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Tennessee's Dianna Clark Lands Her Third Women's Bassmaster Tour Win By Big Margin

6/23/08

HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee - Dianna Clark, the 2006 Toyota Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year, pulled out of her 2008 season slump Saturday by landing her third victory in the Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors, trumping the field by almost 8 pounds.

Over three days of competition on Tennessee's Old Hickory Lake, the Bumpus Mills, Tenn., pro brought in 36 pounds, 5 ounces of largemouth bass, mostly from one shallow area of the lengthy Cumberland River impoundment.

Angie Douthit of Clewiston, Fla., persevering through flu-like symptoms that stemmed from a tooth infection, finished second with a three-day total of 28-8.

"I'm back on track - hopefully," said Clark, who in 2006 won twice and captured the AOY title, and who ranked eighth in the 2007 season's points standings - but was in 57th place in this season's AOY points race before the Old Hickory event. "I had a rocky start this year. I had some family issues to deal with, but still, I have no excuses. I knew I was going to have to work hard here to catch up."

In the season-long Toyota Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year standings, Clark will certainly improve on her disappointing position. The winner of the points race will score two big prizes this year: a Toyota Tundra and a berth in the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 20-22 on the Red River out of Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana.The points race also will determine the 20 qualifiers for the Oct. 23-25 WBT Championship on Arkansas' Lake Hamilton.

Kim Bain of Alabaster, Alabama, will hold on to the top position, with the sixth-place showing she scored at Old Hickory. She will need to hold off a number of accomplished pros to secure the prestigious Classic berth and her first AOY title.

Clark placed 55th in the 2008 season opener on Texas' Lake Lewisville - site of one of her two 2006 wins. At the Neely Henry Lake event in Alabama, she finished in 66th place, an all-time low for Clark, who switched to pro fishing in 1996 after a U.S. Army career, retiring with the rank of staff sergeant.

With the victory, Clark took home a $50,000 Triton/Mercury boat package and $1,000. She committed to a long run east from the Hendersonville launch site to target largemouth that were feasting on bream in the shallows of a muddy flat. She said many of her fish took a bait made by B&M Jigs, a 1/2-ounce, camo-colored skirted jig tipped with a green-pumpkin Flipper, a plastic trailer made by Lake Fork Trophy Lures.

Juanita Robinson of Highlands, Texas, who ended with 27-13 and third place, discovered the same sweet spot in practice early in the week, but yielded it to Clark.

Robinson said she hit other productive spots, trying to build her weight and her points total in the 2008 AOY race. She was in fourth place in points going into the Old Hickory event.

"The most important thing for me in this tournament to move up in the points standings and get closer to first place," Robinson said. "Second in importance was winning this tournament."

Douthit also stands to improve in her points total after scoring her second-place finish Saturday, her best tournament finish.

"I caught some really good fish cranking a Rapala Down Deep, chartreuse and blue," she said. "When the current wasn't running, I went to my backup - back into the bays, the areas most people can't get to. The fish were around brush and wood, shallow, but close to deeper water."

She said her main lures included a Gene Larew Ringtail 7 1/2-inch red-shad Texas-rigged worm, a Gambler tube - a pumpkin pepper chartreuse color - pegged with a 1/8-ounce rattle weight, and a Jim Eakin's 3/16-ounce black-and-blue jig tipped with a Gene Larew 4-inch black-and-blue Salt Craw.

Finishing fourth with 27-2 was Tammy Richardson of Glenwood, Arkansas, the only WBT pro to have three wins on her WBT record before Clark's Saturday win. Patti Campbell of Waxahachie, Texas, was fifth with 26-5.

In the co-angler division, the winner was Elizabeth "Liz" Havens, a high-school math teacher from Austin, Texas, who put together 21 pounds, 4 ounces to win a Skeeter/Yamaha rig valued at $25,000. The Old Hickory tournament was her first on the WBT trail.

Second in the co-angler division was Stacey Zhelesnik of Hoboken, New Jersey. Her 20-10 total included a 5 pound, 1-ounce largemouth that fell for a KVD Strike King Redeye Shad in the Tennessee shad finish. Zhelesnik, co-owner of a restaurant, also took second place in last month's WBT event in Alabama.

Rounding out the top five in the co-angler competition were Dianna Montgomery of Lebanon, Tennessee, with 17-12; Sharon Lawson of Red Bank, Tennessee, with 14-9; and Petra Ramsey of El Paso, Texas, with 13-14.

Next up for the Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors is the September 18-20 event out of Evans, Georgia, on Clarks Hill Lake. The season concludes with the October 23-25 WBT Championship on Lake Hamilton out of Hot Springs, Arkansas.


Sponsors of the Women's Bassmaster Tour include Academy Sports & Outdoors, Toyota Tundra, Advance Auto Parts, Lowrance, Mercury, Skeeter, Yamaha, OPTIMA Batteries, Triton Boats, Legend Boats, MoGills and Mustang.

Local hosts include the Sumner County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Holiday Inn Express of Hendersonville

Stop No. 3
2008 Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors
Old Hickory Lake
Hendersonville, Tenn.
June 19-21, 2008

Field
83 pros, 83 co-anglers/observers
Cut to the top 20 pros and top 20 co-anglers after Day 2

About BASS

For 40 years, BASS has served as the authority on bass fishing. With its considerable multi-media platforms and expansive tournament trail, BASS is guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry leading publications Bassmaster Magazine, BASS Times and Fishing Tackle Retailer and comprehensive web properties in Bassmaster.com and ESPNOutdoors.com, the organization is committed to delivering content true to the lifestyle. Additionally, television programming on ESPN2 continues to provide relevant content from tips and techniques to in-depth tournament coverage to passionate audiences.

The organization oversees the prestigious Bassmaster tournament trail which includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Women's Bassmaster Tour and the Bassmaster Classic, the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing. Through its grassroots network, the BASS Federation Nation, BASS sanctions more than 20,000 events annually.

BASS also offers a wide array of services to its more than 525,000 members while spearheading progressive, positive change on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.

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2008 Womens Bassmaster Tour Stop 3 6/19-6/21
Old Hickory Lake, Gallatin TN.
BOATER Standings Day 3

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

1. Dianna Clark Bumpus Mills, TN 13 36-05 310 $51,000.00
Day 1: 5 10-03 Day 2: 5 16-12 Day 3: 3 09-06
2. Angie Douthit Clewiston, FL 15 28-08 295 $5,500.00
Day 1: 5 08-07 Day 2: 5 11-09 Day 3: 5 08-08
3. Juanita Robinson Highlands, TX 14 27-13 290 $4,500.00
Day 1: 4 07-02 Day 2: 5 09-09 Day 3: 5 11-02
4. Tammy Richardson Glenwood, AR 14 27-02 285 $4,000.00
Day 1: 4 05-11 Day 2: 5 11-04 Day 3: 5 10-03
5. Patti Campbell Waxahachie, TX 14 26-05 280 $3,500.00
Day 1: 5 07-05 Day 2: 4 07-11 Day 3: 5 11-05
6. Kim Bain Alabaster, AL 13 25-14 276 $3,000.00
Day 1: 3 04-13 Day 2: 5 11-08 Day 3: 5 09-09
7. Laura Gober Pendergrass, GA 14 25-10 270 $2,250.00
Day 1: 5 08-04 Day 2: 4 07-10 Day 3: 5 09-12
7. Sheri Glasgow Muskogee, OK 14 25-10 270 $2,250.00
Day 1: 5 07-15 Day 2: 5 09-06 Day 3: 4 08-05
9. Cheryl LaLumandier Saint Charles, MO 14 25-03 264 $1,750.00
Day 1: 5 07-13 Day 2: 5 11-13 Day 3: 4 05-09
10. Audrey McQueen Eagar, AZ 15 21-13 260 $1,500.00
Day 1: 5 07-07 Day 2: 5 07-01 Day 3: 5 07-05
11. Kat Ealey Moody, AL 15 21-08 257 $1,350.00
Day 1: 5 08-00 Day 2: 5 06-11 Day 3: 5 06-13
12. Bridget Allen Philadelphia, PA 13 21-06 254 $1,100.00
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 08-02 Day 3: 3 03-11
13. Jan Hudson Harrison, AR 11 21-00 251 $1,000.00
Day 1: 2 04-01 Day 2: 5 08-05 Day 3: 4 08-10
14. Janet Parker Little Elm, TX 10 20-13 253 $975.00
Day 1: 5 10-12 Day 2: 4 08-13 Day 3: 1 01-04
15. Tanya Kreuzer Mesa, AZ 12 19-11 245 $950.00
Day 1: 5 09-00 Day 2: 5 07-13 Day 3: 2 02-14
16. Kathi Hurst Ripley, MS 9 18-12 243 $925.00
Day 1: 2 03-11 Day 2: 5 12-08 Day 3: 2 02-09
17. Debra Petrowski Arlington, TX 11 18-06 241 $900.00
Day 1: 1 01-04 Day 2: 5 11-00 Day 3: 5 06-02
18. Bonnie Johnson Weatherford, TX 9 16-01 239 $875.00
Day 1: 4 07-06 Day 2: 3 05-06 Day 3: 2 03-05
19. Cindy Caperton Madison, TN 8 14-14 237 $850.00
Day 1: 4 09-15 Day 2: 3 03-05 Day 3: 1 01-10
20. Helen Gordon Flower Mound, TX 6 13-02 235 $825.00
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 2 06-08 Day 3: 1 01-04
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 13 188 335-12
2 16 191 339-12
3 9 72 129-02
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38 451 804-10


2008 Womens Bassmaster Tour Stop 3 6/19-6/21
Old Hickory Lake, Gallatin TN.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

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

1. Elizabeth Havens Austin, TX 8 21-04 310 $25,500.00
Day 1: 1 02-01 Day 2: 5 14-05 Day 3: 2 04-14
2. Stacy Zhelesnik Hoboken, NJ 10 20-10 295 $3,000.00
Day 1: 4 06-03 Day 2: 4 07-10 Day 3: 2 06-13
3. Dianna Montgomery Lebanon, TN 10 17-12 290 $2,500.00
Day 1: 4 06-11 Day 2: 1 02-10 Day 3: 5 08-07
4. Sharon Lawson Red Bank, TN 7 14-09 285 $2,000.00
Day 1: 3 05-06 Day 2: 1 01-08 Day 3: 3 07-11
5. Petra Ramsey El Paso, TX 9 13-14 280 $1,750.00
Day 1: 4 07-10 Day 2: 3 03-00 Day 3: 2 03-04
6. Brenda Bates La Porte, TX 10 13-03 276 $1,500.00
Day 1: 5 07-05 Day 2: 2 02-05 Day 3: 3 03-09
7. Susan Wild Denver, CO 7 11-14 272 $1,250.00
Day 1: 3 06-11 Day 2: 2 02-11 Day 3: 2 02-08
8. LaShea Raynor Lexington, SC 9 11-05 268 $1,000.00
Day 1: 2 02-10 Day 2: 5 05-15 Day 3: 2 02-12
9. Brandi Frasier Madisonville, KY 6 11-00 264 $900.00
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 2 04-15 Day 3: 3 04-10
10. Cheryl Buelow Pollock, LA 6 10-07 260 $825.00
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 07-05 Day 3: 1 03-02
11. Linda Thomas Pryor, OK 4 10-02 262 $750.00
Day 1: 3 08-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Day 3: 1 01-08
12. Debbie Pegoli Loveland, OH 6 10-00 254 $700.00
Day 1: 3 05-05 Day 2: 3 04-11 Day 3: 0 00-00
13. Lesley Childers Anderson, SC 7 09-08249.5 $625.00
Day 1: 5 06-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Day 3: 2 03-01
13. Brenda Scarborough Dover, TN 6 09-08249.5 $625.00
Day 1: 1 01-11 Day 2: 3 05-03 Day 3: 2 02-10
15. Sabrina Thompson Houston, TX 7 09-06 245 $575.00
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 4 04-09 Day 3: 2 02-15
16. Brenda Reeves Arlington, TX 5 08-15 243 $550.00
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 4 06-02 Day 3: 1 02-13
17. Bonnie Ward Snohomish, WA 6 08-11 241 $525.00
Day 1: 2 03-03 Day 2: 3 04-08 Day 3: 1 01-00
18. Billie Jaynes Deer Park, TX 5 08-02 239 $500.00
Day 1: 3 05-05 Day 2: 2 02-13 Day 3: 0 00-00
19. Elizabeth Sanders Brandon, MS 4 07-14 237 $475.00
Day 1: 3 06-04 Day 2: 1 01-10 Day 3: 0 00-00
20. Bonnie Betts Saint Ann, MO 6 07-01 235 $450.00
Day 1: 2 03-05 Day 2: 4 03-12 Day 3: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 2 99 177-09
2 3 99 153-12
3 1 34 61-09
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6 232 392-14

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