Marshall, Browning Pocket Prize-Money At Allstar Bass

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Fishing Press-Ur-Bit double-hook worms and red-shad Texas-rigged worms near Bass Point at Roosevelt Lake, the Payson team of Brian Marshall and John Browning finished fifth in an AllStar Bass tournament contested June 3.

The two weighed in a six-fish limit of 13.21 pounds that included a 7.60-pound lunker caught by Browning.

For their efforts, the anglers shared checks totaling $1,550.

Finishing eighth in the tournament was Payson resident John Huffman who joined forces with Joe Loges of Tonto Basin to weigh in 12.33 pounds. The two earned $625.

Tonto Basin's Mark Kile a highly successful angler on the national tournament scene teamed with Phoenix pro Fred Ward to cop third-place laurels. The pair weighed in 14.03 pounds that enriched their coffers by $1,750.

Payson's Gary Chitwood and Jimmy Love didn't finish in the top 10, but received $100 for being among the three highest finishing Javelin boat owners, AllStar officials said.

The champs

First-place prize money totaling $4,250 was garnered by the father-and-son team of Dennis Edwards of Mesa and Craig Edwards of Gilbert.

According to AllStar officials, the team fished Carolina-rigged lizards along the Rock Island shoreline facing the dam. Dad and son also fished 15 to 30 feet deep in small cuts along the shoreline. Their six-fish limit tipped the scales at 15.42 pounds.

In their catch was a 9.31-pound largemouth, caught by Dennis, which turned out to be the tournament's big fish winner.

Saturday's shoot-out was the final AllStar tourney of the spring season.

At an awards ceremony following the angling fray, the 45 qualifiers for the SuperTeam championships Sept 15-16 at Lake Pleasant were announced. Marshall and Browning were among the qualifiers.

In addition to fishing the AllStar circuit, Marshall also competes in Wildwest tournaments with partner Gary Chitwood.

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