Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Florida-Strain Bass !
Welcome and thanks for visiting. The OBC started in 1971 and a few of the original members are still active today. We would love for you to attend one of our once a month meetings. They are held the first Thursday of every month at Denny's Restaurant right off of the I-4 and Lee Rd. exit. We usually start eating dinner about 6:30 and start the meeting around 7pm.
Ranger Bass Boat's first boat was built by Forrest and Nina Wood in 1968 out of a small "plant" in Flippin, Arkansas. Forrest wanted his boats to have strength, integrity, and commitment in a single name. He named "Ranger" after the original heritage of the Texas Rangers, a law enforcement group that was noted for reliability, toughness and patriotism.
Built out of fiberglass and "hand laid" for strength many of the original processes that went into the first Ranger still have a place in how they are built today. The processes have been streamlined but the integrity of the boat is still of utmost importance to Ranger.
Ranger was the first company to install carpet in their boats in 1969. Carpet not only made the boats quieter but also added comfort, appeal and a step up aesthetic appeal not found in boats before that time.
Rebel was not only limited to lure making, in 1971 they had begun making "Bass" boats. In fact Rebel furnished some of the I/O boats for the very first Bass Master Classic.
TrophyCatch is an incentive-based conservation program designed for anglers who catch-and-release largemouth bass heavier than eight pounds, in Florida.
Our goals are:
Anglers are encouraged to follow catch-and-release guidelines for these big bass and to document the catch through a photograph of the entire bass on a scale with the weight clearly legible. See RULES and PRIZES for details.