The 2010 bass tournament season was inaugural for Hook Setters Bass Club of Missouri. The club’s home water is Lake of the Ozarks but it also fishes other regional waters such as Truman, Mark Twain and Lake Kincad in Illinois. Anglers fish seven tournaments with a year-ending two-day Classic in October.
Club membership is primarily for boat-owners only. Non-boaters can participate in events, but it Coleman said it works better for this small club for membership to be boat owners.
Hook Setters member Bishop Coleman said the club plans civic-related activities to raise money for cancer research while also planning events that allow youth to discover and benefit from the sport of fishing and enjoy the outdoors.
Coleman said as a retiree from the U.S. Army he is an advocate for rules, policies and regulations in everything, including the success of bass clubs. The success of his club will depend on this foundation he said. “A successful club also relies on strong leadership; don’t appoint buddies to positions in a club, just because they are your buddy. Appoint people to officer roles in your club because they want to work, and that in itself has a lot to do with becoming a successful bass club.
The club has plans to soon join the Missouri Bass Association so they can fish the State Championship. Hooksetters members are also closely linked with a fellow bass club, 21st Century Bass Club.