Lady Bass Anglers Return to Hickory
HICKORY - Dozens of lady anglers from across the United States will be on the Catawba River next week as they prepare for the Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) tournament that will take place on Lake Hickory March 29 - 30, 2019.
"On behalf of the Hickory Metro Sports Commission we are thrilled to have the Lady Bass Anglers Association back in Hickory for the second time in the last three years," said Hickory Metro Sports Commission Chairman Mark Seaman. "To have a professional fishing organization chose Hickory as one of their tour stops is a great opportunity for us to showcase the Hickory area. They are a great group of ladies and we look forward to a wonderful event."
Local professional angler Angela Mayo brought the tournament to Hickory in 2017 and after the tournament was held the anglers said they wanted to come back to Hickory. Mayo said that this tournament is possible thanks to sponsors like the Hickory Metro Sports Commission, Hickory Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as Lake Electric Company, Shiners Stash Jerky and Fishers of Men Guide Service.
"I can't wait for the ladies to be back on Lake Hickory," Mayo said. "The event in 2017 was a huge success and the Hickory Metro Sports Commission and the Hickory Metro Commission and Visitors Bureau have stepped up to bring the Lady Bass Anglers Association Women's Pro Tour event back to our community. Lake Hickory is a phenomenal fishery and we should be proud of this resource and do all we can to promote it!"
Cheryl Bowden, Co-Founder of the Lady Bass Anglers Association who lives in Texas is also excited to be back in North Carolina.
"The outpouring of support and the great event we had in 2017 made it quite memorable. We are looking forward to this year's event being even better," added Bowden.
LBAA Co-Founder Secret York is also thrilled to be coming back to Hickory.
"I absolutely love this little lake," said York. "It's a great fishery and I expect the fishing to be a little better this time than it was last time we were here. Looks like we are hitting it during a full/new moon phase at prime spawning time. We have a good chance to bust a great bag of bass."
In addition to having a tournament for professional anglers, the LBAA has two community events next week. The first community event will be on Wednesday, March 27 between 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. when local Disabled and Wounded Veterans fish with the professional anglers. At this time, 15 veterans are participating in this event that will begin and end at Lakeside Marina, located at 81 Marina Drive, Hickory (across the NC 127 bridge that links Catawba and Alexander County in the Bethlehem area). The additional community event this year involves local youth. On Saturday, March 30, LBAA teamed up with Pond Hopper Nation to host a "Teach a Child to Fish Day." The event will be between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lovelady Access on Lake Hickory, located at 6162 Rocky Mt. Road in Granite Falls. This is a free event for kids and the first 25 participants will receive a free fishing rod. Visit www.Pondhoppernation.com to register.
"The community can be a part of this great event by supporting the local anglers when you see them around town, on the lake or at the fish weigh ins that will be held at LP Frans Stadium on Friday and Saturday afternoon," said Mandy Pitts Hildebrand, Hickory Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau CEO. "The weigh-ins are a lot of fun and this is an amazing sport that is growing in America and Hickory is proud to be a part of hosting the Lady Anglers."
LBAA Fish Weigh-In Events will be held on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at LP Frans Stadium, located at 2500 Clement Blvd. NW, Hickory.
To learn more about LBAA go to www.ladybassanglers.com.
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