The 2012-13 WON Bass Arizona Team Tournament season tipped off Oct. 13 at Roosevelt Lake under tough fishing conditions, with few boats and tournament director Tracy Purtee itching for more entrants.
“WON was excited for the weigh-in because we were paying back $1,560 with only six boats,” Purtee said. “You could only imagine what the pay back would be like with more boaters.”
The tournament was the first of seven on the Arizona WON circuit that will unfold on state lakes over the next few months.
Purtee points out that those with tournament championship aspirations can still qualify for WON’s grand finale next spring because anglers need only to fish five of the seven tournaments to be eligible.
In the opener at Roosevelt, 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.
The champs told Purtee their strategy was “spooning” in 40 to 50 feet of water, but refused to reveal the locations where they had success.
“They wouldn’t tell me,” Purtee lamented.
For the win, the two received $634 in prize money, sponsor prizes and plaques.
Darren Luther and Chris Allison took second place with a limit of 9.13 pounds. In their catch was a 3.03 pounder, which turned out to be the tournament’s “Big Fish” on a tough, tough, angling day.
A pair of well-known Pine anglers who frequent many of the local bass tournament circuits, Jake Randall and Chuck Thompson, weighed in four bass of 8.12 pounds that earned the duo a fifth-place finish.
For more information on WON Arizona, call Purtee at (928)-978-3659 or e-mail: letstalk email@example.com.