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Nania and Butler – Finish 4th Out of 200 Teams on Pickwick Lake Season’s Second Alabama Bass Trail Event Northern Division

Team Moves Up to 13th in Overall ABT Rankings – Plus Season to Date Update!


Florence, Alabama; March 22, 2014; Joey Nania’s 2014 season is starting to pick up. Last weekend Joey and partner Will Butler wacked a big bag of smallmouth to capture 4th place and take home a prize of $3000 in the second of five events of the inaugural Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) Tournament Series. The 4th place finish also qualified for Bass Pro Shops Tournament Rewards as the highest placing Nitro owner in the top 10! (the second time this year)


After a slow start to the season Joey, either in team competition or on his own has placed 65th (out of 200) on Guntersville in the ABT, 6th on Lake Martin in the Big Bucks Bass Circuit, 56th on Smith Lake – Bassmaster Open, 15th on Logan Martin in the Big Bucks, and now 4th in a crowded field for the Alabama Bass Trail.  Joey and partner Will Butler are currently ranked 13th overall in the newly founded Alabama Bass Trail and 5th overall in the Sylacauga Marine Big Bucks Buddy Circuit with his Partner Warren Hoffman.  Both series end up with a shot at a Bassmaster Classic berth through the Bassmaster Team Championships.


Joey on the gradual tournament improvement in 2014 and how things came together at Pickwick. “I feel like I am fishing really well right now and making good decisions.  At Pickwick last weekend I ended up throwing my game plan out the window and went for the win.  I was able to find the right pattern at the right place amongst a bunch of in other boats in my area and really had fun wacking big smallmouth that I learned to fish up in WashingtonState.  We had 4 smallies that averaged 5 pounds a piece.  The smallest fish we had was a largemouth!”  Joey said the winning combination that he and his partner were throwing was a “7’9” Temple Fork Outfitters Tactical Series Rod in order to make the long casts. I coupled that with the long casting SPRO Aruku Shad using 14 lb. Bass Pro Shops KVD Signature Series Fluorocarbon. That combo really helped me search for the fish.  My casts seemed like they were over 50 yards and once I got a bite I marked the spot on my Lowrance HDS 8 and then pounded that one spot where I did most of our damage! That pin point was the key and I could not have fished that area, due to the fast current, without this set up provided by my sponsors including of course my Nitro Z-8, Mercury 250 Pro XS, Motorguide Tour Edition trolling motor and my Power Poles!”  


The remainder of the spring Joey will focus on the Alabama Bass Trail and Sylacauga Marine Big Bucks circuit as well as guide trips and promotional work with Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts and Bass Pro Shops with an eye on the third Bassmaster Southern Open in the fall.  


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