Neely Henry Lake to Host Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series


Decatur, Ala. (March 25, 2015) – On March 28, 2015, the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series is bringing the second stop of the Northern Division to the waters of Neely Henry Lake where a guaranteed first place prize of $10,000 is up for grabs. The tournament has attracted 412 amateur anglers from across the southeastern United States and is expected to generate an approximate $500,000 economic impact for the city of Gadsden and the Etowah County area.

Takeoff is set for approximately 7 a.m. and weigh-in begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Coosa Landing Boat Ramp. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Registration and briefing will take place at the 210 On The Tracks beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27th. According to Alabama Bass Trail’s Program Director Kay Donaldson, the tournament is expected to pump an estimated $500,000 into the local economy of the host city through revenue generated by anglers and their family members dining, shopping, and overnighting in local hotels and motels.

Sanctioned by BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the tournament trail features two divisions: Northern and Southern. Each division is made up of five tournaments on five different lakes. Maximum number of boats is 225 and each tournament will have a $10,000 guaranteed first place prize and will pay 40 places.

Northern Division:

Lake Guntersville February 28, 2015 hosted by Greater Jackson Chamber

Neely Henry Lake March 28, 2015 hosted by City of Gadsden

Lewis Smith Lake April 11, 2015 hosted by Chamber of Commerce of Walker County

Logan Martin Lake May 9, 2015 hosted by City of Pell City

Pickwick Lake June 6, 2015 hosted by Florence-Lauderdale County Tourism

Southern Division:

Lake Jordan February 14, 2015 City of Wetumpka

Lake Eufaula March 14, 2015 hosted by Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce

Millers Ferry April 25, 2015 hosted by City of Camden

Mobile Delta May 30, 2015 hosted by Mobile Sports Authority/Mobile CVB

Lay Lake June 20, 2015 hosted by Shelby County Commission

The championship is a 145 boat, two-day event. The 145 boats are comprised of the top 55 teams in points from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective divisions, along with the top 25 student boats collectively from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective division and each of the 10 winning teams from the regular season.. Hosted by Decatur-Morgan County CVB, the championship tournament is set for October 9-10, 2015 on Wheeler Lake.

The championship is a no entry tournament and the first place prize is a fully-rigged 2016 Phoenix 819 Pro with a Mercury 225, trolling motor and electronics valued at $43,495 with an additional $40,000 in cash and prizes. The official bass boat of the Alabama Bass Trail, Phoenix Bass boats will also offer the tier one First Flight incentive plan to tournament winners in a qualifying Phoenix boat.

Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series’ sponsors include Bill Penney Toyota, the Alabama Tourism Department, Phoenix Bass Boats, Inc., Garmin, Academy Sports & Outdoors, T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., AFS (Alabama Foundation Specialist) Alabama Power Company, Buffalo Rock, Inc., Jet-Pep, Inc., Tennessee Valley Authority, Costa Del Mar, and Frogg Toggs, Inc., Garmin VIRB, HydroWaveTM, and Yeti Coolers, Window World, E3 Sports Apparel, Mt. Dew LEER Covers and Truck Caps.

For more information on the Alabama Bass Trail and the tournament series, call Program Director Kay Donaldson at 855.934.7425 or visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.

About Alabama Bass Trail

The Alabama Bass Trail is a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. Its mission is to promote Alabama as a year round fishing destination, to preserve natural resources for generations to come, and to educate high school and college aged students to be good stewards of natural resources. The 13 bass fishing lakes consist of 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. For more information, visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.

(Courtesy: Alabama Bass Trail)

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