Triton Pro Tammy Richardson Takes Her Third Women's Bassmaster Tour Title
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Tammy Richardson of Amity, Ark., became a three-time winner when she prevailed Saturday at the Mercury Marine Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Triton Boats event at Lake Guntersville.
Her tournament total of 50 pounds, 0 ounces gave her a wide margin of victory over Judy Wong of Many, La., who moved up the leaderboard from 18th on Day 1 to 8th on Day 2, then finished in second with 41-11.
The first-place prize was a Triton/Mercury boat rig worth $50,000.
Richardson's two previous wins were last season. But since her most recent win — Bull Shoals Lake in August 2006 — her fishing game's been suffering: eighth in a field of 12 at the WBT 2006 Championship in February; 17th at this season's WBT stop No. 1, Lake Amistad in Texas; and 20th at stop No. 2, Lake Dardanelle in her home state of Arkansas.
"Sometimes when you do badly, it lights the fire in you to hustle," said the 35-year-old winner. "I didn't start out this year as I wanted to, so I needed this."
Richardson started strong at Guntersville. She ended the first day, Thursday, in third place with 16-0. Friday she inched up into second place, again with a catch of 16-0. Her final-day bag — five fish that weighed 18-0 — clinched the win.
Richardson said she keyed in on Lake Guntersville's humps with a Carolina rig that included a 10-inch green-pumpkin Zoom worm and 3/4-ounce Tru-Tungsten weight.
The win boosted her standing in the Toyota WBT Angler of the Year race from 12th to fourth place.
This is Stop No. 3 of 2007 season Mercury Marine Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Triton Boats, Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, Ala., May 3-5
The next stop for the Mercury Marine Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Triton Boats is Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky., June 14-16.