Lincoln, Alabama has become a regular stop for the Lady Bass Anglers Association, but fishing this body of water in the summer was a new occurrence. Questions swirled about how the recent flooding would impact the fishing. During practice anglers would have varying levels of success. Most of which related to when Alabama Power would operate. In most cases, it was one gate for just a few hours. Anglers also had to be aware of the frequent thunderstorms that would make their way through during practice and during competition.
There was a lot riding on the Logan Martin event including that it was the last regular season event of the year. Being that, it is dubbed as the Wildcard event. In short, this means that at the conclusion of the event, not only will the winner of the event be crowned, but so will the Angler of the Year titles and the Lady Bass Classic field will be set. Because it is a Wildcard, there are several ways for an angler to qualify by the Classic: 1) top 12 in Angler of the Year points; 2) Win an event and fish the majority of the year’s events; 3) Be the highest finishing angler not qualified for the Classic; 4) lastly, all anglers who fished every event, but did not qualify are given tickets and one ticket in each division is drawn.
At the end of day one, Lynda Gessner of Hot Springs, Arkansas was in the lead with 9.70 pounds. Close behind her was Secret York of Benton, Kentucky with 9.23 lbs. She was closely followed by Alabama’s own Lisa Johnson of Centre with 9.05 lbs. Completing the top five, you find Denver, North Carolina’s Michelle Armstrong and Texas’ angler Pam Ridgle of Murchison with 8.88 lbs and 8.78 lbs respectively! In the Co-angler division, Glyn Ellen Valentine of Benton, Kentucky was sitting in the top spot with 4.07 lbs. Right behind her was Dana Davis of Vincent, Alabama with 3.89 lbs. This has Valentine within reach of the AOY in the Co-Angler Division after day one. Also in the top five you have Brooke Johnson of Chandler, Texas in her very first LBAA event with 3.42 lbs; Beth Devine of Dawson Springs, Kentucky with 3.10 lbs and Terri Davis of Sanford, North Carolina with 3.07 lbs and still in striking distance of the Angler of the Year title!
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