Women Finally Recognized


In a sport dominated by men, it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of talented female anglers out there. But trust us, there are. They put in the same work and determination into their tournaments, and log the same travel hours and time from their families. So with that in mind, we wanted to give them their due.

Ladies, consider yourselves ranked.

For the first time in the history of the sport, women anglers can see how they stack up against each other. To account for the transition from the WBT to the LBAA, we decided on a three-tournament criteria in a 36-month span on women-only tours – BASS WBT, LBAA Women’s Tour and corresponding championships. Once all WBT tournaments drop off, the 36-month criteria will be shortened to 24 months to better separate the best from the rest. That being said, in the past two-and-a-half years, “who’s the best” has been a two-horse race.

Pam Martin-Wells and Juanita Robinson have simply dominated the sport, besting 91.2 percent and 90.4 percent of the field in any given event, respectively. In other words, in a 100-boat field, Martin-Wells averaged a ninth-place finish, and Robinson averaged 10th. However, considering the smaller fields, Martin-Wells has actually averaged a 4th-place finish, while Robinson has averaged 5th.


About Author

Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for BassRankings.com, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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