The All-Star Super Couples Championship is up for grabs on Sept. 21 and 22 at Roosevelt Lake and a new bass boat is on the line.
For the last eight months the tournament series has been taking place on various bass lakes throughout the state where a guy and a gal team up and compete.
The goal is to catch a six-fish limit that will weigh more than the other competitors and bring them a tournament title, as well as valuable points that are tallied at the end of the season. The top 32 teams are invited to the championship where the stakes are greatly improved and the top prize is a fully rigged Skeeter bass boat from Tempe Marine.
This year, four teams from the Rim Country have qualified and will be fishing the two-day event on Roosevelt Lake. Heidi D'Arcangelo and Jake Randall finished in second place for Anglers of the Year and were the top team in points to qualify from the area.
They had four top-10 finishes during the season and one tournament title in February on Lake Pleasant. This is their fourth year on the couples circuit and their most successful to date.
Nancy and Andy Shelton of Tonto Basin have been fishing as husband and wife for many years, having started out in a local bass club in the Valley before entering the All Star series.
They finished third overall in team points and also had four top-10 finishes, with one tournament title on Bartlett Lake. In last year's tournament championship held on Roosevelt Lake, Andy and Nancy were the winners of the fully rigged bass boat.
The third team to qualify is Allison and Buddy Randall, both of Pine, who teamed up this year to fish the All Star circuit. Allison is an avid outdoor enthusiast who also enjoys archery hunting with her husband Clayton.
Her interest in fishing grew and she was encouraged to team with Buddy for the series. Buddy is an experienced bass angler and has won a bass boat on the Best Bet Aluminum series two years ago. They have had one tournament title earlier this year on Roosevelt Lake.
The final team from the Payson area to qualify is Glenda McNeeley and Bobby O'Donnell who are relative newcomers to the sport of bass fishing, although both have had major successes this past year. Glenda has won a couple of Tuesday nightclub tourneys and she caught a 5-pound plus small mouth this spring.
In February her partner Bobby O'Donnell earned a second-place finish as a co-angler on the FLW Series season opener on Lake Havasu and a $10,000 paycheck.
The Rim Country area has had a strong contingent of bass fishing over the years and these four teams have added to that reputation this season.
Hopefully one of them will be trailering a fully rigged Skeeter bass boat after the All-Star Couples Tournament on Sept. 22. This weekend enjoy the Arizona outdoors, God's creation.