NSBCC Nova Scotia Bass Clubs Challenge
Brought to you by the First Cast Radio Show and of course our 2004 tournament sponsors, the NSBCC enjoyed success it's very first time out on the water. The purpose of bringing together the best of the best in friendly competition for a one day Top Gun shoot-out was a resounding success!
We wish to acknowledge and promote our tournament sponsors this year, without them we could not have pulled this off nor enjoyed the level of success that we did.
Our three title level sponsors were:
Shimano Canada, provider of the best fishing reels, rods and accessories. A huge thank you to Shimano for their ongoing support and efforts towards making the NSBCC the best it can be.
The First Cast Radio Show, hosts of the tournament.
Annapolis Valley Bass Club, serving the Valley region of Nova Scotia for over 10 years. AVBC provided the extra funds to purchase the twenty trophies awarded to the top 10 teams.
Our other sponsors are every bit as important and are as follows:
Strictly Fish N Tackle Shop
A big thank you to Lillian and Ken Sampson, owners of Yarmouth's best stop for tackle / fishing gear.
Rob Sarty played a big role in helping this event work this year, through signage or the fantastic hats awarded to all anglers he helped us a lot.
R. Meisner Construction
Thanks to all the crews up there and Tremayne Nauss for obtaining support from this renowned construction company.
Once again, thanks to all of our sponsors! This event would not have worked without them so I ask you to please return the favour and call upon them and their services as often as you can, it is the least we can do.
Onto the event.
Big Mushamush Lake, Wallace Lake and Pernette Lake were all candidates for the NSBCC stop in 2004, winning by random draw was Big Mushamush so on October the 10th thirty teams, representing Nova Scotia's five major trails, converged to angle in this prestigious event.
Up first, the 30 teams who qualified to be a part of this event through their respective clubs, in no particular order.
What was up for grabs?
The main reason teams were here was to lay claim to the crown of NSBCC Top Gun Champions, to receive this honor by competing with their counterparts from other various trails in Nova Scotia and winning the tournament. Additionally a surprise category was added at the last minute before the event took place, club of the year. This award was designed to further grow the team work needed from various clubs and will be awarded annually to the clubs roster that brings in the highest combined weight total. Since we had uneven club numbers this first year, the teams were chosen by consensus vote in the morning before blast-off. We had three pre-selected teams competing for each of the five clubs attending.
Additionally there was $1500.00 cash prizes available to the top five teams, every single competitor received a one of a kind NSBCC qualifier hat and trophies were available down to 10th place. The winning team also won a pair of custom embroidered jackets from the NSBCC and both that winning team and the winning club received custom built hardwood annual award plaques identifying them as the 2004 winners.
The fishing was very unpredictable as should be expected for a mid October tournament. Big Mushamush Lake which is renowned locally for it's huge weights was not shining in full force this day but as always, someone somewhere caught the fish and as always there was a winner. Here are the Top Ten teams, their weights and pictures when they received their awards.
Congratulations to all of our competing anglers!
Qualifying alone is an honor so regardless of the bag of fish or placing we were all proud to bet at the NSBCC, hence the special qualifier hats awarded to each and every participant.
Here are the remaining teams and weights:
A small note from tournament co-organizer Mark Weare on behalf
of the NSBCC. Though we will work even more over the winter of
2004 / 2005 to make the 2005 NSBCC more fun yet we really wanted
to extend a big thanks to all the participants who came out and
made this work, your enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. We are
proud of how this went and think highly of the potential this