Roosevelt Checks Out For W0n Tourney

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Bill Egan, director of tournament operations for Western Outdoor News (WON), toured the Rim Country last week to finalize plans for the WON Pro Circuit bass tournament to be held Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at Roosevelt Lake.

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Dennis Pirch knows what a great spot Roosevelt Lake is for bass fishing and has been helping organize the WON tournament planned for mid-February on the lake.

Accompanied by local fishing pro Clifford Pirch and Payson fishing tournament chairman Jim Goughnour, Egan made the Rim Country rounds double-checking the facilities and planning for the first-ever WON tournament to be held at Roosevelt Lake.

The tournament is the second in a series of pro tournaments that will be held on the WON circuit during 2011.

The first was held Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 at Lake Shasta in California. Following the Roosevelt tournament, others will be held March 26-27 at Lake Havasu, April 16-17 at the California Delta, Sept. 17-18 at Clear Lake, Calif. and Oct. 15-16 at Lake Mead.

Entry fee into the tournament is $500 for professionals and $250 for AAA or amateur anglers.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

The first-place winner in the pro division will receive $11,000, and the top AAA angler will pocket $2,500.

Cash prizes are paid through 20th place if the anticipated 20 boats enter.

Tournament headquarters is the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino and all entrants must check in from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11 in the bingo room.

Following check-in, refreshments will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. when a mandatory meeting and partner pair session will begin.

The awards ceremony is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 at the casino.

The official practice period on Roosevelt is Feb. 10 and Feb. 11.

For more information, log on to: www.wonbass.com.

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