The 2015 ABT season is upon us. With a host of exciting new opportunities, proven tournament venues and innovative initiatives for the dedicated tournament angler, this season is shaping up as an absolute cracker!
Behind the scenes the ABT has been working hard to ensure that anglers and sponsors continue to benefit in this exciting time for the tackle industry. Backed up by 15 years experience in providing fishing tournaments and world class leading digital and print media, ABT remains at the forefront of tournament fishing in Australia.
Finally the televised Australian Fishing Championship, now in season 11, continues to go from strength to strength and offers all ABT anglers the pathway to representing a team at the highest level of competition.
So let’s look at what’s in store for 2015:
Berkley heads into 2015 as the new series naming sponsors of Australia’s premier tournament series, the Berkley BREAM Series. With five qualifying rounds across the eastern seaboard culminating in the all important Grand Final, 2015 is set to deliver for Australia’s best bream anglers.
TORAY headlines the 2015 BASS Pro Series, with Australia’s longest running bass tournament circuit returning to its full schedule to deliver anglers and sponsors more opportunities, rewards and bass action than ever before. With four qualifying events, a Megabucks event and a Grand Final, BASS anglers are set to reap the rewards in 2015.
The Bluefin Boats BASS Electric Series returns in 2015. With eleven rounds, including two major events, and the ever popular Convention capping off the year, there is plenty to be excited about for the always competitive BASS Electric anglers.
The Hobie Kayak BREAM Series presented by Daiwa returns in 2015 with 14 rounds scheduled around the country. With National Qualifiers, State Titles, Worlds Qualifiers and the season ending Australian Championship, never before has it been easier to be involved in tournament angling’s highest growth sector. Check out www.hobiefishing.com.au for all the information to get involved.
The Rapala BARRA Tour returns in late Spring – early Summer to the dams of North QLD. After the fishfest that was the 2014 Barra Tour there are going to be many teams looking at returning or joining this year end barra beatdown!
The Member of the Month initiative. Each month from February 2015 a new or renewing ABT member will be selected at random to receive an ABT sponsor’s prize pack. With great product courtesy of some of the biggest names in the industry ABT members now have another reason to celebrate in 2015.
The Tournament Angler Guide (TAG) is set to explode in 2015. For the first time the TAG will appear as an insert across all editions (QLD, NSW & VIC/TAS) of the Fishing Monthly Magazine (February issue). This will potentially expose 55, 000 readers directly to the TAG, increasing sponsor exposure and delivering tournament information to a much larger audience than ever before. This is a call to arms for all anglers wanting to take the step into the exciting world of tournament angling!
Badges and jerseys will return in 2015. Badges will be awarded to the top five placed boaters and non-boaters in BREAM and BASS Qualifiers and the top five anglers in BASS Electric events. Add badges for the big bream and bass at each of these events and anglers again have the opportunity to secure mementos that money can’t buy. Jerseys will return for the season ending Grand Finals and Convention to commemorate the event and provide a precious keepsake for the qualifying anglers.
BASS Pro trip of a lifetime. ABT has a 14 year history of sending anglers to the US and 2015 will see us give away our best US trip ever. We’re partnered with Elite Series angler Carl Jocumsen to create the ultimate bass fishing road trip, a trip where you’ll get to experience bass fishing US style both on and off the tournament trail. The trip will be awarded to the champion boater at the Toray BASS Pro Grand Final, and will include flights, accommodation, fuel, and tournament entry in a Bassmaster Open tournament.
So how do I get involved?
Log onto www.abt.org.au to download a 2015-16 membership form (http://bream.com.au/abt/membership.pdf ). Fill out the form and return to ABT via fax or post (email is not currently available). If paying by cheque or money order please designate the payee as ABT. Please include a copy of your boat insurance with your membership if you are considering entering an event as a boater in 2015.
Once received ABT will process the membership form. Your membership entitles you to compete in ABT and ABT affiliated events for 2015. The 2015 membership pack (sent out late Feb – early March) will include the following:
- Series 11 Australian Fishing Championship DVD (exclusive to ABT members)
- 2015 Tournament Angler Guide
- 2015 ABT membership card
- 2 x Tournament Angler badges (new members only)
It’s that simple to get involved and open up the exciting world of tournament angling. Be part of the most dynamic tournament circuit in Australia that delivers for both anglers and sponsors with unrivalled payouts and media exposure. ABT’s credentials are unsurpassed with a 15 year history, thousands of active tournament anglers and over $2.66 million dollars in prizemoney!
So get involved and you too could be on the path to tournament glory…