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Permian Basin Oilman's Bass Invitational

The Permian Basin Oilman’s Bass Invitational (PBOBI) began in 1995 with the intent of promoting camaraderie between oilfield workers. However, in going beyond a weekend of fun and fishing, PBOBI decided to make the event a charitable fundraiser. Sponsorship of a worthy cause created a focus for the event and provided an outlet for demonstrating the generosity of the oilfield. After careful consideration, the PBOBI board selected the West Texas Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the beneficiary of the tournament’s proceeds. After 7 years, due to the high number of sponsors and participants from southeastern New Mexico, the tournament expanded its reach to include the New Mexico Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Associating the tournament with the children of the Make-A-Wish Foundation has made participation in the PBOBI an enriching and rewarding experience.

In its first year, the PBOBI consisted of 112 teams. Since that time, the tournament has reached its maximum capacity each year. Through their gifts and donations, the team members, sponsors and volunteers behind the PBOBI, have granted the wishes of hundreds of extraordinary children served by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Hundreds of Wishes Granted!


Over $6 Million Donated to
Make-A-Wish Foundation

Why we what we do.

Because of the generosity of our sponsors and fisherman, the PBOBI has contributed more than $6,000,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in West Texas and New Mexico.

Board Members

Dale S. Welch - President, Garments
Conner McKown - Vice President, Weigh-in
Koby West - Treasurer
Jerry Cox - Registration
Connie Calobreves - Sponsorships
Mike "Stubby" Arnold - Food, Special Events Coordinator
Gail Riggan - Secretary, Make a Wish Liaison
Karla Ennis - Social Media, Sponsorship
Blake Arthur - Weigh-In, Sponsorship

Registration Committee

Jerry Cox
Rick Hayley
Devyn Hayley
Cathy Maggard

Advisory Committee

Larry Wadzek
Mike Mundy
Gary Lankford - Boat Acquisition