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Of Bass & Gals
By: Sue Crochet

Wow! Did you see the stringer Judy Wong weighed in on the second and final day of the WBFA Toledo Bend event in April? Her four fish weighed over 23 pounds, which was anchored by a 10-pounder. Yes, you heard me right … she didn't even have a limit! To make things even more nerve-wrecking, Judy was fishing alone that day and had to net her own fish. Can you imagine what must have been going through her mind when she had that 10-pounder on, trying to get the trolling motor to her fish and get it out of the bushes?!

I've known Judy for a long time now, mostly through our angling careers. Without knowing much about her personal life, I feel very comfortable in saying that she is one of the finest individuals I have ever met. This is evident by her interaction with the other ladies on the tour, as well as the absolute professional manner with which she handles herself in all situations. Win or lose, Judy has always behaved like a winner.

She has been fishing the women's professional tour, as well as competing in men's professional circuits, for over 15 years now. Until last year, when she won the WBFA National Championship on the Red River, Judy had never won a national tour event. She has come very close several times, but as they say … "always a bridesmaid". In spite of this, she has continued to support the industry by doing what she loves to do … fish for bass.

A perfect example of the phrase "when the going gets tough, the tough get going", it appears that Judy has finally come into her own. As she wowed the crowd with the details of her final day on T-Bend, grateful tears filled her eyes and she praised God for a day sent from Heaven. Judy's always been a champion, but I know how it feels to proudly wear the title "National Champion". Congratulations, Judy!

Summer is here! Those cool spring evenings have been replaced with warm, muggy ones. To add insult to injury, we have more daytime hours to "enjoy" these uncomfortable temperatures. As you head out to your favorite fishing hole, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
· Bring plenty of water. Nothing satisfies thirst like water and when you're out in the heat exerting energy, you should drink frequently (every 15 minutes) to prevent dehydration.
· Use plenty of sunscreen with UV protection. Don't wait until your skin is burning … too late! Be sure to reapply as often as you can during the day, especially if you're sweating a lot.
· Wear light-colored, cotton clothing. Cotton breathes better than other fabrics. If you've had problems with skin cancers, you should wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants.
· Wear a cap or hat. The absolute best way to get sunstroke is to be in the sun all day without some type of cover for your head and face. You can always put that cool visor on when you get back to the bank!
· Use sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV rays. Not only are glasses good to protect your eyes from the sun's rays, but they also help to block the wind and help you to see better.

If you get unbearably hot, one good way to lower your body temperature is to soak a towel in ice chest water or lake water and place it on your head. There have been days when me and my husband have worn wet towels on our heads all day long to stay cool. No, we probably wouldn't have won a beauty contest, but right about that time we didn't care!

Another way to cool yourself down is to take a dip. No, I don't mean skinny dip! Just jump in the lake with your clothes on. The wet clothes will keep you cooler when you get out of the water and 9 times out of 10 will be dry before you ever get back to shore. If they're not, so what! Just make sure you bring extra clothes and can change before weighing in and/or taking off for home.

If nothing is working and you're feeling lightheaded and nauseous, GET OUT OF THE HEAT! Nothing is worth more than your health and once you've had heat stroke, your body becomes less and less tolerant of the heat. You should also pay close attention to others in your boat who may be having difficulty with the heat. Be your brother's keeper.

Until next month, God bless and good fishin'.

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