Alabama launching bass tournament for amateurs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is launching a bass fishing tournament for amateur anglers that is expected to spread tourism dollars from Baldwin County to Lauderdale County.

Gov. Robert Bentley and other officials announced the creation of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series Monday. The team-style tournament for amateurs will be held on 10 lakes on the Alabama Bass Trial and the championship will be held on an 11th lake. The tournaments will stretch from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta to Pickwick Lake.

Officials predict that amateur anglers from across the Southeast will compete for $10,000 in first-place money at each tournament. They expect each tournament to have about a $500,000 economic impact.

Bentley says one of the owners of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, Don Logan, suggested the tournament as a way to boost tourism.

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