The Lady Bass Anglers Association Arrive at Red River

By Mark BilbreySept 9 2013SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. – The Lady Bass Anglers Association have arrived in Shreveport and they are looking for more than a victory on the Red River, while fishing for a place in the LBAA Classic and for some a battle for an Angler of the Year title.The Red River is really heating up as the ladies of the LBAA arrive at Shreveport-Bossier City, LA for official practice in preparation for the final stop on the 2013 tournament trail. There is a lot on the line for the ladies as they compete from cash and a spot in the 2013 LBAA Classic that will be held at Ray Hubbard in Garland, Texas October 16, 2013. The top ranked anglers, Pam Martin-Wells, Kim Bain-Moore are tied for AOY with Lisa Johnson coming in very close behind to make this event even more competitive. The Red River show down is also the LBAA “wild-card” tournament that will automatically qualify the top two finishing pros and co-anglers for the Lady Bass Classic.The event will sum up the 2013 season with the Angler of the Year being selected from the professional angler who has earned the highest total of accumulated points throughout the season. The Rookie of the Year will be chosen as well as the professional angler who has earned the highest total accumulated points during their first year on the professional side of the tour. The Co-Angler of the Year will be the lady who has earned the highest total accumulated points in 2013 and will have the option of moving to the professional side of the tour in 2014 with all entry fees paid. Very much is at stake for the ladies who have endured so much this year on the trail, from the freezing temperatures in Gadsden AL on Lake Neely Henry to the storms, lightning and heavy rain they experienced at both Tennessee reservoirs, Old Hickory and Chickamauga.The Red River System offers some of the best bass fishing in the world, but with surface water temperatures near 100 degrees a limit will test the skills and endurance of the ladies competing this week. The river is one of the most important river systems in the state of Louisiana, with its newly implemented system of locks and dams, the Red River is quickly becoming one of the best fisheries in the south. The Red River Waterway Project consists of five lock and dam complexes located between the Old River Lock on the Mississippi River, 5 miles NE of Simmesport, LA, to South of Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana. The controllable pools between each lock and dam serve as passage ways for river traffic. Pleasure craft can be locked through free of charge. Competition waters are Pools for this event are 3, 4 and 5. The main channel of the pools runs 118 river miles and averages in depth from about 16 to 19 feet, according to the Red River Waterway Commission.The anglers will launch their boats at Red River South Marina, which is in a large oxbow of Pool 5, about 14 miles north of the Joe D. Waggonner Jr. Lock & Dam No. 5. From the launch site, anglers can run north toward Shreveport-Bossier City. They can elect to go south. They can lock through to Pool 4, and again through a second lock into Pool 3. The set length limit for all species of bass on the Red River is 12", professional anglers are on a quest to land a five fish limit and co-anglers are expected to bring three fish to the scales each day.Be sure to come and join the fun and the excitement at the Live Weigh-in at the Red River South Marina or on line via the Livestream of weigh-in @3:30 PM Daily. // Fishing!

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