Decatur, Ala. – The Alabama Bass Trail will appear on network television next year when its Tournament Series airs on Fox Sports Southeast. Thirteen episodes and 65 re-airs will be televised on Sunday mornings.
FSS will televise 13 original 30-minute episodes to 10 million homes on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. in the second half of 2016, officials said. Each show will feature a different tournament location. Footage will be taken on the water, during takeoffs and weigh-ins and will also include in-depth interviews with the tournament winners.
“Being able to televise the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series on Fox Sports Southeast will allow us to feature our lakes, anglers and sponsors on a huge stage for outdoorsmen,” said Kay Donaldson. “The exposure will not only be a bonus for the fishing industry in general, but will benefit the entire state of Alabama.”
While the episodes take viewers inside the boats of the competitors as they navigate the lakes of Alabama, a production crew will film local eateries and attractions in the host city of each tournament location.
“Although our Bass Trail is just a few years old, it has a strong foundation and a solid reputation. Being on television will encourage even more anglers to come to Alabama and to fish our lakes and rivers. This is a great way to bring economic development to rural areas all over the state,” said Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department.
Fox Sports Southeast, owned by Fox Cable Networks and operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, is available in over 10 million homes throughout Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, and a large portion of North Carolina. For more information on Fox Sports Southeast, visit www.foxsports.com/south.
The Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series gets underway February 20, 2016. The tournament trail contains two divisions: North and South. Each division is made up of five tournaments on five different lakes. The maximum number of boats for each tournament is 225.
- Lewis Smith Lake
February 27, 2016 hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County
- Lake Guntersville
March 19, 2016 hosted by Marshall County CVB
- Pickwick Lake
April 23, 2016 hosted by TBD
- Neely Henry Lake
May 21, 2016 hosted by City of Gadsden Parks & Recreation
- Weiss Lake
June 18, 2016 hosted by Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
- Lake Martin
February 20, 2016 hosted by Alexander City Chamber of Commerce
- Lay Lake
March 12, 2016 hosted by Shelby County Commission
- Mobile-Tensaw Delta
April 9, 2016 hosted by Mobile Sports Authority and Mobile CVB
- Alabama River
May 14, 2016 hosted by the City of Camden (Millers Ferry)
- Lake Jordan
June 4, 2016 hosted by TBD
- Lake Eufaula
October 7-8, 2016 hosted by Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce
Sponsors of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series are Bill Penney Toyota; the Alabama Tourism Department; Phoenix Bass Boats, Inc.; Academy Sports & Outdoors; Garmin; T & H Marine Supplies, Inc.; Alabama Power Company; Buffalo Rock, Inc.; Boat US, Jet-Pep, Inc.; AFS Inc.; Tennessee Valley Authority; Lew’s Fishing; Allstate Insurance; LEER Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers; E3 Sports Apparel; Navionics and Frogg Toggs, Inc.; YETI Coolers; Hydrowave; and Costa Del Mar.
For more information, call Alabama Bass Trail Program Director Kay 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 (Millers Ferry), Lake Eufaula, and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. For more information, visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.