April 20, 2012
Don’t expect to find any solitude or tranquility at Willow Springs Lake when the summer fishing season kicks off with the 28th Annual Spring Lake Trout Tournament May 12.
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Tracy Purtee might be the finest angler to approach for a few precious tips on how to catch and weigh in a string of prize-winning lunkers at the 28th Annual Spring Lake Trout Tournament set for May 12 at Willow Springs Lake. He’s a good choice to go to mostly because he’s an expert on tournament affairs having served as director for more than a decade. Also, Purtee willingly doles out advice unlike some local fishermen, who guard their secrets as if they contained the winning lottery numbers. His first tip is to be sure your tournament tackle box is stocked with Ford Fender Trolls and a supply of worms Ford Fenders, which were fashioned more than 70 years ago from the headlight reflector of a Model A Ford, are Trolls with a rich history. They are also one of the most popular options among Arizona’s high country anglers. “I like to use a worm with the Fender,” said Purtee.