Sometimes it’s hard not to be a partisan observer. Especially when you see the Western tournament pros dominate not one, but two national circuits on the same weekend. Not only did the “good guys” win a pair of key events, their “map fellows” filled the ranks of finalists. 

In particular, at  the top of both leaderboards, were guys with Arizona addresses. At Lake Chickamauga in Tennesee, 2-time U.S. Open winner Clifford Pirch of Payson, Arizona took the top spot by better than 6 pounds in winning $125,000, including $25,000 in Ranger Cup money in the FLW Tour Major.

But also competing on the final day (Sunday), having made the top 10 “cut,” was another Arizonan, Brett Hite of Phoenix who took fifth, while Fresno’s Randy McAbee, Jr, finished ninth.

In the Bassmaster Elite Series event at the famed Toledo Bend Reservoir in East Texas, Dean Rojas was a narrow but prosperous winner, earning the top spot by a mere one ounce over Gerald Swindle. Not only did the win boost Rojas’ bank account by $100,000, it gave him an automatic berth in the 2012 Bassmasters Classic!

And once again, the West was well represented in the final 12 as former  Californians Fred Roumbanis and Aaron Martens captured fifth and ninth spots, respectively, while Hughson’s Ish Monroe took down 12th place, each garnering cash plus a chunk of Angler of the Year Points.

It really does make you proud.


One Response to “Western pros best pair of national events”

more coming up the ranks too,