Posted on Sep 24, 2012 in Tournaments
Current anglers in contention are Kim Bain-Moore of Pelham, Alabama, Pam Martin-Wells of Bainbridge, Georgia and Pam Ridgle of Murchison, Texas.
In the Co-Angler division, only FIVE points separate the two top anglers! Ashdown Arkansas’ Vickie Henderson holds a slim lead over Alpine, Alabama’s Kim Giddens. These two anglers have battled throughout the year and at one time were part of a three way tie in the points standings.
The Lady Bass Anglers Association Championship tournament will be held on Lake Guntersville, Alabama with The Marshall County Tourism as the event sponsor.
A total of 13 professionals and 13 co-anglers will compete in the championship tournament. The top 12 anglers, based upon angler of the year cumulative points, in the professional and co-angler divisions will qualify for the championship.
In both divisions, all anglers who fished at least three of the four regular season events are qualified for a wildcard berth into the championship. Names of the anglers who were not part of the top 12 in angler of the year points, will be put into a drawing from each division for the final spots in the event, thus filling the 13th position from both divisions.
Throughout the season a percentage of money has been kept back from the entry fees for the championship. The championship is a NO ENTRY FEE tournament. All participants in the championship will earn a check. Anglers are responsible for paying for their lodging, gas and meals. A banquet will be held on Wednesday of tournament week for competitors and one guest.
This LBAA three day championship event will have the top 2012 pro-anglers competing for the title Lady Bass Classic Champion. Pros are working to bring in the heaviest 5 fish limit comprised of any combination of largemouth, 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 three day weight will be named Lady Bass Classic Champion for 2012 awarded the top cash prize for her division.
One angler in each division will also be awarded a cash prize for the biggest bass of the tournament.
Lake Guntersville is located in north Alabama between Bridgeport and Guntersville. Alabama’s largest lake contains 69,100 acres; primarily shallow water filled with stumps, underwater ridges, and several types of aquatic vegetation which includes milfoil and hydrilla weed beds from which big bass explode on topwater baits. This impoundment stretches 75 miles from Nickajack Dam to Guntersville Dam. The impoundment of this massive Tennessee River reservoir was completed in 1939. Free boat ramps and private marinas dot the lake’s perimeter.
Though most noted nationally for large bass, Lake Guntersville is home to quality angling for a variety of fish. Historically, about two thirds of the anglers on Guntersville target largemouth bass. Lake Guntersville is one of the six best largemouth bass lakes to fish in the winter. A 15-inch minimum length limit for black bass applies to largemouth and smallmouth bass.
The Lake records are: largemouth @ 14 lbs. 8 oz., and spotted bass @ 4 lbs. 11 oz. Looking to certify a smallmouth bass; must be at least 5 lbs to certify.
The state record fish for the state of Alabama are 16 lbs 8 ounces for largemouth,10 lbs 8 ounces for smallmouth, which is also a world record and 8 lbs and 15 ounces for spotted bass.
HOTEL OPTIONS INCLUDE–The Days Inn($57) and The Best Western ($85)
Camping and RV Parks:
Lake Guntersville State Park Noccalula Falls 1600 Noccalula Road, Gadsden, Alabama 35904 256-543-7412
1-888-848-6887 ($3.95 fee)
NOTE: Licensing in Alabama runs from September 1 to August 31; anglers who potentially will fish the Lady Bass Classic should consider purchasing an annual license on September 1 to save on the license fees!
AL Resident Annual -$12.10
AL Non-Resident Annual-$46.40
AL Resident One Day-$5.50
Non-Resident Seven Day-$26.20*
(* Non Residents who live in a state adjacent to Alabama and Louisiana pay what the same fee in which that state charges Alabama residents for a non-resident license)
12” length limit on Largemouth Smallmouth and Kentucky Spotted Bass.
Alabama Fishing Regulations:
Lady Bass Classic -Lake Guntersville Angler Information
Official practice for the event will begin on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Competitors may ONLY practice with fellow competitors during official practice. No information may be obtained from any person other than fellow competitors during the official practice period and continuing until the conclusion of the final day of competition on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
Off limits for Lake Guntersville will begin Monday, October 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM and continue until 12:00 AM October 6. 2012.
There will be a banquet for anglers beginning at 5:00 followed by the briefing and pairings meeting.
Competition will begin on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at safe light and end at the conclusion of weigh-in on Saturday, October 13, 2011. Each day competitors will be paired with a new partner.
Sponsors of the 2012 Lady Bass Anglers Association Tour are:
- Red Dirt Baits
- Reaction Innovations
- All Pro Rods
- Legend Boats
- Bass Kandi Baits,
- Kick’n Bass
- Integrity Insurance
- Progressive Insurance
- Reel Girls Fish
Bass Angler Magazine, Vickie’s Threadworks, Minn Kota, Hummingbird, Eco Pro Tungsten, Save Phace, Deka Batteries, Fish Guardian, West Kentucky LED, ATF, and River Runner Baits.
The LBAA 2012 Contingency Programs are Legend Advantage Program, Boats, BoatUS Angler Weigh-to-Win, Tundra Bucks, Rayjus Wear-It-To-Win, Skeeter Real Money,Phoenix First Flight, BassCat Quest, and Triton Gold