|Missouri Co-Angler Lisa Opfer|
My name is Lisa Opfer, I have always liked to fish but after marrying my husband Dave in 1993, my bass addiction really took off. For me, fishing is a passion--there is nothing that gets my adrenaline flowing like feeling that slight tick at the end of the line or the reel screaming because a big mama just took off with my lure.
At the suggestion of my husband, I joined a local, all women’s bass club called the Gateway Bass ‘n Gals in 2001 and held the position of Treasurer from 2002 through 2012. I was fishing with nothing but crank baits and thought fishing with plastics was just too slow. Now, the first thing I turn to is plastics. Bass Addiction has some awesome plastics, love the mat craws which you can fish alone (I like them Texas rigged) or used as trailers. Also like a Zoom finesse worm in Red Bug, a Zoom Super Speed Craw in White Pearl or Green Pumpkin or, their Ultra Vibe Speed Craw in Green Pumpkin. BER Custom Lure Painting has reproduced a Bomber for me that works when nothing else will. It’s a medium diver, with a clear body and a fish scale pattern along the back in blue.
While fishing with the Bass ‘n Gals at Table Rock in 2011 I took first place and big bass. That same year I was awarded Gateway Bass ‘n Gal of the Year by placing 4th in the point standings.
The largest bass I have caught during a tournament was caught using my Kissel Krafts Custom Rod and weighed in at 4.16 lbs. I was fishing at Stockton Lake with the Gateway Bass ‘n Gals in May of 2015. I was shaking so bad after getting that big momma in the boat I couldn’t retie my line for several seconds. I weighed in 4 keepers and total weight for that tournament was 10.21 lbs.
In 2013 I joined the Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA), the women’s pro bass circuit. I fished at Old Hickory in 2013, Kentucky Lake in 2014 and, in 2015 fished both the Bull Shoals and Kentucky Lake tournaments. While their format is different than the Bass ‘n Gals, I have been paired with some awesome women anglers and have learned so much from them. While I am more confident fishing shallow, fishing with the LBAA has me slowly getting out of my comfort zone by fishing deep, using jigs and trying different techniques and baits.
Even though at the time I wasn’t sure I was on the same level as the other ladies, it was Dave who encouraged me to join the LBAA, to “step up” my level of fishing. He is by far my biggest fan, always providing encouragement, support and the loudest cheers at weigh-in.
Kissel Krafts Custom Built Rods (http://www.kisselkrafts.com/)
Bass Addiction Gear (http://bassaddictiongear.com/)
The Rod Glove (http://www.therodglove.com/site/home)
BER Custom Lure Painting (http://bercustompainting.net/)
Triton Boats (http://www.tritonboats.com/)
Mercury Optimax (https://www.mercurymarine.com/)
2nd Place, October 2016, Old Hickory, TN (LBAA-Classic Championship, Co-Angler Division)
10th Place, September 2016, Bull Shoals, AR (LBAA)
11th Place, June 2016, Kentucky Lake, KY (LBAA)
1st Place, May 2016, Stockton Lake, MO (Bass 'n Gals)
9th Place, April 2016, Lake Hartwell, GA (LBAA)
11th Place, May 2016, Lake Hartwell, GA (LBAA)
14th Place, July 2015, Kentucky Lake, KY (LBAA)
15th place, May 2015, Bull Shoals, AR (LBAA)
5th place, May 2015, Stockton Lake, MO (Bass ‘n Gals)
5th place, April 2015, Table Rock Lake, MO (Bass ‘n Gals)
21st place, July 2014, Kentucky Lake, KY (LBAA)
18th place, May 2013, Old Hickory Lake, TN (LBAA)
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