The angling duo of Kevin Smith and Todd Belzer solidified their hold on the top spot in the Western Outdoor News (WON) Avid Angler season-long standings by finishing first in a team tournament contested Feb. 9 at Roosevelt Lake.
In the showdown, which was played out under tough, cold and windy fishing conditions, the pair boated two bass that tipped the scales at 3.41 pounds.
For the season, Smith and Belzer have fished all five WON series tournaments and lead the standings with 28.75 pounds and 486 points.
Robert Castro and Joseph Ruiz are sitting a distance second with 21.88 pounds and 388 points.
In the WON high school tournament, also held Feb. 9 at Roosevelt, the team of Jonathan Kemper and Randy Krieger caught just one fish, but it was a 6.32-pound keeper good enough to earn the duo first-place honors.
Kemper caught the largemouth on a shad crank bait.
The fish also represented the largest taken on the WON high school series this season. Previously, Nathan Cummings held the “Big Fish” record with a 4.55 pounder.
Kemper and Kreiger’s win earned the two $360 in prize money and second place in the season-long standings.
The winning pair, who were the last to weigh in, also took to the scales a 3.77-pound catfish that took the “Goon Fish” pot of $90.
The Payson prep team of Spencer Herrera and Matt Davis weighed in a 4.61-pound largemouth that was good enough for second place and $180 in prize money.
The pair caught the fish on a rattletrap. To go along with the bass, the pair caught a 2.12-pound catfish.
Even though both the Avid Angler and high school tournaments were conducted in what WON Arizona tournament director Tracy Purtee calls, “a tough day on the water,” he proclaimed the tournaments overall successes.