Angling Team Tips Scales At Bass Tournament

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

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Two local anglers teamed up in the newest bass fishing circuit in Arizona, the U.S. Angler's Choice, and won the tournament on Roosevelt Lake. Sebastian Elliot and Terry Wilbanks are avid fishermen who spend a lot of their free time pursuing largemouth and smallmouth bass on Roosevelt, their favorite lake.

They combined their efforts and came up with a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 17 pounds, good enough for a healthy paycheck and a championship trophy for a day on the lake.

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Sebastian Elliott shows off a 6.5 pound smallmouth bass at Roosevelt Lake.

Their biggest bass, a 6.82 pound lunker, was reeled in from their first spot, which gave them both confidence that they could catch a big bag.

In springtime bass tournaments, the target water is often shallow and that is exactly where the team of Elliot and Wilbanks spent their time. All of their fish were caught in 10 feet of water or less, which was determined by previous pre-fishing trips to Roosevelt Lake. Their plan worked, because a 4.5 pound bass followed on the second spot they fished.

Elliot and Wilbanks were fishing with a Carolina rig, which is a unique setup consisting of a slip weight, glass bead and a soft plastic bait. They were throwing a Zoom bait called a magnum lizard or brush hog in the colors of green pumpkin and watermelon candy. These are popular colors on Roosevelt Lake and the Carolina rig produces big fish. Following the weigh-ins, the fish caught were returned to the lake to be harvested again by another lucky angler.

Sebastian Elliot and Terry Wilbanks will be fishing the next U.S. Angler's Choice tournament on May 12 at Roosevelt Lake.

If you are interested in more information about this new bass tournament circuit, contact Bruce Johnson at (928) 951-0115.

This weekend, enjoy God's creation and take a friend fishing.

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