The long-standing Western Outdoor News (WON) Arizona Team Tournament bass record catch of 16.15 pounds has been broken.
It fell March 23 on Roosevelt Lake where Matt Shura and Brian McAllister weighed in a five-fish catch that tipped the scales at 17.11 pounds.
“What a day,” said WON Arizona tournament director Tracy Purtee.
In winning, the champs fished square-billed crankbaits and jigs shallow at the Salt River end of the lake.
“They were able to start culling early and each fish was at least three pounds,” said Purtee.
The father-and-son Payson team of Ron and Barry Bowman finished second, boating four fish that weighed 9.92 pounds.
In taking second, the two just nipped Pine anglers Jake Randall and Chuck Thompson whose three fish were just .15 of a pound lighter than the Bowman catch.
Tom Karavites and Adam Combs, both of Payson, were fourth with five fish that weighed 7.99 pounds.
In the WON Arizona season-long standings after five tournaments, Karavites and Combs continue to cling to first place with a total weight of 44.88 pounds. With 43.31 pounds, Lon Armel and Steve Foutch are second. Randall and Thompson are a close third with 41.03 pounds. Shura and McAllister are tied for sixth.
Next up on the WON Bass Arizona circuit is an April 13 team tournament at Roosevelt Lake.