Legendary bass pro angler Pam Martin-Wells Bainbridge, Georgia, loves the outdoors; she hunts and fishes on her days off from tournament fishing with her husband. She has well demonstrated her ability as a respected professional angler in the sport of bass fishing. Competing in the Bassmaster Classic with the men, she was the only women to compete in 2010, and the now defunct Women’s Bass Tour. Pam now tours with the Lady bass Angler Association and she is ranked number one in the Bass Rankings Ladies Tour Boaters. She won the LBAA Bass Classic in 2011 and came in third place this year.
Lady Bass Angler Association Bass Classic Lake Guntersville
The weather for the fall LBAA Bass Classic was typical and the fish were hard to come by slinking back and forth from the shallows to the depths. Martin-Wells came in second place the first day of the women’s event with 12.56 and day two with a total of 22.06 taking her to third place in the final day of competition.
Where were you finding the fish at Lake Guntersville and what were you throwing? “The bass at Guntersville were relating to grass beds with shad in them. Some were in the backs of creek and some along the main river. I was throwing Spro Frogs and when the bite slowed down, I was throwing weightless Senko type bait.”
How do you prepare for a tournament? “If I have never been to a certain body of water, first thing I do is get a map of the area. Then I will try to determine the seasonal pattern the fish may be in and I can eliminate 80-90% of the area. I will gather any and all information on the lake and fish patterns for that part of year via internet, magazines, word of mouth.”
What’s the hardest part about being a pro-angler? “To me the hardest part is the pressure I put on myself. I always feel as though I have failed my sponsors and my family if I do not do well in an event. That being said, that is not from them but my own desire to do the best that I can and give it 110%.
How did you get started and progress to where you are today? “I started fishing early. Our parents took us camping and fishing as young girls. I have always had a love of the outdoors and have also always been very competitive. I played softball, basketball and raced motocross when I was younger.”
Was this always a dream of yours? “Being a professional angler has not always been a dream, however, being outdoors and enjoying all that the good Lord has given us has. I truly love being outdoors.”
What’s your favorite go to bait? “Maybe a soft plastic jerkbait.”
What was your defining moment that made you want to be a pro-angler? “It was the perfect combination of being in the outdoors and being competitive. I love trying to figure out and pattern the bass. Also, it gave me the opportunity to promote the sport, my sponsors and try to ensure the future of this sport for future generations.”
What do you want women anglers (or anglers in general) to know more than anything else? “That this is the ultimate sport in that it knows NO boundaries. It doesn’t matter what age, race, gender, or ability you have, you can fish, compete and have the opportunity to enjoy all the Lord has given us.”
From what you know about the sponsors and LBAA what will it take to get the word out and help make it successful?
“With any sport, it takes proper sponsorship and media coverage for the sport to be successful. Also, with proper sponsorship backing and payout, the participation should increase with the opportunity to cover expenses. The higher the payouts, the more participation, the more sponsorship, the more interest and the level of professionalism will increase to a higher level. Taking the tournaments to Lakes at optimum times of the year also will help to draw competitors to the events because the will look forward to fishing that area.”
Southern Sports Group announces Partnership with Lady Bass Angler Association
Growing the brand. The SSG of Birmingham is stepping in to handle the development; tournament site selection, meaningful marketing and consultation, and event partnership of the LBAA Women’s Pro Bass Tour. The partnership will mean a taller and wider profile for the LBAA in the sports world of bass fishing. On-site production for their events will expand the fan-friendly base and television and the media will have greater access to the pro women’s tour.
The Lady bass Angler Association will soon announce their 2013 Women’s Pro Bass Tour dates and lake locations.
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