Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series sells out, breaks registration record

Decatur, Ala. (August 18, 2020) – Tournament officials announce registration is closed for the 2021 Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series (ABTTS), with all 450 of the available boat entries in the north and south divisions selling out in a record 25 minutes. The 2021 tournament series gets underway February 20.

Registration for the 2021 tournament series opened to the public August 15, 2020. According to Program Director Kay Donaldson, registration for both divisions had reached its limit within 25 minutes. In 2019, registration was full for the south division in three hours and in 17 hours for the north division.

“The near-immediate sellout validates the confidence anglers have put in the Alabama Bass Trail program. This year, we had more pre-registrations than in years past, which probably contributed to how quickly registration sold out. Thank you to the anglers, our great sponsors and host cities who are willing to invest their time and resources into the Alabama Bass Trail in 2021. We look forward to another year of outstanding competitive bass fishing in the great state of Alabama,” said Donaldson.

Teams will be traveling from nine states: Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois and North Carolina to compete in the 2021 tournament series. The Alabama Bass Trail creates an estimated economic impact of $4 million dollars for the state of Alabama annually.

Sanctioned by BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the ABT Tournament Series contains two divisions, North and South, and each division is made up of five tournaments on five different lakes. The maximum number of boats for each tournament is 225. Teams must fish in all five tournaments in their respective division.

Dates and locations for the 2021 tournament series are as follows:

South Division:

February 20, 2021 Lake Martin / Hosted by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce

March 27, 2021 Lake Eufaula / Hosted by the Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce

April 24, 2021 Lay Lake / Hosted by the Shelby County Commission

May 8, 2021 Alabama River / Hosted by the City of Prattville Parks and Recreation

June 12, 2021 Logan Martin Lake / Hosted by the Pell City Chamber of Commerce

North Division:

February 27, 2021 Pickwick Lake / Hosted by Florence Lauderdale Tourism Board

March 13, 2021 Lake Guntersville / Hosted by the Marshall County CVB

April 10, 2021 Wheeler Lake / Hosted by Decatur Morgan County Tourism

May 15, 2021 Weiss Lake / Hosted by the Town of Leesburg

June 19, 2021 Neely Henry Lake / Hosted by the City of Gadsden

Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, the championship tournament will be held October 22-23, 2021, on Lewis Smith Lake.

The no-entry fee championship event will include up to 185 boats. The 185 boats are comprised of the 10 regular season winners, top 75 teams in points from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective divisions, along with the top 15 student teams, top five college teams and the top five couples teams collectively from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective division.

Each regular season tournament features a $10,000 guaranteed first place prize and pays 40 places totaling over $47,000. The no-entry fee championship will feature a $100,000 payout with a first place prize of $50,000. There is also a $5,000 bonus cash prize for Angler of the Year and $2,500 for runner-up Angler of the Year. According to Donaldson, over $580,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded when the ABT Tournament Series wraps up its season in 2021.

2021 Payout Schedule:

First place $10,000

Second place $ 5,000

Third place $ 4,000

Fourth place $ 3,000

Fifth place $ 2,000

Sixth place $ 1,500

Seventh place $ 1,100

Eighth place $ 1,100

Ninth place $ 1,100

Tenth place $ 1,100

11th – 20th $ 750 each

21st – 40th $ 500 each

2021 Championship Payout:

First place $50,000

Second place $10,000

Third place $ 5,000

Fourth place $ 4,000

Fifth place $ 3,000

Sixth place $ 2,500

Seventh place $ 2,200

Eighth place $ 2,000

Ninth place $ 1,800

Tenth place $ 1,500

11th-15th $ 1,200 each

16th-25th $ 1,100 each

Big Fish $500 daily

ABT Tournament sponsors include Phoenix Bass Boats; Bill Penney Toyota; Alabama Tourism Department; America’s First Federal Credit Union; Academy Sports & Outdoors; Garmin; T-H Marine Supplies, Inc.; Alabama Power Company; Buffalo Rock, Inc.; Jack’s; Wedowee Marine; Lews Fishing;; Power-Pole; Big Bite Baits; YETI; Zone Repellents and Hydrowave. Angler’s Channel will film and produce the Alabama Bass Trail television series for Fox Sports Southeast and Southern Stream Live will continue the live-streaming and video production services.

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