Roosevelt Still Hot-Spot For Fishing, Despite Fire


There's a fire raging near Roosevelt Lake but the inferno hasn't hindered fishing.

Anglers are still flocking to the hot-spot hoping to get in on the best fishing of the year, which occurs annually when bass and crappie begin their spring spawn.

Only a few weeks ago, Tonto bass fishing guide Clifford Pirch pulled a largemouth out of the lake that unofficially weighed 15 pounds.

A lunker of a smallmouth was taken in the past few days by Payson angler Kirk Cowell.

Other Rim country fishermen, including Payson High coaches Dennis Pirch and Teddy Pettet, have had their share of success during recent trips to the lake.

Crappie fishing is reported to be especially good at nights. Successful anglers are using jigs with chartreuse tails and minnows.

For bass, try lizards, crankbaits and spinnerbaits in the shallows.

Yamamoto spider jigs are also producing results.

Horsin' around

The Pine Strawberry Horseman's Association will sponsor a "Working Ranch Horse" competition May 7 at the Mary Ellen Randall Memorial Arena in Pine.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with completion at 10:30 a.m.

Competitors will be grouped into one of four classes -- junior horse, novice, open and youth.

Entry fee is $20 for junior horse and novice, $30 for open and $10 for youth.

All classes will have a payback with a 70/30 split between first and second place.

The event will also feature a raffle and prize give-aways.

Refreshments will be sold. Call 476-0809 or 476-4658 for more information.

Hit the links

The Football Legends Classic golf tournament to benefit prostate cancer research and education will be held May 7 at Arizona State University's Karsten golf course. Some of the greatest names in professional football are slated to participate. The cost is $375. Call (480) 964-8182 for more information.

Remember them?

Local wrestling fans might recall Tucson's Eric Larkin competing two years ago at the Arizona Coaches Association all-star meet in Wilson Dome. In the star clash, Larkin narrowly outpointed PHS state champion Jeff Lamotte.

Both athletes have gone on to star collegiately, LaMotte in West Virginia and Larkin at Arizona State.

At the U.S. National Championships in Las Vegas last weekend, Larkin qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials by finishing fifth at 63 kilograms (138.75 pounds).

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