Local angler Bobby O'Donnell has had a very busy three weeks on the bass tournamentircuit.
He began with fishing the All-Star Best Bet series, where he and his partner, John Browning, won the championship with 19-1/2pounds in a 36-boat field.
In that same competition, he also came away with big fish honors, having caught an 8-1/2 pound largemouth that very likely could be the largest fish caught in the entire seven tournament series sponsored by All-Star.
Bobby is no newcomer to catching big bass. At Lake Havasu, while fishing as a co-angler on the FLW Series inaugural event in January, he landed a 5.4 pound bass for big fish honors and a $10,000 check for second place.
I asked him what were his keys on catching big fish and O'Donnell responded, "Big Baits Catch Big Fish."
He likes to throw magnum lizards and 10-inch worms on a Carolina rig to lure those lunkers.
Two weeks ago, he packed his tournament gear and made the trip to Clear Lake, California for the final FLW Series event as a co-angler.
Two other Payson anglers, Tracy Purtee, and Keith Hunsinger also fisheds co-anglers in the tournament where they were paired with a Western Professionalnd competed in a 200 boat field.
Bobby, like most weekend anglers has a regular job and owns and operates Bobcat Concrete and heads for the bass waters for weekend competition.
This is his third season of tournament fishing and his most successful year at catching big fish and earning a check.
He also fishes the All-Star Couples Tournament with his fishing partner, Glenda McNeeley, who isuccessful at catching big bass from Roosevelt Lake as well.
This weekend, take someone fishing and enjoy God's creation.