Triton Anglers Lucy Mize and Sheri Glasgow take first and second in Kentucky Lake Women's Bassmaster Tour Event!
GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — Triton angler Lucy Mize of Ben Lomond, Ark., jumped over the two-day leader to log her first BASS win Saturday at the Kentucky Lake event of the Mercury Marine Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Triton Boats.
Placing third Thursday, then climbing to second Friday, Mize was then a daunting 5 pounds behind leader and Triton angler Sheri Glasgow of Muskogee, Okla. But on Saturday, Mize toted a bag of five largemouth to the scales that weighed 13 pounds, 14 ounces - enough to surpass Glasgow and score the win by 1 pound, 1 ounce.
Mize's weight of 40 pounds, 2 ounces over the three days of competition secured the top prize, a Triton/Mercury boat rig valued at $50,000.
"I feel awesome," Mize said of her first win. "It was a long time coming." All of Mize's fish came off one ledge on Lake Barkley, the fishery that runs parallel to Kentucky Lake; both lakes were official waters for the tournament.
"I went to the ledge the first day," Mize said. "It's on the main lake, and I had it to myself."
She'd found the spot last year, when she competed in a Bassmaster Northern Tour event, and she remembered she had saved the waypoints.
Mize estimated that she and her co-anglers together took 70 to 80 pounds of bass off the same ledge through this week's competition.
Her go-to lures were a Texas-rigged, 10-inch, watermelon-red plastic and a shad-colored, deep-running crankbait.
The victory in Kentucky was especially sweet for Mize. As she accepted her first WBT trophy, her daughter, Melinda Mize-Hooper, looked on. Mize-Hooper returned a month ago from a tour of duty in Kuwait with the Army National Guard. She signed up to compete in the pro division alongside her mother.
"She was the person I was most afraid of, but of course she's my hero and my best friend," said Mize-Hooper, one of four Mize family members who fish competitively. Her father is Bassmaster Elite Series pro and Triton angler Jimmy Mize. Mize-Hooper placed 19th at the Kentucky event.
On Saturday, what hurt Glasgow was being one short of a five-fish limit.
"I had No. 5 at the net and it came off," said Glasgow, who was able to focus all week on the competition despite fighting a respiratory infection. "It probably wouldn't have gone more than 15 inches, but it was a keeper and would have been enough."
Sheri Glasgow brought four bass to the scales, but missed the one that could have made all the difference.
Despite not winning Saturday, Glasgow kept her lead in the season-long Toyota Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year points race. The pro with the most points at season's end takes the title and the prize that comes with it, a 2008 Toyota Tundra.
Karla Bullard of Del Rio, Texas, was third with 36 pounds, 12 ounces. Fourth was Audrey McQueen of Canon City, Colo., with 32-5.
Triton anglerf Tammy Richardson of Amity, Ark., finished fifth with 32-3. A three-time WBT winner, Richardson recovered from her 15th-place finish the first day. She also moved up to second place in the points standings.
Next up for the WBT is the fifth and final stop of the regular season. Anglers will compete Sept. 20-22 on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
WBT fans can watch live video and view a real-time leaderboard of the daily weigh-ins at www.espnoutdoors.com. Live coverage continues Saturday beginning at 2:10 p.m. CT.