Cinderella No More: Johnson Wins Lady Bass Classic; Mayo Wins Triple Crown
(Florence, AL) – Anglers participating in the 2015 Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) Lady Bass Classic were once again faced today with changing conditions and a changing bite. Even though the bite was different each day, Center, Alabama Pro Lisa Johnson made the best of those changing conditions and brought another limit to the scales weighing in three Lake Pickwick bass weighing 10.31-pounds to hold off the charge by Rookie of the Year Amanda Godfrey of Candler, NC and Foristell, MO Pro Lynda Gessner. Johnson's final three day weight was 35.00-pounds. Enough to win her first event for the 2015 season and the title of 2015 Lady Bass Classic Champion.
(Florence, AL) – The 30-angler field for the Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) 2015 Lady Bass Classic have each began their individual quest for LBAA gold this week on Alabama’s Lake Pickwick. The field of 15 pros and 15 co’s are searching for a successful pattern in pre-practice on the Lake Pickwick that they hope will bring them a season ending championship in the 2015 Lady Bass Classic that takes place October 15, 16 and 17.
Three anglers however have a chance to win an elusive LBAA “Triple Crown”. To win an LBAA “Triple Crown” and angler would have had to win an event, win an end of year title (Angler of the Year or Rookie of the Year) and win the season ending 2015 LBAA Lady Bass Classic tournament.
Two pro anglers and one co-angler have this unique chance at making LBAA history. Pam Ridgle (Murchison,TX) who was just crowned the 2015 LBAA Pro Division Angler of the Year (AOY) and Amanda Godfrey (Candler, NC) who was also recently crowned the 2015 LBAA Rookie of the Year, and co-angler AOY winner Anglea Mayo (Maiden, NC).
Ridgle had back to back wins on Kentucky Lake and Old Hickory Lake in July and September. “Winning Angler of the Year is something you dream of doing and I’m still in the state of – I don’t believe this yet,” Ridgle added. “I know I can fish but when it comes to competitive fishing there are so many things that come in to play. This is just very overwhelming. I thank God for the beautiful creation He gave us and for the beautiful waters He gave us to fish,” Ridgle concluded. Amanda Godfrey has yet to win an event, but has been close several times and May boxed in the season by winning the first and last events.
Is a LBAA Triple Crown a feasible feat? “Why not,” exclaimed Ridgle. “We all work hard during the season so that we can make the Championship. Once you're there you just go out there and have as much fun as you can. The Championship is the icing on the cake - the one event that you can go into purely for the enjoyment of being there and with no expectations or pressure. When you fish carefree, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.”
Yes, I think it's very possible, but it will be very challenging due to the competition level,” Godfrey stated, “but I honestly think with the right preparation it can be done."
“This is my first and possibly last opportunity to win the Triple Crown in the co-angler division,” stated Mayo. “If everything works out as I have planned, I will be making the move to the pro side. I can then shoot for the triple crown as a rookie!" "Regardless, I'm going to need to be consistent and hopefully have a limit each day.”
All three weighed in on whether or not a reduced field (15 per division) will add pressure or make a difference at the 2015 LBAA Lady Bass Classic. Godfrey was quick to reply saying, “I don't think the size of the field makes too much of a difference due to the level of competition. I am competing against some of the best female anglers in the U.S.", Mayo stated that, “If you calculate things out on paper, having a reduced field, increases your odds however I will be fishing against the best of the best. It's going to be tough, and I am ready for the challenge and the adventure."
"The Championship is anybody's game. I never take lightly the skills and abilities of the ladies I fish with and against. They are after all the best lady anglers in the country. Each has their strengths and each has shown throughout the year that they are very capable of bringing in limits of fish. I, in now way feel I have this in the bag, but those ladies will all need to bring their "A" game to this event. Additionally, this event is a celebration of everything we have accomplished this season. I am going to have fun and do my very best," states Ridgle.
If a limit (five bass pro division, three bass co-anglers division) can be caught what will it take to stay in contention? Godfrey predicts 17-pounds a day and Ridgle says 15 plus a day on the pro side and May says at least nine pounds a day in the co-angler division.
Ridgle is sponsored by Brownsboro State Bank, Joey Ridgel Septic and Temple Fork Outfitters. Godfrey is sponsored by Pheonix Boats, Power Pole, Foothills Marina, Motormate Locking System, Yankum Custom Tackle, Fultons Tackle Box, Dixie Custom Rods, Uncle Josh Baits, and Bass Attacker Lures.
Mayo is sponsored by Fishstyx Custom Rods
Weather should become more stable as the week progresses with night time low’s starting in the mid to high 40’s all week and highs remaining in the low and moving into the mid 50’s by week’s end and highs remaining in the mid to low 70's all week long..
These ladies are the 15 qualifiers from the LBAA”s Pro Angler Division: Pam Ridgle/ Murchison, TX, Lisa Johnson/ Center, AL, Teri Cindric/ Hermitage, TN, Cheryl Bowden/ Haltom City, TX, Secret York/ Benton, KY, Leslie Anderson/ St. Louis, MO, Amanda Godfrey/ Candler, NC, Robin Babb/ Livingston, TX, Jan Hudson/ Diamond City, AR, Robbie Hartline/ Foristell, MO, Lynda Gessner/ Foristell, MO, Penny McCurdy/ Vivian, LA, Terri Bittner/ Hot Springs, AR, Monica Altman/ Angier, NC, Brandi Vanover/ Madisonville, KY.
Here are the 15 qualifiers from the LBAA’s Co-angler Division: Angela Mayo/ Maiden, NC, Bonnie Ward/Snohomish, WA, Teresa Ehret/ Red Bud, NC, Danielle Worthen/ Peidmont, NC, Kelley Cameron/ Hoover, AL, Slyvie Kane/ Grove, OK, Glyn Ellen Valentine/ Benton, KY, Susie Hust/ Central City, KY, Christian Baxter/ Taladega, AL, DeAnna Lovorn/ Bradyville, TN, Kimberly Holiday/ Quitman, TX, Noella McLaurin/ Vivian, LA, Diana Uebelhack/ Mt. Vernon, IN, Alisa Johnson/ Chandler, TX, Cassie Hall/Alabaster, AL.
On Tuesday, October 13, 2015 beginning at 6:00 PM, supporters and fans are invited to join the members of the LBAA for a benefit dinner in honor and in memory of Lauren Holshouser. Lauren was a rookie in the LBAA this season and was killed in an automobile accident shortly after the LBAA Kentucky Lake event in July. The meal has been donated and will be a chicken stew dinner with water or softe drinks. It will begin at 6:00 PM at one of the pavillions near the McFarland Park Ramp. All procedes go to a foundation that is being started in Lauren's memory and will be called Lauren's Legacy. Funds will go toward sponsoring a young high school or college student to fish with the LBAA. If you are a member of the public and wish to attend, we welcome you. It would be helpful to let the mayor know of your intent to that enough food can be available. Anglers will be available to visit and sigh autographs for anyone who is interested.
The ladies will celebrate the year with thier annual Classic Banquet on Wednesday evening where the accomplishments of the year will be highlighted. The banquet will be follow by the final briefing meeting of 2015.
The 2015 LBAA Lady Bass Classic will be held on Alabama’s Lake Pickwick October 15-17 and each day’s competition will run from `safe light’ until 3 PM CST. All launches and weigh-ins will take place at the McFarland Park Ramp. The ramp is located in McFarland Park, 200 James M. Spain Drive, Florence, Alabama 35630.
For more information on the LBAA contact co-founder Cheryl Bowden @ 1-214-738-7518, or co-founder Secret York @ 1-270-748-9041. The LBAA has a presence on the World Wide Web, on Facebook, and at http://www.ladybassanglers.com/
Mayor Hudson Wins Lady Bass Anglers Bull Shoals Event
(Diamond City, AR) – The Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) rolled into Diamond City, Arkansas to fish on Lake Bull Shoals well award that the newly elected Mayor, Jan Hudson would be a local favorite. That did not slow down any of the pros as they prepared and practiced on a lake with waters ranging from dingy and dirty to clear enough to read a quarter in 20 feet of water. Often times anglers are told to work the bait a certain way in order to get it to stand up or perform in certain manners. Those fishing in the clear water could see what this retoric was really all about.
Cindric Wins First Event of the Season for Second Year In A Row
(Shreveport, LA) – Anglers participating in the 2015 Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) spring event on Lake Caddo were once again faced with changing conditions and a changing bite. As the LBAA arrived in Shreveport, Mother Nature had already been unleashing the rain and chilly weather. As the anglers practiced each day and worked to naviagte the unnique and beatiful waters of Lake Caddo, Mother Nature continued to drop rain all across the region. The water was rising even to the point that the navigation makers were starting to disappear and the yards of homes on the lake were being taken over by high waters.
(Benton, KY) –Murchison, Texas pro angler Pam Ridgle pulled in a 22.13-pound five-bass limit two days in a row from Kentucky Lake to claim her first win of the 2015 LBAA season. While Ridgle did not find a kicker bass to top off her sacks of bass, she did put togeher two solid days of fishing on a lake that contains waters that are nothing like what she fishes back home in Texas.