Wong wins 2009 WBT championship

Josh Rouse

Twenty anglers, 310 pounds of fish and $146,000 in prizes.

Stakes were high during the 2009 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmasters Women’s Tour Championship at Louisiana’s Cypress Black Bayou Lake in Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

Judy Wong of Many, La., won her second tour championship Sunday with a three day total of 36.10 pounds of fish, winning $60,000 including cash winnings and merchandise bonuses.

Wong won her first championship in 2007, and has totaled $191,814.50 in career winnings.

Pam Martin-Wells of Bainbridge, Ga., took second place with a total of 31.11 pounds. Martin-Wells cashed out $43,000 in cash and merchandise.

Martin-Wells has had an impressive career in the WBT, placing 19 times in the top 10 and four times in first place. During the span of her career, she has accumulated $294,427 and averages a lofty $9,814.23 per tournament. She won the first stop of the 2009 tour at Neely Henry Lake in Gadsen, Ala., banking $55,820.

All other finishers received only cash winnings, with No. 3 Robin Babb of Livingston, Texas, earning $5,000 with a haul of 30.15 pounds, No. 4 Juanita Robinson of Highlands, Texas, earning $4,000 on 23.5 pounds and No. 5 Melinda Mize of Ben Lomond, Ark., earning $3,500 on 17.14 pounds. Places 17-20 earned $1,500.