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Parker Wins WBT Bass Fishing Tournament on the Ouachita River

Parker Wins WBT Bass Fishing Tournament on the Ouachita River Janet Parker of Little, Elm, Texas, has been saying she was "keeping it simple" out on the water, but Parker also made it look easy when she won wire-to-wire Saturday by more than 8 pounds at the second stop of the 2009 Women's Bassmaster Tour bass fishing tournament on the Ouachita River.
 

WEST MONROE, La. - All week Janet Parker of Little, Elm, Texas, has been saying she was "keeping it simple" out on the water, but Parker also made it look easy when she won wire-to-wire Saturday by more than 8 pounds at the second stop of the 2009 Women's Bassmaster Tour bass fishing tournament on the Ouachita River.
   The first day she led by 11 ounces. The second day she stretched her lead to almost 5 pounds. With Saturday's weight of 11 pounds, 2 ounces - her best of the three days - she totaled 32-2, easily staying in front of Sheri Glasgow of Muskogee, Okla., who took second with 23-13.
   Patti Campbell of Waxahachie, Texas, who on Friday moved up from 21st into third place, also finished there with 21-13.
   It was the first WBT title for Parker, who's been competing in the women's circuit since its inception in 2005. Her previous best finish was in June 2008 at Tennessee's Old Hickory Lake, where she finished 14th after leading the first day.
   "Last night, when I realized I had a 4-pound, 12-ounce lead, I thought maybe I could win here," Parker said. "I didn't get overconfident because maybe my fish would turn off, or someone would catch an 8-pounder - you just don't know. I did not count my chickens before they hatched."
   Her wire-to-wire win was worth a $55,000 Triton/Mercury boat package, $650, and a valuable 315 points in Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year race, where the eventual AOY winner will qualify for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic. Parker also received a bonus $500 that was donated to the winner by the Ouachita River Valley Association.
   By "keeping it simple"on the Ouachita River, she meant she worked a Texas-rigged plastic crawfish in the same way to trigger a reaction bite, regardless of where she fished.
   "I felt the key was having a weight and a magnetic bead," Parker said. "I'd let the lure fall, then hop it up, and the beads would clack together. Then I'd let it rest and hop it up again."
   She fished the same rig in two markedly different areas. One was a shallow backwater, and the other a main-river ledge.
   In the backwater, she picked up bass hitting baitfish at the mouth of an underwater culvert in water from 2 feet to about 8 feet deep. She also flipped to trees and brush in the same backwater.
   On the main river channel, she threw her craw to bass holding in an eddy behind a ledge. Her only alteration in the rig for the main-river spot was a switch from a 3/8-ounce to a 1/2-ounce weight.
   Ending in second place, Glasgow relied on a custom-made spinnerbait with a single Colorado blade, the same bait she used to win a WBT event at Arkansas' Lake Dardanelle in 2007.
   "It puts out a lot of thump, a lot of vibration, your rod tip's bouncing as it pulses through the water," said Glasgow, the 2007 Toyota Tundra WBT Angler of the Year. "You can slow-roll it, and when you bring it by a piece of structure, you can stop it and let it flutter. It worked great in this muddy water."
   Glasgow said she stayed in the Ouachita's backwater lakes, working flooded buckbrush and cypress trees, moving with the fish as the water level changed each day.
   Winner in the co-angler division and the $25,000 Triton/Mercury boat rig was Day Two leader Linda Owens, a retired law enforcement officer from Brandon, Miss. Her three-day weight of 16 pounds, 14 ounces, was almost 5 pounds more than her closest competitor.
   "This is my first win at a tournament, ever," said Owens, whose first look at the Ouachita River was on the first day of competition. She said the boat she won will replace a boat she had to give up after retirement.
   Owens said she flipped and pitched to cypress trees and brush all three days, a technique that is "right up my alley." Her go-to lure was a soft-plastic creature bait with a chartreuse dip on the tail.
   "For some reason, they wouldn't hit if the tail wasn't dipped," Owens said.
   Other top finishers in the co-angler division included Gail Wood of Russellville, Ark., was second with 12-2. First-day leader Terri Bittner of McKinleyville, Calif., was third with 10-12.
   The final two stops of the WBT regular season will be out of Little Rock, Ark., for a June 4-6 competition on the Arkansas River; and Sept. 10-12 stop at Old Hickory Lake out of Hendersonville, Tenn.
   After the Old Hickory tournament, the top 20 in both the pro and co-angler points standings will advance to the Oct. 16-18 WBT Championship on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
   One pro will emerge from the championship as the Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year. She'll win a Toyota Tundra and qualify for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 19-21 on Lay Lake out of Birmingham, Ala.
   Pam Martin-Wells of Bainbridge, Ga., who finished in seventh place at Ouachita, retained her first-place position in the points race with 582 points. Juanita Robinson of Highlands, Texas, is second in the AOY with 556 points.

2009 Women's Bassmaster Tour - WBT #2
04/23-04/25 Ouachita River, West Monroe, La.
Professionals Standings Day 3
 
  Angler                  Hometown             No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
 
1.  Janet Parker          Little Elm, Texas      15 32-02  315   $55,650.00
  Day 1: 5  10-14    Day 2: 5  10-02    Day 3: 5  11-02  
2.  Sheri Glasgow         Muskogee, Okla.        15 23-13  295    $3,575.00
  Day 1: 5   6-13    Day 2: 5   9-09    Day 3: 5   7-07  
3.  Patti Campbell        Waxahachie, Texas      14 21-13  290    $2,925.00
  Day 1: 4   4-02    Day 2: 5   10-03   Day 3: 5    7-08  
4.  Laura Gober           Pendergrass, Ga.       13 20-15  285    $2,600.00
  Day 1: 5   8-14    Day 2: 3   5-02    Day 3: 5   6-15  
5.  Juanita Robinson       Highlands, Texas       12  17-12 280    $2,275.00
  Day 1: 5   6-00    Day 2: 3   4-14    Day 3: 4   6-14  
6.  Dianna Clark          Bumpus Mills, Tenn.    11  16-10 276    $1,950.00
  Day 1: 3   4-10    Day 2: 4   5-07    Day 3: 4   6-09  
7.  Pam Martin-Wells       Bainbridge, Ga.        11  16-06 272    $1,625.00
  Day 1: 5   7-08    Day 2: 3   4-04    Day 3: 3   4-10  
8.  Debra Petrowski        Arlington, Texas       10  15-13 268    $1,300.00
  Day 1: 2   5-10    Day 2: 3   4-03    Day 3: 5   6-00  
9.  Christiana Bradley     Bealeton, Va.          11 15-12  264    $1,138.00
  Day 1: 1   0-10    Day 2: 5   7-03    Day 3: 5   7-15  
10. Lori Masters          Nashville, Tenn.       12 15-05  260      $975.00
  Day 1: 5   6-00    Day 2: 3   4-01    Day 3: 4   5-04  
11. Jennifer Nevans        Dayton, Tenn.         10  14-15  257     $878.00
  Day 1: 1   2-00    Day 2: 5   7-08    Day 3: 4   5-07  
12. Karen Savik           Minneapolis, Minn.      8 14-03  254      $715.00
  Day 1: 2   5-06    Day 2: 4   6-09    Day 3: 2   2-04  
13. Tami Kashiwabara       London, Ark.          11  13-01  251     $650.00
  Day 1: 3   3-03    Day 2: 5   6-04    Day 3: 3   3-10  
14. Meta Burrell          Fort Worth, Texas       9 12-09  248      $634.00
  Day 1: 5   7-09    Day 2: 2   2-07    Day 3: 2   2-09  
15. Tammy Richardson       Amity, Ark.            9  12-06  245     $618.00
  Day 1: 2   2-02    Day 2: 5   6-05    Day 3: 2   3-15  
16. Lynda Gessner         Foristell, Mo.        11  12-03  243     $601.00
  Day 1: 5   5-10    Day 2: 4   4-06    Day 3: 2   2-03  
17. Kali Weatherford       Athens, Texas          9  10-15  241     $585.00
  Day 1: 2   1-15    Day 2: 5   7-03    Day 3: 2   1-13  
18. Danalee Lofton         Little Rock, Ark.       4  10-03 239      $569.00
  Day 1: 4  10-03    Day 2: 0   0-00    Day 3: 0   0-00  
19. Debra Hengst          San Antonio, Texas      6 10-01  237      $553.00
  Day 1: 3   6-03    Day 2: 3   3-14    Day 3: 0   0-00  
20. Mary Croft            Bedford, Va.           7   9-10  235     $536.00
  Day 1: 3   4-01    Day 2: 2   4-00    Day 3: 2   1-09  
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Totals
Day  #Limits    #Fish     Weight
 1      10      141       194-09
 2       8      128       178-15
 3       6       64        93-10
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        24      333       467-02
2009 WBT #2 - West Monroe, LA - WBT #2 - West Monroe, LA 
Boater Points After Ouachita River, West Monroe, La.  Ending 04-25-2009, Day 3
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Place Name              St           Pts
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  1 Pam Martin-Wells     Ga.          582
  2 Juanita Robinson     Texas        556
  3 Laura Gober          Ga.          553
  4 Sheri Glasgow        Okla.        543
  5 Tammy Richardson     Ark.         540
  6 Debra Petrowski      Texas        525
  7 Janet Parker         Texas        512
  8 Lisa Johnson         Ala.         495
  9 Patti Campbell       Texas        489
 10 Dianna Clark         Tenn.        479
 11 Mary Croft           Va.          478
 11 Emily Shaffer        Tenn.        478
 13 Melinda Mize         Ark.         475
 14 Jennifer Nevans      Tenn.        468
 15 Judy Wong            La.          466
 16 Lori Masters         Tenn.        465
 17 Cindy Hill           Tenn.        460
 18 Karen Savik          Minn.        455
 19 Lynda Gessner        Mo.          452
 20 Robin Babb           Texas        451
 21 Mary DiVincenti      La.          442
 22 Lucy Mize            Ark.         436
 23 Christiana Bradley   Va.          435
 24 Teri Neal            Ga.          434
 24 Paula Alexander      Ga.          434
 26 Debbie Kemp          Texas        432
 27 Tami Kashiwabara     Ark.         428
 28 Cheryl LaLumandier   Mo.          426
 29 Heather Broom        N.C.         424
 29 Sandi Karnes         Texas        424
 31 Robinette Fox        Ark.         419
 32 Kathy Womack         Ala.         412
 33 Kris McClendon       Texas        410
 34 Debra Hengst         Texas        384
 34 Jan Heavener         Ark.         384
 36 Christena Baugh      Ark.         382
 37 Laura Heflin         Kan.         380
 38 Meta Burrell         Texas        379
 39 Kali Weatherford     Texas        374
 40 Bridget Allen        Pa.          366
 41 Susan Gregory        Miss.        356
 41 Linda Redford        Mo.          356
 43 Helen Gordon         Texas        354
 44 Danalee Lofton       Ark.         352
 44 Marsha Gipson        Ark.         352
 46 Kathi Hurst          Miss.        348
 47 Keri Schieber        Ga.          346
 48 Michelle Armstrong   N.C.         344
 48 Jo Dee Lake          Ala.         344
 50 Terri Elkins         Texas        342
 51 Lisa Craig           Texas        332
 52 Lila Bass            Texas        324
 53 BJ Carson            Okla.        322
 54 Mary Hencken         N.C.         320
 55 Cindy Van Horn       Texas        314
 56 Secret York          Ky.          302
 57 Robbie Hartline      Mo.          290
 58 Rhonda Pope          Ga.          285
 59 Kim Stapp            Ga.          264
 60 Kim Bain-Moore       Ala.         251
 61 Pam Bolton           Ark.         245
 62 Cheryl Bowden        Texas        233
 63 Karen Elkins         Ala.         227
 64 Kat Ealey            Ala.         221
 65 Gina Jones           Ala.         217
 66 Penny Berryman       Ark.         213
 67 Linda Sands          Ala.         195
 68 Diane Phillips       Texas        193
 69 Kathy DiMartino      Ala.         191
 70 Audrey McQueen       Ariz.        187
 71 Betty Stahl          Ala.         185
 72 Barbara Wetzel       Ala.         169
 73 Lisa Sternard        Tenn.        165
 74 Kelley Shepherd      Ariz.        163
 74 Deb Doyal            La.          163
 76 Sherri Dodson        Ala.         155
 77 Kimberlee Striker    Ala.         151
 78 Pat White            Texas        149
 79 Patsy McDaniel       Ala.         137
 80 Kim Hicks            Ga.          127
 81 Judy VanCanneyt      Ala.         125
 82 Ann Swinks           Ga.          119
 83 Kathy Freehling      Fla.         115
 84 Sharon Teague        S.C.           0

2009 Academy Sports + Outdoors Women's Bassmaster Tour - WBT #2
04/23-04/25 Ouachita River, West Monroe  La.
Co-Anglers Standings Day 3
 
  Angler                  Hometown             No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
 
1.  Linda Owens           Brandon, Miss.        11  16-14  310   $25,325.00
  Day 1: 2   1-13    Day 2: 5   8-07    Day 3: 4   6-10  
2.  Gail Wood             Russellville, Ark.      7 12-02  295    $1,950.00
  Day 1: 3   4-08    Day 2: 3   4-13    Day 3: 1   2-13  
3.  Terri Bittner         Mckinleyville, Calif.   8  10-12 295    $1,625.00
  Day 1: 4   6-05    Day 2: 1   1-09    Day 3: 3   2-14  
4.  Debbie Pegoli         Loveland, Ohio         6   9-07  285    $1,300.00
  Day 1: 1   0-11    Day 2: 3   4-11    Day 3: 2   4-01  
5.  Donna Newberry         Van Buren, Ark.         6  8-07  280    $1,138.00
  Day 1: 2   2-04    Day 2: 3   5-01    Day 3: 1   1-02  
6.  Teri Cindric          Hermitage, Tenn.       6   7-12  276     $975.00
  Day 1: 3   3-06    Day 2: 3   4-06    Day 3: 0   0-00  
7.  Kala Wright           Spiro, Okla.           4   7-12  272     $813.00
  Day 1: 0   0-00    Day 2: 3   5-09    Day 3: 1   2-03  
8.  Charlotte Frazier      Dallas, Texas          4   7-11  268     $650.00
  Day 1: 2   3-07    Day 2: 1   1-11    Day 3: 1   2-09  
9.  Monica Altman         Angier, N.C.           7   7-06  264     $585.00
  Day 1: 1   1-06    Day 2: 5   5-01    Day 3: 1   0-15  
10. Kim Martin            Clayton, Ind.          4   7-03  260     $536.00
  Day 1: 0   0-00    Day 2: 3   5-13    Day 3: 1   1-06  
11. Renee Gumbrecht        Oakhurst, N.J.         5   6-07  257     $488.00
  Day 1: 1   0-15    Day 2: 4   5-08    Day 3: 0   0-00  
12. Katie Hogan           Bon Aqua, Tenn.        4   6-06  254     $455.00
  Day 1: 2   3-13    Day 2: 2   2-09    Day 3: 0   0-00  
13. Donna Rutledge         Orland Park, Ill.       5  6-02  251      $423.00
  Day 1: 0   0-00    Day 2: 3   4-00    Day 3: 2   2-02  
14. Lisa Diehl            Pittsburg, Pa.         6   6-01  248     $390.00
  Day 1: 4   3-08    Day 2: 1   1-04    Day 3: 1   1-05  
15. Barbara Gaskins        Suffolk, Va.           5   5-14  245     $374.00
  Day 1: 3   3-05    Day 2: 1   1-11    Day 3: 1   0-14  
16. Jill Matheis          Jasper, Ind.           5   5-13  243     $358.00
  Day 1: 2   2-15    Day 2: 2   1-11    Day 3: 1   1-03  
17. Kat Arnold            Shreveport, La.        4   5-00  241     $341.00
  Day 1: 2   3-02    Day 2: 1   0-14    Day 3: 1   1-00  
18. Sherry Melton         Monterey, Tenn.        3   4-05  239     $325.00
  Day 1: 3   4-05    Day 2: 0   0-00    Day 3: 0   0-00  
19. Linda Walker          Beebe, Ark.            2   3-12  237     $309.00
  Day 1: 1   1-08    Day 2: 1   2-04    Day 3: 0   0-00  
20. Barbara Ferge         Somerville, Tenn.       3  3-05  235      $293.00
  Day 1: 1   0-10    Day 2: 2   2-11    Day 3: 0   0-00  
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Totals
Day  #Limits    #Fish     Weight
 1       0       59        66-13
 2       2       82       110-01
 3       0       21        31-01
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         2      162       207-15
2009 WBT #2 - West Monroe, LA - WBT #2 - West Monroe, LA 
Non-Boater Points After Ouachita River, West Monroe, La.  
Ending 04-25-2009, Day 3
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Place Name              St           Pts
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  1 Donna Newberry       Ark.         585
  1 Terri Bittner        Calif.        585
  3 Teri Cindric         Tenn.        540
  4 Debbie Pegoli        Ohio         526
  5 Gail Wood            Ark.         516
  6 Martha Goodfellow    S.C.         512
  7 Charlotte Frazier    Texas        503
  8 Sherry Melton        Tenn.        496
  9 Kala Wright          Okla.        495
 10 Kim Martin           Ind.         493
 11 Colleen McKay        Mass.        491
 12 Donna Rutledge       Ill.         476
 13 Monica Altman        N.C.         471
 14 Renee Gumbrecht      N.J.         470
 15 Linda Owens          Miss.        469
 15 Cheryl Buelow        La.          469
 17 Vicki Henderson      Ark.         455
 18 Trish Levitt         N.M.         447
 19 Kim Petrowski        Texas        444
 20 Katie Hogan          Tenn.        439
 21 Barbara Gaskins      Va.          434
 22 Linda Walker         Ark.         432
 22 Kat Arnold           La.          432
 24 Lesley Childers      S.C.         412
 25 Lisa Diehl           Pa.          411
 26 Sabrina Thompson     Texas        410
 27 Kim Mendoza          Texas        404
 27 Linda Berry          N.C.         404
 27 Bertha Cavakis       Ark.         404
 30 Bonnie Ward          Wash.        398
 31 Susan Dameron        Tenn.        388
 31 Nancy Oliver         La.          388
 33 Barbara Ferge        Tenn.        386
 34 Melissa Bond         N.M.         380
 35 Elizabeth Sanders    Miss.        370
 35 Jill Matheis         Ind.         370
 37 Susan Wild           Fla.         356
 37 Neva Brown           Texas        356
 39 Diane Smith          Ga.          350
 39 Karol Whitehurst     Texas        350
 41 Denese Freeman       Okla.        348
 41 Pam Chism            Ark.         348
 41 Christine Martin     Colo.        348
 44 Jane Brunner         Miss.        346
 45 Debra Cook           Ala.         338
 46 Patti James          Texas        336
 46 Katie Ellis          Miss.        336
 46 Dawn Dudek           Ill.         336
 46 Patty Houston        Ala.         336
 50 Stacy Zhelesnik      N.J.         305
 51 Nancy Stumpe         Fla.         276
 52 Linda Higginbotham   Fla.         272
 53 Vicki Hester         Ala.         251
 54 Lori Steele          Okla.        248
 55 Lesli Lively         Texas        245
 56 Michele Gunderman    N.C.         243
 57 Kelly Wells          Ga.          237
 58 Cynthia Tayloe       Texas        231
 59 Bunny Hicks          Ga.          227
 60 Cheryl Sprayberry    Fla.         221
 61 Torrye Vineyard      Texas        217
 62 Brandi Frasier       Ky.          211
 63 Miriam Donohoo       Fla.         209
 64 Laura Bean           Ala.         201
 64 Judy Pate            La.          201
 66 Jada Tidmore         Ala.         199
 67 Sarah Davis          La.          197
 68 Inez Zeagler         La.          195
 69 Cynthia Bryan        La.          191
 70 Jennifer Blackwood   Ga.          181
 70 DeLynn Montez        Calif.        181
 70 Sharron Stone        Texas        181
 73 Juanita Blasingame   Tenn.        179
 74 LaShea Raynor        S.C.         175
 75 Leslie Anderson      Mo.          169
 76 Linda Rinker         Fla.         167
 77 Lisa Skelley         Tenn.        153
 78 Nancy Dugas          Ala.         143
 79 Petra Ramsey         Texas        141
 80 Jennifer Rice        Ala.         135
 81 Virginia Buckner     Ala.         133
 82 Marilyn Biszmaier    Ky.          131
 83 Cassie Hall          Ala.         129
 84 Sugar Walker         Ala.         125
 85 Mona Crawford        Fla.         123
 86 Kimberly White       Ill.         117
 87 Sharon Lawson        Tenn.        113
 88 Gerry Threadgill     Texas          0
 88 Caprice Cherry       La.            0
 88 Leanne Snowden       Mich.          0
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