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Club History

The St. Johns Bass Anglers is a Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society (B.A.S.S.) National Federated Chapter.


Founded in 1970, with six members, the club currently has approximately 50 active members. The club was formed when Dick Hulcher (active club member) was asked by Bob Cobb and Ray Scott at one of the first Bass Master Tournaments to contact Gene Loftin (an attorney in Jacksonville) who had written to them about forming a club. Through this contact the club was formed.

Gene Loftin was also the author of our constitution and By-Laws which are said by B.A.S.S. to be among, if not the best in the country. It is the strength of the club's By-Laws that have kept the club together and will continue to do so for years to come.

St. Johns Bass Anglers (Chapter number 0019) is the oldest federated bass club in Florida, and the fifth oldest in the country. Our first junior member was Peter "T" Thliveros, who joined the club at age 16 and eventually has gone on to be a successful professional fisherman. Another former junior member is the 2003 BASS Federation Champion and Rookie Pro Jerry Shawver.

Members compete in monthly tournaments and Federation qualifying events within FLW's The Bass Federation.

However, membership is not totally about fishing. All members are expected to participate in club functions such as, the annual Casting Kids competition, the Big Bass Tournament, charity functions and any other function so designated by the Club President.

In closing please feel free to contact any of our officers for information regarding how you can become an active member of the St. Johns Bass Anglers. We look forward to hearing from you.

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