While putting together a feature about local fishing pro Mark Kile (July 13, Roundup) I had the opportunity to watch Kile's 45-minute video, "Bass Fishing Arizona Lakes."
I was impressed. Any angler looking to improve his or her fishing skills will enjoy and benefit from watching the video.
In it, Kile shows you the basic lures you need to catch bass in Arizona lakes. He also gives hints and tips about colors that should be used in various weather and water conditions. His favorite techniques for each type of lure are particularly valuable information for novice anglers.
The really good news in the video is Kile's contention that everyday anglers don't need a boat full of pricey equipment to catch bass in Arizona.
Kile's video is available at bait and tackle shops around Arizona and at most boat shows.
Long time away
Payson coach Bob Halenar spent the past 10 days in Page, where the Payson Little League team was participating in Area and District tournaments.
With the tournaments now in the record books, Halenar said many Rim country residents and businesses helped with extensive travel. He wants to thank the many parents who traveled north to support the team in its post-season endeavors. Also, several at his work place did more than their share to help. They are Grant, Clovis, Doug, Frank, Tim and Steve.
For the first time in local sports annals, Payson fielded a team in a northern Arizona summer fast pitch softball league.
Coached by Lady Longhorn coach Will Dunman, the local team which included players from 7th grade to high school seniors competed against similar squads from St. Johns, Round Valley, Show Low, Blue Ridge and Holbrook.
The new endeavor, Dunman said, was a complete success in that it allowed the young players to work on their skills in the off season.
Reward offered in elk poaching
Arizona Game and Fish officials are hoping someone will come forward with information on a bull elk poaching that occurred the evening of June 25 near Verde Glen.
The carcass of the elk was found about 50 yards off a private road that leads into the subdivision. The animal's antlers, which local Wildlife Manager Scott Polluck estimates were at least 6x6, were sawed off the animal's head.
The elk was shot high in its rib cage but officers were unable to determine the caliber of the gun used because the slug passed completely through the animal and could not be found.
The carcass of the animal was found by a Verde Glen resident during a regular morning walk with his dog.
There is a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. If you have information, call Operation Game Thief, (800) 352-0700.