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Joey Nania and Partner Will Butler Qualify for Alabama Bass Trail Fall Championship!

Tough Day in Final Regular Season Event on Pickwick

Enough Points to Make the Championship Cut!


Florence, Alabama – Pickwick Lake- June 6, 2016 – 5 one-day events and over 200 teams later Joey and Will made the cut for the Alabama Bass Trail’s Second Annual Championship event.  They thought they blew their chances after placing 110th (9.31 lbs) out of 129 teams fishing the final event on Pickwick. Joey told weigh master Robbie Floyd, “This is only my second day ever on Pickwick, we caught a lot of fish but didn’t get into a big bite.”  Which is what it took. The winning team of  Glasgow and Glasgow had 26.27 pounds.  Almost all of the anglers were fishing off shore in deep water jigging spoons. “I didn’t have a chance to pre-fish because I have had a full guiding schedule, but I am not sure that would have helped because the places we were fishing had lots of fish, just no big ones.  We had our limit by 6:30 in the morning and thought we were on a roll.  We probably caught 10 limits, just smaller fish.” Joey commented.


On his drive home Joey figured that their shot at the Championship was gone because of the poor finish.  The team went into the final event in 35th place out of 200 teams.  The points they racked up earlier in the year kept them in the mix placing them at 49thoverall for the season.  Joey commented, “That’s crazy!” The top 55 teams from the North qualify, along with 55 teams from the South and 25 top collegiate teams.  The top 8 teams from the Alabama Bass Trail Championship event qualify for the Bassmaster National Team Championship.  There, after team fishing, the top individuals are split up and have a fish off against each other to determine who will represent the combined team trails in the Bassmaster Classic.


Joey on the experience, “This is a long road to get to the Classic, but the ABT is really well run and has many of the top Alabama anglers fishing on the best lakes that Alabama has to offer. It is great experience and I am blessed to be able to participate and make it to the Championship event.”


Next up, June 12 and 13, back-to-back one day events on Joey’s home lake, Logan Martin.  Saturday is a special charity event hosted by Airport Marine and Sunday is the 5th event in the Sylacauga Big Bucks Buddy Trail where Joey and young partner Zeke Gossett are currently ranked 3rd overall. “I am looking forward to next weekend, two big events, both on Logan Martin and I am fishing from home! Should be fun!”


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