Lincoln, Alabama has become a regular stop for the Lady Bass Anglers Association, but fishing this body of water in the summer was a new occurrence. Questions swirled about how the recent flooding would impact the fishing. During practice anglers would have varying levels of success. Most of which related to when Alabama Power would operate. In most cases, it was one gate for just a few hours. Anglers also had to be aware of the frequent thunderstorms that would make their way through during practice and during competition.
There was a lot riding on the Logan Martin event including that it was the last regular season event of the year. Being that, it is dubbed as the Wildcard event. In short, this means that at the conclusion of the event, not only will the winner of the event be crowned, but so will the Angler of the Year titles and the Lady Bass Classic field will be set. Because it is a Wildcard, there are several ways for an angler to qualify by the Classic: 1) top 12 in Angler of the Year points; 2) Win an event and fish the majority of the year’s events; 3) Be the highest finishing angler not qualified for the Classic; 4) lastly, all anglers who fished every event, but did not qualify are given tickets and one ticket in each division is drawn.
At the end of day one, Lynda Gessner of Hot Springs, Arkansas was in the lead with 9.70 pounds. Close behind her was Secret York of Benton, Kentucky with 9.23 lbs. She was closely followed by Alabama’s own Lisa Johnson of Centre with 9.05 lbs. Completing the top five, you find Denver, North Carolina’s Michelle Armstrong and Texas’ angler Pam Ridgle of Murchison with 8.88 lbs and 8.78 lbs respectively! In the Co-angler division, Glyn Ellen Valentine of Benton, Kentucky was sitting in the top spot with 4.07 lbs. Right behind her was Dana Davis of Vincent, Alabama with 3.89 lbs. This has Valentine within reach of the AOY in the Co-Angler Division after day one. Also in the top five you have Brooke Johnson of Chandler, Texas in her very first LBAA event with 3.42 lbs; Beth Devine of Dawson Springs, Kentucky with 3.10 lbs and Terri Davis of Sanford, North Carolina with 3.07 lbs and still in striking distance of the Angler of the Year title!
As day two rolled around, once again there was the chance of pop up thunderstorms, but that was no deterrent to the ladies! A lot was riding on day two and the air was filled with possibilities! In the Pro-Division, Lynda Gessner was consistent and brought in a 9.80 lb stringer to the scales bringing her total to 19.50 lbs. This was not enough to hold off Secret York who was able to use the current and cull multiple times in the day. York’s day two weight of 10.45 lbs bumped her into first place with a final weight of 19.68 lbs. Finishing in third was Lisa Johnson of Centre, Alabama with a weight of 16.92 lbs. She edged out Pam Ridgle of Murchison, Texas who finished with 16.41 lbs.
When asked about her tournament, York stated that when they would pull current, even though it was not much, it would stack fish up on the off-shore rock beds she had found in practice. She switched back and forth between a Carolina Rig and a jig and was able to cull multiple times to bring her weight up.
In the Co-Angler Division, Vincent, Alabama’s Dana Davis was able to bring in a final weight of 7.03 lbs. This allowed her to hold off the charge from Diamond City, Arkansas’ Jan Hudson and her 6.86 lb sack. Jan moved her from 13th on day one. Sherry Jacks of Clanton, Alabama leaped from 8th to 3rd place with a final weight of 6.53 lbs. Renee Key Johnston also jumped to finish 4th with 5.83 lbs. Rounding out the top five was Pam Holwerda of Killeen, Texas with 5.71 lbs.
Prior to the Logan Martin event, Terri Bittner of Royal, Arkansas and Noella McLaurin of Vivian, Louisiana were neck in neck vying for the Angler of the Year title in the Pro-Division. Neither of these two ladies had the tournament they would like to have had. This opened the door for York! Her win on Logan Martin propelled her from fifth in the standings to the top slot for a win-win and the Angler of the Year title for 2019! In the Co-Angler Division, the race was just as tight. Both Terri Davis and Glyn Ellen Valentine dropped down in the final event standings, but Davis was able to finish ahead of Valentine in the Logan Martin which gave her enough points to take the Co-Angler of the Year title for 2019.
The Julie Martin Foundation Big Bass Awards went to Pam Ridgle in the Pro Division for her 4.13 pounder and to Cindy Adler with the Co Division for her 2.53 pounder. Each angler walked away with a check for $250 for their big bass award.
The Pond Hopper Nation event for Logan Martin, sponsored by Springer Equipment Company had approximately thirty children involved and they had a great time fishing a private lake just a few miles from the LBAA Weigh Trailer in the Caribe parking lot. Each child also walked away with a free t-shirt and their very own rod and reel. The LBAA works closely with Pond Hopper Nation to sponsor the “Teach A Child to Fish” Day. Please see the Pond Hopper Nation website at http://www.pondhoppernation.com/ for details.
The next stop for the Lady Bass Anglers Association is Caddo Lake for the Lady Bass Classic September 19-21, 2019! At this time, the field will consist of 17 Pro and Co-Anglers from the LBAA and one pro and co-angler from the Tri-State Federation!
Wonderful sponsors make or break any event. We are so grateful for these local sponsors and their support. City of Lincoln, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, Caribe, Montana’s, Springer Equipment Company and Larry Walker Land Surveying. We would like to thank everyone who purchased 50/50 raffle tickets for the event!
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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