Martin-Wells wins again

Published 3:21 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bainbridge Angler Pam Martin-Wells caught 38 pounds, 10 ounces of bass on Neely Henry Lake near Gadsden, Ala., Thursday, Friday and Saturday to win the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) Woman’s Bass Tournament (WBT).

She had the biggest bag, which tipped the scales at 15 pounds, 4 ounces at Saturday’s final weigh-in.

Tammy Richardson of Amity, Ark., was second in the tournament. She finished just seven ounces behind Martin-Wells with a weight of 38 pounds, 3 ounces.

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Martin-Wells went into Saturday’s final weigh-in with just a 2 pound, 7 ounce lead over Richardson.

The victory put her in first place in the 2009 Toyota Tundra Women’s Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year points race.

It was Martin-Wells second win on the lake. She won the WBT’s 2008 event on Neely Henry as well.

She said her experience on the lake led to the lures that were in her tackle box. It contained worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

“The challenge today was fighting a strong current,” Martin-Wells said following Saturday’s weigh-in. “The current was relentless cast after cast.”

“Even though I have a very good and strong trolling motor, the current was stronger. I was straining from daylight to takeout every day,” Martin-Wells said. “If I had to cull fish, by the time I got through, I was half a mile from where I had been fishing.”