ABT Announces Jon Simpson as New Tournament Director and Daniel Montgomery as Assistant Tournament Director

December 12, 2022


CONTACT: Kay Donaldson, Program Director

PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 855.9FISHAL


Alabama Bass Trail’s Growth Continues with New Hires

Decatur, Ala. (December 12, 2022) – The Alabama Bass Trail (ABT), Alabama’s biggest bass tournament trail featuring 13 of the state’s premier bass fishing lakes, announces the hiring of two new team members. Jon Simpson and Daniel Montgomery, both from Florence, Ala., join the organization as tournament director and assistant tournament director, respectively. They will work together under the leadership of Program Director Kay Donaldson to promote the state of Alabama as a year-round fishing destination and coordinate all events held by the ABT. Both assumed responsibilities December 1, 2022.

Simpson has 24 years of experience in plant operations and support, logistics and management and has served as a member of the ABT crew since 2021, where he was responsible for the set up and dismantle of ABT tournament events. An avid fisherman, he has many years of experience fishing different tournament trails including ABT, FLW Bass Fishing League, B.A.S.S. Weekend Series and Anglers Choice. He has also worked as a media boat driver for MLF/FLW since 2011. As the ABT tournament director, he is the point of contact for anglers with questions regarding rules and requirements to fish the ABT Tournament Series and the ABT 100. In addition, he serves as the weighmaster on stage and oversees the weigh-in process during ABT events. He can be reached at 256-309-9852 or

Montgomery comes to the ABT with over 14 years of experience in the electrical and construction fields. He served as a crew member for the ABT from 2018 to 2021 where he assisted with the set up and dismantle of tournaments and meetings and the transport, set up and dismantle of the live trailer as well as other responsibilities such as parking and boat check. He was responsible for the start-up and operations for a high school fishing team for three years and was president and managed the Collinwood Bass Club for six years. As the assistant tournament director, he will work with Tournament Director Jon Simpson to organize each ABT and ABT 100 events. Montgomery can be contacted via email at

“I am very excited about the qualities that Jon and Daniel bring to the Alabama Bass Trail,” said Program Director Kay Donaldson. “Not only do they both bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience about tournament operations, but they also embody a passion and a love for the trail that will help elevate the organization and the sport of bass fishing in Alabama. I look forward to working with them to continue to grow the Alabama Bass Trail.”

For more information, call Donaldson at 855.934.7425 or visit  

About Alabama Bass Trail

The Alabama Bass Trail is a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. Its mission is to promote Alabama as a year-round fishing destination, to preserve natural resources for generations to come, and to educate high school and college-aged students to be good stewards of natural resources. The 13 bass fishing lakes consist of Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Weiss Lake, Lake Martin, Lay Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Jordan, Alabama River, Lake Eufaula, and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. For more information, visit