Sonoma County Belly Boat Bass Club

Santa Rosa, CA

The Sonoma County Belly Boat Bass Club originated in 1983 when the mysterious "Roland Rich" began posting flyers and organizing jackpot-style tournaments at Annadel State Park's Lake Ilsanjo. With time, it evolved into a somewhat well-structured club with monthly events, points standings, written rules, etc. In 2003, we had 41 members. We fish monthly events from February through November, along with "The State Classic," a 2-day event in October at Clear Lake, as well as the Tournament of Champions in December, another 2-day event at Clear Lake. And, we now get together in May for the "U.S. Open," another 2-day fishing event held at, where else, Clear Lake. The club is open to all anglers of any age and skill level. Many who start with the club fish their first event armed with only a spinning rod and a rudimentary knowledge of bass angling. Getting to the winners' circle, however, is by no means easy. Although we have a reputation as something of a "poor man's bass club" - most float tubes can still be purchased for less than $40,000, complete with gel-coat finish and GPS system - even accomplished anglers may find the competition level to be satisfactory. Some of our alumni have moved on to bigger venues, including past president Jimmy Reese of Ukiah, CA, who is now enjoying success at the professional level and has appeared in Bassmaster Magazine. Since our group often acts as a jump-off point for many interested in competitive bass fishing, this provides a great learning opportunity. We freely share information on successful patterns and presentations.


Member Status : Member since 2006

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Santa Rosa, CA



Rich Caro


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