2024 Bylaws

Article I


Name and Purpose 


  • Section 1: The name of this group of fisherman shall be called the Blue Line Bass Club, and it shall be a non-profit organization.
  • Section 2: My name is Robert Townes. I am currently a law enforcement officer with the Austin Police Department. I have worked for this agency for 20 years. This past year, I started an area wide law enforcement bass club, The Blue Line Bass Club. This club is not only open to law enforcement officers from my current department in Austin Texas, but also to first responders (Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire, and retirees) in other departments state wide.
  • Section 3: The purpose of this club is to help first responders decompress from the stressful daily activities we see on a regular basis at work, to build new friendships, to exhibit sportsmanship, to help fellow first responders in times of need, and to give back to the community.


Article II


Membership and dues 


  • Section 1: A team must consist of one member that is a first responder. Upon membership, you will present a valid, current first responder identification or retiree identification. A family member, guest, or friend may fish with that first responder as long as his or her membership dues are current. That does not entitle the family member, guest, or friend to begin fishing tournaments unless that individual fishes with another first responder. As a first responder, you can have one guest a year fish without paying a yearly membership fee. If you fish with more than one guest a year, that guest will pay a $60.00 guest fee to fish our club tournaments in addition to the team club fee with the first responder. A member and or team must fish six regular tournaments to qualify for the one or two day October Championship (on a lake to be determined).
  • Section 2: Dues shall be $100.00 a year (Non-Refundable) and prorated after May as follows: June through October $60.00, November through December $40.00. Dues shall be considered delinquent for current members if not paid after the month of January. Tournament fees will be $80.00 a team for each tournament, this includes big bass The big bass at every tournament will be at least a fish weighing over 5lbs. If a big bass is not caught, the pot rolls over to the next month tournament.
  • Section 3: Any member that engages in acts that discredit, dishonor, or brings disgrace to the Blue Line Bass Club is subject to removal and termination of their membership after the officers review the incident. This also holds true about any of our sponsors.


Article III


Officers, Duties, Election, and Eligibility 


  • Section 1: The officers of the club shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary (1), Adminstrators (3), Officer’s (4)

Section 2: The President of the Blue Line Bass Club is not an elected spot. It is a permanent spot created by the founder of the club, Robert “Bobby” Townes. The President shall preside at all meetings and functions of the club. He shall preside at all meetings of the Advisory Board. He will make decisions on his own if it is for the good of the club, unless it concerns a violation of a policy.  In this case, the club must vote on the matter and the majority club vote rules.

  • Section 3: Duties of the Vice President: The Vice President shall, in the absence of the President or at his request, assume all duties of the President. He will also be responsible for the programs at all regular meetings.
  • Section 4: Duties of the Secretary: The Secretary shall keep records of all club activities and functions.
  • Section 5: Officers will be appointed by the President and Secretary, their function will be to weigh and measure questionable fish at weigh-in to ensure that they meet all state, federal, lake, and club rules.


Article IV


Advisory Board


  • Section 1: The Advisory Board shall consist of the four (4) club officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Officer) and a minimum of three (3), but not more than seven (7), advisors appointed by the President.
  • Section 2: The Advisory Board shall meet and discuss the activities of the club and offer suggestions to create more interest in the club. These suggestions will be brought to the club for approval. They will also hear and review problems rising among club members, that may conflict with current policies and procedures, and present their suggestion to the club for majority vote.


Article V




  • Section 1: Policies may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting. At the last meeting of each year, the two-thirds will be reduced to a simple majority. Proposed amendments to policies must be submitted in writing prior to the beginning of any meeting, except at the last meeting of each year. Any polices or rules are subject to change by the Advisory Board or President if it’s in the best interest of the club.
  • Section 2: The Blue Line Bass Club shall not be held liable for any misfortunate injuries, boating accidents, any vehicle accidents during travel, or serious injuries held at any of its tournaments.



Bylaws are to be signed before your first tournament of the 2024 schedule.  Ask an administrator for my information.  By signing these bylaws, you acknowledge that you have read, understand all rules, and policies presented.