Gessner Holds Off Hard-Charging Hays, Wins Lady Bass Classic!

Lynda Gessner took command of the Lady Bass Classic on Day 1 when she caught a limit that weighed nearly 20 pounds from Lake Palestine in Texas. She held the lead throughout the 3-day event, but today she had only 3 fish that weighed 3.53 pounds.

With a total weight of 35.38 pounds, she held off Melinda Hays with a margin of just over 3 pounds.

Hays had, by far, the best bag of the day at 11.02. Her total was 32.35.

Cheryl Bowden capped a good year with a 3rd place showing. She totaled 29.14 pounds of bass.

Martha Goodfellow was 4th with 28.31.

Pam Ridgle finished 5th with 24.80 pounds.

Cindy Adler held on to her lead and won the co-angler division with a total of 23.13 pounds.

Co-anglers have a 3-fish limit, so with an aggregate of only 9 fish, Adler produced a solid per-fish average weight that was on-par with that of her pro division counterparts.

Alisa Johnson was runner-up with 19.85 pounds.

Christian Baxter was 3rd with 18.01.

Noella McLauren was 4th with 17.20.

DeAnna Lovvorn rounds out the Top 5 co-anglers with 16.02 pounds.