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Zion Chapel Bass Team completes first tournament of the season
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Zion Chapel Bass Team completes first tournament of the season

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Avery Padgett and Ethan Young at weigh in with their five-fish limit. They placed fifteenth out of 97 boats.

The Zion Chapel Bass Team is back on the water for the first tournament of the new season. They began writing volume 3 of their team adventure Sept. 11 when they ventured to South Alabama to the Mobile Delta.

This begins the third year of tournament fishing for the ZCBT since they were formed in the late summer of 2019. Three members of the team have been on the team since its inception. This year Cole McDaniel and Kevin Shull have joined the team as newcomers. Kevin and Jackson Dowdy, Ethan Young and Avery Padgett round out the six-member team for this season.

They will be fishing three trails again this year: Wiregrass Student Angler Trail, East Alabama High School Trail and Alabama BASS High School Trail Tiger Division.

This first tournament of the new season was on the Tensaw River. This was only the third time the ZCBT has fished this location. The boat captain for the Young/Padgett team stated that he thought some of the anglers were finally getting the hang of the Tensaw River.

According to the Alabama Outdoor News, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta area encompasses over 260,000 acres and ranks as the second-largest system in the lower United States. Touching five counties in southeastern Alabama, the waters of the Delta eventually empty into the Mobile Bay.

The Delta is not the only tidal fishery on the Gulf Coast, but it is by far the largest and most significant. Greg McCain states that the Delta is a “wandering, forever-changing maze of water that produces prodigiously one day and perplexes anglers the next.” This has been true for the ZCBT.

Ninety-seven boats entered the tournament, but only 47 boats weighed in. It was one of those days that stumped so many of the young anglers.

After a long, arduous day on the water, team Padgett/Young finally caught their limit and placed fifteenth out of 97 boats. No other Zion Chapel teams weighed in.

In the 2021 Team of the Year competition, ZCBT is in thirteenth place. Points for the Angler of the Year and Team of the Year are recalculated after each tournament.

The ZC anglers are grateful for Mike McDaniel, Kevin Dowdy, Sr. and Larry Campbell for serving as their boat captains for this tournament. They are also thankful for their sponsors for their financial help and for their families and their community for their support and encouragement. Their next scheduled tournament on the Wiregrass Student Angler Trail will be Oct. 9 on Lay Lake.

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