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Georgia's Pam Martin-Wells Logs Her Third Women's Bassmaster Tour Victory on Alabama's Neely Henry Lake

5/26/08

GADSDEN, ALABAMA - Two lures she nicknamed "Randall" and "Bobby" helped Pam Martin-Wells of Bainbridge, Ga., to a winning overall weight of 36 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday at the second stop of the 2008 Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors.

"Randall is a friend of mine who taught me how to swim a jig, so a 'Randall' is a jig, and Bobby is my sister, and she taught me how to use a weightless Wave Worms Tiki Stik, which I used to catch all my biggest fish Thursday, so that's a 'Bobby,' " said Martin-Wells, who netted $1,000 and a $50,000 Triton/Mercury boat rig in the three-day competition on Alabama's Neely Henry Lake.

She won by a margin of more than 9 pounds over two pros who tied for second place at 26-15: Juanita Robinson of Highlands, Texas, and Lucy Mize of Ben Lomond, Ark. Placing fourth with 26-10 was Kim Bain of Alabaster, Ala., the winner of the season opener last month on Texas' Lewisville Lake.

Fifth with 25-4 was the 2007 Toyota WBT Angler of the Year, Sheri Glasgow of Muskogee, Okla., who recovered from a slow start - 33rd place on the first day - to make the top five.

This season's Angler of the Year will make history, becoming the first woman to earn a much-coveted berth in the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 20-22 on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

Bain held on to her lead in the standings, and Mize and Robinson moved into the top five. Martin-Wells racked up enough points with her win to push her from 17th place into fifth in the standings.

"This entire year with the WBT and BASS is huge with the announcement of the Classic berth," Martin-Wells said. "I was disappointed because I didn't have such a great start at Lewisville, so this win is a step in the right direction."

Saturday's victory was the third WBT win for Martin-Wells. She holds the titles to the 2005 WBT Preview event and the 2006 WBT Championship - the circuit's first - on Mitchell Lake, which like Neely Henry is a Coosa River impoundment.

Martin-Wells said much of her weight came from grass along the shallow shorelines of Neely Henry, but she used a combination of techniques.

"After I caught one fish this morning, it was on. I was culling by 6:30 this morning," she said. "But every day, the fishing's been different, even though I started in the same place each day, a 20-minute run from the launch ramp all the way to the southern end of the lake."

She took her Saturday limit in 40 minutes, after which she culled to improve her weight to 13-11.

"I started out each morning in grass," Martin-Wells said. "I had some deep patterns, but they weren't panning out because there was no current, no water moving. But today a ski boat kept running back and forth, and I thought, 'Maybe a fish will think that's current.' So I pulled over and caught a 4-pounder."

Mize was in 24th place after Day 1, but she put it together to jump into the tie for second place.

"I was fishing chunk-rock banks, riprap and retainer walls early in the day when it was overcast, all on the south end of the lake," said Mize, who holds title to the 2007 WBT stop on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. "Then I would go to a Carolina rig and a deep-diving crankbait as the day wore on, working humps and ridges."

Robinson, who won the 2007 WBT event on Texas' Lake Amistad, said lack of current during competition hours was an obstacle to beefing up the weight of her daily bags.

"I had limits early. Today I was culling by 7 in one spot," she said. "But I just didn't get a big bite. I knew I had to get to them before the sun came up, and when it did, the bass disappeared."

In the co-angler division, the winner of the first-place package of a Triton/Mercury rig valued at $25,000 plus $500 was Marilyn Biszmaier of Louisville, Ky., who led Day 2 and closed for the win with 16 pounds, 8 ounces.

Second in the co-angler competition with 16-2 was Stacy Zhelesnik of Hoboken, N.J. Lesli Lively of Palestine, Texas, had a total of 15-12 for third place.

The next stop for the WBT will be June 19-21 on Old Hickory Lake out of Gallatin, Tenn. The tour's presenting sponsor, Academy Sports & Outdoors, will host the final-day weigh-in at the Madison, Tenn., store. All WBT events are free and open to the public.

2008 Women's Bassmaster Tour Stop 2 5/22-5/24
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Pam Martin-Wells Bainbridge, GA 15 36-01 310 $51,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 5 10-04 Day 3: 5 13-11
2. Juanita Robinson Highlands, TX 15 26-15292.5 $5,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-02 Day 2: 5 08-09 Day 3: 5 08-04
2. Lucy Mize Ben Lomond, AR 15 26-15292.5 $5,000.00
Day 1: 5 06-06 Day 2: 5 11-10 Day 3: 5 08-15
4. Kim Bain Alabaster, AL 15 26-10 285 $4,000.00
Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 5 09-10 Day 3: 5 08-07
5. Sheri Glasgow Muskogee, OK 14 25-04 280 $3,500.00
Day 1: 5 05-10 Day 2: 4 10-08 Day 3: 5 09-02
6. Cindy Hill Smyrna, TN 14 23-06 276 $3,000.00
Day 1: 4 06-07 Day 2: 5 09-06 Day 3: 5 07-09
7. Melinda Mize-Hooper Lockesburg, AR 15 22-07 272 $2,500.00
Day 1: 5 05-08 Day 2: 5 07-08 Day 3: 5 09-07
8. Bonnie Johnson Weatherford, TX 11 22-00 268 $2,000.00
Day 1: 4 05-08 Day 2: 4 12-04 Day 3: 3 04-04
9. Barbara Wetzel Southside, AL 12 20-13 264 $1,750.00
Day 1: 4 07-06 Day 2: 5 08-04 Day 3: 3 05-03
10. Jan Heavener Sherwood, AR 15 20-08 260 $1,500.00
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 5 04-08 Day 3: 5 06-12
11. Debra Petrowski Arlington, TX 15 20-06 257 $1,350.00
Day 1: 5 08-15 Day 2: 5 06-00 Day 3: 5 05-07
12. Audrey McQueen Eagar, AZ 12 20-03 259 $1,100.00
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 2 01-12 Day 3: 5 05-14
13. Cheryl LaLumandier Saint Charles, MO 15 19-00 251 $1,000.00
Day 1: 5 06-00 Day 2: 5 06-12 Day 3: 5 06-04
14. Jo DEE Lake Helena, AL 13 18-14 248 $975.00
Day 1: 5 05-10 Day 2: 5 09-12 Day 3: 3 03-08
15. Emily Shaffer Mt Juliet, TN 15 17-06 245 $950.00
Day 1: 5 06-03 Day 2: 5 05-14 Day 3: 5 05-05
16. Debra Hengst San Antonio, TX 13 17-04 243 $925.00
Day 1: 5 08-07 Day 2: 5 04-15 Day 3: 3 03-14
17. Robin Babb Livingston, TX 15 17-00 241 $900.00
Day 1: 5 06-07 Day 2: 5 05-10 Day 3: 5 04-15
18. Michelle Armstrong Denver, NC 12 16-11 239 $875.00
Day 1: 5 06-10 Day 2: 5 08-00 Day 3: 2 02-01
19. Robinette Fox Hot Springs, AR 9 15-05 237 $850.00
Day 1: 5 08-10 Day 2: 3 05-02 Day 3: 1 01-09
20. Tanya Kreuzer Mesa, AZ 11 15-00 235 $825.00
Day 1: 4 06-14 Day 2: 5 05-15 Day 3: 2 02-03
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 28 287 408-06
2 30 298 404-13
3 13 82 122-10
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71 667 935-13

2008 Gadsden, AL - Womens Bassmaster Tour Stop 2
Pro Points After Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden, Ala. Ending 05-24-2008, Day 3
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Place Name St Pts
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1 Kim Bain Ala. 590
2 Cindy Hill Tenn. 571
3 Lucy Mize Ark. 568
4 Juanita Robinson Texas 552
5 Pam Martin-Wells Ga. 551
6 Jan Heavener Ark. 540
7 Sheri Glasgow Okla. 531
8 Bonnie Johnson Texas 503
9 Patti Campbell Texas 494
9 Debra Petrowski Texas 494
11 Christiana Bradley Va. 479
12 Kat Ealey Ala. 473
13 Kathi Hurst Miss. 470
14 Emily Shaffer Tenn. 463
15 Audrey McQueen Ariz. 462
16 Helen Gordon Texas 460
17 Mary Croft Va. 459
18 Tanya Kreuzer Ariz. 458
19 Mary DiVincenti La. 452
20 Melinda Hooper Ark. 449
21 Lisa Craig Texas 440
22 Laura Elkins Texas 434
22 Jan Hudson Ark. 434
24 Sandi Karnes Texas 430
25 Judy Wong La. 429
26 Debra Hengst Texas 427
27 Judy VanCanneyt Ala. 422
27 Linda Redford Mo. 422
29 Kathy Womack Ala. 417
30 Angie Douthit Fla. 400
31 Robin Babb Texas 397
32 Kelley Shepherd Colo. 392
33 Janet Parker Texas 390
34 Penny Berryman Ark. 385
35 Shelley Perry W.Va. 384
36 Beverly Graham Texas 382
37 Tami Kashiwabara Ala. 368
37 Rhonda Pope Ga. 368
39 Tammy Richardson Ark. 363
40 Lisa Sternard Tenn. 362
40 Diane Phillips Texas 362
42 Darla Bardelli Ariz. 346
43 Debbie Kemp Texas 341
44 Lisa Johnson Ala. 338
45 Kathy Magers Texas 337
46 Karen Elkins Ala. 336
46 Teri Neal Ga. 336
48 Marcia Rubin Ohio 334
49 Secret York Ky. 333
50 Laura Gober Ga. 332
50 Cindy Van Horn Texas 332
52 Sharon Rushton Mo. 320
52 Danalee Lofton Ark. 320
54 Kali Weatherford Texas 316
55 Lynda Gessner Mo. 314
56 Sarah Augustine La. 310
57 Dianna Clark Tenn. 306
58 Linda Sands Ala. 305
59 Cheryl Spencer Okla. 304
60 Linda Berry N.C. 302
61 Christena Baugh Ark. 300
62 Mary Hencken N.C. 299
63 Pat White Texas 290
64 Cheryl Bowden Texas 288
65 Bettty Stahl Ala. 284
66 Kim Stapp Ga. 282
67 Lisa Talmadge Ala. 276
68 Barbara Wetzel Ala. 264
69 Susan Gregory Miss. 262
70 Cheryl LaLumandier Mo. 251
71 Jo Lake Ala. 248
71 Robbie Hartline Mo. 248
73 Karol Whitehurst Texas 241
74 Michelle Armstrong N.C. 239
75 Robinette Fox Ark. 237
76 Kandie Candelaria Texas 236
77 Amy Golden Texas 229
78 Laura Moore Texas 209
78 Teresa Poole Mo. 209
80 Paula Alexander Ga. 199
81 Mickie Wolfinbarger Mo. 191
82 Keri Schieber Ga. 189
83 Bridget Allen Pa. 185
84 Judy Antle Ky. 179
85 Barbara Potts Texas 172
85 Diane Delagarza Texas 172
87 Rose Ellis Ala. 170
87 Kellie Skelton N.M. 170
89 Toni Stoner Ga. 157
90 Karyn Sanchez Texas 156
91 Sammie Denyes Ala. 149
92 Lori Masters Tenn. 139
93 Kathy Cater Texas 126
94 Lila Bass Texas 124
95 Meta Burrell Texas 122
96 Laura Heflin Kan. 116
97 Marsha Gipson Ark. 103
98 Heather Broom N.C. 99
99 Kris McClendon Texas 95
100 Robin McFarlane Texas 91
101 Jennifer Nevans Tenn. 89
102 BJ Carson Okla. 0

2008 Womens Bassmaster Tour Stop 2 5/22-5/24
Neely Henry Lake, Gadsden AL.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Marilyn Biszmaier Louisville, KY 10 16-08 310 $25,500.00
Day 1: 2 02-04 Day 2: 3 09-09 Day 3: 5 04-11
2. Stacy Zhelesnik Hoboken, NJ 10 16-02 295 $3,000.00
Day 1: 3 05-04 Day 2: 3 03-10 Day 3: 4 07-04
3. Lesli Lively Palestine, TX 10 15-12 290 $2,500.00
Day 1: 1 01-06 Day 2: 5 09-13 Day 3: 4 04-09
4. Diane Smith Fayetteville, GA 12 15-09 285 $2,000.00
Day 1: 5 05-09 Day 2: 2 03-07 Day 3: 5 06-09
5. Barbara Ferge Somerville, TN 10 14-07 280 $1,750.00
Day 1: 2 05-03 Day 2: 4 03-14 Day 3: 4 05-06
6. Tina Newman Soddy Daisy, TN 11 13-09 276 $1,500.00
Day 1: 5 05-02 Day 2: 3 03-05 Day 3: 3 05-02
7. Kim Martin Clayton, IN 7 11-12 272 $1,250.00
Day 1: 3 03-08 Day 2: 3 06-00 Day 3: 1 02-04
8. Virginia Buckner Scottsboro, AL 9 11-07 268 $1,000.00
Day 1: 3 03-05 Day 2: 5 07-02 Day 3: 1 01-00
9. Gail Wood Russellville, AR 9 10-13 264 $900.00
Day 1: 3 03-09 Day 2: 3 04-03 Day 3: 3 03-01
10. Linda Walker Beebe, AR 8 10-12 260 $825.00
Day 1: 4 05-10 Day 2: 4 05-02 Day 3: 0 00-00
11. Vicki Hester Rainbow City, AL 9 10-10 257 $750.00
Day 1: 2 02-08 Day 2: 5 05-10 Day 3: 2 02-08
12. Patti James Dayton, TX 10 10-05 254 $700.00
Day 1: 5 05-14 Day 2: 2 01-13 Day 3: 3 02-10
13. Lesley Childers Anderson, SC 5 09-08 251 $650.00
Day 1: 2 03-02 Day 2: 2 05-02 Day 3: 1 01-04
14. Sharon Lawson Red Bank, TN 5 09-04 253 $600.00
Day 1: 4 07-13 Day 2: 0 00-00 Day 3: 1 01-07
15. Dianne Kegley Norphlet, AR 6 09-03 245 $575.00
Day 1: 2 02-12 Day 2: 4 06-07 Day 3: 0 00-00
16. Bonnie Ward Snohomish, WA 6 08-12 243 $550.00
Day 1: 3 05-09 Day 2: 2 01-11 Day 3: 1 01-08
17. Linda Higginbotham Palm Coast, FL 6 08-08 241 $525.00
Day 1: 3 04-05 Day 2: 1 02-01 Day 3: 2 02-02
18. Kim McGuffey Weatherford, TX 6 08-04 239 $500.00
Day 1: 2 02-01 Day 2: 3 05-07 Day 3: 1 00-12
19. Miriam Donohoo San Mateo, FL 7 08-02 237 $475.00
Day 1: 2 02-10 Day 2: 4 04-10 Day 3: 1 00-14
20. Debra Cook Gardendale, AL 6 06-06 235 $450.00
Day 1: 3 03-07 Day 2: 3 02-15 Day 3: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 3 125 165-00
2 7 136 180-03
3 2 42 52-15
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12 303 398-02

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