AFTCO Named Official Apparel Company of the Alabama Bass Trail

November 9, 2016

AFTCODecatur, Ala. (November 7, 2016) – The Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) is proud to announce its partnership with AFTCO as the official apparel company for ABT anglers in 2017. AFTCO, a leader in offshore fishing tackle, clothing and gear, will provide a customized shirt line and shorts for ABT anglers in 2017.

With the ABT and AFTCO partnership, bass anglers will learn about the same sun protection, quick-drying, stain-resistant, wrinkle-free performance clothing that Alabama saltwater anglers have used for years. “AFTCO has long set the quality standard for serious saltwater anglers and we look forward to introducing our clothing line to bass anglers through our clothing sponsorship with the Alabama Bass Trail,” said AFTCO President Bill Shedd. “In recent years a growing number of bass anglers began discovering what saltwater angles have known since 1989, AFTCO clothing is the perfect clothing for serious anglers. Kay and her team at the Alabama Bass Trail have been great to work with and we think this partnership will be a good thing for the Alabama Bass Trail, its participating anglers, and AFTCO.”

As part of the agreement, the apparel will be designed and manufactured by AFTCO and will include shirts and shorts for men. Clothing will be designed to showcase functionality and to protect anglers from the sun while offering a super-comfortable fit.

The American Fishing Tackle Company (AFTCO) was established in 1958 within the confines of a Newport Beach, California, basement. The creation of the AFTCO Roller Guide advanced big game fishing to new heights and became the standard seen on top offshore boats worldwide. In 1989 AFTCO introduced its first line of AFTCO Fishing Clothing. Shortly after, AFTCO introduced the M01 Original Fishing Shorts. The M01 became the world’s first fishing shorts built and tested to stand up to the rigors that anglers demanded. The Original Fishing Shorts launched AFTCO’s performance fishing clothing business into what anglers know today as an extensive line of performance sun protection shirts, technical outerwear and functional fishing shorts. Through AFTCO’s 10% Pledge to Protect & Conserve, AFTCO & the Shedd family have contributed more than 10% of profits to help protect our ocean resources and ensure a sustainable fishery for future generations.

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“AFTCO is a clothing company that has been highly visible in the saltwater market for years and the Alabama Bass Trail is excited to be a part of their emergence into the freshwater fishing industry. Their clothes are designed with anglers in mind, using stain resistant fabrics that also dry very quickly,” said ABT Program Director Kay Donaldson.

For more information on the ABT, visit or call Kay Donaldson at 855.9FISHAL.

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