Rim Couples Fish To Top 10

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Rim country angling teams turned in a pair of top-10 finishes at the AllStar Bass SuperCouples Championship Bass Tournament Sept 12 and 13 at Apache Lake.

The best showing, a fourth-place effort, was posted by the Pine team of Tammy and Buddy Randall. The two weighed in a pair of six-fish limits that totaled 30.52 pounds.

The catch was just shy of that weighed in by the winning team of Roosevelt residents Kay Wagner and Chi-Chi Chavez. The champs' 12 bass weighed 31.96 pounds.

Christy Clark and John Browning also represented the Rim country in the tournament, winning seventh place. The pair weighed in 22.01 pounds of fish.

The Randall's earned $600 and other merchandise prizes for their forth-place showing.

According to AllStar officials, the Randall's fishing strategy included pitching worms, tubes and jigs to grass lines in the back of the coves.

The first-place team received the keys to a new Stratos 285 PRO XL bass boat rigged with a Johnson 115 outboard motor and state of the art electronics. The boat and trailer are is valued at more than $20,000.

The two fished crankbaits off points throughout the main part of the lake.

The 2002 SuperCouples champions, Clifford and Alicia Pirch of Payson, were not on hand to defend their title. Instead, they were in Washington where Clifford is participating in the Citgo Bass Masters Western Open on the Columbia River.

Forty couples participated in this year's AllStar championship round that represented the culmination of a seven tournament qualifying season.

The first of the 2003-2004 AllStar Bass couples tournament season is Nov. 15 at Roosevelt Lake. Call (480) 894-2775 for more information.

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