Alabama Bass Federation Inc., Lake Wilson Tournament
Lake Wilson, was the site of Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., 2016 3rd Qualifying Tournament. It has been years since the Federation has visited Lake Wilson for a tournament. Federation anglers launched from Safety Harbor, Boat Ramp just below, Wheeler damn at safe-light, on 30 April, 2016.
On tournament day anglers were greeted with warm weather conditions and hoped that the current would be flowing. Once the scales closed Scap Cicero of Alabama Ranger Club took top honors of the Angler Division with a limit that pushed the scales to 17.80, Randall Blackmon, of Coosa River Hookers, finished second in the angler division with 16.47; third was Brian Brannan of Pine Level Bassmasters with 14.62; Kyle Glasgow of Winfield Bass Masters was 4th with 14.32; 5th was Shannon Briggs of Tennessee Valley Bass Club and 6th was Stan Fairchild of Pine Level Bassmasters with 14.07.
On the Co-Angler Division, Jason Blackmon of Coosa River Hookers grabbed the lead of the Co-Angler field with a weight of 115.12; William Wood of Pro Line Bassmasters was second with a weight of 14.24; Matthew King of Morgan Club Bass Club was third with 13.24; fourth was Larry Hall of Pine Level Bassmasters with 11.11 and finishing 5th was Alan Cantrell of Winfield Bass Masters with 9.72.
Of the team competition team members Alex Alford, Randall Blackmon, Hunter Hayes, Tony Lister, Walter Orr and Joey Payne of Coosa River Hookers took the team honors with a weight of 71.08. Tennessee Valley Bass Club team was second with 63.33 and Shotgun Sports Supply team was third with 56.32.
Total boat weight honors was grabbed by Scup Cicero of Alabama Ranger Club and Tim Thorn of Tennessee Valley Bass club with 26.94. Walter Orr of Coosa River Hookers and Larry Hall of Pine Level Bassmasters was second with 23.83.
By his 1st place finish Scap Cicero secured the Ranger Cup honors and will be receiving a bonus from Ranger Boats.
Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., anglers registered for participation in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHC) at the pairings meeting. A onetime donation of $100.00 to the RMCH made the angler a member of our Ronald McDonald House Charities Team (RMCHT) and eligible for $250.00 bonus money. Airport Marine has continued their partnership with Alabama Bass Federation, Inc. for this very worthy cause. All donations go to the RMCH of Alabama for support of their efforts to assist children and their families. Taylor Watkins of Locust Fork Bassmasters was the highest finishing team member and will be awarded the $250.00 bonus.
Our next and last Qualifying Tournament is scheduled 21 May 2016, Lay Lake, launching out of Beeswax. The race for AOY standings is tight in the Angler and Co-Angler Division. Don’t miss the opportunity to qualify for the State tournament and eligibility to participate in the National Semi-Finals tournament October 2016.
The 2016 season Angler of Year (AOY) points will be the accumulative total of an anglers highest three (3) qualifying tournaments AOY points and the AOY points of the State tournament.
Alabama Bass Federation JR / High School State Tournament
High School Team of Tyler Pendergrass & Bryar Chambers of Fairview Fishing Team grabbed top honors with a two day total of 32.50. Hunter Porter and Luke Glasgow of Need 5 Fishing Tuscaloosa finished second with 27.15. Third was Mortimer Jordan Bass Club members Parke Davis and Aran Stephens with 23.63. Finishing fourth Daniel Meadows and Austin Archer of Mortimer Jordan Bass Club with 20.123.
Connor Schrader, of Ft Payne Wildcats Fishing Team took the lead of the Junior Division with a 2 Day total of 9.36. Everett Jones of Prattville Christian Academy and Brody Robison of Ft Payne Wildcats Fishing Team tied for 2nd place with 8.00. Finishing 3rd Place of the Junior Division was Will Abernathy of Ft Payne Wildcats Fishing Team with 7.27.
Rusty Burroughs of Shotgun Sports Supply claimed his second victory taking top honors of the Angler Division of Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., 2nd Qualifying Tournament, Alabama River, Selma, AL., 3/26/2016. Rusty had a weight of 17.88, followed by Tony Lister of Coosa River Hookers with 17.30, Bryan Wright of Coosa River Hookers with 15.91 and Ricky D Smith of Shotgun Sports Supply with 15.89. Rusty was fishing a senko with the current.
Jamie Long of Winfield Bass Masters grabbed the Co-Angler lead with 16.93. Jamie was followed by Dennis Sandoval of Morgan County Bass Club with 14.33. Todd Dalrymple of DeKalb Bassmasters with 13.69 and Tony Hill of North Alabama Tournament Anglers with 13.36.
Coosa River Hookers anglers Alex Alford, Randal Hamilton, Hunter Hayes, Tony Lister, Joey Payne and Philip Perkins took the Team competition with a weight of 70.75. Pine Level Bassmasters team was second with 47.49, followed by DeKalb Bassmasters with 42.40.
Winning the Total Boat Weight competition was Tony Lister, of Shotgun Sports Supply and Jamie Long of Winfield Bass Masters with 34.23. Rusty Burroughs of Shotgun Sports Supply and Donald Tadlock of Pine Level Bassmasters finished second with 29.14.
Marty Carter of Tennessee Valley Bass Club was the highest finishing contender of the Ranger Cup competition and will receive Range Cup bonus money.
Bryan Wright was also the highest finishing angler of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Team and will receive a$250.00 bonus from Airport Marine.
Our next tournament is Lake Wilson, 30 April, mark your calendar and be sure to join us.
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 2016 National Semi-Finals Tournament:
The selection will be composed as follows
Top twelve (12) Anglers from the Angler of Year Standings
Top twelve (12) Co-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
One eligible Angler and Co-Angler from eligible State Clubs
Depending on participate percentage numbers any remaining eligible anglers will advance from the AOY Standings
Welcome New Youth and Conservation Directors:
New Youth Director of Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., is Stan Blevins. Stan has been actively involved with Junior and High School anglers of Alabama Bass Federation, Inc. for a number of years. Stan is looking forward to his additional position as Youth Director. Stan can be contacted for Youth related issues at (256) 996-6984.
Henry (Rocky) Rockhill, has assumed the reins of Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., Conservation Director. Rocky will be the center point of all information and input for conservations related issues relevant Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., and the resources of our State. Rocky can be contacted at (256) 627-7185.
Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., kicked for its 2016 tournament season with its opening tournament at Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden, AL. The recent rains and previous cold weather conditions did not keep federation anglers away. Fortunately the weather turned to the warmer side, but the water remained cold and heavily stained. From the rumors being heard no one was catching any fish during the weeks before the tournament and during the official practice period.
On tournament day anglers were greeted with warm weather conditions, but had to battle the current and figure on the bite in the stained water. At the end of the day, Rusty Burroughs, of Shotgun Sports Supply, was the second angler to weight in and pushed the scales to 19.07, setting a the bar high for the remaining of the Angler Division. James Moore of Locust Fork Bassmasters, finished second in the angler division with 16.62; third was Hunter Hayes of Coosa River Hookers with 16.32 and 4th was David Eyrse of Dekalb Bassmasters with 14.48.
On the Co-Angler Division, Ricky Benton of Pine Level Bassmasters grabbed the lead of the Co-Angler field with a weight of 13.71. Clayton Mosley of L A Po Boys, was second with a weight of 12.80; third was David Davis of Locust Fork Bassmasters with 11.85; fourth was Richard D Reeves of Alabama Ranger Club with 9.25 and finishing 5th was Eddie Barber of Shotgun Sports Supply with 7.45
Of the team competition, Shotgun Sports Supply team members, Rusty Burroughs, Brain Davenport, Jamie Hardy, Donald Hill, Wes Logan and Justin Marbut took the team honors with a weight of 63.73. Coosa River Hookers team was second with 54.50 and Locust Fork Bassmasters team was third with 43.53.
Total boat weight honors was grabbed by James Moore and David Davis with a combined weight of 28.50.
Big fish of the tournament was caught by James Laws of Dekalb Bassmasters which toggled the scales at 6.13.
James Moore of Locust Fork Bassmasters finishing second in the tournament won Range Cup honors and will be receiving a bonus from Ranger Boats.
Alabama Bass Federation, Inc., anglers registered for participation in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHC) at the pairings meeting. A onetime donation of $100.00 to the RMCH made the angler a member of our Ronald McDonald House Charities Team (RMCHT) and eligible for $250.00 bonus money. Airport Marine has continued their partnership with Alabama Bass Federation, Inc. for this very worthy cause. All donations go to the RMCH of Alabama for support of their efforts to assist children and their families. Rickie Harp of Alabama Ranger Club was the highest finishing team member and will be awarded the $250.00 bonus.
Our next tournament will be 26 March 2016. Alabama River, Selma, AL.
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.