Championship at Lake Havasu May 4th and May 5th
The Bass Junkyz crew rolled into Lake Havasu City Thursday knowing anglers had been on the water working out their strategy for the 2017-2018 Championship. The Quality Inn hosted the event opening up the Saguaro Room teams began to pour in at 6:10 for the 6:30 meeting. You could see the minds working out what they had accomplished and like any tournament with something big on the line talk wasn’t loud and jovial as is the norm. A little rib poking took place, but all in good fun. Just prior to kicking off the meeting teams were greeted with Bass Junkyz goodie bags. An assortment of Havasu essentials; Jack Lewis fish weights, Flirt Skirts jigs, Century Marine key chain, Pro-Strike spooling band, Strike King baits, Frog Toggs, Crossed Industries stickers, Bass Junkyz stickers, Bass Junkyz hats and shirts, local coupons, … Each angler had in hand $85 of items to say “thank you” for committing to the Bass Junkyz Tournament Series.
Day 1 was an absolute gift. The golf cart shuttle was racing back and forth between the ramp and the parking lot as teams positioned their boats with the launch order in mind. The Morning Prayer just as the colors of dawn was changing the horizon and a very light breeze. The National Anthem resonated across the water and at the last note live well check and launch ensued. 29 Teams of the 30, ready for the challenge of the day and solid competition idled out of the Lake Havasu Marina toward the open water. As 2:40pm rolled around teams began to come in and once again the shuttle was at task.
Deb Cunningham was one of the first of the anglers to come up to the parking lot and she was literally shaking with excitement. Deb and Vic had experienced some battery issues out on the water and with some assistance were able to finish out the day, and what a day they had. Leading day 1, Vic and Deb brought to the scale a bag weight of 21.30 and a big fish of 5.24. Matt Shura and Lon Armel were on their heels with a solid 19.66 and a 4.58 big fish. Ben Foster and Jeff Erickson were in hot pursuit with their own 19.08 bag and day 1 big fish of 5.46. With rounding out the top 5; Jeff Allen and John Browning with 19.00 and a 4.88, Derek Francom and Aaron Reese 18.56 and a 5.04 big fish. Day 2 was going to be a battle.
All anglers in and scales closed, Deb and Vic were able to hold onto the lead from start to finish 10/10, a day 2 weight of 19.84, a big fish of 5.84 for a total weight of 41.14 and tournament big fish. Standing in second place Matt Shura and Lon Armel managed to hold off the competition bringing in 18.07 making a two day total of 37.73. Dean Kreuzer and Rich Kereny closed the gap but not enough with an 18.33 bag and a two day total of 36.73, 1.01lb off to jump to 2nd place. Kevin and Mike Caruso finished up with 35.76. Joe Wheeler and Derrick Amerson leaped from Day 1 15th place to 5th place with a day 2 bag of 19.20 and a total weight of 34.28
Second place big fish went to Jeff Erickson and Ben Foster for their 5.46 and Third place went to Derek Francom and Aaron Reese for their 5.04. What an event! In total Bass Junkyz paid out in cash and products a whopping total of $36,674.00!!!
Bass Junkyz would like to thank all of their sponsors, anglers, those that have helped during the events, help behind the scenes, and the people that have listened and offered guidance. Many, many thanks to all of you. It is because of you that this organization is doing as well as it is and events in the future look to be bigger and better.
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Lake Pleasant April 7th
Lake Pleasant, the final event of the Bass Junkyz 2017-2018 Season and as unsure as we were of what to expect it can be said of everyone that the event did not disappoint. Holding onto a boat average of 87 boats per event for the season Lake Pleasant offered up a field of 88 ready to mix it up, take risks, and step up to the internal challenges of the day. Sponsors stepped in upping the ante with demo rides for Bass Cat from Pro Staff coordinated by Century Marine. Foster’s Rustic Furniture was on hand showing off their awesome items. Canyon Coolers were on display and prizes galore from Napier Outdoors, Taipan Rods, Costa, Ace Fishing and Hunting, Crossed Industries, Jack Lewis, ProStrike, Robo Junkies …
The weather turned out to be fantastic and honestly could not have been better on the April 7th morning. Tai Au and Joe Uribe teamed up for this one and it was a match. The team brought to the scale a solid bag of 16.55lbs with the help of 4.71 kicker, just enough to best the Johnny Johnson and Andrew Napoleon team with 16.23 and tournament big fish at 7.54. A 0.32 difference but not enough. 3rd place Ben Foster and Jeff Erickson with a healthy and steady bag of 15.55 and 4.75 kicker keeping them ahead of 4th place, the steady team of Danny Hallock and Michael Reyes with 15.17 and 2nd place big fish of 5.72. Rounding out the top five, 5th place team Kenny Cartledge and Zack Lamb with 14.48 and a 4.24, 3rd place big fish belonged to the team of Charlie Crawford and David Jenkins with a solid 5.29.
Bass Junkyz AOY team was decided at this event. The team of Todd Herman and Julius Mazy held on to their lead by fending off the pressing team of Marty Halsey and Bob Perkins. Both will meet again at the championship May 4th and 5th at Lake Havasu.
Congratulations to all that have qualified or were drawn … See you at Havasu!!!
Herman –Mazy Kereny-Kruezer Porter – Carroll Halsey – Perkins
Uptain – Coleman Johnson – Napoleon Francom-Reese Coffey – Mckenzie
Ashford – Ashford Shura –Armel Hallock – Reyes Henrickson – Shull
Blauvelt – Hart Smith – Dix Foster – Erickson Everett – Ballard
Brillhart – Nugent Allen – Browning Caruso – Caruso Jonovich – Jonovich
Cartledge – Lamb Cautter – Teixeira Wheeler – Amerson Cunningham – Cunningham
Schook – Casillas Lee – Pingry Lamanna – Lamanna Lund – Boyce
Singletary – Singletary Sierra – Stanton
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Lake Havasu March 3rd
Event 6 of 7 for the 2017-2018 season proved to be a formidable one. Anglers monitored the wind forecast for the weekend trying to set out a game plan for participation and success. Some made alternative plans versus risking Lake Havasu rollers and the others let out the battle cry, “Fish on!” The morning started off with a steady breeze and made progressive gains after 10 o’clock. As the first flight of the day began to make it into the marina conceding their efforts to the clock, stronger wind gusts had become more consistent and the norm. A few of the teams found themselves to be less than dry.
Ted Stewner and Al Carlson lead all teams with 19.65 and a 4.61 kicker. The Canadian team fished fast covering a great deal of water during the day. The past two time Canadian Fort Frances Champions and a host of top 10 finishes over the past several years gave the team a small amount of anonymity among other anglers, but they are on the radar now. 2nd place went to a familiar team of Matt Shura and Lon Armel with 18.48 and a 5.61 kicker. Via a Bass Junkyz contingency, Team Shura/Armel were able to add an additional $500 in Nitro Bass Pro Tournament Rewards. Following in third, Justin Kerr and Tim Rath with 18.28 and a 4.37 and in fourth place, Kyle Grover and Garrett Howard with 16.98 with a solid 4.67 in the mix.
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Lake Alamo Feb 3rd
Alamo Lake did not disappoint. Last year the lake rose 42 feet with heavy precipitation taking the lake to a level nearly full pool of 1129 and stopping just short at 1126.5. Arizona has been unseasonably warm this year and the tradeoff is beautiful crisp (our definition) winter mornings in the mid/hi 40s. Daytime temperature on the water was 78/79 and a mild afternoon breeze. Aaaahhhh.
88 teams participated and rewarded. 32 teams brought a big fish to the scale in excess of 4.02lbs and several had to decide which was going to test the scale. Out of the 88 only three elected to either not weigh fish or didn’t complete a full day on the water for other reasons. Some of the usual suspects were in the top 10 and new winners this go round. Steve Lund and Steven Boyce put together a 24.00lb bag to top the field including a 2nd place big fish kicker at 6.30lbs. In 2nd place was father/son team of Chris and Conner Yates with a bag weight of 19.99 which held for a very long time including a 4.92 kicker. In 3rd , Joe Uribe Jr. and Joe Uribe Sr. came to the scale with a very respectful 19.84. 4th place Marty Henrickson and Jacob Shull jumped in with 19.19lbs. A tie for 5th place at 19.12lbs was settled by a big fish tie breaker. Both teams came to the scale with healthy 5lb big fish, but the team of Collin Nelson and Brandon Morton edged out Nate Foreman and Danny Clark with and 5.89lb big fish versus 5.53lb.
The Phoenix Junior Bassmasters competed the following day with many of our adult anglers rolling over to take out the contestants: Anglers of the future fishing today. Next event will be at Lake Havasu on March 3rd. Please contact Quality Inn and Days Inn and tell them you with Bass Junkyz to secure our agreed rate for this event.
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Lake Bartlett Jan 6th
Bartlett did not disappoint as the weather was absolutely amazing versus what January can be sometimes here in Arizona. There was a milestone set with participation and a limit set by the permit issuing agency that a maximum of 100 boats would be allowed. Preregistration closed with 81 positions spoken for leaving 19 for day of sign up. Some firsts happen with this circumstance; a large number of the competition field spent the night, several day of signees put down bed rolls or cots to sleep and hold their line position, and 21 other teams were informed the tournament had capped out. All are firsts for Bass Junkyz.
Early arriving vehicles were met with live-well checks prior to entering into the parking lot around 3:45am. Sign-ups and sign-ins went rather smoothly considering the field size. Prayer included a moment of silence for the Costa FLW Lake Okeechobee anglers. As of this writing co-angler Nik Kayler remains missing and his family and friends remain in our prayers. The National Anthem played loudly resonating across the water ended with loud cheers. 7 flights launched orderly without crowding or conflict and the day was ahead. First flight due in at 3:00pm, the last at 4:30pm, and the last team weighed in with the scales closing at 5:07. Sponsor row was a hit with Century Marine and BassCat, Costa Sunglasses, Inyati Bed Liners, Pro Strike, and Canyon Coolers.
At the end of it all father/son duo Joe Uribe Jr and Sr topped the field with a healthy 13.62 including a nice kicker of 3.42lbs. Team Porter and Carroll followed up with a 12.33 sack and Team Maxon and Romano on their heels with an 11.99lbs sack. Team Uptain and Coleman on their aft with 11.79 with Team Halsey and Perkins at 11.56lbs. Of the 100 teams competing 97 weighed in fish and 100% of the fish were returned to the water thanks to the fish care practices, oxygenated holding tanks/tubs, and the use of Rejuvenade in our cue.
The next event is at Alamo Lake on February 3rd so please get online and reserve your camp spot. There are full hookups available, as well as power only hookups, bathrooms, including showers. After Alamo we are headed to Lake Havasu on March 3rd so mark your calendars and make your reservations at Quality Inn and Days Inn asking for the “Bass Junkyz” rate.
Lake Roosevelt December 2nd
Things go smoothly where there is cooperation. Thank you Let’s Talk Fishing for switching ramps with us at Windy Hill for the event. It is a blessing to be here in Arizona and not having to do as our brothers and sisters do up north, winterize and store our boats. The agony of waiting for the river or lake to be ice free knowing the bass are there. This is the first event we used the recovery boat to take fish back down to the lake and everything went amazingly well. We tried something new this event with the live well checks. As vehicles entered into the ramp area staff inspected live wells and issued a token to exchange at registration. This worked extremely well and we are hopeful we can utilize this method going forward.
Partly cloudy skies and very mild temperatures for early December on Arizona’s Mother Lake. 93 boats in all on the water. Fishing was better than Apache and 52 teams brought limits to the scale. Heavy bag for the day belonged to Todd Herman-Julius Mazy at 16.64, followed up by Richard Witt-Tai Au 16.01, and in 3rd place Roy Hawk-Mark White at 15.75. Todd Herman-Julius Mazy made their day oh so much sweeter with the Bass Pro Tournament Rewards for Nitro giving them a $5,000.00 bonus to their day at the outdoor office. Big fish was brought to the scale by Richard Witt-Tai Au at 5.71lbs securing Big Fish Option, Ace Hardware & Fishing Big Fish, and Century Marine Big Fish for a cash and prize amount of $1,837.00. Catch of the day was credited to Derek Francom-Aaron Reese with an extremely healthy 5lb smallmouth. Bass Junkyz is a 1 to 6 ratio tournament paying down a max of 10 places. Special thanks to A&M Graphics, Century Marine, Quest Rewards, Ace Hardware, Bass Pro Shop Tournament Rewards, Canyon Coolers, VooDoo Athletics, Pro Strike, Robo Junky Boat Detail, Inyati Bed Liners, Rico, Amp Upholstery and Marine, Rejuvenade, and Costa.
Next event is at Bartlett Lake on January 6th and online registration will open on December 21st.
Apache Lake November 11th
The 2nd event of Bass Junkyz season was colorful. Orange and blue/purple clouds scattered about the eastern horizon with dawn's paintbrush as safelight approached. A 58 boat field, 116 anglers stood for prayer and the Anthem then the competition day was underway. Rumors prior to the event were that the lake was fishing tough, but we all know how fisherman can be sometimes ... Well it wasn't tough, it was T O U G H! Some of the best anglers around struggled this weekend at a lake historically offering up plus 25lb sacks and the scales told the tale. Winners, Kreuzer/Kereny put the smack down on the entire field coming across the scales at 15.28lbs, 4.18lbs over 2nd place Allen/Browning at 11.10lbs who passed the slap along to 3rd place Everett/Ballard with 8.39lbs. The weights narrowed from there with 10th place Herman/Mazy at 5.27lbs. Special thanks to ACE Hardware's Tim Baird on Houghton in Tucson for the G Loomis Rod and to Century Marine for the product/service certificates. It is great having you on board as our Big Bass sponsors this season.
The next event will be at Roosevelt Lake, December 2nd. Online registration will open for Roosevelt on November 20th, close on November 30th, then continue December 2nd at the lake.
Lake Bartlett Oct 7th
The Bass Junkyz 2nd Season kicked off with a beautiful October Arizona morning. We had anticipated a larger field than last year’s average but the actual boat count blew our forecast count of 60 out of the water! 97 teams rolled into the Bartlett Lake parking lot and then it was time to get to business. The morning started off with a prayer followed by the National Anthem. We stand.
7 flights blasted off and then the real work began for the Bass Junkyz staff; 97 boats, 184 anglers plus curious spectators coming over to see what was going on. We knew immediately we needed more food, water, soda, tables, chairs, and canopies. The extra food was ordered and we had to make do with the tables and chairs. A little reconfiguring of the canopies, everyone who stayed ate, and most everything else worked out with a little ripple here or there but taken care of.
It is not often a large fish comes out of Bartlett but Team Guetti/Wood managed to find an El Diablo weighing in at 6.66lbs taken 1st place for Big Fish. The fish locked them in at 14.11lbs for a first place trifecta; Entry, Option 1, and Big Fish. The 2nd Place Team of Porter/Smith were just behind by .65lbs at 13.46lbs. The gap to 3rd Place with Locke/Sumrall was nearly 2.2lbs at 11.24lbs total. The following weights for 4th through 10th looked like everyone would expect for Bartlett Lake being separated by 100ths.
Next on the schedule is Apache Lake on November 11th. The online registration will open on Thursday November 2nd and close on November 9th at 7:00pm. Registration will then continue at the lake Saturday morning at 4:30am. We are hoping for a good turnout so make sure to secure your hotel room or campground ahead of time.
Championship @ Lake Martinez
When we chose Martinez Lake it was in the mindset of “something different” for the anglers. We wanted to change things up and give the participants some new scenery. It worked. Day 1 of the competition kept everyone aware of the changing weather and subsequent water conditions. Anglers fought hard for their weight with day one bringing in a 7.29lb by Team Hodge/Guerrette closely followed by Team Reyes/Carson with a 7.25lb. Day 1 Leaders Hodge/Guerrette with 20.27lbs was closely followed by Team Mabry/Sautter with 18.77lbs, Team Howden/Understiller with 18.20lbs, Team Singletary/Singletary with 14.60lbs, and Team Dudley/Goettl with 14.43lbs.
Day 2 presented more challenges than the first day. Weather had set it after Day 1 and since has been identified as the most aggressive storm flow for the Yuma area of the monsoon season. Telephone and power poles had snapped in half from a microburst parallel to Route I95 shutting down travel for about two hours the night before and power outages throughout Yuma were rampant. The river and backwater stained up and many anglers lost the bite and pattern they had been on. For others, persistence, adjustments, and some luck paid off. The heaviest bag for Day 2 was brought to the scale by Team Ampersee/Ampersee at 19.09lbs, but it wasn’t enough to take over the lead and hold off Team Dudley/Goettl from pushing them off and taking over the hot seat with a 18.23lb bag. Team Hodge/Guerrette had lost their bite but still kept on trying to find the kicker to secure a win. Team Howden/Understiller approached the scale with a hero’s effort braving the rain and lightning at what turned into their most productive spot up river. Although they knew the sack was smaller than the day before, and with 14.74lbs and the day before weight of 18.20lbs Team Dudley/Goettl stepped aside yielding the hot seat and first place by 0.23lbs.
The event finished with our new Bass Junkyz Champions, Team Howden/Understiller at 32.94lbs.