The fall months are the traditional championships of most Arizona bass fishing circuits.
These bass angling teams have been to numerous tournaments to earn the privilege of qualifying for the championships, where the prize money is greater, or the possibility of winning a fully rigged bass boat may become a reality.The ABF, which stands for Arizona Bass Fishing, is the newest series on the state scene and held its championship in awo-day format.
he 35 teams that qualified, fished the first day on Roosevelt Lake, where the six fish limit of accumulated weight was added to the day-two total.
The tournament actually switched locations and San Carlos Lake east of Globe was the day-two destination.The two lake competition added to the excitement for all the teams involved and required more time inre-fishing two different bodies of water.
ell-known local angler, Mark Kile, who is a veteran competitor on the national scene, having fished in three Bassmaster Classics and was Rookie of the Year in 2004, teamed up with young Wes McCracken of the Verde Valley to win the ABF inaugural event and a 2007 Skeeter Bass Boat, sponsored by Tempe Marine.
On day one, the Kile-McCracken team built a comfortable lead with a 17-pound limit from Roosevelt lake.
They targeted deep structure, as well as flipping jigs in brushy areas on the Salt River arm.With a five-pound lead over the nearest team, the pressure of day two on a different lake was a bit relieved.
hen the sun rose on San Carlos Lake, they continued their success on catching big fish and ended the day with a 19-pound bag.
With an accumulated weight of 36 pounds for the two days, they outdistanced two other local standout anglers, of Reese Randall and Clifford Pirch, who ended up in second place for the two-day championship.
es McCracken and Mark Kile both agreed there were a couple of keys to their success and winning the ABF Champion-ship.
Spending time on the water pre-fishing helps an angler to understand the current conditions and identify where big bass are located.
The other key factor is working as a team for two days and agreeing on a game plan that can bring success.
They carried out their plan and won the inaugural championship of the ABF and now they are the proud owners of a 2007 fully rigged Skeeter Bass Boat! Congratulations to these two avid bass anglers.
Good fishing on the water to all, while enjoying God's creation.