A Western Outdoor News (WON) team-fishing tournament at Roosevelt Lake proved to be a stage where a trio of Rim Country angling teams could flex their collective fishing muscle.
Tom Karavities and Adam Combs finished second, the father and son team of Ron and Barry Bowman was fourth and Jake Randall and Chuck Thompson, both of Pine, finished fourth. The tournament played out Feb. 16.
Karavities and Combs boated a five-fish limit that tipped the scales a 7.72 pounds.
Tournament champion Jeff Allen, who fished solo, caught 11.01 pounds to run away with the tournament title. In his catch was the tournament’s “Big Fish” winner — a 3.13-pounder.
The Bowmans caught three fish that weighed 4.86 pounds and Randall and Thompson landed two bass weighing 3.67 pounds.
Karavities’ and Combs’ silver-medal finish kept the duo atop the WON Arizona series leader board with 36.89 pounds in four tournaments.
The second-place team in the series standings, Lon Amel and Steve Foutch, have also fished all four WON tournaments but trail Karavities and Combs by about three pounds.
Randall and Thompson are sitting third with a total of 31.26 pounds.
At the Feb. 16 tournament, the Bowmans were competing in their first WON Arizona series tournament.
Following the tournament, Allen told tournament director Tracy Purtee that luck played a big part in him catching the “Big Fish” because he at first simply thought his line had snagged.
In winning, his strategy was to use jigs in shallow water. For the win, he pocketed $1,148 in prize money.
Karavities and Combs agreed that fishing was difficult most of the day but managed to boat some bass in the morning with spinner baits and later in the day had success with drop shots.
While Purtee didn’t register for the tournament, he fished the morning hours and landed a six-pound lunker.
In a tournament raffle, Thompson won a prized rod donated by Rim Country Custom Rods.
The next WON tournament will be held March 23 at Roosevelt Lake.
FLW on deck
Some of the anglers who competed in the WON tournament will now turn their attention to the FLW EverStart Western Division Bass Tournament to be held Feb. 21 to 23 at Roosevelt.
In the tournament, professional anglers will be competing for a top prize of $40,000 and a high-tech bass fishing boat with a 200-horsepower outboard motor.
The winning co-angler will earn $5,000 and a bass boat.
Tournament fishing begins each day at 7 a.m. at Cholla and weigh-ins will be held sharply at 2:30 p.m., also at Cholla, which is located five miles northwest of Roosevelt Dam on SR 168.
The Mazatzal Hotel and Casino will host the pre-tournament meeting and is the official headquarters for the tournament.
In addition to the EverStart tournament, FLW will host a college event from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at Roosevelt.