The Pro Gator Boats sponsored Lady Bass Anglers Association event on Lake Hartwell, Georgia wrapped up today with seasoned pro Pam Martin-Wells putting all the pieces together and bringing in a 12.58 lb sack of fish to the scales. This leaped her to the lead besting the closest competitor by 10 lbs.
Wells hit some of the same spots she fished on Friday, but on this day, she was able to fire the fish up and get the quality bites. Even with the quality bag on day two, her big bass of 5.06 lbs on day one held on to earn her the cash award sponsored by Joey Ridgle Septic and Sanitation Services, LLC.
Only three boaters brought the five fish limit to the stage. Kentucky’s Secret York jumped up in the standings to seventh. North Carolina’s pro Robyn Cook brought her very first five fish limit to the stage moving her into eight place. Even with these five bag limits, Tennessee pro angler Teri Cindric’s four fish bag moved her into second place. She was followed closely behind by Texas pro Alisa Johnson who finished third. Another Texas pro, Cheryl Bowden moved into fourth. Rounding out the top five was Louisiana pro Julia Darbonne who also received the Yo-Zuri prize pack for her finish. Adding a little fun into the mix, Alabama angler Lisa Johnson earned a Tiny Bass cash award from Vickie’s Threadworks for the tiniest bass on the pro side.
In the co-angler division, Kentucky angler Glynn Ellen Valentine was able to jump to the top brining in a limit after not boating any keepers on day one. “It just goes to show that anything can happen. Keep your head down, stay focused and fish hard.” This same moto held true for three of the top five anglers. Each came into day two shooting for the fences and were able to move up in the standings. Jumping into second place was Alabama Angler Cassie Hall. Moving into third was Texas angler Brooke Johnson with two consistent days of fishing. Also being consistent was Missouri angler Shannon Wells who finished fourth and also won the Vickie’s Threadworks Tiny Bass Cash Award and the Joey Ridgle Septic and Sanitation Services, LLC Big Bass Award in the co-angler division. Rounding out the top five was Alabama angler Sherry Jacks. This fifth place finished also earned her a Yo-Zuri prize pack.
In addition to the cash and prizes mentioned earlier, Toyota provided new weigh bags to the anglers bringing in the smallest limit of bass for each division. Robyn Cook of North Carolina earned this in the pro division and Louisiana angler Penny McCurdy received one in the Co-Angler division.
We want to recognize the Hartwell High School Bass team who came out each day of the tournament to help with fish care. They did an amazing job of caring for the fish and making sure they got back into Lake Hartwell healthy! The LBAA awarded the team a check to show our appreciation and to help them as an organization. “We always want to support the growth of our future bass anglers and this is just a small token to help do that and to show our appreciation,” stated Secret York, Co-Founder of the Lady Bass Anglers Association.
The Hart County Chamber of Commerce had numerous volunteers who came out to help with getting anglers and their boats out of the water and parked. They also ran golf carts from the parking area to the ramp to assist our Bass Caddies as they loaded the boats and moved them to the parking area. Once the event started, they transported anglers from their rigs to the pavilion and weigh trailer with their fish! All these things helped make this an amazing event!
The next group we want to make sure we recognize are our Bass Caddies! This group is comprised of family members of the anglers who help with putting the anglers in the water on tournament mornings, loading them up in the afternoons. In between times, they help with addressing issues the anglers face with electronics, trolling motors and other general repairs that keep the ladies on the water fishing. They truly are angels sent to help and support all the anglers at each event.
Anglers compete not only for cash and prizes at each event, but also to earn points in the Angler of the Year race and to earn spots in the October Pro Gator Boats Lady Bass Anglers Association Lady Bass Classic. This year the Lady Bass Classic will take place on Lake Truman in Missouri. The event will take place out of Bucksaw Resort. The top twelve anglers in points advance along with anglers from the Wildcard and Federations. The top five in the Pro-Division after Lake Hartwell are: Pam Martin-Wells, Alisa Johnson, Mickie Wolfinbarger, Lynda Gessner and Martha Goodfellow. The top five in the Co- Division are: Cassie Hall, Diana Uebelhack, Christian Baxter Shannon Wells, and Glynn Ellen Valentine. Anglers have one more tournament in which to move into the top twelve.
The ladies will now set their sites on Natchitoches, Louisiana for the final regular season event of 2020. The event on Cane River was originally scheduled for the spring. Mayor Lee Posey stated, “we were saddened that the event had to be moved, but knowing it would be rescheduled was wonderful news. We have a beautiful city that will provide the anglers, their families and followers a variety of opportunities to enjoy.” To add to the excitement, this is the final opportunity for anglers to move up in the Angler of the Year points race and earn spots in the Lady Bass Classic in October on Lake Truman, Missouri at the Bucksaw Resort.
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, Joey Ridgle Septic and Sanitation, LLC., Old School Outdoors, 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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