No gas outboards allowed in this bass tournament trail

Jon Boat Bass Club
Team Sellars shows off a limit of bass during one of last year's Jon Boat Bass Club of NC's tournaments.

Jon Boat Bass Club of NC tournament trail offers affordable fun and competition

Carolina anglers have plenty of bass fishing tournament trails to choose from. And most of them have no limits to how big of a boat or outboard motor its participants can use. That certainly has its good points, but it can leave some anglers who aren’t willing to shell out big bucks on their boat at a big disadvantage.

But the Jon Boat Bass Club (JBBC) of North Carolina makes tournament bass fishing affordable for anyone. Anglers that fish this tournament trail are allowed to have only electric motors. This keeps the cost down significantly, leveling the playing field for anglers in many ways.

The JBBC fishes numerous lakes across North Carolina, including Falls, Shearon Harris, Michie, Mackintosh, and Kerr, as well as others.

Boats must be electric only, and have a livewell

According to the JBCC’s guidelines, any size boat is allowed. The only requirements are that it is electric only and has a livewell. The club focuses on fun and quality time on the water with friends and family. But the competition factor is also there. In one of their recent championship tournaments, they payed out $15,000 in cash and prizes.

Anglers fishing this trail aren’t limited to just the local tournaments. The JBBC is also part of the Elco Electric Bass Angling National Championship Series. Electric bass trails for several other states are also members of the Elco series, which holds a national championship each year among anglers who qualify from participating regions.

The JBCC is kicking off the 2021 season with their season opening meeting on Jan. 30 at Carolina BBQ in Garner from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The trail will include regular season tournaments and a series championship tournament.

Check the Jon Boat Bass Club of North Carolina’s website for the 2021 schedule and to get more information on the series.

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