Alabama Bass Trail Signs Two Year Extension with Fox Sports Southeast

Decatur, Ala. (September 22, 2016) – The Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) has signed a two year extension with Fox Sports Southeast (FSS) to continue airing the ABT Tournament Series on network television in 2017 and 2018. Eleven episodes and 72 re-airs will be televised on Sunday mornings.

FSS will televise 11 original 30-minute episodes to over 12 million homes on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. in 2017 and 2018. Each show will feature a different tournament location with footage taken on the water, during takeoffs and weigh-ins and also includes in-depth interviews with the tournament winners.

ABT Program Director Kay Donaldson said, “We are excited to extend our partnership with Fox Sports Southeast. Working with the Anglers Channel has been a great experience and the show has received excellent reviews from viewers, our anglers, sponsors, and host cities. Because of this tremendous response we have received, we look forward to continuing this relationship for another two years.”

Produced by Anglers Channel, each episode of Alabama Bass Trail TV takes viewers inside the boats of the competitors as they navigate the lakes of Alabama. In addition, viewers are also introduced to local eateries and attractions in the host city of each tournament location.

Fox Sports Southeast, owned by Fox Cable Networks and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, is available in over 12.4 million homes throughout Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina and a large portion of North Carolina. For more information on Fox Sports Southeast, visit

AL_Bass_Trail_Logo_clr copyThe 2017 ABT Tournament Series will be held on eleven of the lakes of the Alabama Bass Trail beginning February 18, 2017, with the championship tournament to be held on October 6-7, 2017. Sanctioned by BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the ABT Tournament Series contains two divisions: North and South. Each division is made up of five tournaments on five different lakes. New for 2017, the championship event will include up to 180 boats. The 180 boats are comprised of the 10 divisional tournament winning teams, top 75 teams in points from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective divisions, along with the top 10 student boats, top five college teams and the top five couples teams collectively from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective division. Hosted by the City of Pell City and the Pell City Chamber of Commerce, the championship tournament is set for October 6-7, 2017, on Logan Martin Lake. The winning team of the championship will walk away with a fully rigged Phoenix bass boat valued at $45,000.

North Division:
Wheeler Lake February 25, 2017 hosted by Decatur-Morgan County CVB
Pickwick Lake March 11, 2017 hosted by Florence-Lauderdale Tourism
Lewis Smith Lake April 22, 2017 hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County
Neely Henry Lake May 13, 2017 hosted by City of Gadsden
Lake Guntersville June 10, 2017 hosted by Marshall County CVB

South Division:
Lake Jordan February 18, 2017 hosted by City of Wetumpka
Lake Eufaula March 18, 2017 hosted by Eufaula-Barbour Chamber of Commerce
Lake Martin April 8, 2017 hosted by Alexander City Chamber of Commerce
Alabama River / Cooter’s Pond May 20, 2017 hosted by City of Prattville Parks and Recreation
Lay Lake June 3, 2017 hosted by Shelby County Commission

Tournament Championship:
Logan Martin Lake October 6-7, 2017 hosted by city of Pell City/Pell City Chamber of Commerce

Current Alabama Bass Trail Tournament sponsors include Bill Penney Toyota; the Alabama Tourism Department; Phoenix Bass Boats, Inc.; Academy Sports & Outdoors; Garmin; Garmin Virb XE; Wind Creek Hospitality-Montgomery; Wind Creek Hospitality-Wetumpka; T & H Marine Supplies, Inc.; Alabama Power Company; Buffalo Rock, Inc.; Tennessee Valley Authority; Boat U. S.; Allstate Insurance Company; Lews Fishing; Alabama Foundation Specialist;; Power-Pole; YETI; Hydrowave; Crossed Industries, Inc.; and Frogg Toggs, Inc. Pond MD will manage fish care and Southern Stream Live will be the live-streaming company.

For more information, call Donaldson at 855.934.7425 or visit

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, Lake Eufaula, and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. For more information, visit

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