"When you're hot, you're hot," would be an accurate description of local angler, Buddy Randall, of Pine. In the last month, he won three major bass tournaments on Roosevelt Lake and finished second in the Bill Luke Dodge Big Bass Quest to markedly increase his tournament fishing earnings.
His latest accomplishment was a first-place finish in the final All-Star Couples Tournament of the season, where he teamed up with Allison Randall of Pine. The team caught a six-fish limit of 24 pounds, which included a six-pound lunker largemouth. They received a $2,300 check and a championship plaque for their eight hours on the water.
The fishing pair of Allison and Buddy Randall drew the last number to leave the dock at first light, which puts a team at a distinct disadvantage in a one-day tournament. Their initial spots were already being fished by other tournament anglers, which dictated a change in their game plan. They fished new spots with similar characteristics and the results were 15 "overs," which are fish more than 16 inches in length. This is an outstanding day of competitive bass fishing.
Buddy was quick to give credit to his fishing partner, Allison Randall, for her accomplishments with a rod and reel. She caught more than her share of big bass in the six-fish limit, using a Texas-rigged lizard in 20 to 30 feet of water.
Other local anglers also did very well, earning Top 10 finishes. Heidi D'Archangelo and Jake Randall only trailed the leaders by .03 lbs. with 23.71 pounds, which earned them an $800 check. Fourth-place honors went to the Roosevelt team of Kay Wagner and Chi Chi Chavez, with a bag weighing 16.71 pounds. Nancy and Andy Shelton, of Tonto Basin, nailed down sixth place. Bobby O'Donnell and Glenda McNeeley of Payson cracked the top 10 at the eighth spot and Glenda helped their cause by catching a 5.2-pound smallmouth, good enough for one of the big fish honors.
Again, the Payson area showed its prowess in competitive bass fishing in the state of Arizona. These teams will be fishing in the couples championship to be held on Roosevelt Lake in a two-day battle, Sept. 21 and 22, for a fully rigged Skeeter bass boat from Tempe Marine.
This weekend take someone bass fishing and enjoy God's creation.