Ponoka’s Jo Lawes is in the runnings to take part in a fishing trip of a lifetime.
Lawes is an avid fisherwoman thanks to her adventurous grandmother and when she heard about the Ladies with Lennies fishing competition, organized by Len Thompson Fishing Lures, she knew she had to enter.
“I entered this and in February they said I made it to the top 15 out of 200 entries,” said Lawes.
She’s now in the final six with voting set to go till next week. The winner will be announced March 17 at the Edmonton Boat and Sportsman Show.
The competition celebrates women in fishing and the lucky winner will be able to take someone special with them to the Black Bear Island Lodge this June, not only to take part in a fun fishing experience, but to film an episode with pro-angler Wes David on Fishing the Wild West.
Lawes picked her mom Anne to accompany her if she wins.
Anne is quite busy as an O.R. nurse and as a barrel racer and Lawes wanted to give her mother a chance to enjoy some fun recreation while also have a little fishing competition.
“I just really want to spend some time with her that is less stress on her body,” said Lawes.
Just how much does Lawes love fishing? “I actually travel with my fishing rod in my car in the summer.”
The love of the outdoors was developed by her grandmother Sylvia Boyd who took her camping and fishing to enjoy the outdoors. Sylvia was not one to let anything slow her down.
Lawes says Sylvia would sleep with a hatchet in their tent to ensure they were protected. That almost backfired when Lawes snuck out to go to the washroom and her grandmother woke up with a start ready to use the hatchet when she returned. It still brings a smile to Lawes.
“She was just a very outdoorsy woman and very independent,” said Lawes, who added her grandmother has since passed away.
As for the competition, Lawes was pleased to see Len Thompson Fishing Lures celebrating family and women. “It’s just a good opportunity for women to share their outdoors skills.”
It was Len Thompson’s granddaughter that created the competition.