The “Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series” hit Weiss Lake on Saturday – with the team of Brian Shook and Randy Tolbert taking home the first place prize of $17,500. Saturday’s tournament brought over 130 boats to Weiss Lake with the launch and weigh-in taking place at the Leesburg Landing.
The team of Jesse and Jordan Wiggins captured home the ABT North AOY Championship and will have an opportunity to fish the 2017 ABT, they also qualify for the BASS Team Championship where Jordan will have a chance to fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic with his brother.
Hosted by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Leesburg, Saturday’s tournament is expected to have an economic impact of around $300,000 for the County.
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 200 and each tournament will have a $10,000 guaranteed first place prize and will pay 20 places.
The championship is a 140 boat, two-day event. The 140 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 15 student boats collectively from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective division, the top 5 couples teams and the top 5 collegiate teams. Hosted by Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, the championship tournament is set for October 7-8, 2016 on Lake Eufaula.
The championship is a no entry tournament and the first place prize is a fully-rigged 2017 Phoenix 819 Pro with a Mercury 150, trolling motor and electronics valued at $43,000 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, Wind Creek Hospitality – Wetumpka, Wind Creek Hospitality – Montgomery, T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., Alabama Power Company, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Buffalo Rock, Inc., Crossed Industries, Allstate Insurance, Lew’s Fishing, Tennessee Valley Authority, Alabama Foundation Specialist, Boat U.S., Power-Pole, and Frogg Toggs, Inc., HydroWaveTM, and Yeti Coolers.