Warner wins the 2013 Lady Bass Classic

October 19, 2013 – Garland Texas


By: Mark Bilbrey

What an exciting day it was on the waters of Ray Hubbard as the Lady Bass Angler Association  Qualifiers brought bass to the scales on Day 3 of the 2013 Lady Bass Classic in Garland Texas. After three consecutive days of tough and changing conditions the ladies proved their skills as top notch anglers as they remained focused through the changes and brought bass to the scales on the stage at Bass Pro Shops in Garland Texas.

Debbie Warner, Greg Warner and Joey Ridgle at the Day 3 LBAA Classic
Debbie Warner, Greg Warner and Joey Ridgle at the Day 3 LBAA Classic

Kentucky Angler, Debbie Chadwick Warner miraculously moved from 14th place to win the event with a final day 5 fish limit totaling an amazing 23.75 lbs. The winning bag also contained the Big Bass of the three day event that scaled out at 6.64 lbs. A Texas size bass caught just in time to take Warner from the bottom of the field to the top spot to win the championship.  Debbie had this to say about her amazing victory, “This year has had its big ups and downs. From the lightning strike to one knee surgery and waiting on another. Who would have thought that you could go from 14th place out of 15 to winning? Just goes to show you, the last cast, the last breath, in fishing or in life you should live every moment knowing it can make a difference.”


Pam Martin-Wells
Pam Martin-Wells

Bainbridge, Georgia Pro Pam Martin-Wells, who was holding first place on Day 2, moved into 2nd place with an impressive three day total of 20.32 lbs. Finishing up in 3rd place was Pattie Campbell of Waxahachie, Texas who finished up with 20.25 lbs on day 3.

Clayton, Indiana’s Kim Martin finished in 1st place on the co-angler side
Clayton, Indiana’s Kim Martin finished in 1st place on the co-angler side


The co-anglers also performed well in the diverse conditions of the three day event. Clayton, Indiana’s Kim Martin finished in 1st place from the back of the boat with 16.46 lbs. after battling it out for three days with Bonnie Ward of Snohomish, Washington who finished the event in 2nd place with a total of 16.36 lbs. The 3rd position was rounded out by angler Denise Sustaita, another Texas girl from Etoile, Texas, was able to weigh in with a total of 12.05 lbs.

2013 Lady Bass Classic Qualifiers
2013 Lady Bass Classic Qualifiers

The ladies were met with cheers and enthusiasm from the crowd at Bass Pro Shops who had turned out on to watch the LBAA weigh in. The anglers at the microphone echoed one another as they invited ladies to join them on the tournament trail for 2014. The friendship between the ladies along with the support of one another is what sets this sport apart from all others. Even in extreme competition there is a bond among this group that is unique which makes these events so much fun for the friends and families of the lady bass anglers.

For the complete results and for more information about the LBAA visit their site at: //www.ladybassanglers.com/

About Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA)

The Lady Bass Anglers Association was formed by professional bass anglers Cheryl Bowden and Secret York. In three short seasons, the LBAA has developed a popular series of women’s professional bass fishing tournaments and gained fans across the country. The LBAA offers valuable sponsorship opportunities for corporate sponsors and marketing partners. For more information about the LBAA, contact Southern Sports Group at 205.202.4121 or visit www.ladybassanglers.com

About Southern Sports Group

Southern Sports Group is a full-service firm offering sports marketing, athlete management, sponsorship opportunities, and event management and marketing services for a variety of clients. For more information on SSG, its offerings, and partnership opportunities, contact Jennifer Wilson, VP Sales, at (205) 202-4121 or jwilson@southernsportsgroup.com

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