By Greg McCain
The old fishing adage “the wind is your friend” was probably coined in similar conditions to those that existed Saturday on Lake Martin during the year’s first Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier.
The tournament, fished out of the aptly named Wind Creek State Park near Alexander City, featured 114 B.A.S.S. Nation members, including 72 boaters, from across the state. Almost every one of the top finishers, both on the boater and non-boater sides, acknowledged taking advantage of the east-southeast gale that whistled over the big lake most of the morning.
By Greg McCain
Ounces matter in tournament bass fishing.
That premise played out not just to the ounce but to an even smaller fraction in the McKinnon Toyota Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship on Pickwick Lake Oct. 30-31 out of McFarland Park in Florence. Pickwick veterans Phillip Lovett and Thi Walker boxed big bags both days, and when the weights settled, only .27 of an ounce separated the two Tennessee Valley Bass Club members.
Lovett’s 18.42-pound string on Saturday proved to be the difference as he came from behind to overtake Walker, the Day 1 leader. Lovett finished with 33.69 compared to Walker’s 33.42.
Qualifying state team anglers advance to the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional on Guntersville April 20-22, 2016.
We are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 William C. Florence, Jr. Scholarships!
- Ryan Shields, Hazel Green High School, was awarded $1,000. He attends Wallace State Community College and is majoring in Welding
- Rebecca Reid, Elmore County High School, was awarded $1,000. She attends Troy University and her intended major is Mathematics and/or Physics
- Tyler Green, Gardendale High School, was awarded $1,000 and attends the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He will major in Pre-Pharmacy.
Congratulations to all! Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation is proud of your accomplishments thus far and wish you well in your collegiate pursuits!
Applications for 2016 should be submitted by May 15, 2016.
With all the changes happening on the B.A.S.S. Nation National level, ABN had to adjust for the 2015 tournament year.
- B.A.S.S. Open style—Angler/Co-Angler format: B.A.S.S. has said that teams must be qualified this way.
- Entry Fees: No-boater/Co-Angler fee will be $110 per ABN tournament; Boater/Angler fee will be $140 per ABN tournament. If you have already paid, please make your additional payments.
- Separate Payouts: Anglers compete against other Anglers and Co-Anglers compete against other Co-Anglers.
- Boater/Angler will have control of the boat: No-boater/Co-Angler is not obligated but may help with boat expenses. To insure equal competition between Co-Anglers, they may NOT fish from the front of the boat.
All sportsmanship rules apply. Angler must not hinder or impede the Co-Angler’s ability to fish or catch fish in any way.
We plan to have an award for total boat weight.
State Team Composition:
|Top angler and co-angler from each of the four qualifiers||8|
|Non-boater and boater Angler of the Year||2|
|Top 5 boaters and top 5 no-boaters from State Championship||10|
|(State Team consists of 10 anglers and 10 co-anglers)||20|