KINGMAN - The Arizona Game and Fish Department (Region III) has confirmed that they will have officers at the check-in for the upcoming Stripe-R-Rama 22 fishing tournament.
Acting on a request by tournament officials and others, the department will assign at least two officers to be at the weigh-in of the popular overnight striper-fishing tournament held each year out of South Cove on Lake Mead.
In the past, tournament officials noticed that some anglers brought bags of stripers to the scales that had obviously not been on ice.
On hot summer nights, stripers that are not immediately placed on ice and then covered with a layer of ice in a cooler will start to deteriorate.
Fish that have not been on ice are easy to spot. When the fish start to break down, they take on a pale brown appearance and become very smelly, with the flesh becoming mushy. At this point they quickly become unfit to eat.
By Game and Fish rule, anglers who let fish spoil may be charged with wanton waste.
"Any team who has fish that are obviously spoiled or who are cited for wanton waste will not be allowed to weigh in their catch," said tournament director Johnnie Hoeft.
Hoeft, like a lot of others who fish in this tournament, is very concerned about the way some teams have handled their catches.
"Anglers who don't want to keep their catch can donate it to a church in Meadview that always has members in attendance, and there are others in the community who will take them," Hoeft said. "There is no reason to let these fish spoil. Just keep them covered with ice and give them away after the weigh-in if you want."
Hoeft also noted that anglers have until Friday to get their applications if they want to be in the drawing for boat positions for the June 29 tournament.
The drawing for positions will be done at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lewis Kingman Park.
Teams whose entry forms are not received by Friday will be placed at the end of the line at the start of the tournament, Hoeft said.
To receive an application, contact Hoeft at (928) 716-2616 or by email at email@example.com.