ABOUT FOBA

OUR MISSION

Fish On Bass Anglers (FOBA) is a non-affiliated club located in Montgomery County, Maryland with a diverse membership of anglers committed to promoting fun, camaraderie, and an attitude of “sharing knowledge” through the sport of bass fishing. Our members work to create an environment where both beginner and experienced anglers can learn from another through friendly, competitive tournaments and monthly meetings.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • FOBA tournaments are designed to promote a fun, fulfilling time on the water where club members can also share knowledge and learn from one another.  Competition during these tournaments is secondary to these goals. The tournament schedule generally includes the three following types of Boater/Co-Angler pairings:

    • Draw: For draw tournaments, a Boater is paired randomly with a Co-Angler and each angler fishes within their division.

    • Pick Your Partner: For tournaments considered to be travel/away, Boaters and Co-Anglers choose their tournament partners and each angler still competes within their division.  Picking your own partner facilitates making travel and lodging arrangements.

    • Team: For team tournaments, a Boater is paired randomly with a Co-Angler and the anglers compete together as a team against all the other teams in the tournament.

  • The Tournament Director sends out tournament pairings via email along with other pertinent information such as launch order, launch/weigh-in times, size limits,  and off-limits areas. The winner is determined based on the heaviest five bass limit consisting of largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass per division or team.

  • FOBA employs two different methods for weighing in fish.  The first is the traditional method of keeping fish alive in a livewell until the end of the tournament day and weighing them on scale at weigh-in.  The other method is the "Catch, Weigh, Release" (CWR) method in which fish are caught, weighed with a handheld scale on the boat, verified by the fishing partner, recorded on a tournament weigh-in sheet, and then immediately released.  The CWR method is advantageous on bodies of water that have large size-limit regulations and during summer months when it is stressful on fish to be in a livewell all day.

  • FOBA members must obtain the appropriate licenses for the waters they intend to fish. Not having appropriate licenses may be grounds for disciplinary action by the Tournament Director.

  • Minimum license requirements to fish the full FOBA schedule (13 tournaments):

    • Maryland - Non-tidal, Bay & Coastal Sport

    • Virginia - Freshwater

    • Washington DC

  • License requirements by fishery:

    • Lake Gaston - VA Freshwater (Valid in NC waters)

    • Lake Anna - VA Freshwater

    • Conowingo Reservoir - MD Non-Tidal (Valid in PA waters on main-stem of river); PA license required inside Michael’s Run, Muddy Creek, and Peter’s Creek

    • Smith Mountain Lake - VA Freshwater

    • Potomac River (DC to 301-Bridge) - MD Bay & Coastal -OR- VA Freshwater -OR- PRFC license; DC license required for all waters above Wilson Bridge (I-495); VA Freshwater required for Occoquan River above I-95 bridge

    • Black Hill / Little Seneca Lake - MD Non-Tidal

    • Upper Chesapeake Bay - MD Bay & Coastal -OR- PRFC license

    • Piney Run Lake - MD Non-Tidal

    • Deep Creek Lake - MD Non-Tidal

  • License description and costs (based on MD residence, annual):

    • MD Non-Tidal: All non-tidal and/or freshwater - $22.50

    • MD Bay & Coastal Sport: Chesapeake Bay and it’s tidal tributaries, and Atlantic waters - $15

    • PRFC: Entire Chesapeake Bay and all tributaries in MD and VA waters (except DC) -  $15

    • VA Freshwater: All freshwater in VA, tidal water up to VDGIF Fresh/Salt lines - $47

    • DC: All waters in DC (above Wilson/I-495 Bridge) - $13

  • All members must pay the annual $60 membership dues.

  • Tournament fees are $35/member for single day tournaments and $40/member for two day tournaments.

  • This does not include travel and lodging expenses or the Co-Angler fee.  If you are fishing as a Co-Angler, the Boater may charge you up to $40 per tournament day for expenses related to operating the boat.  

  • Payouts are awarded to the top three finishers in each division (Boater or Co-Angler), as well as a "Lunker" payout for the heaviest single fish caught in each division per tournament day.

  • The tournament schedule is decided on by the board of directors and club officers at the end of each fiscal year. The schedule takes into account factors such as seasonal migrations of fish, tidal conditions, and water levels. The tournament schedule usually consists of thirteen tournaments and a Classic Tournament at the end of the year.

  • A standings point system is used to reward those who participate in meetings and tournaments. In an effort to recognize fishing success, the following plaques or certificates are presented annually at the awards banquet, based on year end standings:

  • Boater Division

    • 1st Place – Plaque

    • 2nd Place – Plaque

    • 3rd Place – Plaque

    • 4th Place – Plaque

    • 5th Place – Plaque

    • Lunker Award – Plaque (largest overall bass caught)

    • FOBA Memorial Tournament Champion - Trophy

    • FOBA Classic 1st Place - Plaque

    • FOBA Classic 2nd Place - Plaque

    • FOBA Classic 3rd Place - Plaque

  • ​Co-Angler  Division

    • 1st Place – Plaque

    • 2nd Place – Plaque

    • 3rd Place – Plaque

    • 4th Place – Plaque

    • 5th Place – Plaque

    • Lunker Award – Plaque (largest overall bass caught)

    • FOBA Memorial Tournament Champion - Trophy

    • FOBA Classic 1st Place - Plaque

    • FOBA Classic 2nd Place - Plaque

    • FOBA Classic 3rd Place - Plaque

  • Most Improved Angler – Plaque

  • Often times boat ramps do not have a physical address, so we provide the most accurate address available.  The exact location of the boat ramps may be found on each tournament page.  Each tournament page has a map and you can click on the "Google" icon in the bottom-left corner of the map to launch Google Maps.