News for 2016 Tournament Season:
The Bass Federation (TBF) 2016 Divisional Tournament will be the last of the Divisional Tournaments. TBF has introduced National Semi-Finals (NSF) effective the fall of 2016. Our Alabama State Team will compete in the last scheduled Southern Divisional Tournament, 15-17 June 2016 on Lake Santee Cooper, Manning, SC.
With the introduction of the National Semi-Finals the former TBF Divisions were divided into twenty-three (23) Regions. Alabama was designed as Region 4 and will compete against TBF Mississippi State anglers. The NSF will be an Angler / Co-Angler format, each with separate entry and payout schedules. TBF State Federation can qualify 10% of their overall tournament season participation level or a minimum of 12 anglers. Each eligible State Club may advance an Angler & Co-Angler directly to the NSF. For an Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., Club to be eligible to directly advance an Angler & Co-Angler to the NSF membership of that Club must have participated in at least one (1) Qualifying Tournament and the State Championship Tournament. The top Angler & Co-Angler from each State advances to the Federation National Championship (FNC). For each state that reaches a 50 boat milestone at the National Semi-Finals Tournament may advance an additional Angler and Co-Angler to the FNC.
Depending on participation levels of the State’s Qualifying and State Championship tournaments, more members will have the opportunity to advance to the NSF. The NSF will be scheduled for a Saturday and Sunday, shorter travel times will be involved since Alabama will be competing against Mississippi Federation anglers. Registration for the NSF tournament will be conducted on-line by TBF. Payback of the NSF tournament is 100%; 75% payback to NSF participates (top 20% of each field); 10% to State and 15% to FNC.
Region 4 (Alabama & Mississippi) NSF tournament is scheduled for 15-16 October, 2016, Neely Henry, Gadsden, AL. Official practice days will be 13-14 October 2016. Competition waters go off limits midnight 9 October 2016.
To be eligible to participate you must be an active member of a club affiliated with Alabama Bass Federation, Inc. (ABF) and met the criteria for eligibility. If you are not a current member of an ABF club and desire to join a club or start a club email [email protected]
Gardendale Rockets Team, consisting Laura Ann Foshee and Reid Conner took top team honors with a limit weighing 11.73. Hunter Ward and Tyler Presnell of Angler For Kids finished in 2nd Place with a weight of 11.59. Finishing in 3rd of the High School Teams was Devyn Putman and Tyler Franks, of Gardendale Rockets with 8.61.
At Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., JR/HS Qualifying Tournament, on 3 Oct 2015, Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden, AL the team of Bailey Dukes and Austin Brown of Plainview High School Fishing Team emerged as the top finishing team with a limit with a weight of 14.76.
Richard T Walker of Tennessee Valley Bass Club, claimed the honors of Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., State Champion by winning the Al Redding State Championship Tournament, Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro, AL. Richard with weight of 40.62. Walker also took big fish hos for both days of the tournament with weights of 6.52 and 6.99. Finishing second place was Jason Hester of Tennessee Valley Bass Club with 36.96, third was Justin Marbut of Shotgun Sports Supply and Scap Cicero of Alabama Ranger Club finished in forth. By placing in the top four of the tournament, Walker, Hester, Marbut and Cicero earned positions as anglers on the Alabama State Team.
Robbie Pelt, of Alabama Ranger Club, Bill Spicer of Shotgun Sports Supply, Taylor Watkins of Locust Fork Bassmasters and Richard Payne of Coosa River Hookers were the top four anglers of the Angler Division of the Angler of the Year Standings and will be anglers on the State Team. Tony South of Tennessee Valley Bass Club, Nathan Rowe of Coosa River Hookers, Allen Henry of North Alabama Tournament Anglers and Walter Orr of Coosa River Hookers were the top four co-anglers of the Co-Angler Division of the Angler of the Year Standings and will be co-anglers on the State Team.
On 09/19/2015, Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., held an invitational Jr/HS tournament. Fifteen (15) High School Teams, representing Ft Payne Wildcats Fishing Team, Mortimer Jordan Bass Club, Sylvania Bass Fishing Club and Tuscaloosa competed at Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro, AL. Following the days completion Aaron Stephens and Parker Davis, of Mortimer Jordan Bass Club had the heaviest five fish limit with 15.02 lbs.
Connor Schrader, of Fort Payne Wildcats Fishing Team, was Alabama’s representative at The Bass Federation (TBF) 2015, Junior World Championship Tournament. Connor, won the 2015 Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., State Championship Tournament on Lay Lake in May 2015.
The 2015 TBF Southern Divisional Tournament was conducted at Lake Norman, Cornelius, North Carolina, 7-11 June. Justin Marbut, of Shotgun Sports Supply and Scott Luster, of Alabama Ranger Club were the top two finishers of the Alabama Bass Federation, Inc, State Team. As a team Alabama finished 4th overall. Justin and Scott have qualified to fish the TBF 2016 National Championship Tournament. Both Justin and Scott will have the opportunity to advance to the 2016 All American and FLW Cup Tournament.
High School Team of Justin Kyle and Luke Andress of Saraland Spartans Fishing Team claimed the honors as Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., 2015 State High School Champions.
Connor Schrader of Ft Payne Wildcats Fishing Club won the honors of Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., 2015 Junior State Champion.
Bryan Wright of Coosa River Hookers and Dennis Sandoval of Morgan County Bass Club take top Angler and Co-Angler positions at Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., last qualifying tournament, Lake Eufaula, Eufaula, AL, 2 May 2015.
Saraland Spartans Fishing Team of Justin Kyle and Cody Everette managed to secure the 1st Place honors with a weight if 2.65. Second place was Bryant Thornton also fishing with the Saraland Spartan Fishing Team with 2.45 lbs.
At the Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., Neely Henry, Gadsden, AL on 18 April 2015 Eric Wilborn of Dekalb Bassmasters claimed top honors of the Angler Division with a weight of 15.93. Neal Davis of Pine Level Bassmasters stood above the Co-Angler Division with a weight of 13.97.
High School Anglers from Indian Springs School, Ft Payne High School, North Sand Mountain (NSM) High School, Plainview High School, Russellville High School and Sylvania High School challenged the elements to fish the our High School tournament on Lake Guntersville, 28 March, 2015. During practice and during the tournament safety meeting on 27 March 2015, anglers were confronted with high winds and chilly weather. Tournament day started with windy and cold weather with hope of warmer weather during the day. The temperature only rose to the high forties but the wind to subside as during the day.
On 21 March 2015, Bill Spicer, of Shotgun Sports Supply, was the top Angler with a limit that pushed the scales to 23.34 lbs. Lester Baker Jr, of Shotgun Sports Supply was the leading Co-Angler with a weight of 22.11, at the Lake Pickwick tournament.
On 2/28/2015, Junior Anglers and High School Anglers from Prattville Christian Academy, Prattville, AL, Evangel Family Christian Academy, Montgomery, AL, New Life Christian Academy, Millbrook, AL, Indian Springs School, Pelham, AL and Ft Payne High School, Ft Payne, AL braved the waters of Alabama River out of Cooters pond, Prattville, AL to fish Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., Jr / High School. Pre-fish conditions was down-right cold with muddy running waters. The anglers caught a break on tournament day with warmer temperatures to start the day, which continually climbed during the day making it a pleasant fishing day.
Alabama Bass Federation, Inc, kicked of its 2015 season on Lake Martin, Alexander City, Al on 21 February, 2015. Donald Hill Jr, of Shotgun Sports Supply was the tournament top angler with a limit that tipped the scales at 12.85.
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.