Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series Sells Out, Breaks Registration Record

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CONTACT: Kay Donaldson, Program Director

PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 855.9FISHAL

EMAIL: kay@alabamabasstrail.org

Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series Sells Out, Breaks Registration Record

North and south divisions sell out with a total of 450 teams.

Decatur, Ala. (August 16, 2019) – Tournament officials announce registration is closed for the 2020 Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series (ABTTS), with all 450 of the available boat entries in the north and south divisions selling out in a record 17 hours. The 2020 tournament series gets underway February 22.

Registration for the 2020 tournament series opened to the public August 15, 2019. The south division reached its limit in three hours after opening to the public and registration for the north division closed in 17 hours. In 2019, registration was full for the south division in 22 hours and in 38 days for the north division.

“Wow is about all I can say. Those who know me know that I am not a person of few words, but on Thursday, August 15, that was the only word I could say as the day progressed and registrations quickly rolled in,” said Kay Donaldson, program director for the Alabama Bass Trail. “Our team is so humbled by the confidence the anglers have shown in us. We will work extremely hard to provide them with a quality tournament experience.”

According to Donaldson, teams will be traveling from 10 states, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri ad California to compete in the 2020 tournament series. The Alabama Bass Trail creates an estimated economic impact of $4 million dollars for the state of Alabama annually.

Sanctioned by BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the ABT Tournament Series contains two divisions, North and South, and each division is made up of five tournaments on five different lakes. The maximum number of boats for each tournament is 225. Teams must fish in all five tournaments in their respective division.

Dates and locations for the 2020 tournament series are as follows:

North Division:

February 22, 2020      Lake Guntersville / hosted by Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau

March 21, 2020          Smith Lake / hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County

April 18, 2020                        Neely Henry Lake / hosted by City of Gadsden

May 16, 2020             Weiss Lake / hosted by City of Leesburg

June 13, 2020              Wheeler Lake / hosted by Decatur Morgan County Tourism

South Division:

February 29, 2020      Lake Jordan / hosted by the City of Wetumpka

March 28, 2020          Lay Lake / hosted by Shelby County Commission

April 25, 2020            Lake Eufaula / hosted by Eufaula-Barbour Chamber of Commerce

May 9, 2020               Logan Martin Lake / hosted by Pell City Chamber of Commerce

June 20, 2020              Alabama River/Cooter’s Pond / hosted by City of Prattville Parks and Recreation

Hosted by Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, the championship tournament will be held October 23-24, 2020, on Lake Martin at Wind Creek State park in Alexander City, Ala.

The no-entry fee championship event will include up to 185 boats. The 185 boats are comprised of the 10 divisional tournament winning teams, top 75 teams in points from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective divisions, along with the top 15 student boats, top five college teams and the top five couples teams collectively from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective division.

Each regular season tournament features a $10,000 guaranteed first place prize and pays 40 places totaling over $47,000. The winning team of the no-entry fee championship walks away with a $50,00 cash payout, and there is a $5,000 bonus cash prize for Angler of the Year and $2,500 for runner-up Angler of the Year. According to Donaldson, over $580,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded when the ABT Tournament Series wraps up its season in 2020.

2020 Payout Schedule:

First place                               $10,000

Second place                           $ 5,000

Third place                              $ 4,000

Fourth place                            $ 3,000

Fifth place                               $ 2,000

Sixth place                               $ 1,500

Seventh place                          $ 1,100

Eighth place                            $ 1,100

Ninth place                             $ 1,100

Tenth place                             $ 1,100

11th – 20th                             $   750 each

21st – 40th                              $   500 each

2020 Championship Payout:

First place                               $50,000

Second place                           $10,000

Third place                              $ 5,000

Fourth place                            $ 4,000

Fifth place                               $ 3,000

Sixth place                               $ 2,500

Seventh place                          $ 2,200

Eighth place                            $ 2,000

Ninth place                             $ 1,800

Tenth place                             $ 1,500

11th-15th                                   $ 1,200 each

16th-25th                                   $ 1,100 each

Big Fish                                   $500 daily

 

ABT Tournament sponsors include Phoenix Bass Boats; Bill Penney Toyota; Alabama Tourism Department; America’s First Federal Credit Union; Academy Sports & Outdoors; Garmin; T-H Marine Supplies, Inc.; Alabama Power Company; Buffalo Rock, Inc.; Jack’s; Wedowee Marine; Lews Fishing; FishNeelyHenry.com; Power-Pole; Big Bite Baits; YETI and Hydrowave. Angler’s Channel will film and produce the Alabama Bass Trail television series for Fox Sports Southeast and Southern Stream Live will continue the live-streaming and video production services.

For more information, call Donaldson at 855.934.7425 or visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.

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 www.alabamabasstrail.org.

 

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