The team of Chris Chlup and Greg Valenzuela fished their way to a first place finish in the Western Outdoor News (WON) Arizona region bass tournament held Dec. 3 at Windy Hill on Roosevelt Lake.
The winning pair weighed in a five-fish limit of 11.88 pounds that included the tournament’s “Big Fish” winner — a 4.23-pound largemouth.
Chlup’s and Valenzuela’s stiffest competition came from the Payson fishing team of Keith Hunsinger and Bobby O’Donnell who finished second with a limit of five fish that tipped the scale at 8.64 pounds. Their largest fish weighed in a 2.03 pounds.
On Oct. 22 in a WON hosted tournament at Roosevelt, O’Donnell and Hunsinger finished eighth with 5.73 pounds.
Of the seven WON team-angling tournaments to be held in Arizona during the next nine months, three of them will be held at Roosevelt and the others at Bartlett (twice), Lake Pleasant and Apache Lake.
The final angling fray at Roosevelt will be Feb. 25, 2012 at Cholla boat ramp.
WON Tournament Director Tracy Purtee’s advice for local fishermen considering tournament fishing is to choose a partner and get involved in the WON Bass state program.
Teams fish for cash and prizes in local regions with a goal of reaching the WON Bass team championships at the end of the seven-tournament season.
Entrants must be at least 16 years of age, but all caliber and gender of bass anglers are welcome to participate.
Teams are often comprised of family members including father-son, father-daughter, mother-son and husband-wife duos.
WON Bass is no stranger to Roosevelt Lake, having previously hosted tournaments there including a professional shoot-out Feb. 12 and 13 that drew top-flight pros from around the West.