Rising through the ranks of the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation to compete in bass fishing’s most prestigious tournament (the Bassmaster Classic) takes dedication and perseverance, but the rewards for advancing to the next level are great. In the 2007 Bassmaster Classic, six Nation anglers competed and one took 4th place overall in the event. Nine anglers with Alabama roots competed in the Classic which was won by a HOME TOWN angler, Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, who walked away with a $502,000 check.

Anglers qualify through their local Chapter Clubs to fish in the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Tournaments (4 scheduled tournaments per year). Qualified winners from the four regional tournaments are eligible to fish in the ABN State Championship Tournament. The State Championship Tournament qualifies a 14-person team plus two alternates to fish in the B.A.S.S. Nation Divisional Tournament. There are (6) Nation Divisions. The divisional is a 14-person “team” tournament. Prizes are awarded to teams only. The highest finishing person from each team will qualify for the B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship. Currently, 47 B.A.S.S. state nations and 6 BASS foreign nations, compete within one of the 6 (six) divisions to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. The highest finishing angler within each of the (6) divisions earn a birth into the Bassmaster Classic. In 2007, the Nation National Championship payout was $100,000. An additional $45,000 worth of entry fees for the six Nation Classic qualifiers were provided for use for entry into the Bassmaster Northern or Southern Tour. At the 2007 Bassmaster Classic, Terry McWilliams walked away with another $30,000 for 4th Place and each of the other (5) Nation contenders were awarded $10,000 in prize money.

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