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Bass, like this healthy largemouth, are the focus of two local fishing clubs, the Park Rapids Bass Club and the Northwoods Fishing Club. Both organizations welcome new members to their upcoming meetings.

Local fishing clubs to hold organizational meetings

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The Park Rapids Bass Club has set its 2010 Tuesday night tournament schedule and is looking for members.

The club not only gives participants a chance to compete against other anglers to catch the largest five smallmouth or largemouth bass of the night on our local lakes, but additionally gives them the opportunity to learn more about fishing from each other.

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The format is simple; events are held Tuedays with take-off at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $30 per team for each event with an additional $5 for the "big fish pot." An annual membership fee of $30 is also required per team.

Anglers fish until 9 p.m., keeping their five largest bass (largemouth, smallmouth or a combination of the two). Total weight determines the winner for the night and payout is three places. Biggest bass of the night earns the "big fish pot."

Additionally, points are accumulated according to each team's finish. The top five teams with the highest point total after the seven regular season events earn entry into the Tournament of Champions. Teams that win a single event also qualify. The winner of the Tournament of Champions takes home credentials as the Park Rapids Bass Club's Team of the Year and a monetary award.

However, teams finishing below fifth place after the regular season events can still make it into the Tournament of Champions through a no-entry-fee wildcard tournament. The winner of that contest is invited to the Tournament of Champions.

The 2010 Park Rapids Bass Club schedule includes Toad Lake (June 8), Big Mantrap (June 15), Potato Lake (June 29), Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Crow Wing (July 6), Eagle and Island Lakes (July 13), Belle Taine (July 27), Fish Hook (Aug 10), Straight Lake (Aug. 17), wildcard tournament (Aug 24, lake to be determined), and the Tournament of Chamions on Spider Lake (Aug. 29).

Anyone interested in joining the Park Rapids Bass Club or to simply get more information can attend its next meeting on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Bogey's Bar and Grill. You can also call Kenny Barr at 218-366-1154 for more information.

Another area angling club, the Northwoods Fishing Club, conducts bass fishing events in our area.

The focus of the club is a "laid-back format with an emphasis on education, youth and fellowship," says event organizer Mike Johnson.

The Northwoods Fishing Club holds tournaments on Thursday nights with an entry fee of $25 per team for each event.

Although the schedule for the Northwoods Fishing Club has not been finalized, a meeting with an open invitation for interested anglers will be held at the Dorset Café on Feb. 10 at 7pm. For more information on the Northwoods Fishing Club, contact Mike Johnson at 218-252-0798.

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