Anglers land 1,200 pounds of fish

KINGMAN - A record field of 49 teams set out from South Cove at 7 p.m. Saturday night to test their skill and luck at the largest overnight striper team tournament out of South Cove.

John Patel's Stripe-R-Rama 17 is the largest overnight striper team fishing tournament that is held annually at South Cove on Lake Mead.

Despite a thunderstorm that soaked some anglers and even sunk two boats, no one was injured, and in the end, 18 teams brought in a 40-fish limit to the scales.

Winning the event was Shane Moline and Don Martin, with a bag that weighed 74 pounds, including the tournament big fish, a lunker that Moline landed that weighed 11.45 pounds.

Fred Proudfoot and Ed Walker came in second with a limit that weighed 68.9 pounds. Proudfoot/Walker also checked the second big fish of the tournament, a lunker that weighed 4.20 pounds.

Golden Valley residents Dan Reed and Jerry Sullivan took third with a stringer that weighed 61.75 pounds.

Fourth was taken by Robert Davis and Jeff Peterson, who had a limit that weighed 54.65 pounds, while Mike Vanzandt and Charlie Suttle came in fifth with 54.35 pounds of stripers.

This year, due to the increase in entries, tournament director Johnnie Hoeft said he paid down to ninth place.

Winner of the largest non-striper was the team of Tim Flatt and Jack Ginkins, who weighed in a channel catfish that weighed 8.8 pounds. Proudfoot/Walker brought in the second largest non-striper with a channel catfish that weighed 8.6 pounds.

Hoeft awarded plaques to Proudfoot and Walker, thanking them for their 16 years of service as co-tournament directors of the Stripe-R-Rama event.

Participants in the tournament also were grateful to Hoeft, who took over the tournament director's position on short notice.

Hoeft and several family members worked to make the tournament results immediately available for anglers due to inputting the data to a laptop computer. A new digital scale made weighing the fish quick and easy.

Hoeft said that anglers brought in 1,138 stripers that collectively weighed 1,263 pounds during the tournament.

Anglers were able to donate their catch to a local church in Meadview, who had members on site to take the fish. This was possible due to the fact that there is no limit on stripers under 20 inches long on Lake Mead.

Hoeft said that other than the problems with only one launch ramp for the anglers to use, and the thunderstorm, he was very pleased with the results of his first tournament.