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Why have the Everstarts always attracted a lot of guys from this area and the Bassmaster Opens haven't? Is it primarily the locations? If a Bassmaster Open came to St.Clair and it conflicted with an Everstart, which would you pick?
 

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I believe it is mainly due to location of the tournaments. You have to give FLW Outdoors/Everstart credit for noticing a need for a major tournament trail in the North. This attracted a lot of Mi, Oh, etc anglers that did not want to travel to the same old lakes thousands of miles away (Lake Okechobee, etc) FLW Outdoors/Everstart has given a number of talented local anglers the opportunity to show they can make it. Just like they have done across the country. Not surprisngly BASS now has a Northern division as well.

If I had to choose between Everstart and BASS, I would lean toward the Everstart.
 

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What is the entry fee for BASS Opens, Jon?

I think the payout is actually better for a non Ranger owner in BASS Opens now. That would of course depend on the entry fee (ROI). If I ran a Ranger I would fish the Everstarts, just about anything else I would fish BASS.

Alot of pros seem to be deciding based on boat/motor sponsorship.

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BASS Opens are $1000 for the pro. But 2nd place is $40,000 while 2nd place in an Everstart is $10,000. 3rd is $15,000 while 3rd in an Everstart is $9,000. You're right about brands though. The only reason I fish BASS is because of Mercury.
 

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Just as I thought...the money is better in BASS.

Dont forget youc an plug your rod sponsor (All Star) in BASS better than you can in FLW....

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To me it comes down to scheduling. BASS doesn't announce their circuit until May. This makes no sense to me if the first event is in July. Second, it's a Northeast division, making us midwest fishermen spend a pile of money in expenses. I agree with the exposure sponsors get from anglers in BASS, but there are ways to gain sponsor exposure through fishing Everstarts, Also. Those are the 2 main reasons I choose Everstarts, for now. As far as the paybacks go ,TRUST ME, I agree about 2nd Through 4th place, but the rest is comparible.P.S. congrats to Bill McElroy on his Bassfan.com article. Very Cool!
 

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Mark,

You're correct. Except for a couple of places up near the top the rest of the payout is almost identical. Scheduling and locations are also a very big part of the equation. If this year is like the last few, we will register for the Everstarts before the year is out and BASS won't even have their schedule announced until much later. In other words, if you wait to see what BASS has planned, you will miss the opportunity to fish the Everstarts, or be waaaay down on the waiting list. If you do take that chance, you'll probably find out that you'll be fishing the East instead of the North as advertised. Also, don't forget that the entry fees for the Everstart Pro Division are $650 versus $1000 or more for BASS. Unless you finish in spots 2, 3, or 4, the ROI is better for the Everstarts. (Based on your recent fiinishes Z-Man, you should have been fishing B.A.S.S. -- LOL)

I'll try the Everstarts again next year. (after a year off) I've fished 'em and I like 'em. I'll stay with them until the BASS situation improves and they are able to entice me to change.

Just my two cents. We'll see you out there next year.

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Dave
 

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I agree Dave, Z-Man would be RICH-Man...shoulda coulda woulda...lol

Z-Man, when are we going fishing? I am busy this coming weekend.....

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