The final team tournament of the season for All-Star Bass was held at Roosevelt Lake on June 8, with 65 teams competing. Local angler Buddy Randall and his partner, Clay Bucks Parsons, a 15-year-old Marana Mountain View sophomore, caught a six-fish limit of 25 pounds, which earned them the tournament title by a pound-and-a-quarter over local Tonto Basin residents Chi Chi and Patty Chavez.
The weights of the top five teams were all over 20 pounds, which certainly shows a healthy bass population at Roosevelt Lake.
Buddy and Clay had their best fishing early in the day and had limited out by 9 a.m. On their first cast, they boated a 5-pounder, which gave them a great boost for their day on the water and their next four fish were almost identical in size.
They spent most of their time on the Salt River arm and fished main lake points and humps.
"The target areas were in 12 to 15 feet of water, where there were distinct drop-offs into deeper getaways for a hungry bass," Randall said. This is a very shallow pattern for this time of year, while most tournament anglers are fishing in 20 to 30 feet of water.
The greater part of their eight-hour fishing day was spent dragging a Carolina rig off these humps and points where deep water was close by. Both fishermen agreed that slowing down the presentation and being very thorough in covering the water in the target area was their key to success.
This is Buddy Randall's sixth career win on Roosevelt Lake, which happens to be his favorite fishing waters in Arizona. For his young understudy, Clay Bucks Parsons, it was his first taste of a championship in a large bass tournament. Their efforts earned them a $4,500 check and the satisfaction of a good fishing outing. As a team, they qualified for the All-Star Super Championships to be held on Lake Pleasant in September, where first prize is a fully rigged bass boat.
The team of Randall and Parsons is sponsored by Skeeter Boats, Tempe Marine, Marana Stockyards, State Construction Paving and the Tackle Box.
The next All-Star bass tournament will be the couples event to be held on Saturday on Roosevelt Lake.