|Missouri Pro-Angler Leslie Anderson|
My name is Leslie Anderson and I hail from St. Louis, Missouri. My first experiences fishing, when I was 6 or 7 years old, took place on beautiful Guntersville Lake in Alabama where my mom's family had a cabin. Oddly, the first bass I caught was using a technique called "bass buggin'", where one uses a Hula Popper on a fly rod. To this day, top water techniques remain one of my favorites. I have fished off and on my whole life and always dreamed of competitive bass fishing.
In 2004, I joined a local womens' club here in St. Louis, Gateway Bass'n Gals, and that started me on my journey. For 10 years, I have been learning the ropes of tournament fishing as a Co-Angler and a Pro. I've had a couple of great years in my club, and during the WBT days, I participated in several tournaments as a co-angler. I was a nervous wreck! After the LBAA formed, I competed in several tournaments as a co-angler and several as a pro. On the pro side, my best finish was a 5th place on Ray Hubbard in Texas..... but I was in 1st place for one day. What a thrill!!!
I retired almost 2 years ago, after 28 years as a high school English teacher and coach, which allowed me the freedom to go full time as a pro on the LBAA Tour. I had a decent year with a 4th place finish on Kentucky Lake and qualifying for the Classic, but I still have a long way to go. I use to be a full throttle Zoom plastics girl, but I have learned to love almost every technique. I am an avid golfer and a fanatical St. Louis Cardinals fan. I am married and have two furry, four-pawed kids, Greta and Simon.
My advice to any woman considering competing in our tour is FIGHT THROUGH YOUR FEARS! I have been a Co and a Pro and I understand the anxieties of both. You don't have to have a fancy boat or a fancy shirt....all you need is a little courage, a desire for adventure, and a love for the sport. We are all here for you!