During the month of September, the Couples All-Star Bass circuit of Arizona has its final bass tournament of the season. To qualify and fish this two-day championship, a team had to score enough points to earn one of the 35 spots available. The top team after two days of fishing with the heaviest cumulative weight will walk away with a new Stratos 285 XL bass boat, powered by a Yamaha 150 horsepower engine.
The husband and wife team of Andy and Nancy Shelton of Tonto Basin caught and weighed a total of 23.54 pounds to win by less than a tenth of a pound over second place Wes and Jennifer McCracken, who brought to the scales 23.45 pounds. It was the tightest finish in the history of the Arizona Couples Bass Circuit and the winners were not determined literally until the final bass was weighed.
The strategy in a two-day event is to position your team after the first day to be within striking distance of the lead and always have that chance to win. Andy and Nancy Shelton brought 12.5 pounds to the scale, good enough for fifth place. They hoped they still had enough spots on Roosevelt Lake to catch that hefty six fish limit and that the fish would bite on day two.
During the two days, they fished main lake points as well as the less obvious humps and structure, which hold big fish. To have these spots located takes days of pre-fishing and being on the water. Andy and Nancy also varied their fishing by dropshotting soft baits, dragging a Carolina rig as well as throwing crankbaits. Their game plan worked and now they are the proud owners of a new Stratos bass boat and the All-Star Super Couples Champions for the 2006 season.
Other locals who did well and finished in the Top 10 were Gary and Kathy Senft, part-time residents of Tonto Basin, who ended up in fourth place with 22.62 pounds and a check for $1350.
Chi-Chi Chavez of Roosevelt Estates finished in tenth and took home a check for $500 as well as big fish honors with a lunker tipping the scales at 5.75 pounds. Congratulations to all of you qualifiers for an exceptional season and good luck fishing in the new season, which starts in October.
This weekend take someone fishing and enjoy God's creation.