The thirteen lakes included in the Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) are bass bonanzas for anglers, as Alabama is no stranger to bass fishing. As stated on the ABT website, “Alabamians don’t claim to have invented bass fishing, but the modern bass tournament did begin in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1968 with the incorporation of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.). Those first rules for competitive bass fishing that foster the ideals of ethical angling, conservation and safety are still used today all around the world.”
The ABT lakes include 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. Each lake has their own peculiarities and challenges to bass anglers.
The ABT is a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. They have teamed up with various sponsors to promote Alabama as a year-round fishing destination while preserving natural resources for generations to come. Additionally, the trail is focused on educating high school and college-aged students to be good stewards of our natural resources.
A recent announcement from the Alabama Bass Trail is good news for bass fishing enthusiasts The Alabama Bass Trail will appear on network television in 2016 when its Tournament Series airs on Fox Sports Southeast (FSS). 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 so viewers will be able to see what each lake offers. 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 Alabama Bass Trail Program Director Kay Donaldson. “The exposure will not only be a bonus for the fishing industry in general, but will benefit the 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 solid reputation. Being on television will encourage even more anglers to come to Alabama and fish our lakes and rivers. This is a great way to bring economic impact to rural areas all over the state,” said Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department.
Fox Sports Southeast is owned by Fox Cable Networks and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. FSS 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.
For complete information on 2016 Tournament Schedule and Rules visit the ABT website at the link below: