North Country Bassin' had its annual meeting to plan the 2021 season on March 13th at the Reno Bar and Grill. A number of changes were discussed and the following decisions were made:
1. Running our open tournaments were becoming a burden on a small number of our members and the financial incentives were just not there to continuing to have them. It was decided that we would increase our annual dues to $100 from $50. The higher dues would allow us to keep payouts for the megabucks the same.
2. The Megabucks format was also a topic of discussion. It was decided to alternate every other year as a "big" lake/"small" lake year. The small lake years would be run by spliting the field on two lakes within 15 minutes drive time of each other. The big lake years would be run as the have been in the past with the full field on one lake. 2021 will be a small lake year.
3. Chad noted that some of our regular lakes were as far as some of the travel lakes and brought a list of lakes and their drive time from Christopherson's. After some discussion, it was decided to keep one travel tournament during the season. Regular draw lakes will be limited to those within 46 minutes drive time and travel lakes will go out to 62 minutes.
4. We have had circumstances in the past that require some changes be made during the course of the season. Since it is nearly impossible to get the whole club together, it was decided that an Executive Board would be formed to make the decision on behalf of all the members. The board members are Chad Haabala, Tim McDowell, Durand Peterson and Mike Peterson.
In addition to these changes, club draw tournament dates were set as well as the Megabucks lakes and dates.