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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) – For the first time in history, a woman made it to the final round of the Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament.

Southwest Georgia native Pam Martin-Wells, is only the second woman ever to compete in the 40-year history of the elite tournament.

Competing at the Bassmaster Classic fulfilled a life-long dream for Bainbridge native, Pam Martin-Wells.

"There's not a bass fisherman out there that doesn't dream at some point of making the Bassmaster Classic cause it's the Super Bowl of fishing," she says.

Martin-Wells, the only woman in the tournament this year, placed 22nd out of an elite field of 51 anglers. She was even first to reach the five fish limit on the first two days of competition.

"Actually, the first day they said I was leading the Classic for about thirty minutes and I tried to get them to cut it off right then and end it. But, you know, they wouldn't do it," joked Martin-Wells.

Martin-Wells is often compared to Nascar's Danica Patrick, paving the way for women in a male-dominated sport.

"You know, that's hard because to me, I'm just a country girl that loves to fish. I went into this not making it a man versus woman thing because the fish don't know who's on the other end of the line."

She says she's just glad to be accepted by her fellow competitors.

"I couldn't have asked for a better reception from the guys. I've been doing this for a long time and I know a lot of these guys so there was a mutual respect going on."

But Martin-Wells does hope to be an inspiration to anyone interested in tournament fishing.

"If a result of me being on the Bassmaster Classic plaza for any reason gives one person, whether it's male, female, young or old, out in the outdoors, then it's all been worth it."

Martin-Wells says she signs autographs with her personal motto, "live your dreams", which is sure to carry an even more special meaning from now on.

Martin-Wells already has her eyes set on qualifying for next year's Bassmaster Classic and hopes to bring home the title.

But she says she'll enjoy a little time off relaxing between tournaments by doing some hunting and stress-free fishing.

The champion was Kevin VanDam, who took 51.6 pounds in the event. VanDam had to play catch-up to Wells, however. In the first two days of the tourney, she was the only contestant to catch her limit.

2010 BASSMASTER CLASSIC FINAL STANDINGS

Pl. Name DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 TOTAL
Fish Weight Fish Weight Fish Weight Fish Weight
1 Kevin VanDam 5 19- 8 5 12- 7 5 19- 7 15 51- 6
2 Jeff Kriet 5 16- 7 5 15-10 5 14- 5 15 46- 6
3 Todd Faircloth 5 18- 2 5 13-12 5 12- 5 15 44- 3
4 Russ Lane 5 14- 1 4 11-10 5 18- 1 14 43-12
5 Brent Chapman 5 13- 0 5 8- 2 5 16-12 15 37-14
6 Michael Iaconelli 5 14- 9 4 12- 3 5 10- 9 14 37- 5
7 Matt Herren 5 9- 7 5 13-15 5 12- 7 15 35-13
8 Kevin Wirth 5 8- 9 5 10-11 5 15- 8 15 34-12
9 Jeff Freeman 5 9- 8 5 8-13 5 14- 6 15 32-11
10 Takahiro Omori 5 15- 7 4 8-14 4 8- 5 13 32-10
11 Aaron Martens 5 8-11 5 7- 9 5 13-15 15 30- 3
12 Mark Tucker 5 9-15 4 7- 4 4 12- 0 13 29- 3
13 Cliff Crochet 5 9- 5 5 10-11 5 8-15 15 28-15
14 Cliff Pace 5 16- 3 1 2- 6 4 9- 6 10 27-15
15 Bobby Lane 5 7-13 5 12- 9 5 7- 5 15 27-11
16 Kotaro Kiriyama 5 10- 3 5 7- 3 5 10- 4 15 27-10
17 Jason Quinn 2 5-12 4 9-13 4 11- 7 10 27- 0
18 James Niggemeyer 5 13- 3 5 7- 4 4 6- 5 14 26-12
19 Tommy Biffle 5 14- 3 5 10- 6 1 1-14 11 26- 7
20 Gerald Swindle 5 10- 8 5 7- 1 5 8-11 15 26- 4
21 Shaw E Grigsby 4 6-15 5 10- 7 5 8- 3 14 25- 9
22 Pam Martin-Wells 5 6-13 5 9-15 5 8- 4 15 25- 0
23 Dean Rojas 5 6- 9 5 9- 5 5 8- 9 15 24- 7
24 Billy McCaghren 5 15- 4 3 4-11 2 2-10 10 22- 9
25 Stephen Browning 5 8-15 5 6-14 1 2- 9 11 18- 6
26 Terry Scroggins 5 13- 0 2 1-13     7 14-13
27 Alton Jones 5 6-12 2 7- 5     7 14- 1
28 Frank Scalish 5 7- 2 5 6- 3     10 13- 5
29 Mike McClelland 2 5- 9 3 7-12     5 13- 5
30 Bryan Schmidt 2 6- 2 3 6- 8     5 12-10
31 John Murray 4 7-12 3 4- 9     7 12- 5
32 Gary Klein 1 2-10 3 7-13     4 10- 7
33 Randy Howell 5 8-15 1 1- 7     6 10- 6
34 Byron Velvick 5 10- 0 0 0- 0     5 10- 0
35 Kelly Jordon 1 2- 9 3 7- 3     4 9-12
36 Terry Butcher 2 2-15 2 6- 8     4 9- 7
37 Randy Phillips 4 4- 5 4 4-12     8 9- 1
38 Mark Menendez 5 7- 9 1 0-14     6 8- 7
39 Brent Long 5 6- 8 1 1- 2     6 7-10
40 Don Hogue 2 7- 1 0 0- 0     2 7- 1
41 Casey Ashley 4 4- 2 2 2- 9     6 6-11
42 Steve Kennedy 2 2-10 1 3- 8     3 6- 2
43 Skeet Reese 3 5- 0 0 0- 0     3 5- 0
44 Jody Adkins 0 0- 0 2 3- 8     2 3- 8
45 Greg Hackney 1 3- 5 0 0- 0     1 3- 5
46 Jami Fralick 1 2- 8 0 0- 0     1 2- 8
47 Scott Ashmore 1 1- 7 1 1- 0     2 2- 7
48 Kevin Short 2 2- 6 0 0- 0     2 2- 6
49 Boyd Duckett 1 1- 2 0 0- 0     1 1- 2
50 Denny Brauer 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     0 0- 0
50 Darrell West 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     0 0- 0

Source: ESPN.com

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