When the Lady Bass Anglers Association comes to town, there is sure to be interesting turns of events! The early days of practice were nothing like with windblown, stormy, rainy days that converged on the Hemphill area the final days of practice and during the tournament itself. The start of day one was delayed due to thunderstorms in the area. Once the ladies got going, it was on! Multiple wind and weather changes through the day force the ladies to work hard for every bite!
At the end of the day Secret York of Benton, Kentucky was sitting atop the leaderboard with 12.08 lbs. She was closely followed by Arkansas’ Terri Bittner with 11.31 lbs. The always competitive Lisa Johnson of Centre, Alabama was sitting just a few pounds back with a 9.12 lb stringer. The drop in temperature and the windy conditions made the lake feel more like an ocean with waves large enough to make holding a position challenging for even the most experienced anglers. In the Co-angler division, Renee Key-Johnston of Deer Park, Texas was sitting in the top spot with 8.33 lbs. Right behind her was Rebecca Briley of Lake Charles, Louisiana with 7.08lbs that included a nice kicker bass weighing in at 5.99lbs. Right on Briley’s heals was DeAnna Lovvorn of Bradyville, Tennessee with 7.04 lbs.
As day two rolled around the windy conditions had calmed tremendously, but Toledo Bend itself had grown in size with over 10 inches of rain in the previous few days and more expected! This was not a deterrent to the ladies! They had become more accustomed to the conditions and were ready for the challenge. In the Pro-Division, local angler Julie Darbonne leaped from 5th place on day one to the top spot by bringing a 19.75 lb stringer to the scales. Terri Bittner of Royal, Arkansas gave her a run for the money brining in a 15.58 lb sack of fish to the scale securing her second place finish. Consistency was the name of the game for York, McLaurin and Cindric as their weights on days one and two were within a pound or so of their day one weights.
When asked about her tournament Darbonne stated “it was a tough two days. Weather being a constant threat kept me mainly in isolated coves. I ended up with a productive 19.57 lb bag and the Pro Big Bass at 5.79 lbs.”
In the Co-Angler Division, Sanford, NC’s Terri Davis leaped from fourth place on day one to the lead when she brought in a 8.69 lb sack on day two. Day one leader Renee Key-Johnston held on to a third place finish with a two-day total of 11.72 lbs. DeAnna Lovvorn moved up one spot to hold down a second place finish with a two-day total of 11.90 lbs. Other moves up the board were Benton, Kentucky’s Glyn Ellen Valentine who finished fourth and Aynor, South Carolina’s Dana Rabon who moved into fifth place.
The Julie Martin Foundation Big Bass Awards went to Julia Darbonne in the Pro Division for her 5.79 pounder and to first timer Rebecca Briley with the Co Division for her 5.99 pounder which was also the big bass for the entire Toledo Bend event. Each angler walked away with a check for $250 for their big bass award.
When possible we love to keep it interesting! Because there is no size limit on spots and the fishing can sometimes be tough, Hags Tornado Baits sponsored a Tiny Bass Award. Angela Mayo of Maiden, North Carolina brought in the tiniest bass in the Pro Division. Cassie Hall of Alabaster, Alabama brought in the tiniest bass in the Co Angler Division. Each angler walked away with a check for $100 for their tiny bass award.
The Pond Hopper Nation event for Toledo Bend had to be rescheduled due to all of the wet and rainy conditions. It was slated to take place on Saturday with 92 children registered to participate along the shores at Six Mile Marina. The LBAA works closely with Pond Hopper Nation to sponsor the “Teach A Child to Fish” Day. When the event takes place in the coming weeks, each child will walk away with his or her very own rod and reel! Please see the Pond Hopper Nation website at http://www.pondhoppernation.com/ for details on the rescheduled event and future events.
Wonderful sponsors make or break any event. We are so grateful for these local sponsors and their support. Sabine County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fin and Feather Resort, Six Mile Marina, Toledo Bend Tackle Company- Hemphill, Bass Pro Shops, Carlson Marine, Hags Tornado Baits, All State- Jeremy Burge and Associates, Real Deal Marine, Unique TB Guide Service, HUK, Walmart, Brookshire Brothers, Bass and Bucks Outfitters, Nichols Department Store, Lowes of Leesville, Bruiser Baits, Hairtage Hair Salon, Gary Yamamoto Baits, Kick’n Bass Attractants, Bad Attitude Knives, JB Designs, Gary Yamamoto Baits, Horseshoe Construction, SSH Guide Service, Tractor Supply- Hemphill, Napa Auto Parts-Leesville, The Tackle Box-DeRidder, and JB’s Fish Sauce.
The Lady Bass Anglers Association has amazing weigh trailer sponsors as well. Thank you all for your year-long support. Old School Outdoors, Donley’s Marine, HITEC Outdoors, Lauren’s Legacy, Picky Vicki’s Cleaning Service, Julie Martin Foundation, Fin and Feather Resort, Sabine County, Texas, Flat Out Tungsten, Bass Addiction, Yo-Zuri, Vickie’s Threadworks and Indigo.
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