Following a disappointing 10th place finish in last weekend’s final regular season event of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Women’s Bassmaster Tour on Tennessee’s Old Hickory Lake, Team Skeeter’s Juanita Robinson now has her target set on October’s WBT Championship, hoping a strong showing will give her the points necessary for the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year title, and an automatic berth in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic.
The Highlands, Texas native is currently second in the AOY standings, only 21 points behind leader Pam Martin-Wells. The 2009 WBT Championship is set for October 16-18 on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana. The event will be the angler’s final chance to earn enough points to be the 2009 AOY.
Robinson plans to pre-fish as much as possible before the Red River goes off limits, hoping to find a good pattern that she is comfortable with. “I’ll be as prepared as possible, making sure my gear is intact, following weather patterns, checking local tournament results and reading charts,” says Robinson.
Robinson has worked hard all season to fish consistent yet maintain a strong mental composure. “I try to learn new techniques on a regular basis, but have learned, this season in particular, that staying focused and not worrying about what the other competitors are doing is the key to constantly improving my tournament fishing,” says the angler. Robinson added that her support system, including sponsors like Skeeter boats, her fellow Team Skeeter anglers, friends and family members, help her to maintain a positive attitude.
Also joining Robinson at the WBT Championship is Skeeter’s Meta Burrell, currently in 12th place in the AOY standings. “This has been an amazing season, and I feel very comfortable about fishing the Red River,” says Burrell. “During each tournament, I’ve been able to dissect the body of water, find where the fish are, and bring them to the boat,” she adds.
The WBT Championship features the nation’s top 20 professional female anglers, including the likes of Judy Wong, Pam Martin-Wells, Kim Bain-Moore and Lucy Mize. “The thought of fishing in the Bassmaster Classic is on my mind daily, but I’m focused on the WBT Championship, as I know it will take a top five finish, or victory, for me to win the AOY title,” says Robinson.
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