The members who said it would be a money issue, to travel, I have an answer for them. There are sponsors out there waiting to be had with alittle work. The computer makes the search a lot easier. Here are a few suggestions. The first thing that needs to be done, is make some kind of flyer, or letter, with place, time, date, and info like" Ultimate Bass annual Regional Shootout", or similiar heading. Most sponsors require this. I am sure Ultimate bass would be able to supply this letter or flyer. I could help with the design and content.
The next thing is to contact local establishments, ask them for their sponsorship, and offer to advertise their business in return. Like displaying a banner, handing out coupons, etc. Then you could move to the big guns. E-mail them , and ask them for their sponsorship. Tell them what they can do to help sponsor you, like travel expenses, help with motel accomidations etc. The most important thing is, you must do it early in the year, starting in January of next year would be the thing to do. Most companies offer sponsorship opportunities, but they have a limit.Contacting them early is the answer. You would be surprised at the number of companies that would be willing to help.It just takes alittle work.
Ultimate bass could go on a sponsor drive also.We have a great web site to offer their advertisement on. Why not take advantage of this. We could have a tournament page, devoted entirely to the tournament. As the sponsors come on board, put them on the tourney page as a sponsor, with a link to their site. also the members could download the page or refer the page to their prospective sponsor. Pool the donations from them and use it for rooms, as I am sure that would be the big expense to over come. We could contact motels and such in the area we would be fishing, and offer them advertisement for a good discount. Believe me, this can be done, it just takes the effort, and desire. You can check out our clubs sponsor list on our home page, and we have about six more coming on board for next year.