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America's Best Team Trail, since 1999 Bass Anglers Invitational Trail, Inc. (B.A.I.T.) was founded in 1999 by the current president, Allen "Bud" DeFoe. Doug Nickels joined B.A.I.T. as national director in 2001, and later became its vice president and national director. Nickels fished the Bass Masters Pro Circuit Trail (BASS) and several other major tournament trails. Since coming to B.A.I.T., Nickels tournament experience and business acumen has lead to steady growth. In 2001, memberships grew to 512 members with five divisions in five states. In 2002, B.A.I.T. hit a new high with 658 memberships within eight divisions across six states. Memberships surpassed 1024 in 2003, coming from 10 divisions in seven states. In 2004 and 2005, B.A.I.T. memberships continued their upward spiral. B.A.I.T. memberships peaked in 2006 from its expansion to 17 divisions in eight states. B.A.I.T. divisions are currently in eight southeastern states, e.g., Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. B.A.I.T. is poised to expand its bass fishing team competition trail concept to more states. Expansion will progress to new areas with substantial angler activity/populations, tourism, and local trail inquiries. Eight Seasons and Growing B.A.I.T. founder and president, "Bud" DeFoe attributes honesty and integrity as the most important ingredients in running a successful bass fishing tournament. According to DeFoe, you must set rules and regulations, abide by rules and regulations, and treat everyone fairly. The moment when rules are bent is when problems begin. B.A.I.T. maintains strong ties with law enforcement to strengthen the trail's reputation for honesty and integrity. It also relies on the latest technology to keep tournament caught fish alive and tournament contestants honest. Sophisticated electronic scales and lie detectors are but a few of the measures that B.A.I.T. has incorporated to keep tournaments fair and square. The B.A.I.T. 'Trail' is well into its eighth team tournament fishing season. It is a seasoned business entity with considerable angler participation and consumer awareness as a "working-class" anglers' trail. 1999 - Inaugural Year Season-Ending Classic Tournament Locations 2000 - Kentucky Lake, Kentucky 2001 - Lake Guntersville, Alabama 2002 - Lake Guntersville, Alabama 2003 - Columbus Lake, Mississippi 2004 - Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Kentucky 2005 - Lake Wheeler, Alabama 2006 - Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Kentucky 2007 - Lake Keowee, South Carolina 2008 - Columbus Lake, Mississippi B.A.I.T. memberships cost $40.00 per angler for one season. Membership fees generally pay for accounting, advertising, printing, computers, data processing, hospitality packs for tournament anglers, and incidental operating costs that B.A.I.T. trail may incur. Boat entry fees are $100 per boat, per tournament. 70 percent of boat entry fees are given back as tournament winnings. 15 percent of boat entry fees from every tournament are paid back to the winners of the B.A.I.T. Classic Tournament at the end of every season. The remaining 15 percent is paid to the tournament trail division directors. The B.A.I.T. 'Trail' is comprised of 137 tournaments per season. 136 are one-day tournaments segmented into 17 divisions across eight southeastern states. A two-day 'Classic' tournament completes the regular tournament season. Anglers qualify for the 'Classic' at different lake locations on the 'Trail'. Two fully-rigged Pro-Craft bass boats, cash prizes, and trophies are some of the prizes provided by B.A.I.T. and its partner/sponsors. The 2006 B.A.I.T. 'Classic' is at Kentucky Lake on September 29-30. The host motel is the Inn by the Lake, telephone number (270) 362-4278 or (877) 360-4278. Be sure to mention the B.A.I.T. 'Classic' to get discounted rates. For tournament information, contact B.A.I.T. Inc. at (866) 414-BAIT (2248) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday - Friday | Telephone (276) 523-4213 after 4 p.m. and weekends. Companies interested in partnering with B.A.I.T., should consider one of several sponsorship programs. For more information contact: Sunny DeFOE President, BAIT, Inc. (865) 679-2233 [email protected]