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Martin-Wells to vie for championship

Lake Seminole’s Pam Martin-Wells will be the leading pro angler heading into the Oct. 16-18 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Women’s Tour Championship, which will be held on the Red River near Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

The championship field will compete over three days for a piece of $94,000 in prizes, including the winner’s take of $5,000 and a Triton/Mercury boat package valued at $55,000.

Twenty other qualifiers will compete in the co-angler division, fishing from the back of pros’ boats for a $40,000 Triton/Mercury boat rig, plus $3,250, awarded to the co-angler winner. In both divisions, the second-place prize is a Skeeter/Yamaha rig.

Besides being the championship event, the Oct. 16-18 tournament is the finish line in the 2009 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Women’s Tour Angler of the Year race, in which the big plums are a berth in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic and a new Tundra. With an entry in the Feb. 19-21 Classic on Lay Lake out of Birmingham, Ala., the 2009 AOY will become only the second woman to qualify for a Classic.

Martin-Wells won the 2007 Women’s Bassmaster Tour Championship in Birmingham, Ala.