The North Division of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series will make its third stop for 2020 in Decatur next weekend, bringing with it 450 amateur anglers to fish the waters of Wheeler Lake where a guaranteed first-place prize of $10,000 is up for grabs.
Hosted by Decatur Morgan County Tourism, the tournament is set for Saturday, June 13th.
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. For the tournament on Wheeler Lake, registration is full at 225 two-angler teams, with anglers traveling from across the southeastern United States to compete.
Takeoff is set for approximately 5:15 a.m. or safe light and weigh-in begins at 2:30 p.m. at Ingalls Harbor, located at 802 Wilson Street NW in Decatur. Takeoff and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Spectators are asked to bring their own portable chairs and to practice social distancing of six feet. Masks are encouraged but not required.
The tournament on Wheeler Lake offers an incredible payout with a $10,000 guaranteed first-place prize and will pay 40 places totaling over $47,000.
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
For more information on the Alabama Bass Trail and the tournament series, call Program Director Kay Donaldson at 855.934.7425 or visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.
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 www.alabamabasstrail.org.