Noel Arnold of Wittmann was fishing at Lake Pleasant and decided to try a waterdog in the early hours of Aug. 8. Consequently, he enticed and boated a new inland state-record striped bass weighing 27 pounds, 4.48 ounces and measuring 42.25 inches long.
Arnold was planning to catch just one more fish before catching some sleep so he could meet his father in the morning to fish for largemouth bass at first light. He ended up not getting any sleep. But he doesn’t mind.
His monster striper shattered the existing inland state record of 23 pounds, 8 ounces that measured 39.25 inches long that was caught at Alamo Lake on May 3, 1997, by David Jackson of Phoenix. This previous inland state record is the only striper known to have been caught at Alamo.
Arnold caught his state-record bass fishing 45 feet deep while anchored in 100 feet of water in the upper half of Lake Pleasant in the general area of the 1702 sign.
He was night fishing beneath artificial lights while using frozen anchovies most of the evening to catch 1- to 5-pound stripers. He decided to hook up a large, 7-inch waterdog on a Texas rig using 12-pound test line. The fight lasted for more than 40 minutes.
“It took forever to land the fish. It kept stripping off line time and again,” Arnold said, but he finally subdued the powerful striper.
Arnold is an avid angler and hunter who has caught more than 500 stripers from Lake Pleasant during the past year. He plans to have the record fish mounted.
Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists said the fish was in excellent condition. According to estimates by research biologist Bill Stewart, who conducted the striped bass study at Lake Pleasant, the record striper was probably 13 to 14 years old. That means this fish was likely one of the original invaders from the Central Arizona Project Canal when the new Lake Pleasant was completed 15 years ago.
ARIZONA ANGLER DIVISIONAL CHAMP
Arizona angler Jeff Guerrette won individual champion honors at the BASS Federation Nation Western Divisional tournament held on Lake Powell in May.
The 32-year-old tile contractor from Glendale advances to the only international championship for amateur bass anglers, the BASS Federation Nation National Championship to be held Nov. 5-10 at a location to be announced later.
The top regional finishers at the Federation Nation Championship then qualify for a berth in the Bassmaster Classic.
ONLINE HUNTING, SHOOTING INFO
A free online resource for sportsmen and women has been launched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
The Web site, www.huntandshoot.org, provides comprehensive information on hunting and shooting.
It features an array of free services, access directories and other conveniences for hunters and target shooters.
Fishing hot spot
Roosevelt Lake: The decrease in storms has made night fishing a little comfortable, and the daytime bite has picked up with the more moderate daytime temperatures. Some anglers report catching bigger bass off points, ledges and islands around 15 to 30 feet. Best time is three hours before dark or at first light using watermelon or pumpkin-colored jigs. There is also a morning topwater bite. There was a dark moon last week, which means floating and submersible lights should be effective. No reports from night crappie anglers lately. One strategy might be to go out during the daytime to locate spots holding crappie and then visit those spots at night.
For a complete fishing report from the Arizona Game & Fish Dept., go to www.eastvalleytribune.com.
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