29-year-old Kim Bain-Moore keeps adding to her list of â€œfirstsâ€ as today she won the first ever-regular season Lady Bass Anglers Association tournament on Texas’ Sam Rayburn. Bain-Moore added 14 pounds even to her day one total of 20.94 pounds to give her 34.94 and the win.
â€œI felt like I could catch a limit, and yesterday, I set my goal around 12-15 pounds,” Bain-Moore said. “I figured that would keep me in it. I caught my five yesterday fairly quickly, and the big ones all bit in about a 30-minute window.
â€œBased on the good fishing I had there yesterday, which was on a Revenge green pumpkin vibrating jig with a Reactions Innovations Dirty Sanchez Skinny Dipper as a trailer. Today I went back to the same spot intending to do the same thing and get my fish early before the wind blew.â€
â€œI only caught one keeper and was beginning to get slightly worried. I then watched my co-angler catch three pretty nice fish on a Senko. I then saw a recreational angler catch one up shallow too and finally the light bulb came on.â€
â€œI took my watermelon with red and black flake Senko and drenched it with Smelly Jelly and was able to get my limit and culled two.â€
She took home $7,000 for the win plus the big bass award for the pro angler side.
â€œThis feels really wonderful. It is a tremendous honor to win this LBAA event and I love coming and seeing all the ladies and hanging out with them again,â€ she added.
Reaction Innovations, Oakley Sunglasses, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Pfleuger Reels, Legend Boats, Evinrude E-Tec, High Seas, Navionics, and Gillna Rain Gear all sponsor Bain-Moore.
Behind Bain-Moore was Juanita Robinson in second with 30.57, Cheryl Bowden in third with 28.86, Patti Campbell in fourth with 28.69, and Pam Ridgle in fifth with 25.65. Rounding out the top ten on the pro side were Pam Martin-Wells in sixth with 22.87, seventh was Kay Pennington with 22.18, eighth was Diane Phillips with 20.98, Keri Schieber in ninth with 18.07, and tenth was Emily Shaffer with 17.48.
Over on the co-angler side of the LBAA Texas ProAm Diana Uebelhack just like Bain-Moore, took the day one lead and never looked back heading on to claim the title of 2011 LBAA Texas ProAm Co-Angler Champion.
“This couldn’t have been any better,” an emotional Uebelhack proclaimed after the event. â€œI’ve never won something like this so people cannot even have a clue as to how excited I am. I have to thank everybody that is around me — my family, my daughter Erica, my husband â€“ they all have been so supportive of this and of me.â€
Following Uebelhack in second in the co-angler division was Pam Rodden with 17.77, Teri Neal in third with 15.06, Barbara Harris in fourth with 12.56, Traci Tullos in fifth with 12.52, Kim Giddens in sixth with 11.95, Gail Wood in seventh with 11.45, Denice Johnston in eighth with 10.97, Renee Key-Johnston with 10.69, and Tommie Domingue in tenth with 10.14.
LBAA â€œBig Bassâ€ honors for Rayburn were Bain-Moore on the pro side with a 6.17-pound bass and Diana Uebelhack on the co-angler side with a 7.17-pound bass and both lunkers were caught on day one.
Day 3 (03/19) of the LBAA Sam Rayburn Tournament will be the LBAA Sam Rayburn Rainbow Room Charity Team Tournament. This tournament is open to the public with proceeds going to support the Rainbow Rooms of Jasper and Lufkin. Entry fee is $100 per team. There will be a guaranteed first place prize of $1,000. There will also be a $200 bonus prize for both the highest finishing team with a female and the highest finishing team with a child age 12 or under. The LBAA Sam Rayburn Rainbow Room Charity Tournament is open to all interested parties and LBAA membership is not required to fish this tournament. The weigh-in will get underway at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jasper County
Courthouse Square and will be a highlighted part of the 23rd Annual Jasper Azalea Festival.
Immediately at the conclusion of the weigh-in for the LBAA Sam Rayburn Rainbow Room Charity Tournament, there will be a drawing for raffled items. This will add to the support for the Rainbow Rooms of Jasper and Lufkin. For more information, visit Rainbow Rooms of Jasper and Lufkin online.