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Old March 27th, 2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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FLW Stren at Roosevelt Lake Update 3_27

Our committee is meeting weekly now to ensure we get everything done before the tournament. We’re getting feedback that hotels in Payson as well as Tonto Basin are selling out. Some have been sold out several weeks. The “free hand outs” bag that each participant will receive at the pre-tournament meeting on April 15th at the Mazatzal Casino will be stuffed with valuable coupons from both Payson and Tonto Basin businesses. Businesses are offering coupons for fishing and “other than fishing” related activities. We know lots of fishermen will bring their families, so we’re making sure they have things to do while you fish!

The FLW Stren and the Gila County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) have sent emails and posts about the boat safety inspections that will happen in the Cholla upper parking lot on April 14th and 15th from 10 AM until 2 PM. We expect most pros will be pre-fishing those days and hopefully this agreement will cause minimal impact. We thank the GCSO for their help in this area.

We met with Tonto National Forest (TNF) representatives at the Cholla Recreation Site and did a “walk through” of traffic flow, estimated crowd sizes, FLW and sponsor display locations. This was a VERY productive meeting and we appreciate the assistance of the TNF team. If you plan to camp at one of the campsites at Roosevelt Lake, be sure you have the proper passes for camping and boating. The Tackle Box and Hwy 188 Tackle and Supply in Tonto Basin have a large supply of passes and can explain the regulations if you have questions.

The AZ Game and Fish Dept (AZGFD) has arranged for coverage during the weigh-ins at Cholla and Wal-Mart. They will work with the FLW to ensure fish safety during the tournament. The AZGFD has provided valuable insight to this process.

We have worked with Payson Police Dept, DPS and Gila County Sheriff’s Office to ensure security both at Cholla and the Payson Wal-Mart during the event. Through our volunteer support, we will have 24 hour security coverage for the FLW and our sponsor displays during the event. DPS will be providing the escort on the final day for the finalists. Two vehicles will bring the boats into Payson, time the traffic lights to minimize the time fish are out of the lake and bring them into the Wal-Mart parking lot.

We have banners for the event in place both in Payson and Tonto Basin. We also are in the process of distributing over 500 flyers. You’ll probably see some in the Valley sporting stores this weekend.

We have done several radio shows and short updates about the tournament. Currently we are talking with several TV stations how they can best cover the event. When these are broadcast, I’ll make a post letting everyone know the details.

We have over a dozen confirmed sponsor booths that will be set up at Wal-Mart during the final day activities. Live music and radio will start at 3 PM and the weigh-in starts at 4 PM. Bring the family, and have a great time.

A special shout-out to the Payson Wal-Mart store and the Mazatzal Casino who have been EXTREMELY generous in helping make this tournament a success.

If you’re planning on fishing this tournament and have not yet signed up, you need to do it soon. Go to flwoutdoors.com or call them to pay your deposit.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 07:56 AM   #2
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I would like to thank you cowboy2, for all your hard work and to all the people behind the scenes and businesses that are doing there part to make this event, one of the best ever, in Arizona.FLW and there staff, are a class act. Payson and Tonto Basin background, should be awesome at sunrise, Come on guys, let's fill the field up and show them we too, have some of the best fishing, and fisherman the west coast offers. Good Luck to all participants.(cowboy2, can you tell them to put extra peanut butter on my sandwich, thanks)
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Old March 28th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #3
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Sorry for the dumb question but I was reading how the boats will go to the Payson walmart for weigh-in. I believe there is an AZGF rule/regulation regarding the transportation of live fish. Is there exceptions for tournaments such as this one or is that not really a rule/regulation?
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Old March 28th, 2009, 07:01 PM   #4
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There is an exemption for this tourny.

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Old March 28th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #5
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JMO but I think there also should be an exception for state records that people want to get weighed and documented and then return the fish to the lake.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 07:36 PM   #6
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+1 for what DELW said. Before the contract between the FLW and the Town of Payson, and the permit with the TNF, the FLW contacted AZGFD to obtain the exception to transporting live fish. The agreement is that the fish may be transported however oxygenators must be added to the live-wells of the 10 finalist boats. As soon as these boats are off the water in the final day, the FLW will install the oxygenators to the live-well before the boats leave for Payson.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 08:54 PM   #7
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I am coming up to sign up, Wednesday afternoon right after work. Will there be plenty of parking places for those of us, towing boats,at the casino?
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Old March 28th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #8
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JMO but I think there also should be an exception for state records that people want to get weighed and documented and then return the fish to the lake.
I dont and there is a few reasons why.
the number one reason would be everyone and there brother that catchs a 7lb fish thinks its the state record
, look at how many pictures on the board were people were saying its 10 lbs and its really 6 .
not to mention anyone who gets a big fish will take it to s scale to get it weighed for there own benifit, and they can use the excuess well I thought it was a state record.

then you have the someone catchs a big fish ( close to state record) and sticks it in a pond or pool or aquirium to make it fatter for a guarenteed record.

when it comes to big fish and money its about about greed.

as far as tournies having off site weigh-ins, I dont mind it one bit but were is this going to end up? big bass days weigh-in at a casino, wednesday nighters at the fishermens choice tackle shop?
aba allstar MBC National bass at there sponsors business?
see what I mean if its good for one why not the other? it shows special favors and Lawyers and others love this stuff ,this is going to open up all kinds of of shit were lawyers are involved with lawsuits on who can move what fish were and when and why.

I hope it doesnt and I think most tourny directors wouldn't pursue it as they have common sence, but some sponsors may.

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Old March 29th, 2009, 06:31 AM   #9
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Splitshot – You don’t have to come to Payson to sign up. Go to flwoutdoors.com or call them at 1-270-252-1000. The Mazatzal Casino does have ample parking for trucks with trailers. However, call their reservations desk (928-474-6044) before you come up here to make sure they still have rooms available. If you need the names, numbers and prices of other hotels in the area, go to www.paysonrimcountry.com – click on The Town, then Accommodations.

Another option for everyone is to leave your boat in Tonto Basin at the Hwy 188 Tackle and Supply. They have arranged to store boats in a locked fenced area at their store. There will be security during the night and power will be provided to charge batteries. This is a free service provided by the Hwy 188 Tackle and Supply. Contact them at 928-479-2535.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 12:43 PM   #10
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Thanks Cowbot2 for all of the valuable information and for the time and effort you have put into helping this be a great event!!!
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