Brian Daniels and Gary Senft, both of Phoenix, put together two six-fish limits totaling 23.23 pounds to win the 2005 AllStar Bass SuperTeam Championship last weekend at Roosevelt Lake.
The pair weighed 13.23 pounds on the first day and 10.50 pounds on the second to win a 2006 Stratos 285 Pro XL bass boat and trailer with a Johnson 150 outboard valued at $21,000, plus $600 in option cash.
They fished a variety of lures, including topwater poppers, jigs, Texas-rigged worms and grubs on and over mainlake points with submerged brush to catch their limits, which included a couple of 3-pounders.
The 2005 AllStar Bass Team Anglers of the Year winners, Ken and Larry Larrabee, also of Phoenix, took second place with limits weighing 12.17 and 10.82 pounds for a total of 22.99 pounds. They received a variety of sponsor merchandise, plus $800 in option cash. They fished poppers, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft stick worms on shallow flats less than 5 feet deep in the Tonto Creek Arm.
Third place went to Reggie Frieswyk of Gilbert and Eric Schook of Scottsdale for two limits totaling 22.81 pounds. They weighed the heaviest limit on Day 1 — 14.76 pounds. They received third-place sponsor merchandise and $1,100 in option cash. They fished topwater poppers inside mainlake covers.
Dave Kemper and Jimmie Faw, both of Tempe, weighed the event’s Big Fish, a 4.83-pounder worth $750.
The 2006 AllStar Bass Team Tournaments season starts on Nov. 5, at Roosevelt Lake, a change from the previously published 2006 schedule. For more information, call (480) 894-2775 or visit the Arizona Hunter and Angler magazine Web site at www.azha.com and click on the AllStar Bass team logo.
STATE RECORD RAINBOW
On Sept. 8, Jose DeLeon of Glendale was fishing with a live nightcrawler when he hooked what he thought was a log at Woods Canyon Lake. What he had really hooked was a state record rainbow trout weighing 13 pounds, 6.4 ounces and measuring 31 inches long.
DeLeon took the huge rainbow up to the Woods Canyon Lake Store, where it was weighed on a state-certified scale. He then drove his record fish to the Arizona Game and Fish Department in Phoenix, where biologists confirmed he had caught a new inland waters state record.
DeLeon’s rainbow toppled the previous state mark of 12 pounds, 5.76 ounces and 32.5 inches long set by Brandon Childs of Gilbert with a fish caught from Tempe Town Lake on Dec. 28, 2002.
FISHING HOT SPOT
Lake Powell: Anglers are routinely finding stripers chasing shad at the surface. Catching a boat full of big stripers is top-notch action anywhere. This bite typically hits its peak in September, but it’s possible to continue catching topwater stripers until the first winter storms chill down the water in late October or early November. In between striper boils, the smallmouth bass action is good mid-lake and in the San Juan, but slow in many other lake areas. Fish main channel rocky shelves and terraces for best results. Striper action is also picking up at lakes Mead, Mohave and Havasu.