June 9-10, 2017, Hickory, North Carolina
The event on Lake Hickory was the first time the LBAA had fished these waters. It was an incredibly exciting event! In advance of the event, LBAA anglers had the great fortune of being able to take wounded warriors from the area out on the water for a three hour fish off. These veterans and anglers had the option to bring in either the biggest or smallest bass! It was a blast for all involved. Jeremey of Lake Side Marina was a great host to this event.
Once the event started, conditions proved to be tough as the bass were in transition making the fishing tough. The LBAA anglers once again showed off their top notch skills in figuring out those elusive bass and brought some nice bags to the scales at L.P. Frans stadium in Hickory, North Carolina.
Kentucky Angler, Secret York moved from 8th place to win the event with a final day 5 fish limit totaling 14.59 lbs. This proved to be the biggest bag of the event and brought her final weight to 23.08 lbs for two days of work. York utilized post spawn techniques from her home lake to find bass that were moving from the spawning areas out the main lake. With her Carolina rig, she isolated shell beds on points in water depths between 20 and 40 feet. Patience proved to be key as fish were caught and more would move into the locations. The biggest key was “fishing parallel to the points after locating the fish and shell beds on my unit” York stated.
Simpsonville, South Carolina angler Martha Goodfellow moved up two notches from fourth to second with a two day total of 20.24 lbs to the scales. Finishing in third was the ever present Pam Martin-Wells of Bainbridge, Georgia with 18.50 lbs. Maiden, North Carolina Pro Angela Mayo fished a similar pattern to York, but in shallow water and was able to finish fourth on her home lake with a two day total of 18.01 lbs. Missouri pro Mickie Wofinbarger rounded out the top five pros for the event bringing 17.58 lbs to the scales.
The co-anglers also performed well in the challenging conditions of the event. Raleigh, North Carolina’s Susan Orton lead from start to finish! She was able to fish with two different prosand bring a total of 13.89 lbs to the scales! Dana Rabon was able to move up to finish 2nd place in her first LBAA event brining in a total of 10.95 lbs. Closing out the top three was Chandler, Texas own Alisa Johnson who brought 10.29 lbs to the scales. Rounding out the top five finds Alabaster, Alabama’s Cassie Hall in 4th with 10.07 lbs and Diamond City, Arkansas’ Jan Hudson with 9.62 lbs. Chandler, Texas Alisa Johnson charge up the ranks to finish in 4th place with 8.68 lbs. The top five rounded out with Diamond City, Arkansas’ Jan Hudson with 8.67 lbs.
North Richland Hills, Texas Pro Cheryl Bowden captured the pro big bass of the event with a bass weighing 4.92 lbs. Gilliam, Louisiana’s own Penny McCurdy brought in the co-angler FISHSTYX big bass weighing 3.82 lbs. Both anglers also received a gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
As the anglers came across the stage, they expressed their appreciation to their sponsors, the event sponsors, the crowd, the city, and the Crawdad’s for their amazing hospitality and support. An invitation to all the ladies to join them on the tournament trail for the remainder of the 2017 was consistently announced on the stage. Even in extreme competition there is a bond among this group that is unique which makes these events so much fun for the friends and families of the lady bass anglers.
North Carolina Co- Susan Orton
All of this being said, one of the keys to the success of the smooth running event was the support of the sponsors. The City of Hickory, North Carolina, Hickory Metro Sports Commission, Dick’s Sporting Goods, UPS, Fishers of Men, Mike Johnson Toyota, Dry Pond Tackle and Outfitters, Pepsi, Adventure Creatives, Tackle Town and Yo-Zuri Custom Baits. Flat Out Tungsten, Bass Addict, Picky Vicki’s, Rayjus, HITEC, Donnelley’s Marine, Rod Armorz, Kick’n Bass, and Clay Maxey Ford. Fishers of Men took care of all of the fish care for the event and ensured healthy fish returned to the waters to live and be caught another day! As always, the ladies are also appreciative of the “Bass Caddies” who take care of launching and loading the boats, watching over the vehicles during the event and assisting with any issues the ladies encountered! We are incredibly appreciative of all of the support of these wonderful sponsors.
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