KINGMAN - Art Fuller proved that you don't need a partner to win a team bass tournament after he easily won the Kingman Bass Club's tournament at Martinez Lake by checking in a two-day limit that weighed 25.57 pounds.
Fuller led the tournament wire-to-wire.
What made this win even more impressive was that Fuller was the only "team" in the nine-boat field that had just one angler!
Fishing without a partner, Fuller said he had just six bites on Saturday and six on Sunday, but he made just about all of them count.
Using a Yamamoto double spider jig and a no-longer-manufactured Berkley Pulse worm, Fuller brought in a five-fish stringer on Saturday that weighed an impressive 14.08 pounds. Anchoring that limit was a lunker that pushed the scales to 5.80 pounds and earned Fuller the Big Fish jackpot of the day.
On Sunday, Fuller once again brought in a heavy stringer that weighed 11.49 pounds that included the largest bass of the day, a lunker that weighed 4.60 pounds. Fuller's bass just beat out another lunker caught by club member Dennis Davis. Davis' bass weighed 4.42 pounds.
In typical Fuller fashion, Art shrugged off the amazing victory by saying, "I just got lucky."
Taking second place was the team of Greg Parker and Dennis Davis.
Despite checking in a limit on Saturday that weighed just 7.99 pounds, the team stormed back on Sunday with a five-fish limit that weighed 12.24 pounds, giving them a two-day weight of 20.23 pounds. Parker/Davis narrowly beat out Dave Hilton and Mike Roberts, who had checked in a first day five-fish limit that weighed only 7.79 pounds.
On Sunday, Hilton/Roberts brought in an impressive limit that weighed 12.05 pounds, for a total of 19.84 pounds.
The angling on the lower Colorado River backwaters was generally good, with seven of the nine teams checking in a five-fish limit on Saturday. But on Sunday, things got tough, and just five of the teams were able to bring in a limit.
Teams used a variety of baits to catch the bass, including spinnerbaits, Senkos, worms and jigs.
After the daily weigh-in, all the bass were released as per club rules.
The next event on the club's tournament trail will be on April 4 at Princess Cove on Lake Mohave.