Ever consider joining a club? There is sure to be one near you. And there are clubs in many countries other than the US. You should be able to find a club that is looking for no-boat fishermen, so you do not need a bass boat to join. Some clubs are team format where you and a friend fish the tournaments together. Some allow individuals to fish by themselves. Even others have tournaments without weigh-ins. The competitors keep up with their catch during the day and release the fish immediately.
Many clubs have a theme. There are several Christian clubs that hold their tournaments on Saturday and make an effort to set a good example. Almost all have a conservation effort as part of their club. Some focus on smallmouth. Most have some kind of kids fishing event and make an effort to promote youth fishing. Military clubs are often found around bases. Other clubs center around one particular lake. The women bass fishermen sometimes have their own clubs, just for them, but many clubs are co-ed. There are also college clubs. A national association for hearing impaired bass fishermen has clubs in several state.
Local clubs usually are part of a national group. Bass Anglers Sportsman Society was the original, and many states have a Bass Chapter Federation of clubs that hold a statewide tournament to select a team to go to a national tournament. Club fishermen have a chance, although a very long shot, at a BASS Masters Classic amateur slot through this process. Some clubs are beginning to have their own private lakes to fish, rather than focusing on tournaments.
Many clubs have a web page and some have interesting info. Almost all run club rules, tournament results, how to join the club and pictures, but there are also "stolen boat updates," club members' fishing stories and fishing updates. There are even classified ads on some sites, and others promote educational articles to help you learn, even to knot tying instructions. You can also find archived club newsletters.
Consider joining a local bass club for fun, fellowship an education!