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|Welcome to the home page of the South
Club Association. This association is
made up of
bass fishing clubs and organizations from southern &
Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. The primary
purposes of the
SJBCA are to help prevent tournament conflicts (two clubs
same body of water on the same day), to promote the sport of
fishing, and to serve as the bass fishermen's voice to
agencies. As a not-for-profit organization, we raise
support various community activities & fishing events
present annual college scholarships.
Each October, the SJBCA hosts an event we call the "Bass
Bowl". Each member club in good standing is invited
to send a
six-man team to this "braggin' rights" tournament which is
held at a
location voted on by the membership (not at the same
location within a
The SJBCA owns a 6 x 10 foot utility trailer with a
set of tournament weigh-in equipment (tables, two digital
aerator, scoreboard, bullhorn, traffic cones, cooler,
etc), any of
which can be borrowed by member clubs for their
Note: Any member club wishing to borrow some or all
SJBCA's weigh-in equipment should contact Brian Camp.
The SJBCA has a process in place to ensure that no two
clubs host open buddy tournaments on the same day, or in
vicinity on the same weekend (unless both clubs agree to
As mentioned above, we also have a process to ensure no
two clubs hold
club tournaments on the same body of water on the same day
clubs agree to that). A benefit that our member
clubs enjoy is
having the SJBCA complete and submit their permit
applications for any
tournaments they schedule on New Jersey Wildlife
Management Area (WMA)
lakes, such as Union Lake and Lake Assunpink.
While we do not publicize the list of club tournaments being held by our member clubs, anyone wishing to know whether a club has a tournament planned at a particular lake on a particular date can contact our tournament schedule coordinator Fred Lentz.
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
When needed, the SJBCA and our individual member clubs assist the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife with lake improvement projects, such as the placement of fish structures in lakes. For several years, we were involved in the preparation of Lake Audrey (located between Millville & Mauricetown in Cumberland County) for eventual fish stocking. In 2010, we established a partnership with the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife's southern region under which member clubs may "adopt" Wildlife Management Area lakes and be responsible for periodic shoreline clean-ups and fish habitat improvements. As of 2019, our clubs help maintain Lake Audrey WMA, Oak Pond WMA, Rainbow Lake WMA and Union Lake WMA.
Our organization is very focused on youth fishing activities. We recognize that our youth are the future of our sport. Each August we co-host the South Jersey Youth Outdoor Day in Carney's Point (Salem County). This free fishing and shooting-sports event attracts 200 kids (and their parents) who are looking to experience outdoor activities without necessarily having the required expertise, equipment or supplies.
We have also run the pond fishing activities at the annual HarvestFest/Trailblazer scouting event at the Pine Hill Scout Reservation each October. In addition, we support various youth fishing derbies when asked.
We previously supported the CAST fishing club at Cumberland Regional High School and the Swimming River Junior Bassmasters & Rippin Lipz Youth Chapter fishing clubs.
To encourage our member clubs to host their own youth
activities, the SJBCA provides small grants in advance to
clubs that host these events and, afterwards, presents
for the best such events. We also donate funds to
organizations that host these types of events.
The SJBCA owns a supply of rod & reel combos which
borrowed by member clubs for their kids fishing
addition, we own a complete kids target casting event kit,
member club that wants to hold that type of event.
All clubs who fish in the southern or central New Jersey area who believe they could benefit from membership in the SJBCA are invited to join. Member clubs pay dues of only $20.00 per year -- a significant bargain considering the benefits. "Associate" memberships, which require attendance at only one meeting per year, are available for clubs who may have difficulty attending the meetings. To join (or just to see what our organization is about), contact us for an invitation to a meeting. Contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (Fred) or email@example.com (Al).
JOINING A MEMBER CLUB
If you're interested in obtaining more information on any of the SJBCA's member clubs, check out the Member Club Profiles section of this web site. Many of our clubs are actively seeking new members and that fact is indicated in their profile.
The current SJBCA officers are:
The member clubs & organizations of the SJBCA are: