Tonto Basin Anglers Bring In Prize Catch At Roosevelt Bass Tournament

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The Tonto Basin angling team of Brian Daniels and Gary Senft is among those enjoying excellent fishing at Roosevelt Lake.

The two, recently named AllStar and Arizona Bass Fishing Anglers of the Year, hooked up June 17 for a second-place finish in an AllStar team tournament at Roosevelt.

For their runner-up showing, the pair shared $3,000 in prize money.

Their catch's weight, 22.07 pounds, was just .12 less than that of the first-place team of Matt Sura and Brian McAllister.

Also in the tournament, the team of Mark Kile of Rye and Pine angler Buddy Randall earned $816 for a 10th-place finish. The two weighed in 14.32 pounds.

More than 90 boats competed in the tournament.

Longtime Roosevelt Lake guide Frank Powell, of Frank's Guide Service, said the fact the top four teams in the tournament weighed in over 20 pounds of fish is not surprising.

"Most all the tournaments, the top teams have caught that much," he said. "Those are really good catches."

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Matt Shura landed a pair of lunker-size largemouth bass in the AllStar team tournament at Roosevelt.

Powell said most anglers have had success fishing Carolina rigs and jigs standing along outside points around the lake.

Also, he said, for about an hour in the early morning, topwater baits proved successful.

Night fishing has also been good for both bass and crappie.

Powell expects good fishing to continue at Roosevelt, which is about 70 percent full, throughout the summer.

Roosevelt Lake was formed by the construction of a dam on the Salt River in 1911, making it the oldest artificial reservoir in Arizona. Visitors flock there year-round for fishing, boating, camping and general vacationing.

Although it is close to the Valley, it is generally less crowded than some other water-based recreational sites in the Tonto National Forest such as Lake Pleasant and Saguaro Lake.

-- To reach Max Foster call 474-5251 ext. 114 or e-mail mfoster@payson.com.

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