TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BASS CLUBS


The Texas Association of Bass Clubs was organized in 1970 by a group of people from the San Antonio Bass Club and others. The 1st President was Maurice Campbell, 1st Secretary was Doctor Bill Shelton from East Texas, 1st Treasurer was Martha Golden. Her husband, Earl, was appointed as a Board Member. Earl was the Outdoor Editor for the Waco Tribune and continued to be the editor for 50+ years. He was instrumental in organizing in 1955 what is known as the first competition bass fishing tournament in Texas - Texas State Bass Tournament. Earl also helped organize Texas Black Bass Unlimited in 1986.


T.A.B.C. was chartered as a 501 (c) (3) in 1971. It began as a statewide organization made up of approximately 114 bass clubs in Texas. In 1976 the organization was divided up into eight different regions with a director for each region and three At Large board members. We later affiliated the country of Mexico as a region of our organization and provided them with lectures and instructional classes on the art of bass fishing.


T.A.B.C. has had several presidents from all over the state since Maurice Campbell. They include Bob Pence from West Texas, Earl McKeithan, Ken Knott, Bob Ryan, Jerry Gold, Bill Bales, Randi Wayland, Bud Wright, Ed Calderone and current president, Robert Rose.


Bragging rights/accomplishments include:

  • Fought and won against the Walking Catfish Bill
  • Fought and won against the Spear Fishing Bill
  • Fought against the legal introduction of grass carp in 1978 beginning with the stocking of carp on Lake Conroe. This was a costly legal battle against Texas Parks & Wildlife, Lake Conroe Association and the Texas A & M University - likened to David against Goliath. We have since then fought against grass carp many times.
  • We built a one-of-a-kind all access fishing pier in the early 80's on Lake Nacogdoches for the physically challenged, elderly and under privileged kids
  • Built another all access fishing pier in Central Texas
  • Fought legislation against polluters; promoted clean air and clean water
  • Fought the Core of Engineers and won against clearing of the Choke Canyon Reservoir
  • In 1975-76 we encouraged Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to reduce the liberal fish limit from 15 to 10 fish. We worked with the then Inland Fisheries Chief Bob Kemp and the limits were lowered to 10 fish with 10" limits. Later in 1986, we worked with Inland Fisheries Chief, Phil Durocher, to further reduce the limits to 5 fish, 14 inch length
  • We supported then Senator Dan Ellis, who carried the bill and got it passed, for a $5.00 Fish Stamp to help fund fish hatcheries statewide. This $5.00 stamp has raised over $60 million for fish hatcheries. Part of those funds went to build a new hatchery in Jasper, Texas and refurbish other ones and stock fish throughout Texas.
  • T.A.B.C. has been involved with young people. We have hosted Youth Tournaments around the state and provided college scholarships for many youth
  • We support fishing events for challenged youth and our Brave American Soldiers.
  • T.A.B.C. has hosted a State Championship for each year of existence. In the beginning it was called the TOP 6 and was between each club. It is now known as the Texas Association of Bass Clubs State Championship
  • T.A.B.C. is honored to have two inductees in the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame