It’s no secret around Gila County that Curt Rambo and Art Chamberlin are acknowledged as the two finest crappie fishermen in the West.
Especially when the veteran anglers are fishing Roosevelt, their home lake.
Today, March 15, the duo will be sharing a wealth of crappie fishing experiences with fellow anglers.
It all takes place at 6 p.m. at Mountain Bible Church where Rambo and Chamberlin will host a Shoot for the Heart seminar entitled “Spring Crappie Fishing at Roosevelt.”
Dennis Pirch, one of the organizers of the Shoot for the Heart events, anticipates Rambo and Chamberlin’s presentation will draw throngs eager to learn more about the sport and hone in on some of the pair’s fishing secrets.
In addition to the duo’s presentation, there will be a question and answer session, desserts, door prizes and a video presentation featuring local anglers engaged in their favorite sport.
“It will be a fun night,” Pirch said. “And people can learn from the two best fishermen around.”
Pirch expects Rambo and Chamberlin to provide tips on baits, rods and lines, proven techniques, cover to look for, water depth and hot spots at Roosevelt.
Last spring, Pirch — a pretty fair country angler himself — spent a day on Roosevelt with Rambo fishing for crappie.
Pirch, then an outdoor columnist for the Payson Roundup, penned a column about the outing that appeared in the June 19 edition.
In it, Pirch wrote, “We spent about two hours on the water in the late afternoon and boated over a dozen speckled beauties, with the biggest being almost two pounds.
“You guessed it, Curt not only caught the biggest, but also the most fish.”
He also admitted taking a back seat to Rambo, writing, “Watching Curt fish, set the hook, and fight another crappie to the boat is a real education and yes, a bit humbling.”
Chamberlin also sports a heavy duty reputation in crappie fishing, is a licensed guide, has been featured in several Arizona magazines and has appeared at numerous hunting and fishing expos around the west.
He was a frequent presenter at the Outdoor Rendezvous held at The Tackle Box in Tonto Basin and it is estimated he spends 200 days of each year fishing Roosevelt for either crappie or bass.
He now operates C&C Guide Service of Arizona serving Roosevelt and Apache Lakes.
The expertise Rambo and Chamberlin have racked up over the years is good news for amateur anglers who will have a golden opportunity this evening to pick up top-notch advice and tips to improve their fishing chances.
PMGA season begins tomorrow
After turning in a banner 2010 season, Payson Men’s Golf Association members are today looking forward to the new campaign that tees off at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, March 16, at Payson Golf Course with the annual business meeting and breakfast.
Following those, members will take to the course for their first tournament of the campaign, a scramble shoot-out.
For the new season, PMGA member Herb Sherman has issued an invitation to join the group and participate in a bevy of competitions and festivities.
“We welcome anyone who wants to play — the membership fee is only $62,” he said.
Last year, there were 85 local players on the PMGA roster and Sherman is hoping that number soon grows.
For more information, call Payson Golf Course at (928) 474-2273.