To provide an atmosphere of adult fellowship and youth learning by offering affordable tournaments for Bass Anglers and their family with the goal of building relationships and mentoring our youth while improving our fishing ability

Interested in Starting a district please click here or contact Donnie Story at either or (256) 777-3428 .

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Junior Angler of the Month

Clay Butler

The National Bass Fishing Trail is proud to recognize Clay Butler in The Junior Angler Spotlight. Clay just finished his first season with the National Bass Fishing Trail. Clay fished the newly formed Alabama Smith Lake District. Clay had three first place finishes in the district qualifiers. Clay is in the 10th grade and attends Curry High School in Alabama where he is a member of the Curry High School Fishing Team, and He is the starting short stop on the varsity baseball team. Clay has excelled in world of high school fishing. He and his fishing partner fished two high school district qualifying tournaments on Smith Lake in the fall and finished first in both tournaments. They also have fished one regular season High School Tournament this year. It was on Wheeler Lake in Decatur Alabama in February. Clay and his partner finished 2nd with over 18 lbs. Clay's favorite lake to fish is Smith Lake where he loves to cast a football jig. His largest bass to date is a 5.5 lb. Spotted Bass which was caught on Smith Lake. Clay is a very knowledgeable and competitive fisherman and should have bright future in the world of tournament fishing.

Welcome back the Alabama Smith Lake District

Welcome back to the Alabama Smith Lake district!

Billy Adcock has agreed to start this district back up and will start fishing for the 2015 season in November 2014. All tournaments will be run out of Duncan Bridge and start at safe daylight unless otherwise noted. Below is the schedule, Billy's contact information is on his schedule page if you have any questions.

Nov 29th

Dec 20th

Jan 10th

Jan 31st

Feb 14th

Feb 28th

Mar 28-29th, District Championship

New Sponsors

The National Bass Fishing Trail is happy to announce two new sponsors. Denali Rods and Power Pole. Please visit Denali Rods at and Power-Pole at and let them know you fish with NBT.

New Member Offer

Current Members receive free membership for a new member in 2015 for bringing a new member to NBT in 2014. The New Member must qualify and fish a District Championship.

Hatfield and Satterlee Win NBT Championship on Chickamauga

NBT held its annual Championship on Lake Chickamauga at Dayton, Tennessee June 24-26. Brian Hatfield won the adult division, with a three day total of 59.20. Brian led all three days of competition holding off a hard charging Richard Cobb who had back-to-back 21 pound stringers. Brent Sain was third, followed by Donnie Story and Scott Pierre. Hatfield, who fishes the Tennessee district and lives near the lake, used the technique of long lining. This would get his crankbaits to fish in 20-27 feet of water. He used Profound Outdoors Z Boss 25s and Strike King 10XDs that he rotated as his primary baits. He also caught a few early keepers on a hair jig. Most of the fish were located on humps and long points.

In his 5th and final Nationals as a Junior Angler, Denver Satterlee got his Championship. The Alabama North angler who fished with NBT President Donnie Story, has come close often in the past. Denver started the tournament with a huge five fish stringer of 21.21 and finished with a three –day total of 47.92. Kyle Palmer was second with 42.44, followed by Chris Pharr, Dalton Summers, and Jonathan Tilley. Most of Satterlee’s fish came on a 3/8 green pumpkin Bang-it Jig with a Profound Crawsome trailer of the same color. The fish were holding in a creek channel with scattered hydrilla on the bottom in about 8-9 feet. Two of his largest day 1 fish were as caught on a ¾ oz. Football Jig off of a barge tie-off.

Brent Sain and Kyle Palmer are NBT's 2014 Adult and Junior Anglers of the Year

With his Third Place finish at the National Tournament on Lake Chickamauga, Brent finished the season with 1780 Pts out of a total of 1800 possible. This is the 2nd time Brent has secured the Angler of the Year honors.

Finishing 2nd at the National Tournament on Chickmauga, Kyle finished the season with 1783 pts out of 1800 pts and edged out Denver Satterlee by 7 pts.

Congratulations to both Brent and Kyle

  • One-day tournaments where individuals fish with or without a boat.
  • Non-boaters fish with either a family member or through a partner draw.
  • No mandatory meetings, pre-registration or late fees.
  • Tournament meeting and draw will be held at the ramp the day of the tournament.
  • Boaters are guarantee usage of their boat. If you bring a boat you will have the option to fish from it.
  • Youths 17 and under will fish with the adult that brought them.
  • Non-boaters are welcome. (Please contact District director to make sure of boat availability.)
  • Total pay out is 88% of all money paid in. At each tournament end, 76% of the fees will be paid at the ramp, the other 12% will be paid at the Annual Championship.
  • Tournament reports will be posted on this website, -Standings will be posted monthly on this website as well as in a monthly newsletter every active member will receive.
  • Members can fish in any NBT tournament in the country and their points will count in their home district. -National standings will be determined by top 4 qualifier finishes as well as one District Championship result.
  • Costs:
  • Tournament entry fee is 50$ plus a 5$ big bass option pot.
  • Of the 50$ tournament entry.
    $38 will be paid back at the ramp.
    4$ will go to the director.
    6$ will go towards the national escrow-2$ will go towards operations cost
  • Junior
  • 15$ annual membership that includes a monthly newsletter
  • Tournament entry fee is 15$ plus a 5$ big bass option.
  • Of 15$ entry:
    10$ is paid back at the ramp.
    5$ will go towards the national junior escrow.
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