Some went frog wild in Eufaula State Championship!
For Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation
Story and Photos by Ronnie McDonald
Southern Fishing News
You would have thought the weather was producing heavy rain like a “frog strangler” with all the frogs that were present in the weeds, on the pads and scumbeds. Well the rain did not show up until weigh-in on Saturday but the frogs did- both days of the October 18 and 19 tournament on Lake Eufaula. Eighty-six boats with competitors from Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation affiliated clubs from across the state were vying for the State Championship, a spot on the 2014 State Team and a high finish in the 35 cash positions. The bass anglers in general found fishing a little tough- but not all.
Patrick Currie, Backwater Bassmasters, had a first day weight of 13.64 lbs. and 15.89 lbs. on day two. Currie’s total was 29.53 lbs. and first place. Although he did not rely on the popular frog at the tournament he did go with another water animal- of sorts. Currie flipped grass on Eufaula with a Sweet Beaver on a couple of stretches around Lakepoint Park but mostly from areas all upstream. The Beavers ran low so Currie had to switch over to a Boo Bug in black with red glitter but kept catching bass. First place put him on the State Team and earned him $3500.
We are proud to announce the first annual Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation (ABN) High School Classic!
The event will be held November 2, 2013 on Lay Lake at Paradise Point Marina. Alabama Bass Trail will live stream the weigh-in.
All B.A.S.S. affiliated high school clubs may send up to five teams to this event. Clubs can become affiliated with B.A.S.S. by going to http://www.bassmaster.com/sites/default/files/imce/highschoolclubpacket_2013.pdf, to download a club registration packet. All teams must pre-register. The registration fee is $40 per student angler. Pay back will be 100% in scholarships plus prizes from local sponsors: Airport Marine, Mark’s Outdoor Sports, Shelby County, Paradise Point Marina, Scott Crump Toyota and Alabama Bass Trail. National sponsors include B.A.S.S., Triton, Mercury/MotorGuide, Lowrance, Net Bait and more!.
More important than the pay back, the top winning team will compete with the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation’s State Team in the 2014 Southern Division Tournament next April in Eufaula! They will also automatically qualify to compete in the first ever B.A.S.S. High School National Championship to be held the summer of 2014! Our 1st Place team from the November 2nd tournament will compete in a high school exhibition during the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, which will be in Birmingham next February!!!
Look for an upcoming high school page (under construction) on our website. In the meantime, check out Bassmaster.com/high-school for details on High School Fishing.
Alabama B.A.S.S. NATION is now on Facebook
ABN now has a presence on Facebook for you to find the latest information, sponsor deals, tournament schedules and more! A special thanks goes out to Mike Macon, ABN Vice President and District 2 Director, for is efforts in getting the facebook page established.
Alabama B.A.S.S. NATION Website Reconstruction
*** New WEB Address ***
Our web address has officially changed to www.albassnation.com!
The old address will continue to work for quite some time but now is the time to update your bookmarks.
Director District 3
March 16, 2013
- Lake Eufaula: Results
April 13, 2013
- Lake Martin: Results
May 18, 2013
-Neely Henry: City Docks Results
June 1, 2013
-Lake Pickwick: McFarland Park
October 18/19, 2013
-Lake Eufuala: Lakepoint