The weather for WON-BASS Arizona’s second tournament of the season was cold and crisp, but the fishing was phenomenal.
Just ask WON state tournament director Tracy Purtee, “The day made for great fishing, you couldn’t have asked for a better day.
“There was lots of fun and food.”
Fishing Roosevelt Lake on Dec. 1, Purtee paid out $2,460 in prize money, of which $1,450 went to the winning team of Chris Chlup and Greg Valenzuela for their five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 16.15 pounds. In the catch was a 4.95-pound lunker that took first place in the tournament’s “Big Fish” contest.
Chlup and Valenzuela said their bait of choice was crank baits, but they kept the reminder of their angling strategies secret.
Second place finishers Tom Karavities and Adam Combs also chose crank baits to catch a limit that weighed 10.39 pounds including a 2.43-pound largemouth. The pair received $517.50 in prize money.
Victor and Debra Cunningham were third with 9.68 pounds and second in the Big Fish contest with a 3.18-pounder. They earned $300.
The first tournament in the WON Arizona series of seven outings was contested Oct. 13 at Roosevelt.
There, Valley-area anglers Vern Ridgeway and Tom Wennerlund joined forces to finish first overall with a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 9.40 pounds. Their catch included a biggest fish of 2.37 pounds.
In addition to Purtee directing the WON tournaments, he hosts the Let’s Talk Fishin’ radio show and on Dec. 8 hosted a very successful Outdoormen’s Yard Sale at the Senior Center on Main Street.
During it, professional anglers Clifford Pirch, Matt Sura and Andy Manahl shared some of the secrets, as did Johnny Johnson of the television show, “Fishing with Johnny Johnson” that airs Sunday mornings on Fox Sports Arizona.
Also the so called “yard sale,” which was more of an expo, featured outdoorsmen and women trading, buying and selling a wide variety of camping, hunting, fishing and hiking equipment.
Purtee said he plans to host the event again next year.
Following the Dec. 1 tournament, Purtee’s advice to anglers was to log on WON’s Arizona Web site (http://www.wonbass.com/team/ results/south/arizona/index.html) because he would soon be finalizing the spring schedule.
The next tournament is set for Jan. 19 at Apache Lake.