Hardy swims muddy water for first place bag - Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation Neely Henry Regional Tournament
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Southern Fishing News
A field of 157 competitors were ready by the time for launch of the Triton Neely Henry Regional Qualifying Tournament May 18. An assortment of unpredictable broken boats and hospitalization of anglers had thinned the roster of Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation club members competing in the latest regional. To add insult to injury, the bass fishermen who were primed with fuses lit had to float around in a darkened drizzle due to a 45 minute start delay.
After the anglers blasted in their respective directions, either upriver or downriver, they had their choice of water to fish- stained, a little muddy, muddy or real muddy. But these guys figured out what to do and how to make the bass strike. Most of the field interviewed opted for shallow water with grass.MORE
Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation Wins the Southern Division Tournament
The B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Division Tournament held on Douglas Lake out of Dandridge, Tennessee was dominated by Alabama Team members! Lake Douglas proved to be a hard lake for ABN anglers to pattern during practice. They caught fish from 3’ to 30’, but not in the numbers good enough to pattern a win. Rising waters brought tons of water-hazardous debris and morning temps ranging from 36° to 41° added to frustration.
The Alabama State Team, anchored by Coby Carden’s overall tournament win, brings home the Southern Division Championship.
Day One weigh-in saw Alabama anglers take the top three places with Joe Lay in first, Coby Carden second and Bruce Sargent in third. The Alabama Team led North Carolina by 15 lbs. Our youngest angler, 17 year old Quentin Vercher, had Big Fish (5.3 lb). Day two, Coby took the lead of the Alabama Team and the tournament and never looked back.
Coby Carden won the event and led the Team to victory by a margin of 36.2 lbs. over South Carolina. The Alabama Team contenders were: Larry Bullock, Lee Byrd, Coby Carden, George Crain, Patrick Currie, Sambo Fish, Marty Giddens, Justin Hamner, Don Hogue, Joe Lay, Eulon Lee (oldest tournament contender), Justin Nichols, Bruce Sargent, Quentin Vercher (youngest tournament contender) and Jr. Anglers Reid Carter and Ryan Parks. By the way, Ryan came in third place in the younger age group and received a plaque for his efforts! We are very proud of ALL of our team members!
Coby will represent the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation in the B.A.S.S. National Championship this fall at Lake Darnell, Arkansas for a chance to go to the 2014 Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham!
The full story, pictures, and more can be found at: http://www.bassmaster.com/nation
Alabama Wins Boat at Southern Division Tournament
The 2013 Alabama State Team has a Certificate for a Skeeter TZX180, Yamaha F150LA, Skeeter Single Axle Trailer, MinnKota 70 Edge 42” 24V trolling motor, Humminbird 728 and prop. The Certificate value is $33,000. This boat will be offered exclusively to Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation members until May 15th.
This is a Certificate which allows you to choose colors or other options. Additional upgrades can be ordered at retail price.
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.
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