The Rim country fishing team of Gary Chitwood and Brian Marshall hooked up for a ninth-place finish at the AllStar Bass season-opening tournament held Saturday at Roosevelt Lake. The pair weighed in 10.17 pounds of bass.
Top honors in the tournament went to Jed Bozeman of Peoria and Steve Shintani of Phoenix who won their first AllStar event and pocketed $3,805 in prize money.
According to AllStar spokesman Tom Stiles, the winning duo fished crawdad crankbaits along creek channels in the Goose Flats area of the Tonto Creek arm and six-inch Texas-rigged custom oxblood worms off ledges around Windy Hill.
Another successful fishing strategy, Stiles said, was fishing rattling lipless crankbaits on points in the Salt River arm.
The tournament's big fish, a 4.80-pound largemouth, was caught by Philip DiJulio and Pat McCarville. For the catch, the pair received $1,000.
The field of 250 contestants was one of the largest to turn out for an AllStar event at Roosevelt.
The anglers, Stiles said, battled remnants of a tropical storm from Baja that moved across the lake after weigh-in bringing rain, wind and lightning.
Fortunately, Stiles said, "everyone got off the lake without incident."
The second AllStar Bass team tournament of the season is slated for Dec. 1 at Roosevelt Lake. Call Stiles at (480) 894-2775 for more information.