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LBAA 2013 Classic Champion, Lake Ray Hubbard Texas

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I have been very fortunate to have been raised on Kentucky Lake. My dad is a commercial fisherman who had me backing boat trailers down the ramp by the time I was 12. He not only instilled in me a strong work ethic but encouraged me to enjoy the lake. He was not a bass fisherman but he did fish and to this day absolutely loves the water. At 80 yrs old, Billy Joe Chadwick is still running trot lines on Ky Lake.
 
I met my husband Greg on a fishing web site, Bass Resource . Our first date was a fishing trip. We got married during a bass tournament and continue to fish many local couples tournaments together. He is the one that got me involved in the Lady Bass Anglers Association. He is so encouraging and supportive. I have two grown sons. Jason and his wife Christine live in Orland with their sons Jackson and Benjamin. Justin who lives in Ky with his sons Remington and Maddox. We have 3 Australian Shepherds, a cat and a cockatiel.
 
I have been fishing ladies tournaments for more than 25 years.  have been fortunate to win several and have been Angler of the Year seven of those. In the first LBAA tournament on Lake Dardanelle, I finished 8th and brought home Top Pro Rookie 2010 against some of the greatest lady anglers of all time.
 
Last year was a very very interesting and painful year. I've been fishing with a knee injury since March of 2011, just before the Sam Rayburn LBAA tournament. I finally got the go ahead for knee surgery mid summer of 2013. Greg and I had just gotten to Dayton Tn to begin prefishing for the LBAA tournament on Lake Chickamauga. July 21st, the very first day of practice, with the sun shining and just a few dark clouds (no rain) we were struck my lightning. Not the way you wanna make the local news! Greg's heart stopped briefly. Thank God he is ok. Also thanks to the ladies I compete against. They came to rescue us when they heard. We lived to tell the tale :) Huge HUGE thanks to Jet-A-Marina for getting us on the water with ANOTHER new boat! I was running a new staff boat, a Triton 21 HP with a Merc 250. It's been said that I'd do anything to get back in a Ranger. :)  It was tough to say the least to get back out there, but we did.
 
My first knee surgery was preformed in August but the results we not what we had hoped. It was gonna take a total knee replacement since so much damage had been done. TKR was finally done in Jan of 2014.
 
I missed the Red River tournament due to the knee surgery and had my doubts about making the Classic. I somehow managed to slide in in 11th place. The Classic was to be held on Lake Ray Hubbard at Garland TX. The decision to fish wasn't an easy one. We ended up getting me a plane ticket so I wouldn't have to spend 10-12 hrs in the truck and Greg pulled the Ranger down. It was a nasty practice with cold fronts and storms. I caught one keeper all practice. Come tournament day, I fished my heart out and came in blank. Oh yeah, BLANK! The knee was giving me fits and I was really wondering why I was doing this to myself. Day two went worlds better....I came in with one fish, 1.6 lbs. Great, what an embarrassment :( I'd pretty much given up and if I'd not have had a co-angler depending on me to take her fishing, I might have stayed in the motel that 3rd morning. After a talk with God and my daughter I headed to the water. I'll shorten the story but lets just say, it was a day we all dreams of having. 8 bites, 7 keeper bass and a come from behind victory with a 22.06 lb sack. What a day! Never, Never give up!
 
I've been so very blessed to have some of the most AWESOME sponsors come on board. Without them I would have a very difficult time fishing the LBAA Tour.
 

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I think my proudest moment was when my terminally ill daughter, Nikki, got to fish a tournament against me. She ended up with Big Bass of the day, took second place and beat me! All of this while she 16, was undergoing treatment for kidney failure and having dialysis treatments.

I have been a nurse for more than 25 yrs and am staff nurse @ Murray Pediatrics in Murray KY. I also have the priviledge of selling boats at Jet-A-Marina. We sell new Ranger, Triton and Lowe boats as well as used boats. It is so much fun to help folks get the boat they have dreamed about. I also work at the premier tackle store on KY Lake, Fisherman's Headquarters in Draffenville KY, although not near as much as I used to. It's the best of all things possible for me.....I love nursing and I love bass fishing.
 
I'd like to tell all the ladies out there...young and not so young to live your dreams. You don't have to be 20 yrs old to start professional fishing or anything else you'd like to do. If you can dream it, you can do it! So yes, I'm living life and loving it!!

 

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