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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 & central New Jersey and southeastern
Pennsylvania. The primary purposes of the SJBCA are to
help prevent tournament conflicts (two clubs fishing the
same body of water on the same day), to promote the sport of
bass fishing, and to serve as the bass fishermen's voice to
government agencies. As a not-for-profit organization,
we raise money to support various community activities &
fishing events and to 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 three-year
The SJBCA owns a 6 x 10 foot utility trailer with a
complete set of tournament weigh-in equipment (tables, two
digital scales, tub, aerator, scoreboard, bullhorn,
traffic cones, cooler, etc), any of which can be borrowed
by member clubs for their tournaments. Note:
Any member club wishing to borrow some or all of the
SJBCA's weigh-in equipment should contact Brian Camp.
The SJBCA has a process in place to ensure that no two
member clubs host open buddy tournaments on the same day,
or in the same vicinity on the same weekend (unless both
clubs agree to that). 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
(unless both 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.
COMMUNITY 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
fishing activities, the SJBCA provides small grants in
advance to individual clubs that host these events and,
afterwards, presents annual awards for the best such
events. We also donate funds to other local
organizations that host these types of events.
The SJBCA owns a supply of rod & reel combos which
can be borrowed by member clubs for their kids fishing
events. In addition, we own a complete kids target
casting event kit, for any 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: