Membership FAQ

The Bass Federation of Michigan and TBF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Is The Bass Federation (TBF) owned by FLW Outdoors?
    No, FLW is our major partner. TBF (national) is owned by the state Federations. Each state Federation holds one share of stock.
  2. Is The Bass Federation (TBF) affiliated with ESPN or B.A.S.S.?
    No, TBF is not affiliated with the ESPN or B.A.S.S. organizations.
  3. Do you have to be in a TBF club to be a TBF Member?
    Yes, and that club must be a member of the state TBF organization (state Federation).
  4. How can I join a TBF club in my state?
    To join a TBF club in Michigan, see How to Join on our Membership page or your local club director.
  5. Do you have to be a FLW Outdoors Member to be a TBF Member?
    Yes, FLW Outdoors membership, including Fantasy Fishing Players Advantage, is included in your total TBF member dues. If you are an FLW Outdoors life member you will not be charged the FLW part of the membership. See the Membership page for more details.
  6. How can I join FLW Outdoors?
    If you are a TBF member you must pay your FLW Outdoors membership through you TBF-affiliated club each year. Membership runs from 1/1 through 12/31 each calendar year.
  7. How can I form my own club in my state?
    You need 6 adult members or more to start your own local club. For more details on joining through the online roster management see the Membership page.
  8. How much does it cost to be a TBF Member?
    TBF dues are $75 per member per year for 2012 – $15 TBF national dues + $25 TBF of Michigan dues + $35 FLW Outdoors dues. See the Membership page for more details. Your local club may also have dues.
  9. What do I get for being a TBF Member?
    See the great list of benefits on the Membership page! You also qualify to fish the state championship with a shot at advancing as far as the Forrest Wood Cup for a shot at $1 Million Dollars along with the TBF Living the Dream package! See the Tournaments page for more information.
  10. Is the TBF a tournament trail?
    Members qualify through their club events and state Federation tournaments to fish in the Division Championship tournaments, and can then move on to the TBF National Championship, the BFL All-American and even the Forrest Wood Cup Championship. See the Tournaments page for more information.
  11. Is TBF a non-profit or for-profit company?
    TBF is a for-profit company (C-corporation) because that is the only legal way we could set up and support the state Federations, which are all non-profit. TBF of Michigan is a non-profit.
  12. Do TBF Board Members get paid?
    Other than company-related expense reimbursement, the TBF board of directors receives NO COMPENSATION, the same for the TBF of Michigan board of directors.