The team of Micah Jones and Mike Miller teamed up to capture the Kingman Bass Club's annual two-day fall bass tournament at Alamo Lake, putting together an impressive bag of 10 largemouth bass to easily win.
Jones and Miller finished the first day of the tournament in second place, with a five-fish limit that weighed 9.07 pounds, just over a pound behind first-day leaders Art Fuller and Micah's father, Jimmy. Miller said the fish were caught on spinnerbaits and flipping plastic lures into brush on the east end of the lake.
On day two of the tournament, Jones/Miller didn't get many bites, but the ones they connected on produced good fish. The team's limit included four bass over the lake's 16-inch-slot limit. Their second-day catch weighed an impressive 10.46 pounds. The two day total for Jones/Miller was 18.53 pounds. As a testament to the tough fishing, Jones/Miller was the only team in the tournament to weigh in five bass each day. Ten teams entered.
For the first-day leaders, it was a tournament of ups and downs. On the first day, Fuller hooked and landed a giant largemouth that weighed 5.64 pounds. It ended up being the largest bass caught during the tournament.
Fuller said he caught it on a spinnerbait near a bush in less than two feet of water. "When I hooked it, the water exploded, and for a while, I wasn't sure we would get the fish in the boat," Fuller said.
The team's first day limit, anchored by the lunker largemouth, weighed 10.31 pounds.
But on day two, Fuller and Jones struggled. "We got the bites to win the tournament," Fuller said, "But we just couldn't get them into the boat."
As it turned out, Fuller/Jones checked in two fish that weighed just over 3 pounds. They ended the tournament with a total of 13.40 pounds.
Third place was won by Greg Parker and Dennis Davis. Parker/Davis was one of four teams that had a five-fish limit on day one. Their limit weighed 7.33 pounds, putting them in third place going into the second day. They were less than 3 pounds out of the lead, which on Alamo Lake, is a margin that can be made up with just one fish.
But they, too, found the fishing tough, and even though they felt they had gotten the bites, they only brought three bass to the scales on Sunday.
Those fish weighed 4.92 pounds, for a two-day total of 12.25 pounds. Since the club is a catch-and-release group, all of the fish were released alive back into the lake after being weighed.
The club's next tournament will be held on Nov. 14-15 at Fisher's Landing at Martinez Lake on the Colorado River. This will also be a two-day tournament.
Anyone wishing to fish in this tournament should be at the club's pre-tournament meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the conference room of the Region III office of the Arizona Game & Fish Department on Stockton Hill Road.