Catching Tourney Triumph At Roosevelt


New to the WON BAZZ-AZ Avid Angler event, the team of Derek Daniels and Nate Acord won second place, weighing in a 12.65-pound bag, with a Big Fish of 3.99 pounds. This ties for 12th place Year to Date. They won $294.

New to the WON BAZZ-AZ Avid Angler event, the team of Derek Daniels and Nate Acord won second place, weighing in a 12.65-pound bag, with a Big Fish of 3.99 pounds. This ties for 12th place Year to Date. They won $294.

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Roosevelt Lake drew some competitive fishing folks earlier this month. A WON BASS-AZ event was held April 6 and included contests among youngsters, high school students and adults.

Trista Bowman’s 1.97-pound bass and Preston Bowman’s 1.28-pounder earned them honors among the small fry, along with Emma Branson.

High school fishermen also showed their stuff at Roosevelt. Tournament director Tracy Purtee said it was a great day on the water, with the water temperature around 68 degrees.

“The bass were on their beds and anglers were trying to catch them.”

First place overall in the high school division went to Nathan Cummings and Ken Larrabee, weighing in a nice 15.96 pounds, with the second place Big Fish of the day at 5.71. That puts Cummings in third place qualifying him for the championship to be held May 18-19.

Hayden Frey and Kirk Russell took second place overall with a 13.58-pound catch that included the first place Big Fish, which weighed 5.95 pounds.

With that nice bag, Frey and Russell are in first place overall and will be in the championship May 18-19.

The 10.99 pounds of fish landed by Matt Thomas and Conrad Demecs earned them third place honors for the day and put them tied for eighth place overall.

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Tracy Purtee photo

Preston Bowman’s 1.28-pound bass looks almost as big as him — and he doesn’t look too thrilled to be so up close and personal with his catch.

Spencer Herrera and Matt Davis; Layne Chitwood and Tanner Purtill; Nathan Cummings; Jonathan Kemper and Randy Kreiger; and Hayden Frey and Kirk Russell will compete for the championship pot.

All are to be congratulated.

The Avid (Amateur) Angler Tournament showed the amateur circuit is growing. The April 6 event was the last one this season to qualify for the championship option.

With the fish they caught in the high school competition, Larrabee and Cummings also took first place in the Avid division. “They had a great day on the water; they also caught the Goon Fish at 2.89 pounds,” reported Purtee.

This puts them tied for ninth place Year to Date and earned them $686.

The new team of Derek Daniels and Nate Acord won second place, weighing in a 12.65-pound bag, with a Big Fish of 3.99 pounds. This ties for 12th place Year to Date. They won $294.

Third place went to Dave Hail and Tom Hail with a solid 11.50-pound bag and a Big Fish of 3.30 pounds. This put them tied for 16th place Year to Date.

Matt Thomas and Conrad Demecs won fourth place with a 10.99-pound bag, including the day’s third place Big Fish, which weighed 4.21 pounds.

This put them tied for 20th place Year to Date.

The day’s fifth place went to Adam Combs and Angela Combs, who had 10.25 pounds, including the second place Big Fish at 4.54 pounds. This put them tied for 23rd place overall.

Kevin Smith, Todd Belzner, Joseph Ruiz, Robert Castro, Shawn Cooke and Christina McNair are the anglers competing for the Championship Option Pot of $520-plus on May 18-19.

WON BASS-AZ is supported by Lil Chunk Baits, Rim Country Custom Rods, Bass Pro Shops, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, Mercury Motors and Motor Guide.

For full results go to www.WONBASS-AZ.com and to register for the next Avid Angler (Amateur) Tournament, a two-day event, May 18-19 at Roosevelt Lake. No memberships are required and it is open to all amateur anglers.

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