Outdoor Women: LeAnn Swindle

LeAnn “Lulu” Swindle grew up near two of the best bass fishing lakes in Alabama, but she didn’t truly embrace an outdoors lifestyle until she married a guy whose biggest thrill comes from catching trophy bass.

Or hunting deer. Or ducks. Or doves.

It’s hard to keep up with Gerald Swindle, whose outdoors exploits — including 25 years fishing with B.A.S.S. and two Angler of the Year titles — are well documented.

These days, however, Lulu stays step for step with the G-Man, whether it’s in a treestand or on a bass boat. And though she admits her husband of 15-plus years taught her most everything she knows about the outdoors, she quite literally has the heads on the wall to prove her prowess.

The garage of the Swindles’ home near Alabama’s Lake Guntersville is lined with more than three dozen deer mounts, nearly a dozen of which fell at Lulu’s hands during the past dozen years. She’s blasted greenheads on prime Arkansas duck leases and caught a largemouth bass on a private pond near Jasper, Ala., a few years ago that topped 12 pounds.