The Wild West Bass Trail Arizona Team Championship weigh in at 3 p.m. Saturday at Green Valley Park gives local angling fans the opportunity to cheer on their favorite local competitors.
That is if they are among the top finishers because only the top-10 teams from the tournament’s first two days, May 9-10, will be participating on Saturday and at the weigh in.
But the locals competing refer to Rosie as their home lake so if “home cooking” is as true in bass fishing as it is football and basketball, the Rim Country anglers should be in the finals.
Among the entrants is former Payson High standout athletes Kyle Randall and Cameron Geske who have been fishing the tournament circuit since they were students at PHS.
The duo’s quest for success began peaking in 2011 when they teamed up to win the inaugural Open High School Bass Tournament at Roosevelt.
The win qualified the pair for the National High School Fishing World Finals at Lake Dardanelle, Ark.
There the pair finished 53rd in the field of the top 102 prep anglers in the country.
Randall and Geske have also fished the Let’s Talk Fishin’, Western Outdoor News (WON), FLW and all-Star circuits.
Luke Plante and Jon Pelto is another pair of former Longhorns that could be in tomorrow’s weigh in.
Veteran Rim Country anglers Buddy Randall and Keith Hunsinger are buoyed by years of experience and could be a threat for top honors.
The Payson teams of John Browning/Mike Elliot and Robert O’Donnell/Cody O’Donnell are also in the mix for prize money.
While the weigh in is all about crowning the champions, there will be plenty of other activities including live music, a food truck, beer and wine garden hosted by THAT Brewery in Pine and Bruzzi Vineyard in Young.
New this year is a bounce house for the younger set.
The best advice to newcomers is to be sure and bring your own chair.