News Stories & Fishing Articles

Wheeler Lake to Host Fifth Qualifier of Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation High School Team Trail

Hundreds of student anglers will fill Ingalls Harbor the second Saturday in May when the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation (ABN) High School Team Trail arrives in Decatur for a one-day tournament on Wheeler Lake.

Alabama’s Forever Wild land conservation program on the line

BY DENNIS PILLION
dpillion@al.com

Alabama’s popular Forever Wild land conservation program could be required to reimburse state and county governments for an estimated $3.6 million in lost property taxes — plus $500,000 every year going forward — under a proposed measure in the Alabama Legislature.

The bill, HB 502, would require Forever Wild to “reimburse the amount of any ad valorem tax revenue lost as a result of property previously subject to ad valorem tax being acquired by the Forever Wild Land Trust.”

ALABAMA’S WEIDLER WINS COSTA FLW SERIES SOUTHEASTERN DIVISION FINALE ON LAKE CHICKAMAUGA

Bessemer Angler Bests 196-boat Field to Earn First Career Victory, $48,200

DAYTON, Tenn. (May 6, 2017) – Alabama angler William Weidler of Bessemer, brought a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 3 ounces to the scale Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division finale on Lake Chickamauga presented by Lowrance. Weidler’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 45 pounds, 2 ounces, was enough to earn him the win by a 1-pound, 7-ounce margin and a check for $48,200.

CORINTH’S WATTS WINS T-H MARINE FLW BASS FISHING LEAGUE MISSISSIPPI DIVISION EVENT ON PICKWICK LAKE

Greenville’s Wilson Takes Co-angler Title

IUKA, Miss. (May 8, 2017) – Charles Watts of Corinth, Mississippi, brought a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 6 ounces to the scale Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament presented by Mud Hole Custom Tackle on Pickwick Lake. Watts pocketed $5,181 for his efforts.

Watts said he threw a jig along bluff walls near the takeoff ramp to get his day started. He was able to put three keepers in the boat before moving to locations between Indian Creek and Yellow Creek.

Boating and Fishing Groups Send Message to Trump Administration and Congress: Now is Time to Fix Broken Ethanol Policy

26,000 Sign Petition for Ethanol Fuels Reform

WASHINGTON, DC, May 3, 2017 – In a letter sent today to the Trump administration and Congress, a coalition of recreational boating and sportfishing interests urged action to fix America’s broken ethanol policy. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) on behalf of the nation’s 12 million recreational boat owners, 46 million recreational anglers and 35,000 recreational boating businesses respectively expressed concern with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

JACKSONVILLE’S BRAGG WINS T-H MARINE FLW BASS FISHING LEAGUE BAMA DIVISION EVENT ON LAKE EUFAULA PRESENTED BY NAVIONICS

Georgia’s Walden Claims Co-angler Title

EUFAULA, Ala. (May 1, 2017) – Josh Bragg of Jacksonville, Alabama, caught a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 13 ounces to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament presented by Navionics on Lake Eufaula. Bragg pocketed $4,266 for his efforts.

2017 HOOKED ON DECATUR BASS TOURNAMENT

First let me thank you for your interest and or participation in being a boat captain in previous years for the Hooked on Decatur. The impact your contribution has made is not measurable and life changing without a doubt.
As a purple heart recipient myself, I can say that this is one event that many veterans look forward to every year. It has without a doubt been the largest combat injured veteran event in North Alabama and that would not be possible without your contributions.

College Student Wins ‘Fish With Gerald Swindle’ Sweepstakes

At just 20 years old, Brendan Baker of Jefferson City, Mo., has been given an opportunity that many B.A.S.S. fans dream of — a chance to fish with defending Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle.

The biggest catch, he only entered the “Bassmaster Fish With Gerald Swindle Sweepstakes” once! Talk about luck of the draw.

Exceptional Anglers Event at Oak Mountain State Park, May 10-12

The annual Exceptional Anglers event, Gone Fishin’, Not Just Wishin’, at Oak Mountain State Park will take place May 10-12, 2017. The event teaches students with special needs from the Shelby and Jefferson county school systems the art of fishing. Media Day will be May 11 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The fishing and festivities will take place behind the park’s main office.

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