Texas Poormans

Dallas, Texas

Home of the Texas Poorman's Team Bass Trail!

We are a 100% payback club and have no meeting requirements to join!!  Our rules and schedules are created by YOU - the Texas Poormans members!!

  We were formed in 2004 and are based out of the Dallas Texas area, but we have members as far as Shreveport, Temple and Fort Worth.  EVERYONE is welcome!!  Membership for each is only $25 per year and anyone can join at sign up before any tournament.  100% of all membership fees go to the end of the year Classic tournament!!  100% of all entry fees are paid back at each tournament, meaning, there is no money kept, EVERYTHING is paid back to the fishermen at every single tournament!!  That's pretty unique for a club that has open enrollment and makes for better payouts.  There is also an optional 7lb pot which grows from tournament to tournament until broken.   There are no monthly meetings, no points, no angler of the year standings, etc.  Essentially, it's the perfect combination of an open team circuit mixed with a club atmosphere. Anglers can fish any 6 tournaments on the schedule to qualify for the Classic.  We have an annual 2-day tournament in April and 2-day Classic in October, they are a blast, we BBQ and have a great time every year, you don't want to miss these tournaments!

If you're tired of fishing small clubs that require you to attend meetings and give angler of the year points for sitting around and talking.... If you're tired of financing a tournament director's living by fishing trails that only pay back % of YOUR money.... If you're looking for a laid back, fun but competitive trail that pays out 100% and you like to fish the best lakes Northeast Texas has to offer....  you've found it!

1. Club Membership is $25 per year per person.
2. Tournament fees will be $60 (includes $10 big bass) per boat, per day.
3. Optional 7lb pot - $10 entry per Boat. At least 1 member in the boat has to have fished one tournament in the present year. If the balance is ZERO, any member can enter. If no one catches a 7lb fish or bigger, the balance will be carried over to the next tournament. If there is a balance after the last regular tournament, it will be added to the classic pot. Dead fish and late penalties apply. Tournament director has final determination on the legality of a fish in question. Because there are multiple TDs and tournaments spread out over a wide region, the rolling 7 pound pot may not always be availbale for immediate payout. If this situation occurs, the acting TD of the tournament where the pot is won will work out the details with the winner.
4. All entry fees will be placed in the Classic fund if no fish are caught by any team.
5. The winner takes all money if only 1 team catches fish.
6. Payout for all tournaments except the Classic: 1-5 boats is 100%. 6-10 is 60%, 40%; 11-20 boats 50%, 30%, 20%; 21-30 boats 50%, 25%, 15%, 10%; 31 or more 45%, 25%, 15%, 10%, 5%. There will be one big bass paid at 100% of big bass pot on 1 day tournaments and one big bass paid per day at 50% each for 2 day tournaments. All payouts will be rounded to the nearest $5.
7. Classic payout: 1-10 boats is 50%, 30%, 20%; 11+ boats is 45%, 25%, 15%, 10%, 5%. There will be one big bass paid per day at 50% each. All payouts will be rounded to the nearest $5.  Additional places and Big Bass money may be paid out depending on the 7lb pot rollover.  This is determined by the TD.
8. There will be no money in the treasury after the classic tournament. All membership fees will be put into the classic pot. There will be a classic Poorman’s belt buckle, for each member of the winning team, cost deducted from the classic fund.
9. To qualify for the classic you must fish 6 tournaments. 2-day tournaments count as 2 towards the classic.
10. Classic lake will be determined by vote after the last regularly scheduled tournament weigh-in. Only members who are classic qualified may vote. You do not have to fish the last regular season tournament to participate in the vote. Each qualified member present will write down a lake on paper and place it into a hat. 3 different lakes are randomly drawn and called out to all participating. To determine which of these 3 lakes is chosen, a second vote will be taken where each qualified member present will write down one of these 3 lakes on paper and place them into a hat. The classic lake will then be determined by majority vote. A Club Advisor is responsible for making sure there is only one vote for each qualified member present.
11. Federal, state, and local laws must be observed during tournament hours. This includes all club rules. Failure to abide by federal, state, and local laws or club rules will result in no weight allowed for the tournament in which the infraction occurred. Any contestant who displays poor sportsmanship, and/or brings unfavorable publicity to the sport of bass fishing or the Texas Poorman’s Bass Club will be disqualified and shall forfeit all entry fees and/or prize money. 
Individuals disqualified for violating sportsmanship rules will forfeit their club membership for the balance of the year and only be considered for reinstatement upon reapplication the following year. Reinstatement of a previously disqualified member requires a 2/3rd majority confirmation of the members qualified for the Classic and this vote will be conducted at the Classic meeting. 
Any member displaying unsportsmanlike behavior may be barred from the club and all associated activities upon the signing of a petition by 10 members in good standing and a majority of the members of the Advisory Committee. These signatures can be collected electronically. The above mentioned reinstatement rules apply.
12. Prefishing is allowed anytime with the following exceptions: 1. The tournament lake is off-limits after day/night 1 weigh-in at any 2 day/night tournament. 2. The Classic lake is off limits starting at dark the Sunday before the tournament to Friday at daylight. Friday prefishing is allowed during daylight hours.
13. Team will be ineligible to fish any tournament if either team member has guided or hired a guide on a tournament lake within 30 days prior to tournament date.
Tournament Rules
14. All Tournament Director decisions are final. A protest for rule violations must be made to the Tournament Director prior to money being awarded to the winning team. If it is a problem regarding the weight of a fish or bag of fish, the protest must be made prior to the fish in question being returned to the lake. 
15. All Federal, State and Local laws apply including Length limits for all species of Bass. Species will be determined by Tournament Director.
16. Life Jackets must be worn while the boat is on plane with kill switch attached.
17. The limit will be five bass per team (boat). Any team (boat) who possesses more than the tournament limit at any time will have their catch for that day disqualified.
18. There will be an 8 ounce (.5 lb.) penalty for dead fish. No dead fish will be returned to the lake, we must preserve a positive impression to the public.
19. Any short fish brought to the scales to be weighed will be penalized 8 ounces and fish will not be counted toward total weight. All fish will be measured on a "Professional Golden Rule". You may check your close fish on the official bump board before turning the bag over to the tournament director for official weighing.
20. Respect must be given to the other anglers regarding their fishing areas, no fishing within 50 yards of another angler without their permission.
21. Electronic communication with others, participants or otherwise, during tournament hours for the purpose of locating fish is prohibited.
22. No live bait or trolling with big motor.
23. No alcoholic beverages consumed until weigh-in is final. No illegal drugs will be tolerated.
Tournament Procedures
24. The Tournament Director has ruling in dangerous conditions.
25. Sign up time will be 1 hour before the tournament start time and will last for 45 minutes. Anyone not signed up 15 minutes prior to start time may not enter the tournament.   This allows the TD and advisors to proceed to their fishing areas.  Changes may be made to this rule based on safety, lake conditions, etc.
26. After signing up and paying entry fees, fishermen may have their livewells checked and can proceed to their first fishing spot at the TDs discretion
27. Trailering is allowed. We caution all fishermen to be careful, if they choose to travel on the water before safe light.
28. All fishermen may start fishing at the tournament start time listed on the http://www.texaspoormans.com web site and must stop fishing by the stop time. Any fisherman caught fishing before or after official time will be disqualified.  Cell phone network time will be used.
29. Weigh-in starts when the TD is setup and ready, Do NOT bring your fish to the scales until weigh-in begins.  The TD is an equal participant in the tournament and is allowed to fish until the stop fishing time.  Teams should be in the weigh-in line no later than 30 minutes after the tournament stop time.  Additional time to make it to weigh-in may be communicated by the TD prior to the tournament start depending on the size of the lake and conditions.
Club Advisors 
30. Club Advisors 
- Tournament Director
Organizes and executes all aspects of the Tournament including launch decisions, weighin, and disputes. All TD decisions are final.
- Treasurer
Ensures the Membership fund and 7lb pot balances based on entry and membership data throughout the season. Collects entries at the Ts and prepares the payouts at the Ts.
- Assistants
Serve as backups to any Advisor position when needed for a Tournament. Assists the TDs and Treasurer with key decisions and club communication during the season.
All positions are voluntary.  If there are too many volunteers for any position, a vote will be held at the classic meeting.
All Club Advisors work together to make key decisions and communicate with the club during the season. Examples for these decisions are initial schedule/boat ramps/dates for the upcoming tournament year, exact wording of rules, etc. This team works on behalf of the club members as a whole.
Club Advisors must fish enough tournaments to qualify for the classic to be eligible for a position the following year. 

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