Western Outdoor News (WON) Arizona Tournament Director Tracy Purtee is calling Nov. 17, the day he hosted an Avid Angler bass shootout at Roosevelt Lake, “A perfect day for fishing — not too hot, not too cold.”
The ideal weather conditions might have been among the reasons several new entrants, including Tucson resident Joseph Ruiz, entered the tournament.
Ruiz’s trip north to Roosevelt proved to be a worthwhile one, despite the fact he was forced to fish solo. Nonetheless, he managed to weigh in a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 9.07 pounds and earned him first-place laurels and $376 in prize money.
The win also catapulted Ruiz into fourth-place in the season-long standings. The tournament was the third in what will be nine tournaments on the Arizona circuit.
Purtee says Ruiz’s strategy was to fish with a square billed crank bait which helped the champion weigh in a 2.63-pound largemouth that was the big fish of the day until the runner-up team of Brian White and Pat Malloy hooked a 2.70-pound lunker.
White and Malloy caught a limit of 8.71 pounds to win the silver medal and $405 in prize money.
White and Malloy are now in fifth place overall in the season standings.
Also at Roosevelt, Mike Johnson and George Curbello caught 7.26 pounds and were third. In the season standings, they have moved up to eighth.
Kevin Smith’s and Todd Beizner’s catch of 6.78 pounds was good enough for fourth-place laurels.
Next on the Avid Angler agenda is a Jan. 12 tournament slated to begin at the Burnt Corral ramp at Apache Lake.
For entry forms and more information, go to www.wonbass-az.com.