By Tracy Purtee
The fishing at Roosevelt Lake is on fire, with over 20-pound bags of fish! With the temperatures in triple digits, the water is a warm 80 degrees. The fishing should be slow this time of year, however the Let’s Talk Fishin’ Night tournament anglers really stepped up on July 21.
There were three teams that caught over 20 pounds, and 17 teams that caught over 10 pounds for the five-fish limit. Big fish of the tournament was a nice 8.15 pounds, with over eight fish weighing in over 4 pounds.
First place in Big Fish went to the team of Levi and Steel Armstrong from Payson, with an 8.15 pound largemouth bass caught on a Carolina rig. Second place went to the team of Scott Palumbo and Michael Bidak with a 6.80 pound largemouth bass.
Third place in Big Fish went to the first-place team of Mike Crothers and Tim Swietek with a nice 6.80 largemouth bass – their total weight was 23.14 pounds. Second place in total weight went to Levi and Steel Armstrong with a 22.11-pound bag; this team came in early due to a failed live well.
Anglers are required to keep fish alive or they are penalized. Thank you, Levi and Steel, for keeping all your fish alive so we could release them back into the lake for another day.
The third-place team of Danny Clark and Nathan Foreman caught 20.22 pounds, and fourth place went to Matt Shura and Johnny Johnson with 19.35 pounds. Matt and Johnny are currently in the lead for anglers of the year for our ABA Tournament, with one more night tournament on August 18.
Mike Elliot from Payson and Debra Cunningham of Tonto Basin weighed in with 14.50 pounds, with their big fish at 3.71 pounds.
In the Couples Team Tournament on July 7 at Roosevelt Lake, Max and Shannon Hernandez took first place with five fish weighing in at 14.51 pounds. Richard and Sue Pratt were second at 13.40 pounds.
Todd and Theresa Anderson claimed third place at 9.87 pounds, followed by Patty Bradley and Marty Lawrence at 8.93 pounds, Gabe and Ehryn Thomas at 8.83 pounds, Jason and Shelley Sheer at 8.79 pounds, and Pat and Kris Hanning at 8.08 pounds.
Fifteen teams finished the tournament, with 55 fish being weighed and all 55 fish released. Total weight of the 55 fish was 103.57 pounds.
Photo above: First-place winners on July 21 in the Let’s Talk Fishin’ Team Tournament – Tim Swietek and Michael Crothers.