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The past 12 months have been an absolute whirlwind here at Bass Angler Magazine. It is hard to imagine that I embarked on this challenging journey full of unknowns and amazing people. We have learned a lot about you, ourselves, and the tournament industry. We have just one more Pro/Am event to complete, and two more Pro Tour events. The Bass Cat boats, Mercury engines, and Garmin electronics have all been ordered for both championships. We have paid every person who earned a check on site, we even overpaid additional spots to the top ten pro’s and co’s this season.

The media has been nothing short of remarkable, print, social media, media, newsletters, and we put out our first televised/streamed full hour show for the BAM Pro Tour. The response has been amazing to this.

Among the hundreds of things I learned, one thing about western professionals came to light. We face challenging issues such as fuel prices, time off work, travel costs, etc. Our group is even more focused on the “ROI” of an event. I know that no other organization will focus on helping you build your brand presence and BAM has absolutely delivered on this. We will continue to improve our product in all phases.

One of the concepts that I want to address for the 2025 season is to provide a payout platform for our industry that has never been offered. Due to your 2023 or 2024 AOY standings you are being invited.

What if I said that you and 59 other top qualifiers could win a $50,000 top cash prize at each qualifying event? What if I told you everyone gets paid back 1 in 3? What if there was a western based championship where 30 anglers compete for a fully rigged Bass Boat, Engine and Garmin electronics prize package and that championship featured a >150% payback of your entry fees?

I want to bring a pro only, high notoriety, high stakes, professional tour with the national media attention that we all deserve. I want the anglers to compete for $50K and maybe one day $100K while staying home in the west.

It takes an owner ambitious enough to do it, it takes an organization with an established track history, one with the media to reach across the nation. It also takes the anglers to believe in building something, to invest in a vision, to grow as individuals, to see that together we can change the direction of our industry.

New Projected Payout Snapshot:

  • $50,000 first place cash prize at each qualifier (4 total)
  • $2,500 entry fee
  • 1 in 3 payback
  • $3,000 last check at 20th place
  • 90% payback at each qualifier
  • Projected 150% payback at the championship
  • $6,000 AOY prize

New Tour Highlights:

  • 60 Angler Field (65 angler max limit for 2025)
  • Established field for the entire season (No cherrypickers/single lake local entries)
  • Pro-only event
  • Western-based championship
  • The top 30 anglers qualify for the championship
  • Highest quality and most diverse media organization
  • Only organization with a full hour televised, produced show
  • Wrapped boats and jerseys are required to participate in this tour

How will BAM get to the “Super 60” Pro Tour angler field?

  • Based on priority, BAM may utilize some/all these criteria to fill the field:

    1. We will invite the current Pro Tour field of 31.
    2. We will re-invite the qualifiers from 2023 (approximately 44).
    3. We will invite the top 10 anglers from the 2024 BAM Pro/Am division.
    4. We will allow sponsor exemptions.
    5. We may open an application process.
    6. We may invite top performing anglers from the 2024 MLF and WON Bass season.

    If there is a high response rate from criteria 1, 2, & 3, which surpasses 65 anglers.

    • BAM Pro Tour will reduce the field to 65 from those anglers who qualified via criteria #2.
      • We will reduce the field based on the date/time stamp of when the first deposit ($250) was received. 
        • Signing up earlier gives you priority.
          • Last deposits in will be first anglers to be reduced from the field.
        • BAM will establish a standby list if needed. 
        • When we reach the Super 60-angler field limit, the $250 deposit becomes non-refundable.
        • Anglers placed on the standby list and not admitted into the tour will receive a full refund of their $250 deposit and membership. 
        • If BAM Pro Tour does not reach its goal of 60 anglers (by Dec 1, 2024), you may request a full refund of your initial $250 deposit and membership.
    • BAM reserves the right to amend these criteria at any time at its sole discretion. 

    It is my mission to get this tour to a 60-angler field for 2025 one way or another.

Priority Entry Deadlines:

  • Current BAM Pro Tour Anglers priority entry ends August 1, 2024
  • 2023 qualifiers priority entry ends August 1, 2024
  • 2024 BAM Pro/AM invitees’ priority entry ends October 18, 2024
  • The application process may open August 2, 2024

When anglers commit early it allows BAM to market, plan, and negotiate with potential sponsors. With a larger field, it takes a great deal of work, planning, preparation, and promotion to launch the “Super 60.” 

Memberships must be completed online, however, *deposits or entries may be sent via Zelle to mark@bassmag.com or by mailing a check to: BAM Tournament Trail 1285 Stratford Ave G299 Dixon, CA 95620

*There is no credit card convenience fee for entries mailed in or by using Zelle.

Membership includes an annual subscription to Bass Angler Magazine

Projected payouts:

PRO TOUR
Pay Out
PRO TOC
Pay Out
1
$50,000
1
Bass Boat / Engine
2
$10,000
2
$6,750.00
3
$7,000
3
$6,075.00
4
$6,000
4
$5,400.00
5
$5,400
5
$5,062.50
6
$4,800
6
$4,387.50
7
$4,700
7
$4,050.00
8
$4,600
8
$3,712.50
9
$4,500
9
$3,712.50
10
$4,500
10
$3,375.00
11
$3,500
12
$3,500
13
$3,500
14
$3,500
15
$3,000
16
$3,000
17
$3,000
18
$3,000
19
$3,000
20
$3,000
Big Bass
$1,500
Big Bass
$1,500
BBT Contingency
$500
BBT Contingency
$500
Garmin Contingency
$300
Garmin Contingency
$300
Garmin Contingency
$200
Garmin Contingency
$200
Contingencies
$2,500
Contingencies
$2,500
AOY Purse
$6,000
Entry Fee
$2,500
Entry Fee
$2,500
Boats
Gross
Paid out
Boats
Gross
Paid out
60
$150,000
$135,000
30
$67,500
$105,025
Annual
$600,000
90% payout
>155% payout

its our mission

to showcase our anglers like none other

BAM possesses the power to highlight you, your sponsors, and the organization. 

  • Facebook – 126,000 followers with a reach of over 1,000,000 per month.
  • YouTube – 36k subscribers 1,000,000+ views and growing.
  • BAM Website – 25,000 unique users per month with over 100,000 reach per month.
  • Email marketing – 9000 avid bass anglers, 2000 tournament anglers and 200 media outlets.
  • Print magazine – delivered to 3000 newsstands across the US and Canada along with every bass tackle shop across the US and 20,000 anglers quarterly. 
  • In addition, the BAM staff will help with periodic recommendations to help increase your sponsor value.
  • Media Opportunities for anglers
    • Web Page – You will have your own online page on www/bamtrail.com with your image, sponsors, and bio.
    • Media guaranteed – we will collaborate with every angler possible to ensure you are covered in our media campaigns. (we will provide opportunities to different anglers to ensure as many anglers as possible)
    • Community day obligation – a few anglers who do not make the final day cut will be asked to stay and help with a community day and or tournament commentary. (we will provide opportunities to different anglers to ensure everyone is included)
    • Live coverage – each day we will have several live segments where there are opportunities to go live. (pre-tournament, morning of, on the water, weigh-in, post event day)
    • Bass Angler Magazine – BAM will cover each event in print and online where anglers will have the opportunity to be highlighted in both venues. (we will provide opportunities to different anglers)
    • Each pro tour event will have a one-hour YouTube and streaming TV show where anglers will have the opportunity to be on camera while on the water. This coverage will include weigh-ins, post weigh, post event or commentary.
    • Angler media opportunities – at each event we will collaborate with the local community to provide a resource for them and bring the community to our events.
    • TourneyX – at each event TourneyX will be our leaderboard where fans can follow along. These events garner a large audience that anglers and the organization both can use.
    • Current events along with results will have a prominent place on the website where fans can easily follow along with the daily events.
    • Press releases – BAM will issue up to five press releases for each event (pre-event, each day, post-event, and the final story) Press releases will feature your thoughts, opinions, and results. These releases will be sent to 200+ media sources reaching over 100,000 anglers per day.

We are excited to raise the media exposure and tournament opportunities to the highest level our region has ever witnessed. 

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Garmin
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