If Fish Tale True: Wife Humbled Husband, Pro Angler

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Professional angler Mark Kyle claims it was his wife, Johnna, who caught the lunkers that led to their first place finish in the AllStar Bass Couples Tournament.

"She carried me," he said after the pair pocketed $2,400 in prize money for winning the April 29 tournament held on Roosevelt Lake.

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Mark Kyle said it was his wife, Johnna, who was responsible for their AllStar Bass Tournament victory.

If Kyle is not spoofing, Johnna not only out fished her husband but also one of the finest professional anglers in the country.

Kyle has been Rookie of the Year on the Bassmaster circuit and was one of just 53 professional qualifiers for the prestigious 34th Annual Citgo Bassmaster Classic.

In 2004, he had six top 10 finishes in BASS tournaments, was a five-time WON Classic Qualifier, and has been featured several times on national television and earned more than $150,000 on the BASS circuit alone.

Kyle's history of success on the professional fishing circuits renders his wife's feat of out fishing him a Herculean accomplishment.

Kyle said the two had fished together only one time before they entered the AllStar shoot-out.

"She was about 8 and a half months pregnant," he said. "She slept, and I fished."

In the AllStar tournament, the two weighed in a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 16.18 pounds and included a 4.33-pounder.

The duo fished all around the lake in shallow water, near bushes, using jerk bait pointer minnows.

Their big fish was caught on a tube lure while sight fishing.

The Tackle Box, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards and Gamakatsu Hooks sponsor the pair.

Jennifer and West McCracken of Cottonwood, who weighed in a limit of 15.84 pounds, including a 4.61 largemouth, garnered second place in the tournament.

According to AllStar official Harry Morgan, they fished Texas-rigged works and jerk baits in the backs of coves and on points in the Tonto Creek arm.

For the runner-up finish, the two earned $1,675.

The next AllStar Bass Couples Tournament is scheduled for May 20 at Lake Pleasant.

Call (480) 894-2775 for more information.

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