The National Bass Fishing Trail is proud to recognize the Georgia/Alabama District’s Bradley Harris in the Junior Spotlight. Bradley fished his first tournament with the National Bass Fishing Trail at Pickwick Lake in 2010. Bradley fishes the NBT with his Grandfather Randy Harris. Bradley has had much success fishing the NBT Junior Division. Since he started fishing the NBT in 2010, he has had 8 first place, 4 second place and 1 third place finishes in district qualifiers. He also has 1 second place and 1 first place finishes in the Georgia/Alabama District Championships. He also won the Junior Angler of the Year for the Georgia/Alabama district in 2015. Bradley also fished in 2013 NBT National Championship which was held on Neely Henry in 2014.
Bradley’s favorite type of fishing is soft plastics. His favorite bait is a lizard. He likes to fish it either on a Texas or Carolina Rig. His favorite lake is Lake Martin, and his largest fish to date is a 5lb. 2oz. Largemouth.
Bradley is a senior at Smith Station High School where is plays Football and Soccer. He is also a founding member of the Smith Station High School Bass Fishing Team. The team was formed in 2015 and fished the East Alabama High School Bass Trail.
This will be Bradley’s last season to qualify to fish the Junior Division of the National Bass Fishing Trail. Bradley plans to attend college and hopes to play soccer at the college level. We would like to wish Bradley all the luck in the world with his future endeavors, and we hope to see him return to the NBT in the Adult Division.
National Tournament Information
2015 Nationals Information
Nationals June 12-17 Practice 12th-14 Tournament 15-17
Host Hotel: Jamison Inn, Muscle Shoals Alabama $62 rate (Kim Bates hotel contact) 4900 Hatch Blvd, Sheffield, AL 35660 Phone:(256) 381-4710
We would like all Anglers participating in the tournament that need accomodations to please stay at the host hotel or in Colbert County
Ramp: River Front Park Sheffield, Alabama (Ricky Canup, director of parks and rec)
Please take the opportunity to visit the Colbert County tourism website.
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.
Brent Sain and Chris Pharr outlast field on Lake Pickwick
The National Bassfishing Trail's championship was held on Pickwick Lake in Colbert County Alabama. This year's field consisted of 46 adults and 14 juniors from seven different districts. Pickwick Lake is known for its summertime ledge fishing, however in recent years it also has had milfoil and hydrilla grass covered flats as another option. Anglers would have to decide which of these areas they wanted to fish. NBT President Donnie Story was one that chose to fish grass, he led day 1 with 20.8 pounds. Tennessee's Brent Sain would choose the Pickwick ledges and started with 16.66 pounds. Brents pattern would stay consistent and finish the third day with 17.55 pounds,giving him the win with a total of 49.05 pounds. Story would finish second with 47.48, followed by Michael Pharr in third place. Brent said that he scanned ledges all three days of practice without fishing very much at all. When the tournament begin he settled on three schools close together in the mid-lake area. His fish were schooled in 18ft and deeper, and would bite a 1oz. Football jig and a Berkley power worm. Story's fish came on a Profound popper z and a zoom speed worm.
Alabama North's Chris Pharr won the Junior division with 40.09 pounds for his three day total, outlasting Kyle Palmer who had 39.55 pounds. Fishing with his father Michael, Chris would use combination of both grass and ledges catching a limit most mornings using a swim jig and a 10 inch worm; and using the worm later in the day to cull up on the ledges. This combo helped start the tournament with a nice 16.20 pound bag. It would be the third day that Chris would have to overcome adversity to pull out the victory. After a slower than normal start, Chris only had two fish in the boat and then lost a largemouth that was close to 7 pounds. After a mental struggle late in the day, Chris landed a 4 pounder that got him back on track and was able to finish out his limit. This was enough to barely slip past Palmer in the standings to win his second NBT Championship. Brent Sain and Kyle Palmer both of the Tennessee District would win the Angler of the Year titles. Please visit the standings section at nbtbass.com for the full list of results.