|Tennessee Pro Angler Teri Cindric|
I began my professional bass fishing with the Lady Bass Anglers Association for its first full tournament season in 2011. I have learned a great deal in my first two years on the tour. Each time I hit the water I learn something new and try to apply these skills the next time I am in the same situation on the water. I am looking very forward my third year on the LBAA tour. I can see myself improving every time I fish, which I hope will transfer into moving up the leader board. I managed to make the Lady Bass Classic both years which means a great deal to me. I have also continued to fish the Bass Weekend Series which I enjoy very much. I have made the BWS Regionals several times and managed to go to the Nationals which was a blast. Whether I’ve been in the back of the boat or the front, I learn so much from the guys I fish with in BWS.
Time on the water is essential for success. I wish I had more time to fish! I am an Informational Technology Consultant by trade with a BS in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. My job occupies a lot of my time so I cherish every opportunity I get to fish. I had no thoughts of fishing much less doing so competitively until my doctor told me I needed a hobby outside of work to reduce stress. Golf was painful to my ego so I bought a tiny aluminum boat with a tiller motor to enjoy the water. Bass fishing gave me something to do while I was out there enjoying nature. I’ve been hooked ever since. When I am not fishing, you can find me spending time with my friends and family and my three adorable dogs.
My biggest catch in a tournament so far was a 6 lb largemouth caught on Patoka Lake in Indiana fishing a blue and chrome Rat-L-Trap. It was a small Federation tournament, and I won the tournament and took home big bass for the day. Another great experience came in 2009 when I qualified to fish in the Women’s Bassmaster Tour Championship in Shreveport, Louisiana. This was my first year to ever fish an organized tournament series and making the Classic as a co-angler was very exciting for me. It definitely left a lasting impression and gave me the “bug” to continue down the tournament trail.
I have maintained three fishing sponsors from the beginning of my professional career: Red Dirt Baits, Nemesis Jigs, and Denali rods. My two favorite baits to throw are a titanium double buzz bait made by Red Dirt Bait Company and a football head jig made by Nemesis Baits. I have caught more fish on these two baits than all other baits combined. I am very fortunate to have two very good bait companies providing quality products. Denali rods provide the sensitivity I need to fish these baits and set the hook with confidence. It still scares me when that big ole bass crushes my buzzbait! Anyone who has ever experienced a topwater bite knows there is nothing more exciting than the moment the water explodes on the initial bite. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Nightrain clothing have provided me financial backing for my fishing career. My nephew started Nightrain clothing and has turned it into a successful ski clothing company. I am very proud of him!
The LBAA gave me a place to start my professional fishing career. With everything I have learned, I have faith this will be a great year for me and for the LBAA. I hope the right sponsor comes along and realizes how great all of these ladies are and provides the means to make this group successful for years to come.”
Sponsors: Kentucky Fried Chicken, Red Dirt Bait Company, Nemesis Baits, Denali Rods, Nightrain clothing, Scales & Tales, Pure Fishing, and Southern Sports Group.