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Mike Rooke & Shaun Bailey - 2009 Region 2 Champions

As the Region 2 Tournament of Champions was prepared to get started the buzz all around Lake Havasu City were the giant fish showing up in pre fish. Mike Rooke a local had even made claims that it could take 40lbs of weight for the 2-day competition. I think most anglers thought that was a stretch, Mike Goodwin one of the local favorites stated “ I’ll eat my shorts if it takes 40lbs in the fall.” Well, one Mike was right and cashed in, and the other Mike is probably still chewing! Mike Rooke is no stranger to winning big competitions, and his partner local Shaun Bailey is no slouch either, having excelled on western pro circuits. These two on their home water? Let’s just say everyone had a feeling the duo would be tough to beat and , in the end, no one could! Rooke and Bailey led from beginning to end and only pulled further away from the competition on day two. Their total of 40.90lbs was more than enough to take home 1st place honors, a Legend 195 with Mercury 200 Optimax, and cash totaling $36,500.00 The team reported catching bass on top water, jigs, swimbaits and worms. They hit a number of areas and caught fish as deep as 40 feet around habitat. Shadric Berweger and partner George Provenza captured 2nd place with a total weight of 36.65lbs. The team reported fishing in the south end of the lake and caught most of their fish on jigs from


TD Vern Price with 2nd place finishers Shadric Berweger and George Provenza and Chuck Taylor.

Dale Devlin and James Hansen finish in 3rd place

5 to 25 feet of water. The pair earned cash and a 200 Mercury Optimax for their efforts. In 3rd place was the team of Dale Devlin and James Hansen. They had solid sacks each day and weighed a two day total of 33.05lbs. This team from Las Vegas has showed over the years that they are tough at any TOC it doesn’t matter the location. The team reported fishing Tulles in the backs of bays on the main lake, Jigs and frogs were the lures of choice, and this team won $3500.00 for the weekend. Everyone at Anglers Choice would like to thank the 95 teams that competed at this year’s TOC, as well as all the anglers that sup- ported USAC this season. Events like this happen because of coop-



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