The angling team of Rim country resident Brian Marshall and Tim Tanner of Avondale has proven to be a highly successful one.
In the five tournaments the pair have hooked up, they've emerged victorious on three occasions and finished as runner-up at one other.
"There's only one tournament we got spanked," Marshall said.
The team's most recent victory was chalked up at the AllStar Bass Summer Nights Team Tournament June 23 at Roosevelt Lake. The pair earned the gold medal and $1,450 in prize money for their six-bass limit that tipped the scales at 7.3 pounds. The largest fish weighed in at 3.17 pounds.
According to Marshall, their tournament strategy was to fish rubber worms and power worms off main lake points and near Rabbit Island.
Tanner, the owner of Don's Sports Shop in Scottsdale, also is one of the sponsors of the team. Other sponsors are Arizona Boat Store, Unlimited Outfitters and Chapman Auto Center.
The winning pair is scheduled to compete in the remainder of the AllStar Summer Nights tournament series. The next is July 19 at Apache Lake.
In the night series, competition begins at 6 p.m. and wraps up at 6 a.m.
"For the fishermen, it's cooler at nights and the fishing is sometimes better," Marshall said.
Runner-up honors in the tournament were taken by the Phoenix team of Frank Bennett and Tom Bond with a limit that was just .18 of a pound less than that of the champions. In the catch was a 2.73 pounder.
According to AllStar officials, the two fished drop-shot rigs on bluffs near the dam. The two pocketed $1,220 in prize money.
Apache Junction residents LeRoy Moss and Curtis Palmer took third with a limit of 6.23 pounds that included a 2.30 pound largemouth. The pair fished topwater lures, crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms, and earned $300.
For more information on AllStar Bass fishing tournaments, call (480) 894-2775.