/15/17 on Alum Creek.
Event #4 Championship will be on Saturday 8/12/17 on Indian Lake.
Once again we are holding our events on the same weekend to try to allow anglers, co-anglers, and team fisherman the chance to fish 2 events on 1 weekend of travel expenses. We will have our entry fee’s finalized once Al gets back from the Presidents meeting which happens after this weekends National Championship. I hope this gets your blood pumping to come out and compete with the Ohio Bass Nation and try your hand at the state level. Competing for a spot in the Bassmaster Classic is very challenging and you will meets some good friends along the way. If you are not in a club please contact us on how to join. Hope to see you all on the water and tight lines, until then!!