The Pro Gator Boats sponsored Lady Bass Anglers Association held a one-day Lady Bass Classic shootout on Lake Truman, Missouri.
The LBAA schedule had to be altered due to Covid-19. In order, to do due justice in the Angler of the Year race, the final tour stop was slip into two events. A two-day tournament on Thursday and Friday to complete the season and a single day Championship on Saturday. Each day of practice brought new challenges and those did not change on championship day. The 19 boaters and co-anglers were up for the challenge. Qualifying to earn the right to fish the Lady Bass Classic is a goal of most of the anglers who fish every event during the season. Consistency is always key in success and Pam Martin-Wells was the epitome of consistency the week of the Truman Lake events. This consistency earned Martin-Wells her third Lady Bass Classic title in the history of the Lady Bass Anglers Association. She staved off a charge from two-time Classic Champion Cheryl Bowden of Texas. Bowden made significant changes to her game plan on Saturday and came up just short. “I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by shooting for the fences. Pam is an amazing angler and is always a force to be reckoned with at any event." Missouri angler Mickie Wolfinbarger also made a run for the title and finished the event in third. Rounding out the top five were Pam Ridgle of Murchison, Texas, and Terri Bittner of Arkansas. Alisa Johnson of Texas finished a disappointing 6th place after experiencing boat problems in the early parts of the day. Due to her tenacity, she was still able to find fish by dropping her trolling motor and just going fishing.
In the co-angler division, Louisiana angler Penny McCurdy brought two quality fish to the scales to best out second place by two pounds. Coming in second place with the co-angler big bass of the day was Alabama’s Cassie Hall. Following her in third place was first year angler Brianna Wise from Louisiana. In fourth was Texas angler Brooke Johnson and in fifth was another first-year angler with the LBAA, Sherry Jacks of Alabama.
The Joey Ridgle Septic and Sanitation Service Big Bass Award winners were Pam Martin-Wells in the Pro Division and Cassie Hall in the Co-Angler Division. In the Vickie’s Threadworks Tiny Bass Award category, North Carolina’s Robyn Cook was the pro division winner and Georgia’s Wendy Brown in the co-angler division.
As the 2020, Pro Gator Boats Lady Bass Anglers Association comes to an end, there are great things on the horizon. This begins with Lee Smith of Pro Gator Boats has extended the title sponsorship into 2021! This is followed by the introduction of a Junior Membership for non-fishing anglers age 18 and under. This new membership level will help grow future anglers. These junior members get to select LBAA members to join them in a Junior Private Facebook Group, along with a parent or guardian. The angler or anglers chosen will provide the young member with autographed photos and access to talk fishing in the Facebook Group. Young members will also get special LBAA members only shirt and LBAA stickers. This junior membership is for two years at $25. If these young anglers attend an LBAA event, they will be guests on the stage with their selected anglers.
We want to express our deepest appreciation to Tanya and Rick, owners of the Bucksaw Marina and Resort. They and their staff were outstanding during our events. They have amazing facilities and went out of their way to make our events at their location the best they could possibly be. All the hard work began prior to our arrival. The meal for our banquet was top notch and each day of the tournament, they took great care in getting or fish back into Lake Truman!
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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