Western Outdoor News (WON) Arizona “Little Angler” fishing debuts tomorrow, June 23, with the first of three summer tournaments to be held at Roosevelt Lake.
Others will be held July 28 and Aug. 25.
Little Angler tournaments are specifically designed for boys and girls 13 years of age and under but they must be accompanied by an adult or “Big Angler” who is 14 years or older.
WON Arizona Tournament Director Tracy Purtee predicts the first-ever tournaments, “Will be fun all the while giving kids a taste of tournament fishing.”
Tomorrow’s tournament begins with registration at 4 a.m.
At 5 a.m. anglers may begin fishing for the weigh-in at 11 a.m.
Little Anglers can fish from shore or a boat and can weigh in a total of five fish.
“They can weigh in one fish from each of the five categories — bass, carp, crappie, bluegill and catfish,” said Purtee.
At the conclusion of the weigh-in, trophies will be awarded to Big Angler and Little Angler winners.
Also, plaques will be given out for first, second and third place in each of the fish species.
Also raffles will be held that have as prizes, “some really good stuff,” Purtee said.
The entry fee for both Little and Big Anglers is $50 and events are open to “all caliber and gender of fishermen from age 5 to over 85,” said Purtee.
Some anglers who have fished Roosevelt recently say they had success on using a strategy of “pitch and flip in shallow water for smaller bass, but deep crank and throw jigs on main lake structure for larger fish.”
Topwater bite is said to be good at first light.
While tomorrow’s tournament is a first in Arizona, similar ones are held around the country. In Colchester, Vt., Ray’s Seafood Restaurant and Market recently hosted its 12th Annual Little Angler Derby, which drew about 100 youngsters.
Organizers there say fishing teaches children life skills such as patience, critical thinking and respect for the environment.
For more information on tomorrow’s tournament at Roosevelt, e-mail Purtee at email@example.com.