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Richardson Wins Women's Bass Fishing Tournament on Bull Shoals

Richardson Wins Women's Bass Fishing Tournament on Bull Shoals ESPY in the Best Angler category in July, took the bass fishing tournament on Bull Shoals Lake with a total of 21 pounds
 

 THEODOSIA, Mo. - Tammy Richardson of Amity, Ark., capped off the 2006 Women's Bassmaster Tour season in much the same way she opened it: By winning it.
   The mother of one, who won an ESPY in the Best Angler category in July, took the bass fishing tournament on Bull Shoals Lake with a total of 21 pounds, 9 ounces, or just 6 ounces more than second-place angler Mickie Wolfinbarger of Halfway, Mo.
   "I really didn't think I had it," said Richardson of the win. "I had three good fish, but I heard that Mickie had four."
   Richardson and Wolfinbarger were neck-in-neck all week. Richardson led by 5 ounces on Day 1, then Wolfinbarger pulled ahead by 10 ounces on Day 2.
   On Day 3, Richardson's three fish weighed 1 pound more than Wolfinbarger's four bass, giving Richardson the win with a total of 21-9 to Wolfinbarger's 21-3.
   Richardson, who also won the season-opener of the WBT, took home another Triton boat rig and Mercury outboard valued at $50,000. The event paid a total of about $85,000 to the top 25 finishers in the pro division.
   Competing on an unfamiliar lake and learning to drop-shot were two challenges Richardson overcame to win.
   "I'd never fished Bull Shoals before," said the 34-year-old pro. "This was my first time on clear, deep water - I'm not used to that. My spinning rod usually stays in the shed, but it got a workout this week."
   She said that several weeks ago while practicing for the event, she realized she needed to drop-shot if she was going to hook Bull Shoals' deep-holding spotted bass. "A local man showed me how to tie a drop-shot rig. That's how I learned."
   She said she used a 4-inch finesse worm made by Right Bite, an Arkansas lure manufacturer. Her go-to colors were watermelon seed, cotton candy and purple.
   Wolfinbarger, meanwhile, said she had a good-size fish on Saturday that could have made the difference for her, but she failed to boat it.
   Her pattern on the final day remained the same: Drop-shotting to bass chasing shad in water as deep as 80 feet.
   "The fish were shallower today, about 30 to 40 feet deep," she said Saturday. She said her top bait was a shad-colored Kinami Cut Tail worm.
   Finishing third was Emily Shaffer of Mount Juliet, Tenn., with 14-2. Fourth was Angie Douthit of Clewiston, Fla., with 12-6. Dianna Clark of Bumpus Mills, Tenn., finished fifth with 10-5. In sixth was Tammie Muse of North Little Rock, Ark., with 8-12.
   Although Richardson had been in contention for the first Toyota Angler of the Year title, she ended three points short of the mark. Clark, meanwhile, made angling history Saturday as the first WBT Angler of the Year when her season-long points total climbed to 1,393.
   Clark's fifth-place finish at Bull Shoals kept her ahead in the points race, where she's been since her second win of the season, a wire-to-wire victory at Arkansas' Lake Dardanelle in August. Clark's first win - also wire-to-wire - came in May on Lake Lewisville in Texas.
   Richardson said missing the Angler of the Year title made her Saturday victory "bittersweet." Clark said she had not even done the math to see if she would win until making the trip from Bull Shoals Lake to Table Rock Lake, site of the weigh-in for the top-six WBT contenders.
   "I knew I had a lot of people under me (in the points standings) who could come up through this tournament," said Clark. "I thought I could get it, though."
   The conclusion of the points race also determined which 12 pros qualified for berths in the inaugural WBT championship, Feb. 22-25, 2007, on Lake Mitchell in Alabama.
   In the co-angler division, Angie Everitt of Livingston, Texas, won the first-place Triton/Mercury package valued at $24,000, plus $1,000 cash. Everitt was the only co-angler who caught a keeper on Saturday and her three-day total was 5-13.
   De Lynn Montez of Squires, Mo., and Bonnie Ward of Snohomish, Wash., tied for second with 5-3. In fourth was Vicki Hester of Rainbow City, Ala., with 4-3. Kathy Riley of Terry, Miss. was fifth with 3-7, and sixth was Colleen McKay of Worchester, Mass., with 3-5.
   Ward, the winner in the co-angler division at the first WBT event on Neely Henry Lake, came out on top in the 2006 co-angler points standings. Also, the top 12 co-anglers in the final points standings qualified to fish in the Women's Bassmaster Tour's inaugural championship.

2006 Women's Bassmaster Tour Stop 1 BO 09/14-09/16 
Bull Shoals Lake, Theodesia  Mo.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
1.  Tammy Richardson       Amity, Ark.            12  21-09  310   $51,000.00
  Day 1: 4    6-05    Day 2: 5    8-05    Day 3: 3    6-15   
2.  Mickie Wolfinbarger    Half Way, Mo.          13  21-03  300    $5,200.00
  Day 1: 4    6-00    Day 2: 5    9-04    Day 3: 4    5-15   
3.  Emily Shaffer          Mt Juliet, Tenn.        8  14-02  290    $3,680.00
  Day 1: 2    3-13    Day 2: 4    7-06    Day 3: 2    2-15   
4.  Angie Douthit          Clewiston, Fla.         7  12-06  285    $2,180.00
  Day 1: 1    2-11    Day 2: 3    5-02    Day 3: 3    4-09   
5.  Dianna Clark           Bumpus Mills, Tenn.     7  10-05  280    $1,930.00
  Day 1: 1    1-00    Day 2: 5    8-08    Day 3: 1    0-13   
6.  Tammie Muse            North Little Rock, Ark  5   8-12  276    $1,700.00
  Day 1: 2    5-04    Day 2: 3    3-08    Day 3: 0    0-00   
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
 1   Teri Neal               Cumming, Ga.               0-00  $1,000.00
 2   Juanita Robinson        Highlands, Texas           3-13  $1,000.00
 3   Tammy Richardson        Amity, Ark.                2-06  $1,000.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        0        52        87-12
 2        3        68       108-04
 3        0        13        21-03
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          3       133       217-03 2006 Women's Bassmaster Tour Stop 1 NB 09/14-09/16 
Bull Shoals Lake, Theodesia  Mo.
(NON-BOATER) Standings Day 3
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
1.  Angie Everitt          Livingston, Texas       2   5-13  305   $26,000.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 1    4-00    Day 3: 1    1-13   
2.  De Lynn Montez         Squires, Mo.            3   5-03  298    $2,950.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 3    5-03    Day 3: 0    0-00   
2.  Bonnie Ward            Snohomish, Wash.        2   5-03  298    $2,430.00
  Day 1: 1    1-10    Day 2: 1    3-09    Day 3: 0    0-00   
4.  Vicki Hester           Rainbow City, Ala.      3   4-03  285    $1,680.00
  Day 1: 2    3-02    Day 2: 1    1-01    Day 3: 0    0-00   
5.  Kathy Riley            Terry, Miss.            2   3-07  280    $1,180.00
  Day 1: 0    0-00    Day 2: 2    3-07    Day 3: 0    0-00   
6.  Colleen Mckay          Worcester, Mass.        2   3-05  281      $900.00
  Day 1: 2    3-05    Day 2: 0    0-00    Day 3: 0    0-00   
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
 1   Lila Bass               Austin, Texas              0-00    $500.00
 2   Angela Everitt          Livingston, Texas          4-00    $500.00
 3   Angela Everitt          Livingston, Texas          1-13    $500.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        0        18        26-00
 2        1        26        44-12
 3        0         1         1-13
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          1        45        72-092006 Women's Bassmaster - Womens Bassmaster Tour
Stop 5 Boater Points After Bull Shoals Lake, Theodesia, Mo.  
Ending 09-16-2006,
 Day 3
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Place  Name               St            Pts
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  1 Dianna Clark          Tenn.        1393
  2 Tammy Richardson      Ark.         1390
  3 Lucy Mize             Ark.         1268
  4 Tammie Muse           Ark.         1257
  5 Sheri Glasgow         Okla.        1251
  6 Emily Shaffer         Tenn.        1211
  7 Cindy Hill            Tenn.        1203
  8 Lisa Sternard         Tenn.        1196
  9 Juanita Robinson      Texas        1169
 10 Robin Babb            Texas        1140
 11 Linda Sands           Ala.         1097
 12 Pam Martin-Wells      Ga.          1076
 13 Christie Thomas       Ala.         1068
 13 Cindy Van Horn        Texas        1068
 15 Jan Hudson            Ark.         1061
 16 Rhonda Pope           Ga.          1047
 17 Mary Hencken          N.C.         1003
 18 Christiana Bradley    Va.           978
 19 Jan Heavener          Ark.          977
 20 Marcia Rubin          Ohio          975
 21 Betty Stahl           Ala.          969
 22 Kris Mcclendon        Texas         955
 23 Kathi Hurst           Miss.         950
 24 Danalee Lofton        Ark.          948
 25 Judy Wong             La.           947
 26 Cheryl Lalumandier    Mo.           937
 27 Kathy Womack          Ala.          934
 28 Kelley Shepherd       Colo.         925
 29 Lisa Johnson          Ga.           921
 30 Kimberlee Striker     Ala.          915
 31 Penny Berryman        Ark.          866
 32 Cindy Caperton        Tenn.         864
 33 Angie Douthit         Fla.          856
 34 Laura Gober           Ga.           842
 35 Tanya Kreuzer         Ariz.         839
 36 Janet Parker          Texas         838
 37 Sue Parrish           Ind.          822
 38 Tommie Domingue       Texas         818
 39 Shelley Perry         W.Va.         817
 40 Conny Jenkins         Mo.           806
 41 Joan Davis            Ind.          803
 42 Tami Kashiwabara      Japan         788
 43 Louise Howard         Ala.          781
 44 Linda Walker          Ark.          779
 45 Rose Ellis            Ala.          766
 46 Deanie Tate           Ark.          761
 47 Wanda Malmsbury       Mo.           760
 48 Lori Masters          Tenn.         754
 49 Jonell Whitstine      La.           734
 50 Paula Alexander       Ga.           716
 51 Mary Divincenti       La.           707
 52 Robinette Fox         Ark.          698
 53 Lisa Craig            Texas         696
 54 Ann Wells             Ill.          664
 55 Susan Hand            Ala.          662
 56 Secret York           Ky.           653
 56 Laura Moore           Texas         653
 58 Debra Petrowski       Texas         650
 59 Sandra Sherred        Pa.           642
 60 Teri Neal             Ga.           628
 61 Julie Jacobson        Wisc.         618
 61 Michelle Armstrong    N.C.          618
 63 Susan Gregory         Miss.         613
 64 Helen Gordon          Texas         599
 65 Patti Campbell        Texas         583
 66 Sammie Denyes         Fla.          574
 66 Sarah Augustine       La.           574
 68 Sue Crochet           La.           566
 69 Donna Newberry        Ark.          554
 70 Joan Craig            Ark.          546
 71 Linda Owens           Miss.         517
 72 Toni Stoner           Ga.           509
 73 Brenda Davis          Okla.         504
 74 Debra Hengst          Texas         492
 75 Melanie Rockey        Ga.           454
 76 Kandie Candelaria     Texas         450
 77 Lynda Gessner         Mo.           422
 78 Carla Whitstine       La.           382
 79 Pat White             Texas         381
 80 Judy Antle            Ky.           373
 81 Sherrie Brubaker      Okla.         371
 81 Carolyn Poole         Fla.          371
 83 Becky Mckinney        Fla.          365
 84 Kellie Skelton        N.M.          357
 85 Katrina Dehaven       Ariz.         355
 86 Kathy Cater           Texas         343
 86 Cheryl Spencer        Okla.         343
 88 Crystal Langston      Ala.          342
 89 Brenda Bates          Texas         329
 90 Madeline Smith        Ark.          315
 91 Linda Redford         Mo.           308
 92 Karen Welty           Ind.          307
 93 Mickie Wolfinbarger   Mo.           300
 94 Darla Bardelli        Ariz.         294
 95 Rae Lee               Texas         279
 96 Amy Golden            Texas         260
 96 Rhonda Usery          Ark.          260
 98 Danielle Kremer       Fla.          248
 99 Tina Lefler           Va.           245
100 Violette Sesco        Fla.          234
101 Doris Parsons         N.C.          233
102 Kristy Darby          Ark.          209
103 Barbara Wetzel        Ala.          203
104 Kitsy Cunningham      Okla.         200
105 Audrey Mcqueen        Colo.         191
106 Barbara Potts         Texas         183
107 Arah Phillips         Texas         182
108 Jennifer Stelly       La.           177
109 Elizabeth Meisell     Texas         175
110 Bonnie Katke          Mo.           172
111 Jen Carroll           Texas         170
112 Kathy Kirby           N.C.          163
113 bonnie johnson        Texas         157
114 Angela Dechau         Mo.           147
115 Patsy Mcdaniel        Ala.          143
116 Marguerite Palmer     Miss.         135
117 Caroline Carpenter    Fla.          129
118 Sherri Dodson         Ala.          108
119 Marilyn Biszmaier     Ky.            93
120 Deb Doyal             La.            83
121 Marsha Gipson         Ark.           81
122 Kathy Tibbetts        Va.             0
122 Amanda Hubbard        Ill.            0
122 Tammy Waller          Texas           0
122 Lucie Maus            Texas           0 
2006 Women's Bassmaster - Womens Bassmaster Tour
Stop 5 Non-Boater Points After Bull Shoals Lake, 
Theodesia, Mo.  Ending 09-16-2006,
 Day 3
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Place  Name               St            Pts
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  1 Bonnie Ward           Wash.        1184
  2 Mary Croft            Va.          1169
  3 Keri Schieber         Ga.          1159
  4 Kim Stapp             Ga.          1114
  5 Heather Sullivan      Ala.         1012
  6 Lila Bass             Texas         990
  7 Sharon Rushton        Mo.           986
  8 Tammie Ply            Ark.          985
  9 Angie Everitt         Texas         974
 10 Summer Stephens       Ga.           944
 11 Colleen Mckay         Mass.         936
 12 Karen Williams        Mo.           923
 13 Susan Bowes           N.Y.          897
 14 Jo Dee Bucki          Ala.          888
 15 Linda Berry           N.C.          886
 16 Sharon Withers        Texas         874
 17 Sandi Karnes          Texas         858
 18 Susan Dameron         Tenn.         814
 19 Robertina Filburn     Ky.           813
 19 Diane Smith           Ga.           813
 21 Carol Boykin          Ind.          803
 22 Ronda Kirby           Ind.          785
 23 Carrie Bronson        Fla.          777
 24 Sarah Busby           La.           771
 25 Kay Pennington        La.           762
 26 Gerry Threadgill      Texas         739
 27 Debbie Pegoli         Ohio          725
 28 Kathy Riley           Miss.         719
 29 Jacqueline Helton     Ark.          716
 30 Cheryl Crafton        Ind.          698
 31 Elizabeth Sanders     Miss.         672
 32 Lesa Brown            Ark.          669
 33 Mary James            Ark.          667
 34 Patricia Atkinson     Mass.         665
 35 Susan Wild            D.C.          660
 36 Billie Jaynes         Texas         652
 37 Barbara Gaskins       Va.           651
 38 Karen Roberts         Ala.          643
 39 Tracy Doty            Texas         640
 40 Toni Mode             Ore.          592
 41 Bertha Cavakis        Ark.          587
 42 Deb Krueger           Mich.         551
 42 Laura Heflin          Kan.          551
 44 Renee Brisendine      N.C.          549
 45 Brenda Reeves         Texas         535
 46 Carilyn Hill          Okla.         531
 47 Terri Mackinnon       Canada        501
 48 Jennifer Helgren      Ill.          497
 49 Sherry Melton         Tenn.         496
 50 Bobbie Barfield       Ga.           492
 51 Judy Vancanneyt       Miss.         489
 52 Laura Elkins          Texas         477
 53 Diane Delagarza       Texas         468
 54 Cheryl Allen          Texas         466
 55 Donna Prado           Texas         456
 56 Robin Kolton          Texas         452
 57 Denese Freeman        Okla.         430
 58 Angela Mitchell       Canada        429
 59 Jaye Smith            Mich.         410
 59 Dianna Fanning        Ark.          410
 61 Sharon Lawson         Tenn.         408
 62 Robin Mcfarlane       Texas         400
 62 Marsha Betz           Texas         400
 64 Debra Cunningham      Ariz.         396
 65 Vicki Hester          Ala.          395
 66 Christena Baugh       Ark.          370
 66 Sharon Mcewen         Pa.           370
 68 Patti Harland         Ala.          365
 69 Maggie Robledo        Texas         357
 70 Cheryl Holloway       La.           328
 71 Kala Wright           Okla.         320
 71 Pam Anthony           Tenn.         320
 73 Monica Altman         N.C.          315
 74 Charlene Parks        Fla.          310
 75 De Lynn Montez        Mo.           298
 76 Pat White             Texas         295
 77 Lydia Smith           Texas         290
 78 Cathy Smith           La.           280
 79 Cheryl Bowden         Texas         276
 80 Sylvia Hudson         Fla.          264
 81 Sheila Merrow         Maine         254
 82 Pam Ridgle            Texas         251
 83 April Painter         La.           250
 84 Violette Sesco        Fla.          248
 84 Kali Weatherford      Texas         248
 86 Sharon Gentry         Mo.           243
 87 Vicki Henderson       Ark.          241
 88 Judith Hart           Texas         238
 88 Elaine Morris         Ark.          238
 90 Tina Newman           Tenn.         235
 90 Cheryl Scott          Texas         235
 92 Debra Wilson          Texas         232
 93 Susan Owens           Va.           228
 94 Tabitha Rudd          Ala.          223
 95 Allison Steckelberg   Ga.           222
 96 Shawn Conner          Ind.          220
 96 Karol Whitehurst      Texas         220
 98 Arah Phillips         Texas         218
 99 Donna Gilzow          Ark.          215
100 Kim Petrowski         Texas         211
100 Julie Garriety        Texas         211
102 Dianne Kegley         Ark.          210
103 Kristin Eaton         Ala.          207
103 Bridget Allen         Pa.           207
103 Shelia Wood           Ark.          207
106 Carolyn Voyles        Texas         204
107 Junie Parmer          Texas         199
108 Terri Bittner         Calif.        189
109 Linda Worley          La.           188
110 Nancy Oliver          La.           187
111 Tracy Pace            Texas         185
112 Joyce Austin          Ky.           184
113 Dana Davis            Ala.          175
114 Dawn Ryerson          Ill.          173
114 Brenda Joyce Carson   Okla.         173
116 Sabrina Sivley        Ala.          163
117 Cindy Hardy           Ala.          158
118 Rhonda Ford           Ga.           155
119 Cindy Burnham         Canada        153
120 Sandy Jeane           Texas         147
121 Beverly Dickson       Ark.          144
121 Lillian Gutierrez     Texas         144
123 Darla Mcintosh        Fla.          133
124 Denise Lusk           S.C.          130
124 Sugar Walker          Ala.          130
126 Teresa Morris         Tenn.         125
127 Shelia Campbell       Fla.          123
128 Kelly Spear           Ohio          119
128 Barbie Haralson       Texas         119
130 Dee Barger            Ala.          110
130 Jen Carroll           Texas         110
132 Stacy Woodall         Ga.           102
133 Linda Keithley        Mo.             0
133 Sue Freeman           Md.             0
133 Vanessa Seay          Va.             0
133 Diana Dietzen         Ind.            0
133 Anne Salonish         Pa.             0
133 Vivian Estep          Va.             0
133 Angie Wright          Ala.            0
133 Kimberly King         Va.             0
133 Norma Ussery          Texas           0
133 Lisa Garcia           N.H.            0
133 Robbie Hartline       Mo.             0
133 Keary Shults          Fla.            0
133 Laura Taylor          Fla.            0
133 Angie Michaels        Neb.            0
133 Tonya Pollack         Fla.            0
133 Liz Lewis             Texas           0
133 Patricia Levitt       N.M.            0
133 Julia Reynolds        Mo.             0
133 Kimberly Martin       Ind.            0
133 Karen Wall Bush       N.J.            0
133 Paula Tharp           Okla.           0
133 Robin Washburn        Ga.             0
133 Bonnie Betts          Mo.             0
133 Cynthia Ward          Md.             0
133 Linda Thomas          Okla.           0
133 Janet Neal            Texas           0
133 Mary Lipka            Mo.             0
133 Melissa Bond          N.M.            0
133 Pamela Putman         Texas           0
133 Jennifer Horn         Texas           0
133 Mary Waters           Va.             0
133 Greta Gaines          N.Y.            0
133 Kathy Rudy            Pa.             0
133 Charlotte Frazier     Texas           0
133 Karen James           La.             0
133 Bonnie Erspamer       Tenn.           0

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