The LBAA Returns to Old Hickory Lake
By, Mark Bilbrey
April 21, 2014
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The second stop of the Lady Bass Anglers Association 2014 tournament schedule brings the professional female anglers back to Hendersonville, Tennessee and Old Hickory Lake on May 2-3 as the ladies race for AOY points, Rookie of the Year and their share of more than $20,000.00 in cash prizes during this two day tournament.
The second regular season event is being hosted by the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau will have pro anglers competing to bring in the heftiest 5-fish limit comprised of any combination of largemouth, smallmouth or spotted bass. Co-anglers are looking for the same species but only need 3 fish for a bag limit each day. The angler in each division with the largest combined two day weight will be awarded the top cash prize for her division. One angler will also be awarded a $500 cash prize for the biggest bass of the tournament. Cash payouts in each division will be paid to every 1 in 5 anglers registering for the tournament. The ladies will launch at safe light each day from the designated launch site at Saunders Ferry 595 Sanders Ferry Road in Hendersonville, with the weigh-in each day of the pro/am event will take place at The Home Depot at 205 N Anderson Lane in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
The current point leaders in the AOY point’s race are Teri Cindric of Nashville, Tennessee who was the champion of the opening event of the season on Louisiana's beautiful Ouachita River. Teri is followed in points by Pam Martin-Wells of Georgia who is in second place, Alabama’s Lisa Johnson in third, Robbie Hartline in forth and Lynda Gessner rounding out the top five. The Lady Bass Anglers will continue to earn points throughout the 2014 season. The top 12 anglers at the seasons end will qualify for the 2014 Lady Bass Classic in Birmingham, Alabama.
Teri Cindric who calls Old Hickory her home lake had this to say about the fishery, “Last year my home lake was not kind so I am looking for redemption this year. The lake is changing every day but if Mother Nature cooperates we should be in for an exciting weigh in.” Cindric was victorious at the opening tournament in Louisiana with the help of her own jigs. Her small company known as “Rescue Jigs” began as a way for her to help sheltered animals waiting to be adopted or “rescued” a portion of the proceeds her company makes from the sale of the tournament winning jigs goes directly to the rescue of unclaimed and unwanted animals.
Old Hickory Lake is a Tennessee Valley Authority body of water that is comprised of 22,500 acres of water and encompassing 440 miles of shoreline in the Middle Tennessee area. It was named after President Andrew Jackson, a Tennessean who lived in the area in his home known as The Hermitage. President Jackson was nicknamed ‘Old Hickory’ during his military career due to his determination, combined with his willingness to suffer alongside his men. The has earned the same reputation as it boasts some impressive lake record bass with the largest being11 lbs 1 oz for largemouth, 4 lbs 11 oz for spotted bass and 4 lbs 14 oz for the largest smallmouth to date. The state records for these three species are 14 lbs 8 oz for largemouth, 11 lbs 15.5 oz for smallmouth (also the current world record) and 6 lbs 7 oz for for spotted bass. But it was in 1960 when an angler by the name of Mabry Harper put Old Hickory on the map with his world record walleye that weighed in at 25 lbs. It was and still is not only the lake and state record but the world record to date. Old Hickory also holds the state record for the American Eel that is one that our lady anglers are in no hurry to top.
The return of the LBAA to Hendersonville promises to be a great event with impressive limits being brought to the scales by some of the top rated female anglers in the world. With Old Hickory being a fantastic fishery at the perfect time of the year for limits to be caught, the weigh in will be fun and exciting. Everyone is invited to attend the weigh in each day May 2-3 at the Home Depot in Hendersonville, Tennessee beginning at 3:30 PM.
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