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'Bass Buddy' events pop up in county

| Friday, Jan. 20, 2006

Bass fishing in the Allegheny River at Crooked Creek Lake may be the best kept secret in Armstrong County. However, if two local anglers, Chuck Anthony and Chris Trumbull, have their way, the "secret" will soon be out.

Trumbull said the recent Jr. BASS Master tournament held in Kittanning and the Pro-BASS event held in Pittsburgh may not have done much to reveal the great potential of the Allegheny River or Crooked Creek.

"The fishing wasn't all that great for the kids participating in the Junior Bass tournament last summer," Trumbull said, "and maybe lot of people began to think that fishing here just isn't that great. Maybe they hit the river at a bad time or whatever, but most of the time both the Allegheny and Crooked Creek offer some outstanding bass fishing."

Trumbull said that about five years ago a small weekday evening bass tournament was sponsored by Seth Myers, then owner of Rupp's Sporting Goods, who was assisted by Tom Rybarick. During the past two years organization of the tournament fell to Trumbull and Anthony, part of an informal club dubbed the Armstrong Bass Association. Trumbull and Anthony are continuing Myers' idea by holding small "Bass Buddy Tournaments."

"We hold them on a weekday evening and will begin in June right after the opening of the 2006 bass season, probably on the first Tuesday following the opening day. The rules are simple. We have a $20 fee per boat and a boat may have one or two people. You may have a combined catch of five bass and you must use artificial lures only. All fishing is catch and release. That's it.

"Tournaments are normally held from 6 to 9 p.m. in pools 7, 8 or 9 of the Allegheny and at Crooked Creek Lake. At the end or the summer we hold one, day-long tournament to determine the overall winners. That is followed by a banquet for all who participated."

Trumbull said there is no fee to join the Armstrong Bass Association.

"If you fish in just one evening tournament you're a member," he said. "The only requirements are that you must fish from a boat and you must use artificial lures. The tournaments are open to anyone of any age. All are welcome. One thing we'd like to do is start a chartered BASS Federation club so that we can give youth an opportunity to learn bass fishing and participate in junior tournaments. Scott Heasley of the YMCA is working with us on that end.. Maybe we can have a local chapter by this summer."

For more information, call Trumbull at: 724-543-4858.

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