Roosevelt Anglers Suffer Empty Hooks

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Recent bass tournament results leave little doubt Lake Roosevelt is a tough place to find fish.

"It's been brutally tough over the past month," AllStar Bass Tournament official Tom Stiles said.

At an AllStar team tournament July 5 at Roosevelt, the winning team of Tim Roden and Jamie Bialik, both Valley residents, won by catching just one bass.

That lunker, which weighed 8.87 pounds, was nearly three pounds more than the four-fish catch of runner-up team of Dan Delgado and Tom Harmon. Their bass weighed 6.02 pounds.

The third-place team, Bob Mallory and Dan Mayberry, caught two bass that tipped the scales at 5.82 pounds.

In a BestBet Aluminum Boat team tournament, also held July 5 at Roosevelt, the winning duo of Bill Campbell and Dave Reed boated three bass that weighed 4.55 pounds.

The Rim country father-and-son angling team of Tracy and Chris Purtee fished their way to fourth-place honors with three bass that weighed 2.84 pounds. For the finish, they earned $360 in prize money. The two fished small jerkbaits and stickbaits around brushy point in less than five feet of water in the Goose Flats and marina areas. The team is sponsored by Action Trophy.

Also proving fishing at Roosevelt is tough is the fact that no six-fish limits in the aluminum boat showdown were weighed in and nearly half of the 50-team field failed to weigh-in a single fish.

In the AllStar team tournament, none of the 85 teams were able to catch a limit of six fish and a third of the field was shut out.

Bass tournament officials say they are hopeful Roosevelt Lake conditions improve before a pair of the most prestigious showdown are held in September.

The AllStar Bass SuperTeam Championship is Sept. 14 and 15.

Among the qualifiers for that tournament is local fishing guide and Roundup columnist Clifford Pirch and his wife Alicia.

The BestBet Aluminum Boat Team Championship is Sept. 7 and 8.

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