When the Pro Gator Boats sponsored Lady Bass Anglers Association comes to town, there is sure to be a week filled with plenty of action
on and off the water! Mayor Posey states, “We are excited to host the LBAA in the Oldest Settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the City of Natchitoches, as they kick off the 2020 tournament season. Located in the heart of Sportsman’s Paradise, Cane River Lake is sure to please anglers looking to reel in largemouth bass as they compete in this event.”
The Cane River Lake event in Natchitoches starts off on Saturday, March 21st with the best female anglers from across the country arriving to begin the official practice period. As part of the LBAA event along the riverfront in downtown Natchitoches the LBAA will be hosting two events specifically for kids in the area. The week will conclude with a champion in the Pro and Co-Angler divisions being crowned.
As anglers prepare for this event, Louisiana native Penny McCurdy states, that we are "so excited to kick off our first Lady Bass Anglers Pro Circuit event of 2020 in Natchitoches Louisiana, a beautiful town with lots charm, culture, wonderful friendly people, great food and beautiful Cane River that runs through the heart of downtown.” She is fortunate enough to have been on the lake a few times before the event. Any lake can be challenging, especially for co-anglers who may or may not get any practice time before the tournament begins. DeAnna Lovvorn , the reigning Lady Bass Classic Champion of the co-anglers division, hits the nail on the head when it comes to fishing a lake that you have never seen with her moto. “The challenge of a fishery is to Improvise, adapt and overcome.” That is exactly what the ladies of the LBAA plan on doing in a few short weeks.
“It is my privilege to serve as the tournament director for the Lady Bass Anglers during their 10th anniversary. There is no better time to join this elite group of ladies as they will be fishing a fun and challenging schedule. You will not find a better group of like-minded ladies to be associated with. Join the ladies as they celebrate their 10th anniversary” says Tournament Director, Larry Valentine.
To kick off the week, the LBAA Women’s Pro Bass Tour has partnered with the Louisiana State Hall of Fame and North Louisiana History Museum for a “Get Hooked: Casting with the Pros event. Kids 6 and up accompanied with an adult are invited to learn about bass fishing and try their casting skills against the top female competitors in the nation. There will be some rods and reels on hand, but kids are also welcome to bring their own. The event will include stations on casting, habitat, knot tying, conservation, and fish identification. Come join in the fun from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The address is 800 Front Street in Natchitoches. For more information on the Louisiana State Hall of Fame and North Louisiana History Museum, please visit their website.
After a week of practice, the first stop of the 2020 season will move into high gear. On Thursday evening, Hook’n Up and Track’n Down and V & M Baits will be hosting the Registration/Briefing meeting where the anglers will find out who they will be fishing with on each of the two days of competition. The tournament kicks off on Friday and Saturday, March 27th and 28th with take-off each day from the Pavilion at safe light. You will see the ladies from one end of the lake to the other setting the hook on those big spring bass. Spectators are welcome to be on the water and see the action first hand. At 3:00 P.M. each day, the ladies will check-in at the Pavilion for weigh-in. The weigh trailer will be set up in front of the Pavilion allowing folks to bring their lawn chairs for up close and personal seating as well as great views from the Amphitheater seating area. Anglers in the pro division can bring their five biggest fish for the day to the stage while the co-anglers are vying to bring their three biggest to the scales. The winners will be crowned based upon their two day combined weight!
The final day of the Pro Gator Boats Women’s Pro Bass Tour event will include a second opportunity for kids. While the anglers are on the water, the city of Natchitoches river front shoreline will be filled with kids fishing. Pond Hopper Nation’s "Teach a Child to Fish Day" will take place from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM and is designed to provide a free fishing rod, Pond Hopper Nation T-shirt, and Tackle to children who attend in hopes we can teach them the basics of how to fish, and to bring families closer together! These free items are limited to the first 60 kids who register. Go to Pond Hopper Nation’s website to register. More details will be provided to those who register in advance. It should also be noted that kids who hang around for the LBAA weigh-in will have the opportunity to help the ladies bring their fish to the stage and hold them up for photo opportunities!
At the conclusion of the Saturday afternoon weigh-in, the 2020 Cane River Lake Champions will be crowned! There will also be awards given out for Julie Martin Foundation Big Bass in each division. While the results are being verified, there will be two some audience participation activities for folks in the crowd!
Wonderful sponsors make or break any event. We are so grateful for these local sponsors and their support. City of Natchitoches, Hook’n Up and Track’n Down, V & M Baits, and Shipp’s Marine.
The Lady Bass Anglers Association has amazing weigh trailer sponsors as well. Thank you all for your year-long support. Title Sponsor Pro Gator Boats, Old School Outdoors, Donley’s Marine, HITEC Outdoors, Shipp’s Marine, Lauren’s Legacy, Picky Vicki’s Cleaning Service, Julie Martin Foundation, Yo-Zuri, Vickie’s Threadworks, City of Natchitoches, LA, Hart County, GA, Florence, AL, and Bucksaw Resort, MO.
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