We are in the process of launching our brand new website that will feature our member anglers like never before. It’s time the rest of the nation take notice!
Expect great things to come in the coming days and weeks. In the mean time scroll on down and read up on some of the recent changes here at WWBT.
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2018 CHANGES FAQ
Why has the Wild West Bass Trail (WWBT) been sold?
Who are the new owners?
Who will be running and directing WWBT events?
Will WWBT still be televised?
Absolutely. Television coverage of the Wild West Bass Trail Pro Am and Team Championships, along with the Western Classic Championship, will be available to the viewer on the Pursuit Channel. Combined with the network airings, there are YouTube video links and live internet weigh-ins at the events. This will include a full production weigh-in, angler interviews, sponsor commercials, billboards, highlights and multiple venues of social media to maximize our partners’ products and brand impressions to the viewer. The
Pursuit Channel reaches into 47 million homes and is adding full HD every quarter. As of spring 2017, Pursuit Channel is upgraded into full HD on DirecTV and AT&T.
Will WWBT still have a live show?
What is WWBT’s mission and purpose?
WWBT has not changed its mission and purpose.
WWBT’s mission is to promote and advertise for the highest quality companies and anglers by providing premier competitive fishing events in the West for nationwide viewing. Anglers and sponsors combined will showcase their skills and products with the most innovative television, web, print and social media available. Put simply, we exist to:
a. Promote our western anglers;
b. Promote our sponsors; and
c. Promote western fisheries and host destinations.
Will WWBT’s schedule change now that there is a new ownership team?
Will there be a change in WWBT Sponsors?
Will Gary Dobyns and Craig Gottwals have any role in the new management?
Both Gary and Craig have truly enjoyed their work with WWBT, but both are ready to stop watching the WWBT anglers catch fish and get out on the water to fish alongside of them.
WWBT knew that Dobyns could not compete against WWBT anglers as an owner. It would have been bad for business. His efforts were designed to launch this circuit and to see it succeed. Gary will still be in California until the April to June timeframe as he moves his business to Texas. He is also going to keep a home in northern California. In addition to assisting the new ownership team in the transition, Gary plans to fish all or nearly all of WWBT’s Pro Ams in 2018. It could be Gary’s last year to compete in Pro Am events in California and he is eager to do so one last time. Numerous times during 2016 and 2017 anglers approached Gary and other WWBT personnel and asked why Gary wasn’t fishing. The majority of anglers expressed that in order to be the best, they wanted to beat the best and “take Gary’s entry fee!” In 2018 anglers will have that opportunity.
Gottwals, on the other hand, simply wants to donate his entry fees out of the kindness of a benevolent heart. He has enjoyed his time as an emcee and host and will assist WWBT in securing a replacement. He will also be available to fill in and support WWBT in its media efforts on an as needed basis. He too plans to fish all of WWBT’s events in 2018.
What will happen to Last Cast with Gary and Craig?
Will there be Rule Changes in 2018?
Will the WWBT Payout change in 2018?
Yes. Simply put, Dobyns and the Morgans added money to every payout in 2016 and 2017 in an effort to bolster boat count as much as possible. WWBT regularly paid out over 100% at team evens and 108% or 109% at Pro Ams. With the inclusion of Ranger Boats and Evinrude motors at the Championships, WWBT paid well over its standard 108%. At its present level of sponsor support, WWBT cannot maintain 108% payout. WWBT must continue for the western anglers and, therefore, it must sustain itself. Thus, WWBT’s 2018 payouts will be 90% or better at each event.
We are still finalizing our budget but are fully committed to keeping angler payout at or above 90%. WWBT strives to provide the highest possible payout. As our budget allows and sponsor support grows, we will continue to reinvest that back into our product by augmenting media coverage and bolstering angler payout.
If any anglers are uncomfortable with that we truly regret that we may lose their business. Nevertheless, at 90% per event, WWBT is highly competitive with all similarly priced
professional fishing events nationwide.
Lake Shasta CA – January 26-28, 2018
Don Pedro Lake CA – March 2-4, 2018
Lake Havasu AZ – March 23-25, 2018
California Delta CA – April 27-29, 2018
Lake Oroville CA – June 1-3, 2018
Lake Havasu – January 20, 2018
Roosevelt Lake – February 24, 2018
Lake Pleasant – April 14, 2018
Roosevelt Lake – May 19-20, 2018
Lake Oroville – January 13, 2018
Lake Shasta – February 17, 2018
Clear Lake – May 5, 2018
California Delta – June 9, 2018
Lake Berryessa – October 6-7, 2018