Pam Martin-Wells Finds Victory on Lake Dardanelle and Wraps up AOY
By: Mark Bilbrey
September 20, 2014
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Lady Bass Pro Pam Martin-Wells pulled off a 26.95 lb win Saturday in the Lady Bass Anglers Association Wildcard event at Lake Dardanelle.
It wasn’t as if anyone doubted that Wells could find victory on Lake “D” or on any lake in the country, but after the changing conditions through practice and after Day 1 with Wells bringing in one of the only two limits to the scales, Wells has been in quite the tug o’ war for the AOY points. After all, the pro from Bainbridge, GA., has dominated the sport of bass fishing for a long time now. However this season she has had a tough time keeping the top spot. She placed 2nd in two events and in an upset on Kentucky Lake that left her in 8th place. The Dardanelle event enabled her to find consistency under some tough conditions that not only gave her victory, but delivered enough in points to end the season as Angler of the Year.
“In practice we fished a lot of grass. This is mainly a grass lake or bank grass and I like to call it. We love to throw a swim jig or maybe a frog which is what we did in practice. We didn’t have one place where the fish were concentrated, it was one fish here one fish there. It was put your head down and go fishin’, that was all it was just a grind,” she said about the event.
And following Wells was Tennessee angler Teri Cindric, who brought 7.58 lbs to the scales after Day 1’s weight of 16.2 moving her from first to second place. Cindric was followed by Cheryl Bowden, Robbie Hartline, Christina Baugh, to round out the top five pros.
The co-angler division was led by Oklahoma angler Allie Coale who brought a two-day total to the scales of 9.77 lbs, moving Day 1 leader Sylvie Kane to second place with her two-day total of 9.49 for the final result.
Coale had this to say about her first tournament with the LBAA: “I am so excited, I had a great first tournament with the LBAA. I had some awesome pros that I worked with. When I caught my limit I knew I had a chance. I am so excited that I won, I can’t wait to fish some more.”
Coale and Kane were followed by Bonnie Ward in 3rd place which landed her the points to claim the COYA title for 2014. Terri Bittner and Alisa Johnson rounded out the top five in the co-angler division.
2014 Lake Dardanelle Contestants
This final Wildcard event of 2014 held on Arkansas beautiful Lake Dardanelle was a challenging event for all who participated. But to those when competed know that this is a temperamental body of water that required anglers to be adaptable to the constant changes. Consistency and patience paid off for those who remained focused and determined. Others gave it their all finding fish but having difficulties meeting the 14-inch slot limit for largemouth bass. The event paved the way for 14 ladies from each division a berth in the 2014 Lady Bass Classic being held in Alabama in October. Cheers to the ladies who have had a great season!
For a complete listing of tournament results and AOY standings visit: www.ladybassanglers.com