How many wives of Bassmaster Classic winners can say that their angling achievements match – or perhaps surpass – those of their world champion husbands?
Vojai Reed may be the only one.
As the first female angler to compete in a B.A.S.S. event, she blazed a path for women such as Pam Martin-Wells and Kim Bain-Moore, as well as the sizeable contingent of women who’ve fished the Opens in an attempt to qualify for the Elite Series. A few years prior to Reed’s 1991 debut, her husband Charlie had won the 1986 Bassmaster Classic on the Tennessee River in the first of five times he’d qualify during a fishing career that would span most of the 1980s and 90s.
Mrs. Reed never set out to be a trendsetter or trailblazer. Despite being born in 1936 in a log cabin on land that was later inundated by the construction of Broken Bow Lake, the Reed family moved away when she was a year old, before the lake was impounded. Like many Oklahomans of that era, as immortalized in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, they left for California in search of greener pastures. Whether they found anything greener is debatable, because they ultimately settled in the Mojave Desert. She married Charlie in Twentynine Palms, California in 1953. They subsequently moved to Colorado, where their first two children were born, then to Mississippi and back to Oklahoma in 1962, adding two more children along the way.