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Sat Feb 8th I fished the Phoenix Bass Masters tournament on Martinez Lake with Scott Brown. We managed to weigh in 4 fish for 10.12lbs, Big Fish 2.92lbs and a 0.45lb goon fish (striper). We took 1st place in the tournament, missed big fish by 0.08lbs and the goon fish pot by 0.44lbs. We caught our fish on delta craw rat-l-trap style bait and drop shot desert craw colored roboworm fishing deeper grass flats that had some healthy color to them in 8’-12’ of water near spawning areas. In true Mike Iaconelli fashion Scott managed to catch our winning fish with 10 min left in the tournament on Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits senko inside fishers landing no wake zone. I made him do his best Iaconelli impression yelling “Never Give Up” to the crowd of boats also hoping for a last minute miracle.
Water temps were 50-56 degrees and much of the grass has died off due to the unusually cold winter we’ve had this year in Arizona. Most of the club reported excellent fishing on Friday during pre-fish with several anglers posting some big fish photos. Sat however was a bit tougher as many of the productive areas that had stained water Fri were gin clear Sat and the wind picked up on Sat around 10am. The bite was tough for most of the club and there was also added boat pressure from another 30+ boat tournament also fishing out of Fishers Landing.
Phoenix Bass Masters next club meeting will be held at Sportsman's Warehouse on Mon March 9 @ 5:30PM in the upstairs conf room. The next club tournament will be held on Canyon Lake on Sat March 14. New members are welcome to join us whom are interested in fishing a shared weight team tournament format with a friendly relaxed atmosphere and dedicated to openly sharing info with all club members.
“A rising tide raises all boats”
Here’s a pic of Scott’s big fish during prefish caught on a jig. Tournament photos and video will be posted shortly to the Phoenix Bass Masters Instagram and Facebook page.
Here's some photos from our club members during pre-fishing and the tournament. Enjoy.
Thanks for the report and pics. It’s good to see reports from some of Arizona’s waters. Keep them coming.
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