Winners abound at Fire Fighters tourney

DON MARTIN/For the Miner<br><br>
These are the winners of the 2008 United Professional Fire Fighters fishing tournament at Lake Mead. From left are the team that won the striper division, William Nelson, Dan Winder and Robert Borker and Joe Dalmolin and Fred Proudfoot, who is holding the third member of the team, Jake Dalmolin. The older Dalmolin and Proudfoot won the largemouth bass division.

DON MARTIN/For the Miner<br><br> These are the winners of the 2008 United Professional Fire Fighters fishing tournament at Lake Mead. From left are the team that won the striper division, William Nelson, Dan Winder and Robert Borker and Joe Dalmolin and Fred Proudfoot, who is holding the third member of the team, Jake Dalmolin. The older Dalmolin and Proudfoot won the largemouth bass division.

KINGMAN - Despite threats of high winds, 25 teams participated in the annual United Professional Fire Fighters fishing tournament that was held on Friday/Saturday at South Cove on Lake Mead.

Teams could fish for striped bass, largemouth bass and catfish during the overnight tournament.

The team of Dan Winder, Robert Borker and William Nelson took top honors in the striper division with a 40-fish limit that weighed 64.55 pounds and included the tournament big fish, a lunker that weighed 4.10 pounds that Winder caught.

Second place went to Ken Miller, Carlos Rooks and Chris Russell, whose 40-fish limit weighed 42.60 pounds.

Third-place honors went to Mike Vanzandt, Larry Butler and Charlie Butler. Their limit pushed the scales to 41.95 pounds. Johnny Hoeft, Gary McGregor and Eric Connell won fourth place. Their limit weighed 37.45 pounds.

Taking top honors in the catfish division was the team of Brandon Barkhurst, John Morris and Bryan Brendenkamp with a 20-fish stringer that weighed 20.40 pounds.

In the largemouth bass division, perennial winner Fred Proudfoot did it again. Fishing with a new partner, his son-in-law Joe Dalmolin, the pair checked in 15 bass over two days that weighed 21.10 pounds.

Second place went to Ed and Ariel Walker, who had 14 bass that weighed 16.70 pounds. Third place went to Jay Chan, Dan Reed and Don Martin, who checked in 12 bass that weighed 15.50 pounds.

Bill Boyett and Justin Brown won fourth place. Their stringer weighed 14.30 pounds.

Winner of the big fish award with a lunker that weighed 4.5 pounds was the team of Brandon Jensen, Nathaniel Chamberlain and Brandon Vest.

It was also announced that Johnny Hoeft has agreed to take over the duties as tournament director for the annual Stripe-R-Rama tournament.