The Lady Bass Anglers Association’s first ever tournament finished its first day on a blustery Lake Ray Hubbard just east of Dallas, and several Texas women are in the hunt.
Several ladies brought impressive bags to the weigh-in station in the parking lot of the Garland Bass Pro Shops.
St. Louis angler Leslie Anderson weighed the biggest bag of day one — five bass weighing 13.72 pounds.
Texan Helen Gordon is currently in second with 12 pounds.
The changes in weather this week played havoc with the anglers after several successful practice days.
“I felt good about my spots,” said Weatherford angler Kim McGuffey, “I just needed the sun to come out and just a little bit of wind (instead of the gusty conditions today). But I feel confident about tomorrow if the weatherman is correct.”
McGuffey only managed 3.7 pounds on the day.
“I didn’t see another boat around me all day,” she said when asked if the lake fished small because of the tough conditions. “I’ve got my spot for tomorrow and, hopefully, I’ll have a better day.”
Waxahachie resident Patti Campbell also had a tough day, catching one bass.
“I caught one and he was a stupid fish,” Campbell said. “The weather changed my plans a little bit, but tomorrow will be better.”
Campbell said she and her husband used to fish Lake Ray Hubbard during night tournaments, so she is familiar with the water.
“I had a really good practice and then the lake came up two feet and turned to chocolate milk,” she said. “Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.”
The big fish of the day was caught by Robbie Hartline. The fish weighed 6.83 pounds. Hartline currently sits in fourth place.
Spectators can watch the final weigh-in tomorrow at the Garland Bass Pro Shops at 3 p.m. Click below for the full leaderboard.