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Bass Tournaments and Retirees: A Profitable Mixture!


   06.27.24

Bass Tournaments and Retirees: A Winning Combination!Bass Tournaments and Retirees: A Winning Combination!

Among the finest bass fishermen could be discovered competing in “fruit jar” type tournaments. The occasions are sometimes held on the identical river week after week and appeal to a few of the native sticks. Joe Picone of Covington, LA has fished these tournaments all his life. “I like em’! The camaraderie and the issues I’ve discovered from fishing these small tournaments can’t are immeasurable,” Picone says.  And on the ripe age of 77 years outdated, Picone has give you a event that he says is likely one of the finest bass trails he’s ever been part of.
Picone fashioned the Double Nickel Bass Membership about two years in the past and since then it has grown to collect between 20-30 anglers. Whereas that quantity isn’t staggering, it’s fairly an achievement being that the occasion is held on a Tuesday morning.

What’s completely different about this membership is that it’s only open to those that are 55 years of age or older. “We have now anglers that fish within the membership that vary from 55 to 80 years of age. And sure…they nonetheless have some juice left,” Picone jokes. Since it’s supposed for retirees, Picone has restricted the time the fishermen are out on the water. “One of many largest complaints I heard was that the opposite tournaments had been too long-lasting till midday,” he mentioned. The Double Nickel runs from daylight and goes 5 hours.

One other adjustment Picone made was decreasing the event restrict from 5 fish to three which permits the anglers to start out culling earlier. “This takes plenty of strain off the angler and makes for nearer competitors I discover,” he says. The event pays out 3 spots and likewise has a ‘Large Bass” pot that pays out for the most important bass.

For now, the membership meets on the East Pearl River which serves because the border between Louisiana and Mississippi however says he might contemplate holding the occasion on completely different rivers sooner or later.
For these all for beginning up a event that caters to retirees, Picone recommends holding it easy and taking the main focus off of the competitors placing it extra on the camaraderie. “It’s good to have the ability to get collectively each week with these guys,” he mentioned. “I’ve made plenty of actually good associates out right here.” Double Nickel’s success is a direct results of Picone’s “outdoors the field” pondering and willingness to attempt one thing new. “There’s actually no restrict to the varied sorts of tournaments you may create,” he says. “In the event you’re prepared to give you one thing that everybody enjoys fishing then tweaking the principles may be the factor that makes it successful!”

 

 

 

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Keith Lusher is an award successful outside journalist that resides in Covington, Louisiana. He owns and operates NorthshoreFishingReport.com and writes a weekly outside column for the Slidell Unbiased Newspaper. He additionally writes for the St.Tammany Parish Tourism Fee’s VisitTheNorthshore.com. He’s the previous host of The Northshore Fishing Report Radio Present and is on the board of the Louisiana Out of doors Writers Affiliation. Keith contributes to quite a few publications each on-line and in print and prides himself on selling South Louisiana’s distinctive fishery. To contact Keith electronic mail: keithlusherjr@gmail.com



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