By Tracy Purtee
On June 9, Let’s Talk Fishin’ and American Bass Association (ABA) had its first of a five-night bass fishing tournament series on Roosevelt Lake.
First place went to the team of Robert Ostercamp of Chandler and Ronald Smith of Apache Junction. They had 19.55 lbs. They also had the big bass of the night at 7.95 lbs.
Matt Shura of Gilbert and Johnny Johnson of Lakeside took second with their weight of 19.25 lbs. — their big bass was 4.85 lbs.
Jason Stockton of Tonto Basin and Daniel Adams of Apache Junction claimed third place at 17.47 lbs. Their big bass of 5.67 lbs. was the second biggest bass of the night.
Just before the takeoff of 31 boats from both circuits, the temperatures peaked out at 100 degrees, the water level was 50 percent full, the water temperature was 76 degrees and the wind of 8 to 10 mph from the west set the stage for some nice fishing.
Other anglers from the Apache Junction area were Adam Combs and his partner Edward Meyers, both from San Tan; Josh Ciesielski and Joe Ciesielski, Steve Foutch and Dan Zehring of Gilbert; and Brady Hayes and partner Joey Montoya of San Tan Valley.
When the finish bell rang at 1 a.m., 138 fish were caught and 27 teams weighed in the limit of five bass per team.
The anglers did an amazing job of keeping their fish alive with the ice and oxygen in their live wells. The tournaments are catch and release only and all 138 fish went back into the lake safely.
Next tournament is June 23 on Roosevelt Lake, Windy Hill, Badger Ramp. For more information, call (928) 978-3659 or visit www.letstalkfishin.com.
Photo above Robert Ostercamp of Chandler (left) and Ronald Smith of Apache Junction (center) display their winning catches in a bass fishing tournament at Roosevelt Lake on June 9. Tournament participant Dan Zehring of Gilbert (right). (Photos courtesy Tracy Purtee/Let’s Go Fishin’)