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Martin-Wells wins LBAA tourney

Special to The Post-Searchlight

Pam Martin-Wells claimed her first Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA)Tournament win Friday, as she brought a 12-pound five-fish limit to the scales. Martin-Wells’ total weight ended up being 29.67 pounds of bass in the two-day LBAA ProAm event in Guntersville, Ala.

“I basically did the same thing today that I did yesterday. I was really just jumping around today and didn’t get a bite until 11 o’clock,” the legendary angler from Bainbridge, Ga. commented. “I really have to credit being versatile along with being patient and persistent for helping to make this happen.”

“My fish came from both the ledges and the grass with two of them coming from the grass,” Martin-Wells said. commented.

“Alabama always has been good to me as this is my fifth or sixth win here in the state,” she added, “but to win one in the inaugural year of the LBAA is great. I’ve been doing this for 24 years and have spent half of my life trying to promote this sport so that the young girls coming up will have something to do.”

Martin-Wells is sponsored on the 2011 LBAA Tournament Trail by Legend Boats, Mercury Marine, Castaway Rods, Bass Boat Saver, Stay`N’Charge, Wingate Lodge, Lowrance, Solar Bat, and Berkley Baits.

Second place went to Kathy Womack from Trussville, Ala., with 26.96 pounds. Third place went to Heather Broom from Sylva, N.C. with 26.83 pounds.

Rounding out the LBAA Lake Guntersville ProAm Super Seven were Connie Buckner of Scottsboro, Ala., in fourth with 26.40; Kim Bain-Moore from Pelham, Ala., was fifth with 25.14; sixth went to Lynda Gessner from Foristell, Mo., who had 22.50, and Gessner was followed in seventh by Emily Shaffer from Mount Juliet, Tenn., with 19.82.

Scottsboro, Alabama’s Virginia Bucker led wire-to-wire to win the LBAA Lake Guntersville Co-angler event. Buckner snagged 17.88 pounds of bass to capture her first LBAA victory.

Following Buckner in the LBAA Lake Guntersville Co-angler Super Seven was Vicki Henderson of Ashdown, Ark., with 12:94. Third went to Alpine, Alabama’s Kim Giddens with 12.31. Snohomish, Washington’s Bonnie Ward claimed fourth with her two-day catch of 10.03 pounds. Fifth, sixth and seventh places respectively went to Jada Tidmore of Union Grove, Alabama with 9.19, Sharon Lawson of Red Bank, Tennessee with 8.63, and Regina Pierpaoli of Gallatin, Tennessee brought in 8.83 pounds.

Big bass awards for Lake Guntersville went to Lisa Johnson of Centre, Alabama on the pro side with a 5.47-pound bass. On the co-angler side, Bonnie Ward claimed the honors with a 3.60-pound bass.

The LBAA has two events remaining for the 2011 season. Next stop on the tour is Old Hickory in Tennessee on August 25-27. The LBAA 2011 Tournament Championship will be held October 6-8. For more information on the LBAA, visit www.ladybassanglers.com

Sponsors of the 2011 Lady Bass Anglers Association Tour are: Wilkins Brothers Outdoors, Pro Tournament Scales, Todali Tackle, Dawn Outdoors, Red Dirt Bait Company, FINS Superlines, Rayjus Outdoors, Reactions Innovations, Kick `n Bass, Castaway Graphite Rods, Vickie’s Threadworks, Necessity Jigs, West Kentucky LED, SureLife, Arkansas Tournament Fishing (ATF), Fleck’s Hand Poured Baits, Ray Barga and Associates Inc., Nite Owl Productions, and River Runner Baits.