When a bass tournament team wins back-to-back events, fishermen take notice.
John Browning and Bobby O'Donnell won the inaugural bass tournament of the All-Star Best Bet series on Roosevelt Lake in mid-October and last week, against all odds, they repeated in a 30-boat field again on Roosevelt Lake.
ith the most recent tournament being a month later, the fishing had slowed, so the pair of local anglers from Payson changed their tactics.
Successful bass fishermen pay attention to the changing conditions, which could mean water temperature, feeding patterns, as well as current lake levels.The Browning-O'Donnell team had a six-fish limit that weighed 12.24 pounds, which indicates the conditions created a tough bite on the lake.
John and Bobby had a game plan to throw spinnerbaits and swimbaits on the Salt River arm, with the idea the bass would turn on, as temperatures rose.Having confidence in a strategy and bait are critical to success with the possibility of winning a tournament.
The day started slow, but as conditions warmed, the bite improved.
t weigh-ins with a narrow one-quarter pound victory, the Payson pair netted a winning check of more than $3,000 and valuable team points in the race for Anglers of the Year.
Two other local teams also fished well and had top-10 finishes. Ray Purtill and Buddy Randall of Pine, finishing in seventh place, got a $200 award, while Ted Burgess and Howard Boucher of Tonto Basin finished in ninth place for the day on the water.
The Browning-O'Donnell pair can make it a three-peat in late January with the next tournament.Have a great Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy God's creation, the great outdoors.