Martin-Wells second on Lake Hartwell

Published 6:42 pm Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Special to The Post-Searchlight

BAINBRIDGE PRO ANGLER Pam Martin-Wells finished second in an event on Lake Hartwell this past weekend. | Larry Morris / Ladies’ Bass Anglers Association

Pro fisherwoman Pam Martin-Wells of Bainbridge captured second place in the Lady Bass Anglers Association Lake Hartwell tournament in Anderson, S.C. this past weekend, according to a news release.

First place finisher Kim Bain-Moore became the young LBAA’s first two-peat winner. Bain-Moore caught another limit of Hartwell bass weighing in at 11.55 pounds to give her a two-day total of 28.37 pounds of bass.

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Bain-Moore, who hails from Pelham, Ala., by way of Brisbane, Australia, was using Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper swim baits rigged weightless in Money Shot Green and Money Shot Violet colors.

Martin-Wells had a two-day total of 21.77 pounds.

“The first day, I had a couple different patterns going on opposite ends of the lake, so I decided to go south and catch some fish that I knew were bedding,” Martin-Wells said. “I caught a limit but they were just keepers weighing 6.88 pounds.”

“The second day, I decided to go north where I had a couple of pockets that had a lot of fish in them. These fish were both post-spawn and spawning so I worked these areas pretty hard and was able to catch five that weighed 14.89. I was hoping this was enough to at least salvage my points and maybe get me a check. I was surprised to find out that I had jumped all the way into second. I was pleased that I had come from so far behind,” Martin-Wells concluded.

The remainder of the LBAA Lake Harwell Pro Division final “Super Seven” was Heather Broom in third with 21.22 pounds. Fourth was Pam Ridgle at 16.65; fifth was Rhonda Pope with 16.47; sixth was Leslie Childers with 14.73 and Lynda Gessner claimed seventh with 13.51 pounds of bass.

The next stop for the LBAA 2011 Inaugural Tour is slated for Alabama’s Lake Guntersville on July 7-9 and it is followed by a stop at Tennessee’s Old Hickory on August 25-27. Those will be followed by the LBAA 2011 Tour Championship on October 6-8 at a site to be announced on August 26.

South Carolina’s Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau were the hosts of the LBAA ProAm Tournament on Lake Hartwell.

Pam Martin-Wells fishing on Lake Hartwell near Anderson, S.C. | Larry Morris / Ladies’ Bass Anglers Association