A pair of tournament bass fishing teams comprised of Payson High students shined at the Western Outdoor News (WON) team tournament held March 9 at Roosevelt Lake.
Spencer Herrera and Matt Davis joined forces to finish first overall and win $252 in prize money. PHS students Layne Chitwood and Tanner Purtill were third and earned $30.
In winning, Herrera and Davis weighed in a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 8.58 pounds. Their largest fish, a 2.54-pounder, was just six ounces lighter that the tournament’s “Big Fish” caught by the runner-up team of Billy Scott and Johnny Nguyen
Herrera and Davis, WON Tournament Director Tracy Purtee said, caught “all their fish on crankbaits and jigs.”
With the gold medal showing, Herrera and Davis are now sitting first in the season long high school standings.
Chitwood and Purtill also caught a five-fish limit. In the 7.81-pound catch was their largest fish of 2.08 pounds
“We had some nice bags weighed in,” Purtee said. “The weather was cold, but that turned out to be some good fishing for these high school students.”
The next high school tournament is set for April 6 at Roosevelt Lake Cholla ramp.
In a WON-hosted Avid Angler tournament also March 9 at Roosevelt Lake, the Payson team of Sky Hill and Randy Herrera hooked first place with a five-fish limit of 14.39 pounds.
The largest bass of the tournament, a 7.70-pound lunker, was caught by the runner-up team of Joseph Ruiz and Robert Castro.
Herrera and Hill are now tied for ninth in the Avid Angler season long standings.
Ruiz and Castro are second.