Junior/High School Tournament
Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., conducted a Junior / High School Tournament on Lake Guntersville, Goose Pond, Scottsboro, AL on 1/28/2017. Junior and High School anglers representing Cedar Bluff, North Sand Mountain, Ft Payne, Spring Valley, Plainview, Indian Springs, Gardendale, Fairview Sand Rock and Sylvania participated in the tournament. These angler and boat captains braved the chilly morning start and endured the high winds during day.
At the end of the tournament day the Junior Angler Division was unable to present a measurable fish to the scale. However, that was not the circumstances for the High School Division.
In the High School Division, the team of Colin McCullough and Jake Cagle of Cedar Bluff High School took a demanding lead with a limit of fish with a weight of 28.09 lbs. Colin and Jake commented that they did not have that many bites during the, but their swimming jig presentation paid off with quality fish, Finishing in second place was the team of Riley Johnson and Jayden Culpepper of North Sand Mountain High School with 13.04, third was Connor Schrader and will Abernathy of Ft Payne Wildcats Fishing Team with 13.03; fourth is Nelson Poore and Noah Higdon of North Sand Mountain High School with 12.05. Finishing out the top five is team of Eli Denny and Noah Garnett of Fairview High School with 10.14.
Logan Martin Tournament 2/11/2017
Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., first 2017 Qualifying Tournament was held on 2/11/2017 out of Riverside Landing, Riverside City, AL. Its has been several years since Logan Martin has been visited as a tournament site. Practice conditions were on the windy and chilly side but tournament day was very pleasant.
1st Place Angler tournament honors and a $2,000.00 check was claimed by Tim Harbison of Alabama Ranger Club with at impressive weight of 19.14. Drew Blackmon of Coosa River Hookers was the top Co-Angler of the tournament claiming a $1,000.00 in winnings with a limit that weight 12.09.
JR/HS Alabama River Tournament
Everett Jones of Prattville Christian academy grabbed top honors with a weight of 8.06 lbs. in the Junior Division. Following in second was Will Helmes of Ft Payne Wildcats with 4.13. Lane Clark of Ft Payne Wildcats was third and finishing fourth was Garrett Jurkofsky of Prattville Christian Academy.
In the High School Division, the team of Kaylon Hardy and Benjamin Echols took the lead with an impressive limit that pushed the scales to 19.06. Finishing in second place was the team of Colton Cash and Ethan Clanton of Sandrock High School with 12.07, third was another Sandrock High School team of Grant and Brody Robison with 11.14 and rounding out the top four of the High School Division was Austin brown of Plainview High School.
Junior / High School Tournament
Cherokee County, AL
Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., 2017 Junior / High School season kicked off on 29 October 2017 with its first tournament out of Little River Marina and Lodge, Cedar Bluff, Alabama. Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce was our gracious partnering host. Represented at the tournament were Junior Anglers and High School Teams from Cedar Bluff, Fort Payne, Indian Springs, Plainview, Sand Rock. Springvalley and Sylvania.
Following the closing of the scales Bailey Duke and Austin Brown of Plainview High School Fishing Team were the High School Team winners with a limited that weighted 16-05. Cody Daniels and Logan Middlebrook of Sand Rock Jr Wildcats were 2nd with 13-11. Jacob Drake and Connor Walker of Indian Springs High School were 3rd with 12-13. Rounding out the top four of the High School Division is Dalton Mitchell and Jake Cagle of Cedar Bluff High School with 12-1.
In the Junior Division, Ethan Meadows of Ft Payne Wildcats Fishing Team took the 1st Place honors with a weight of 5-10. Ethan was followed by Levi Cox of Sand Rock Jr Wildcats with 4-14. Finishing 3rd was Cash Colton of Sand Rock Jr Wildcats with 4lbs and in 4th was Braden Wooten of Ft Payne Wildcats Fishing Team with 3-7.
Big thanks to the Boat Captains that volunteer their time, effort and equipment to ensure that these young angler had the opportunity to participate in this event. Also a round of applause to the parents and all supporters of the Junior and High School program.
Our next tournament will be on January 28, 2017, Alabama River, launching out of Cooters Pond, Prattville, AL.
National Semi- Finals Tournament
Neely Henry Lake
2016 TBF District 4 National Semi-Finals Tournament was hosted by Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., and City of Gadsden, AL. Alabama and Mississippi federation angler launched out of Coosa Landing, Gadsden, AL, to fish the water of Neely Henry Lake seeking their opportunity to advance to the TBF National Tournament which will be scheduled during the spring of 2017.
At the conclusion of tournament Day 1 Alex Alford of Alabama finished ahead of the field of Anglers with a limit that tipped the scales at 13.08. Finishing 2nd in the Angler Division was Hunter Hayes of Alabama with a weight of 12.15; 3rd Place was Wes Logan of Alabama with 11.08, 4th was Wayne Parrish of Mississippi with 11.03 and Jackie Price of Alabama finished in the top five with 11.02.
The Co-Angler top position of Day 1 was claimed by Nickolas Beckstein of Mississippi with 10.02. Finishing 2nd was Steve Shirley of Mississippi with 8.12, Dennis Sandoval of Alabama was 3rd with 8.08, Earl Martin of Mississippi was 4th with 8.00 and Jason Blackmon of Alabama finished in the top five of the Co-Anglers with 7.03.
Upon the closing of the scales o following Day 2 competition Hunter Hayes of Alabama finished atop the Angler Division with a total weight of 24.21. Roy Galbriath of Alabama finished 2nd with 23.04, Wayne Parrish of Mississippi was 3rd with 23.03, Alex Alford was 4th with 22.16 and finishing 5th was Philip Perkins of Alabama with 21.26.
In the Co-Angler Division top honors was claimed by John Perez of Alabama with a weight of 17.13. Finishing 2nd was Nikolas Beckstein of Mississippi with 15.09, 3rd was Keith Hayes of Alabama with 14.23, 4th was Tim Griffith of Alabama with 114.22 and Dennis Sandoval of Alabama finished in 5th place with 14.15.
Advancing on to the 2017 TBF National Tournament will be the top Angler and Co-Angler from each State. Angler, Hunter Hayes and Co-Angler John Perez of Alabama and Angler Wayne Parrish and Co-Angler Nikolas Beckstein of Mississippi will be to the National Tournament.
Alabama won the State Pride competition team members, Alex Alford, Jason Blackmon, Randal Blackmon, Rusty Burroughs, Todd Dalrymple, Tim Griffith, Wes Logan and Clayton Mosley claimed the State Pride Trophy with a compiled total weight of 115.05.
Jackie Price of Alabama was the top finishing angler of the tournament participating in the Ranger Cup and will be receiving $500.00 bonus money from the Ranger Cup program.
2016 Al Redding State Championship Tournament
2016 season final Tournament of Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., was hosted at Lake Weiss, Little River Marina, Cherokee County, AL. Qualified Federation Anglers seeking advancement to District #4, National Semi-Finals Tournament took to the low level waters of Weiss Lake in search of the heaviest weight of the two day tournament.
At the conclusion of tournament day Rusty Burroughs of Shotgun Sports Supply took the top honors of the Angler Division with a weight of 29.80 finishing ahead of Wes Logan also of Shotgun Sports Supply who had 29.74. Third of Angler Division was Don Cox, another member of Shotgun Sports Supply with 24.89. In 4th was Alex Alford of Coosa River Hookers with 24.07. Rounding out the top five of the Angler Division was Jamie Hardy of Shotgun Sports Supply with 22.89.
The Co-Angler top position was claimed by Tim Griffith of Dekalb Bassmasters with 22.99. Finishing 2nd was Todd Dalrymple of Dekalb Bassmasters with 17.47, 3rd was Dennis Sandoval of Morgan County Bass Club with 17.16, 4th was Reggie Burns of Dekalb Bassmasters with16.28 and Keith Hayes of Dekalb Bassmasters finished in the top five of the Co-Anglers with 16.22.
Day 1Total Boat Weight (TBW) honors was claimed by Kyle Glasgow of Winfield Bass Masters / Tim Griffith of Dekalb Bassmasters with 25.77. Winning Day 2 TBW was Rusty Burroughs, of Shotgun Sports Supply and his Co-Angler link, Todd Dalrymple of Dekalb Bassmasters had a combined weight of 22.60.
Team competition was claimed by Shotgun Sports Supply with a weight of 136.36. Team members were Rusty Burroughs, Don Cox, Jamie Hardy, Wes Logan, Bill Spicer and Ferlin Weeks. Dekalb Bassmasters team had 108.01 followed by Locust Fork Bassmasters with 89.22.
Jamie Hardy of Shotgun Sports Supply was the highest finishing team member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Team and will receive a $500.00 bonus provided by Airport Marine.
Ronald Tidwell of Locust Fork Bassmasters was the top finisher Ranger Cup participates. T Paul Brown of Alabama Ranger Club and James Moore of Locust Fork Bassmasters was also anglers in the Ranger Cup and will be receiving bonus money from the Ranger Cup program.
Our next event will be District #4 National Semi-Finals Tournament scheduled for 15-16 October 2016, Neely Henry Lake Gadsden, AL. All qualified anglers and co-anglers for this event should register on-line at http://bassfederation.com/2016-tbf-national-semi-final-schedules or call (580) 765-9031. Registration will close at noon on 6 October 2016. Angler entry fee is $200.0 and Co-Angler is $100.00
2016 Southeastern Conference Regional High School Tournament
The 2016 Southeastern Conference Regional High School Tournament was conducted on Lake Cumberland, Somerset, KY on 17 September, 2016. Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., had two High School Teams competing ion the event. Following the weigh-in Saturday afternoon the team of Parker Davis, Aaron Stephens and their Boat Captain Lee Stephens, of Mortimer Jordan High School finished in 5th Place, which qualified them to advance onto the 2017 TBF/SAF National High School Tournament. The National Tournament will be scheduled sometime during the spring of 2017.
The team of Brody Robison, Grant Robison and their Boat Captain Daniel Robison of Fort Payne Wildcats Fishing Team competed however did not make the cut to advance to the National Tournament.
2016 Junior World Championship Tournament
2016 Bass Federation (TBF) Junior World Championship Tournament was conducted 5-6 August, Lake Guntersville, Goose Pond, Scottsboro, AL. Young anglers in the age range of 11-15 from 37 States competed in the event. During the registration and banquet on Thursday anglers were greeted by Forrest L Woods and Hank Parker.
Connor Scharder of Fort Payne Wildcats Fishing Team was our Alabama contender in the event. Connor Thompson also of Fort Payne Wildcats Fishing Team participated in the event as an observer. Tournament format is that all anglers fish on Friday and only the top angler from each of the six Divisions will advance to the final tournament day.
Unfortunately Connor did not advance to the final day of completion. Connor advised that he enjoyed the event and would attempt to qualify for the event next year.
The Tournament was won by Fisher Davis, of the Central Division.
Alabama Bass Federation State Team finished 2nd in the 2016 Southern Divisional Tournament
See results at http://bassfederation.com/tournaments/results-new/
Alabama Bass Federation, Inc. News
Angler of Year Points:
Anger and Co-Angler, Angler of Year points will be accrued at each Qualifying Tournament and the State Championship Tournament with 200 points awarded to the 1st place finisher; 199 points to the 2nd place finisher, etc., 50 points will be awarded to anglers that did not weight a fish. At the State Championship Tournament, Angler of Year points will be determined by the cumulative total of the two day event. Of the four (4) Qualifying Tournaments the lowest AOY points will be dropped. Therefore the final AOY Points will be the cumulative total the three (3) highest Qualifying Tournament AOY points and the State Championship AOY points.
Eligibility to Compete at the 2017 National Semi-Finals Tournament:
The selection will be composed as follows:
Top twelve (12) Anglers from the Angler of Year Standings
Top twelve (12) Anglers from the Co-Angler of Year Standings
Top eight (8) Anglers at the State Championship Tournament
Top eight (8) Co-Anglers at the State Championship Tournament
Winning Angler and Co-Angler of each Qualifying Tournament that fishes two Qualifying Tournaments and both days of the State Tournament
Depending on participate percentage numbers any remain eligible anglers will advance from the AOY Standings
One Angler and Co-Angler from eligible State Clubs
Anglers and Co-Anglers must fish two Qualifying Tournaments and qualify to fish the State Championship Tournament. A member must qualify in the top 50 at a qualifying tournament to secure a birth in the State Championship Tournament.
If an Angler(s) dual qualifies (example top twelve of Angler or Co-Angler AOY and finished in the top eight at the State Championship Tournament the next top finisher(s) of the AOY Standings will eligible to participate at the National Semi-Finals Tournament.
The Alabama Bass Federation Inc. is one of the forty-seven states and international federations that make up the amateur arm of The Bass Federation, Inc., Alabama is one of the largest state federations with members in clubs across the State, Florida,Georgia and Mississippi. Alabama Federation members are grass roots anglers, dedicated to the future of Bass fishing. We promote “catch and release” and are very protective of the natural resources surrounding our sport. View Full Post
Alabama Bass Federation Tournament Trail
Alabama Bass Federation Inc. is affiliated with The Bass Federation (TBF) and Forrest L Woods (FWL). Eligibility to compete in Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., Minn Kota Trail Tournaments is limited to members who are in good standing of an Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., Charter / Club. There are four qualifying tournaments; each qualifying tournament is a one day event during the months of February, March, April and May, followed by the State Championship Tournament, a two day event, in the fall. At each qualifying tournament participants placing in top 50 are qualified to compete at the State Championship Tournament. The top 150 Anglers in the Angler of Year Standing will qualify for the State Championship Tournament.
Angler of Year points will be accrued at each Qualifying Tournament and the State Championship Tournament with 200 points awarded to the 1st place finisher; 199 points to the 2nd place finisher, etc, 50 points will be awarded to any angler that does not weight a fish. At the State Championship Tournament, Angler of Year points will be a cumulative total of the two day event.
“Enhancing the lives of children and their families”
Airport Marine has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Alabama and the Alabama Bass Federation, Inc, (ABF) to help enhance the lives of children and their families, with the primary emphasis of facilitating access to pediatric health care for residents of Alabama and adjacent sates. Airport Marine has bigheartedly guaranteed $1500.00 in bonus money to ABF, members who have become a RMHC Team member (donated $100.00 to RMHC). The RMHC Team member that has the highest finish at each of the ABF qualifying tournaments will be awarded $250.00 bonus. The bonus will be doubled ($500.00) at the State Championship. Airport Marine will double the bonus at each tournament if the winner is the original owner and current owner, fished from the boat and it was purchased from Airport Marine within the two years of the date of the tournament.