Spring fishing can be extremely challenging, as was evident when only seven teams weighed in more than one bass at the AllStar Bass Couples tournament April 21 at San Carlos Lake.
AllStar official Tom Stiles attributed the poor angling conditions to "high winds, muddy water and bluebird skies."
The good news in that tournament was that a pair of Rim country teams managed to finish among the top 10.
Clifford and Alicia Pirch nabbed seventh place with a catch that weighed in at 4.18 pounds and was worth $200 in prize money.
Hot on the Pirches' heels were local anglers Tammy and Buddy Randall. The pair weighed in a catch that tipped the scales at 3.86 pounds and won $740 which included a bonus for netting one of the top three fish.
The tournament champions, Brian Daniels and Julie King, both of Phoenix, boated just three bass that weighed 16.07 pounds. In their catch was the tournament's big fish a 9.63-pound lunker caught by Daniels on a spinnerbait. The couple's fish were caught in water less than five feet deep on the south side of the lake. For the win their second this season on the AllStar Bass Couples circuit the two pocketed $2,950.
A popular fishing strategy although results show none worked really well was fishing spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged worms near Lava Beds.
The next AllStar couples tournament is May 11 at Lake Pleasant. Call Stiles at (480) 894-2775 for more information.