It was a great day of fishing in Arizona for the SAF State Championship at Roosevelt Lake. The anglers had to navigate muddy waters and modify strategies to compete with the curveballs thrown by the recent rains and snowmelt. In true fashion, these high school anglers put their heads down and went to work. The first-place team brought a bass of a lifetime, which weighed in at a whopping 10.11 pounds and anchored their 16.51-pound bag. Tanner Despain caught the lunker first thing in the morning using a Critter’s Custom Spinnerbait. As the bass jumped 4 to 5 times, their captain felt the heart attack coming on. Luckily, they were able to land it and take it for a ride all the way to the scales.
The excitement was in the air as Tanner and Creek Johnson vibrated across the stage. Showing true sportsmanship, our second-place team of James Murphy Jr. and Dash Dawson shared in the excitement and amazement as they congratulated their peers. James and Dash filled their bounty of 10.97 pounds by covering water and flipping Yamamoto Senkos until their arms fell off. Rounding out the top 3 was John Waters and Carter Bogle, with a close 3rd of 10.76.