4th Annual Fall Classic Set For Oct. 18


The 4th Annual Fall Classic Trout Tournament Oct. 18 at Woods Canyon Lake will feature fishing for a good cause. All of the proceeds from the annual angling skirmish benefit the Payson Community Christian School.

The event casts off at 5 a.m. and wraps up 4 p.m. at the lake 30 miles east of Payson.

At the conclusion of the tournament, an awards ceremony will be held at the dock house in which trophies for first, second and third place will be doled out. The awards are for largest fish and total weight of all fish caught. There is a six-fish per person limit.

Tournament rules dictate the minimum size fish that may be counted is eight-inches. Smaller fish can be weighed in if it is going to die.

Also, a valid Arizona fishing license and trout stamp is required. Tournament competitors must fish Woods Canyon Lake only and there is no pre-fishing allowed after Oct. 1. The tournament will take place in all types of weather and final decisions will be made by the tournament director.

Since weigh in is at the dock house, anglers may catch and release.

Roundup columnist, outdoor guide and fishing pro Clifford Pirch says some of the most successful baits to use at Woods Canyon are Z-rays, Panther Martin spinners, worms, corn and power baits.

For those who didn't register before the Oct. 11 deadline, the fee is $20 per person. Only the first 100 to register will be allowed to participate. For more information, call the Payson Community Christian School at (928) 474-8050.

Raiders stay unbeaten

The Payson Raiders of the Central Arizona Youth Football Association are off to a 4-0 start. The team's most recent win was a 21-0 drubbing last Saturday.

Jared Trammel paced the Raiders to the win rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Also shining were B.J. Hill, Cody York and Zach Brooks. Hill rushed for 38 yards and scored a two-point conversion. York picked up 33 yards and scored a touchdown and an extra point. Brooks had 10 yards rushing and one TD.

Coaches cited the offensive line and defensive lines for their outstanding play.

The Raiders travel Oct. 18 to the campus of Northern Arizona University where they will play the Wickenburg Wranglers. Kickoff is 5 p.m. in the Walkup Skydome.

Turkey day run

A great way to atone for all those calories that go along with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is to participate in the 5K Turkey Trot walk and run, 10 a.m., Nov. 22, at Green Valley Park.

The annual event is sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. The start and finish lines are near the park's amphitheater.

The entry fee is $15 if paid before 5 p.m. Nov. 21. On race day, registration increases to $20.

All pre-registered runners receive a souvenir race shirt.

Overall winners receive free turkeys. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

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