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Ashley Isbell and Connie Isbell along with Levi Rodgers and Joshua Burcham, winners of the 2016 Red Warrior River Rumble, and tournament director Chase Murphy.


High School Angler Registration Form - Adult Angler Registration Form - Boat Captian Registration Form -  Tournament Rules

Red Warrior Logo.JPGWe are excited to announce the upcoming Red Warrior River Rumble on Pickwick Lake on July 15, 2017 out of Riverfront Park, Sheffield. Rules for the tournament and forms in a PDF format are located on this site. Completed forms can be mailed to Colbert County Tourism Bureau, P. O. Box 740425, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 or completed and scanned to SusannHamlin@Comcast.net

Student Anglers and adult anglers are encouraged to come out and fish this tournament in memory of Muscle Shoals student angler Evan Isbell. As a lot of you know, Evan was enthusiastic about fishing and being in the outdoors.

This will be a cash payout with one-half of the fees brought in being paid at the weigh-in; the remaining one-half of the proceeds will go to the Evan Isbell Scholarship Fund.

We look forward to having you in the Muscle Shoals area for this tournament. If you need assistance with anything, including lodging suggestions, contact the tourism office at (256) 383-0783.

Details about the tournament may be found in the Rules and Regulations on this site.

Sincerely,
Chase Murphy
Tournament Director

 

Gabe Wallace of Russellville, winner of the senior division of the 2017 Tim Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge, and pro angler Tim Horton.jpg

SHEFFIELD - Some fishermen will give up and go home early when the fishing is tough, but not Gabe Wallace.

Wallace, a junior at Russellville High School, refused to become discouraged when the bites were few and far between for anglers competing in the Tim Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge on Pickwick Lake A

pril 15. His persistence paid off and he won the senior division of the tournament that attracted student anglers from three states. The tournament was staged out of Riverfront Park.

Wallace was able to catch only two fish, but both were giants and his catch weighed 10.5 pounds. Andrew Chambers of Phillips High School in Bear Creek finished second in the senior division with 9.89 pounds. Levi Lamar of Hartselle High finished third with 8.39 pounds, Clayton Birdyshaw of Rogers High was third with 7.99 pounds with Briana Tucker of Hartselle rounding out the top five with 6.82 pounds.

“We had caught a lot of fish during practice on Friday and I thought we were really going to whack them in the tournament,” Wallace said. “But the fishing started out slow and got even slower during thetournament. I really didn’t think I would have a chance to win, but I never let it get me down. I kept fishing hard right up to the end.”

His catch was anchored by a largemouth bass that weighed 6.81 pounds, which was the largest fish weighed in by a senior division angler.

For winning the senior division, Wallace won a $3,000 scholarship to the college, university or technical school of his choice. He also won a $1,500 scholarship to Northwest-Shoals Community College for being the top angler in the senior division from Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale or Lawrence counties. He won a $450 rod and reel for catching the largest bass in the senior division.

Matthew Chambers.jpgMatthew Chambers of Phillips High won the junior division with a 4.21 pounds catch. Laurel Fogle of Covenant Christian School in Muscle Shoals finished second with 3.63 pounds. Rounding out the top five in the junior division were J.O. Morgan of Phil Campbell with 3.15 pounds, Hunter Estis of Muscle Shoals with 2.57 pounds and Jackson Ferguson of Rogers with 2.11 pounds. Estis had big fish with 2.57 pounds.

Chambers was elated with the $3,000 scholarship he won for being the top angler in the junior division for students in grades 7-9. His brother Andrew won a $2,000 scholarship for finishing second in the senior division for students in grades 10-12. “This is going to help us a lot when we go to college,” Matthew Chambers said.

Anglers competing in the Tim Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge and their boat captain head out onto Pickwick Lake.jpgSince it began five years ago, the annual bass tournament that is organized by Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, has awarded $100,000 in college scholarships. Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert Tourism, enjoys being a part of a tournament that helps students continue their education. “We have students tell us every year that they will now be able to go to college because they won one of our scholarships.”

Horton, a professional angler and outdoors television personality from Muscle Shoals, said he looks forward to the high school tournament every year. “For a kid who loves to fish, it’s a great way for them to help pay for their tuition,”

The students fish from boats piloted by an adult.

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Join Bassmaster Pro Tim Horton, winner of the 2017 Elite Series Tournament on Lake Okeechobee, at the 2017 Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge on Pickwick Lake April 15. A major change for this year’s tournament is the senior division – for students in grades 10-12 – is open to students from all states. In the past, the tournament has been limited to Alabama residents. Students will compete for $20,000 in college scholarships. For more details call Colbert County Tourism at 256-383-0783 or 800-344-0783.

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Tim Horton Briana TuckerTim Horton, Briana Tucker, winner of the 2016 Timmy Horton Challenge, and Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert Tourism

SHEFFIELD, Ala. – A big change is coming for the Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge fishing tournament, which has awarded $80,000 in college scholarships since 2013.

The senior division at this year’s Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge on Pickwick Lake is open to students from throughout the United States in grades 10-12. In the past, the tournament has been limited to Alabama students. The junior division, for students in grades 7-9, at this year’s tournament remains limited to Alabama residents only. The tournament, on Saturday, April 15, will be staged out of Riverfront Park in Sheffield.

“I have had kids from all over the country asking me if they could fish the tournament,” said Horton, a professional angler and outdoors television personality from Muscle Shoals, Ala. “By opening up the senior division to students from other states, this year’s tournament is going to be huge. There’s no doubt it will be our largest ever.”

The tournament is organized by the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau. Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert Tourism, said the influx of out-of-state anglers into the tournament will be a boom for tourism.

“We’ve had students and their parents from Illinois, Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee and other states calling and emailing our office wanting us to expand the Timmy Horton tournament to student anglers from other states,” Hamlin said. “It seems like everybody wants to come fish for those big bass we have Pickwick Lake and have chance to win a college scholarship.”

The tournament offers $20,000 in college scholarships. The tournament is open to students in public, private and home schools.

Briana TuckerBriana Tucker with the 7.71 pounds largemouth bass she caught during the Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge on Pickwick

Prizes and scholarships will be awarded to the top five individual anglers in each division. In addition, prizes and scholarships to Northwest-Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals will be awarded to the top anglers in the senior division who live in Colbert, Franklin Lauderdale or Lawrence counties in Alabama. Students do not have to be a member of a fishing team at their school to participate. Students will fish from boats operated by adult captains.

Highlights from the tournament will be televised nationally on World Fishing Network.

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Tournament Angler Registration Form - Tournament Boat Captain Form - Tournament Rules

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Bubba Jones left the Shoals with a nice payday and some special memories after winning a North Alabama Kayak Anglers bass tournament on Wilson and Pickwick lakes.

Jones, of Hazel Green, caught three bass with a combined length of 56 inches to win the tournament that was held May 21. Unlike traditional bass tournament where anglers take their fish to a central location to be weighed, kayak anglers take a picture of their catch on a measuring board and then compare photographs to determine the winners. The bass are released immediately after being photographed.

fishpickwick3.jpgJones caught his two largest fish, a 20.5-inch and a 20-inch largemouth bass, after seeing them feeding in shallow water on Wilson Lake. “The water was so shallow where I saw them swirl that I thought they were probably just some big carp. I decided to go ahead and cast a buzzbait into the spot where they feeding, just in case they were bass…”

Jones won $870. In addition to winning, the Shoals tournament had special meaning for Jones. It was the last opportunity for and his son, Zac Jones, to fish together before Zac left for a mission trip in Guatemala.

“I will remember this tournament for a long time,” Bubba Jones said.

Eric Atkins finished second with three bass that had a combined length of 53 inches. Matt Delaplane was third with 50.25 inches. Rounding out the top 5 were Lanny Watkins with 50 inches and Greg Massa with 49.5 inches.

fishpickwick1.jpgThe tournament attracted anglers from throughout the Tennessee Valley.

Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert County Tourism, which helped sponsor the tournament, hopes to attract additional kayak fishing competitions to Wilson and Pickwick lakes. Hamlin said the tournaments are an excellent way to boost tourism in Colbert County and to provide fishing opportunities for local residents who enjoy fishing from kayaks. She said fishing from kayaks is gaining popularity among recreational and competition anglers.

Scotty_Hull.jpgScotty Hull has at least 1,500 reasons to be happy about the only fish he caught during the Fishlife Big Bass Battle on Pickwick Lake.

The 7.93-pounds largemouth bass earned Hull cash prizes totaling $1,500. He earned $500 for catching the largest bass during the first weigh-in period for the tournament that was held Saturday, April 16 out of Riverfront Park in Sheffield. Hull also received a $1,000 bonus for catching the largest bass overall for the tournament. Each of the anglers catching the largest bass during the seven one-hour weigh-in periods received $500.

“It feels good to win,” said Hull, of Summertown, Tenn. “The money is going to come in handy, because the motor on boat went out after I had caught that fish. Now I can use the money to help pay for getting it fixed.”

Hull caught the winning bass early and then spent the rest of day wondering if anyone would catch a larger fish. “It was nerve racking.”

Hull caught the big bass while fishing near Wilson Dam in an area of Pickwick Lake known as The Horseshoe. It was the largest bass Hull has ever caught.

Jody Harrison, founder and CEO of Fishlife, said Pickwick Lake is an amazing fishery. Carson Nash won the second weigh-in period with a 7.25-pounds largemouth bass and Chad Brewer won the third period with a 6.42-pounds largemouth bass. All of the weigh-in period winning fish weighed at least 4.45 pounds.

“We had people turning fish loose that would be considered big bass on a lot of lakes because they knew the bass were not big enough to win up here. Pickwick is a great lake,” Harrison said.

Susann Hamlin, CEO and President of Colbert County Tourism, said the Big Bass Battle format was a great way to showcase Pickwick Lake. “The size of the bass caught during the Fishlife tournament confirms that our lakes, Pickwick and Wilson, are some of the best lakes in the country.”

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A bass tournament coming to Sheffield’s Riverfront Park on April 16 is unlike most fishing competitions held in Shoals.

Bass tournament competitors typically strive to catch five largest fish that will be weighed in at the end of the day.

Instead of weighing in their catch at the end of the day, anglers competing in the Fishlife Big Bass Battle on Pickwick Lake, presented by Fishlife Fish Care Products, will return to Riverfront Park every hour to weigh their fish. Anglers will fish from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and have seven opportunities to weigh a fish.

The anglers will compete for a $500 cash prize, awarded every hour for the largest bass weighed during that hour. The prize for the overall largest bass of the tournament is $1,000. If the weight of the overall largest bass ends in .00, the prize is $25,000. The entry fee for the tournament is $50.

Unlike many tournaments that are limited to a single angler or two-angler team per boat, the Big Bass Battle events permit as many anglers to fish from a boat as allowed by the vessel’s capacity plate.

Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, in Tuscumbia, said a big-fish-only format on a lake that is filled with huge largemouth and smallmouth bass promises to create plenty of excitement at the Sheffield tournament. “It’s going to be the most interesting bass tournament ever on Pickwick Lake.”

Complete rules and registration forms are available online at fishlife.net. For more information call Harrison at (205) 243-4572 or email him at jody.harrison@fishlife.net.

Jason BuckelewTimmy Horton travels the country fishing in bass tournament and taping shows for his television show, but the fishing trip he looks forward to most of all is on Pickwick Lake.

Since 1999, Horton, a professional angler and outdoors television personality from Muscle Shoals, has hosted Timmy Horton Fishing for Kids on Pickwick Lake. The annual event matches special needs anglers with volunteers who take them fishing. This year’s fishing rodeo is Saturday, Oct. 24, out of Riverfront Park in Sheffield.

Darrin TusseyVolunteers with fishing boats and pontoon boats are needed for the fishing rodeo. The pontoon boats are needed for anglers who use wheelchairs. Volunteers are also needed to help on the shore.
The anglers will fish 9-11 a.m. Live bait can be used and will be provided.
Volunteers are needed 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the anglers and volunteers.

“I guarantee, anybody who comes and helps will leave with a big smile,” Horton said. “The volunteers have as much fun as the anglers. It’s a big day for everyone. It’s a day I look forward to every year.

To volunteer, call 256-332-5540. For more details on the Fishing for Kids program, call Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at 256-383-0783.

 
 

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