Imagine being excited to fish an tournament circuit, making the call to get signed up, then finding out you are too late to make the field because it has filled up faster than expected. The frustration you might feel would be less than palatable.
Imagine now being in the predicament of trying to find a way to get in to the circuit for the year, and then rebound all the way from being on last man in, to being the highest ranked team on the totem pole at year’s end.
Now, imagine your name is Willie Davis or Tim Cummings, because it happened to them.
Davis and Cummings got registered into the field last year because a last minute spot opened up, and they found themselves not only the Northern Division points champions, but Anglers of the Year for the whole Alabama Bass Trail in its inaugural season.
Davis and Cummings; both from the Pickwick Lake area, Davis from Alabama, and Cummings from the Tennessee side, became fast friends. “We met fishing BFL’s when I drew him one day and we just hit it off,” said Cummings. “We both fish as much as we can, and when the ABT gave us an opportunity to do it together, we jumped at it.”
Cummings said that he and his partner were pleased with the year. “Last year was really good to us,” he said. “We really had some good tournaments, and found ourselves in position to win the Angler of the Year at the last tournament of the season.”
Their title came down to the last few minutes of the Logan Martin tournament. “We needed to finish in the top 30 to clinch the AOY, and had one of those kinds of tournaments that we’d like to forget,” said Cummings. “Our electronics stopped working, and I broke a rod, and we only had a small limit while we were on the way back in. We made one quick stop and Willie caught a three pounder that saved us; we wouldn’t have done it without that fish.”
While winning the Angler of the Year title once would be enough for many anglers, the pair said they are both focused on trying to repeat in the year ahead. “That’s most certainly our goal for next year,” said Cummings. We’re going to have to work together, fish our hardest and swig for the fences to do it, but that’s the goal.”
They are both just starting to prepare for the year now, but they are getting ready. “It’s been an interesting offseason, but we’re getting prepared,” said Cummings. “We’re excited about Guntersville at the end of February, for the rest of the season , and hopefully being a part of helping ABT continue to grow into the best team circuit in the whole country.”
The sponsors of the 2015 Alabama Bass Trail include: Bill Penney Toyota, the Alabama Tourism Department, Phoenix Bass Boats, Inc., Garmin, Academy Sports & Outdoors, T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., Alabama Power Company, Buffalo Rock, Inc., Jet-Pep, Inc., Tennessee Valley Authority, and Frogg Toggs, Inc., HydroWaveTM, Alabama Foundation Specialist, Boat U.S., LEER, Vicious Fishing, E3 Sports, Inc., Costa Del Mar, Frogg Toggs, Inc., Power-Pole, Window World and Yeti Coolers.
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