Angling for a New Fishing Boat? Come to the Sand-Water-RV Expo, Nov. 19-20, 2016

Lake Havasu Boat Show

Among the exhibits at the 5th Annual Sand-Water-RV Expo on Nov. 19-20 will be a selection of fishing boats you’d be proud to show off to envious fellow anglers.

The 2016 Sand-Water-RV Expo is an annual mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of off-roading, RVing and boating. Browse, compare and shop for the latest in off-road vehicles, trucks, sand rails (a lightweight off-road motor vehicle specifically built for traveling in sandy terrain), ATVs, UTVs, 4x4s, buggies, golf carts, motorcycles, electric vehicles, RVs, toy haulers, travel trailers, power boats, pontoons, personal watercraft, kayaks, paddleboards, and all related accessory products and services. Whew!

The fact that you can fish off many of these watercraft is, of course, an added bonus. One new exhibitor is Just 4 Fun Powersports which will showcase the G3 Sportsman 17 and the G3 Angler V16 Walk-Thru. “Both of these boats are excellent fishing boats that come ready to run,” said store owner Mark Curry.

“The Sportsman has a Minn Kota 24 Volt Trolling motor and battery charger, Spare Package and a 75 HP Yamaha 4 Stroke outboard. This boat will be an excellent performer with this power up on the engine. It will have Garmin electronics in the dash. The Sportsman 17 comes with standard features that are not even available as options on the competition,” Curry continues, “The G3 Angler V16 walk-thru also will be powered up to a Yamaha 60 4 Stroke. The Angler 16 has a unique double thick bow metal and anglers will appreciate the full windshield on cool mornings.”

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The Expo takes place at Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor 4). Admission: $3 adults; Kids 6 and under are free.
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Throw Like the Pros


Dean Rojas

It was a very big deal when the Rayovac FLW Series Western Division event came to Lake Havasu in February 2015. Imitating shad was the primary method used to elicit strikes from prespawn, smallmouth and largemouth. When as many as 300 pros and co-anglers arrived for the first stop of the competition, they brought with them a veritable arsenal of lures.

The pros were fishing for a top award of $40,000, plus a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard. With those kind of stakes, you can be sure they took their choice of lure very, very seriously.

Here are the top baits from that event:

• Basstronix umbrella rig paired with Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers

• White Z-Man ChatterBait tipped with a matching Skinny Dipper with tail-dyed chartreuse.

• Berkley Havoc Beat Shad rigged on a ¼-ounce ball-head jig

• A homemade umbrella rig featuring four blades and five wires

• Bailey Rig (a five wire, five bladed umbrella rig) matched with Predator and Keitech swimbaits

• Evergreen C-4 Jig or Buzzer Beater

• Gibbs Jig in brown and green pumpkin matched with a Zoom Speed Craw

• Yum Yumbrella Flash Mob Jr. rigged with Keitech swimbaits

• Drop-shot rig with a Roboworm (ox blood color)

• Phenix vibrating jig (3/8 oz.) teamed with a Zoom Fluke and a Lucky Craft LV 500

• Mann’s Alabama Rig rigged with Berkley Hollow Belly swimbaits

• Punch skirt with 1-¼ tungsten weight (sprayed grass color) and a Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog.

• Senko with a ¼-ounce weight and Spro Phat Fly

These have all worked before and will work again. Excuse us while we go restock our tackle box.

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Beat This: Lake Havasu Records Are Meant to be Broken

5.74- lb redear sunfish caught in Lake Havasu, Feb. 2014

Hector Brito’s Record Redear

We’re so glad someone keeps track of these things. In a recent look at the Arizona Game & Fish website, we see no less than eight record fish caught locally in the Colorado River Waters category. Got fish?

Next time you haul in a monster lurking beneath the waters of Lake Havasu, grab your smartphone and see how it stands up against the record-breakers of the past. A peak at the state’s website will indicate how you measure up.

Briefly, the Lake Havasu records in the Hook and Line category are:

Bass, Smallmouth – 5 lb. 10.08 oz. 21.25 in.
Carp – 42 lb. 0.0 oz. 43.0 in.
Crappie, Black – 2 lb. 12.0 oz. 16.0 in.
Sucker, Razorback – 9 lb. 13.0 oz. 29.0 in.
Sunfish, Green – 1 lb. 5.28 oz. 11.5 in.
Sunfish, Redear – 5 lb. 12.8 oz. 17 in.

In the Catch and Release category, see if you can beat this:

Bass, Smallmouth – 22 in.

Records are based upon weight recorded on state-certified (legal for trade) scales and two witnesses to the weighing. Record fish must be available for inspection by Department personnel. New record fish must outweigh the standing record for the species by at least one full ounce.

In 2014, daily bag limits for trout, bass, catfish and crappie were revised and consolidated for the Colorado river from the Interstate 40 bridge downstream to the southern international boundary with Mexico, including Lake Havasu. The daily bag limit is 10 trout, 6 bass (13-inch minimum), 10 catfish (any combination), 25 sunfish or crappie. Snagging for carp, tilapia, and shad is allowed from Jan. 1 through March 31, and from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

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What’s Working? Try Some Chug Bugs Why Don’t You?

One of six free fishing docks on Lake Havasu

Want to know what’s working out on the lake? Chug Bugs, white spoons, and if you can stand ‘em, anchovies.

Whenever we begin to wonder what to throw out on the lake, we turn to Chris Blythe, a 26-year resident of Lake Havasu City who has operated a guide service for the past four years. Going out with this master guide has been likened to learning from a grandpa in a young man’s body. Chris, a USCG Six-Pack (six passengers or fewer) Certified Captain and an Arizona licensed fishing guide, jokes he suffers from OCFD – “obsessive compulsive fishing disorder.”

Capt. Blythe says, “We’ve been catching a lot of fish lately – smallmouth, largemouth and stripers – by watching the birds and looking for fish boiling on the surface. The seagulls are returning and they have a bird’s eye view of the action below.

“We use Chug Bugs, and if that doesn’t work we switch to white spoons.”

Cutbait like anchovies are also working, he advises, ‘if you can stand the smell’.

“I can’t help myself sometimes – when I fish with anchovies I reach up and wipe my nose and then wind up smelling anchovies for the next two weeks. The good thing is if the fishing is slow, you can always have a little morning snack,” said Capt. Blythe,

“By mid-October through the end of February, try using a casting net to catch your own live bait. Take a look at YouTube to learn how to throw one without snagging your partner’s head,” he advises.

One other piece of advice: think about catch and release to help preserve the fishing for generations to come.

“When you land that trophy bass, give them a kiss, take a picture, and throw them overboard. Remember, fish always look bigger the closer you get to the camera. Just extend out your arms and say cheese.”

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The Ocean-Like Beaches of Lake Havasu City

We love this planet. Earth has the best beaches in the solar system. We also love Arizona, and it too has beaches that are free and open to the public. Guess where the Arizona Republic says you’ll find some of the most “ocean-like” beaches in the state?

In a story by travel writer Roger Naylor appearing in a recent issue of the Arizona Republic, he describes some of the best local shorelines to soak up some sun and sand. He considers London Bridge Beach the state’s “most ocean-like beach with its swaying palm trees and seagull wings flashing white in the sun.”

He also praises Rotary Beach’s calm no-wake zone.

You should see this story. Go ahead, we’ll wait here for you.

Zombies. Are. Coming. October 15.


If you think chasing monsters on your smartphone is a silly pastime (see previous story), then what do you think about being chased by them? We know you will have a memorable evening by dressing like the living dead, the undead, the walking dead, or an odiferous, soulless corpse and shambling down main street. But don’t worry, instead of chasing brains, Havasu zombies chase down beer!

Ok, here’s a joke:
Q. What does it take to become a zombie?
A: DEADication!

Ha, we crack ourselves up sometimes! You’ll be amused as well if you join your closest speechless, mindless best fiends for a night of horror at the free-to-attend 6th Annual Havasu Zombie Pub Crawl, October 15, along Downtown McCulloch Blvd. (Main Street).

Starting at 7 p.m., join the horde invading Downtown Havasu on the hunt for fresh brains and flesh during this bloody seven-hour pub crawl.
Zombies of all ages and stages of decay are welcome. Feel free to organize your own zombie fun with designated victims, flash mobs, sidewalk dances, or apocalypse sidewalk scenes. Are you a zombie family? Bring your zombie kids – the event is not just for old zombies.
There’s lots of cool places on McCulloch to grab a beer, food, munchies, coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt, listen to live music, dance, or entertain onlookers with your friends. Or order some rum and brandy Zombie drinks.

Knock yourself out, but heed Surf Zombie Nate’s advice. Says the Zombie Crawl creator/promoter: “Remember, zombies that drink do not drive, otherwise they could become, er, deader. See the full list of shuttle companies and phone numbers available on the official Facebook page, updated and posted just prior to the event.”

Sound like fun? The more the zombier!

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See Something, Say Something. Text-a-Tip.

Ok, all you McGruff’s. Listen up. The Lake Havasu Police Department wants to keep us all safe all the time. They’ve made it easy to text a tip. Anytime, anywhere.

To text a tip about anything to the Lake Havasu Police Department, use your smartphone to enter the number “274637” (which spells out the word CRIMES) in the phone number line. Then start your message with LHCPD (to ensure the tip is routed to the proper police department) and enter your tip with as much detail as possible.

Once you send your tip via text, the information is received by an independent party that will assign each tipster a random system-generated “alias.” The purpose of this is to ensure the anonymity of the tipster. Tipsters will automatically receive a response text providing them their “alias.” The LHCPD will respond if more information is needed to process the tip. The anonymity of the tipster remains secure because the information is sent to a third party service provider that is independent of the police department. The police department will only know the tipster by their “alias.” You can stop further two-way communication with the police by texting the word STOP to 274637 (CRIMES.)

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Oorah! 5th Annual Marine Corps League Charity Golf Tournament, Oct. 30, 2016

arizona golf vacations in lake havasu city

Now here’s an opportunity to play golf and support a number of worthy causes. The Lake Havasu Marine Corps League welcomes local and visiting golfers alike to the 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Oct. 30 at The Courses at London Bridge Golf Club.

This is a four-person scramble at the West Course (Olde London Course). The $65/player fee includes: golf, golf cart, range balls, luncheon, and prizes. Tee Sponsorships are available at $100 per hole. Check-in from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. The Courses at London Bridge is located at 2400 Clubhouse Dr.

Organizers of the tournament are the Marine Corps League Detachment #757 which raises money for a variety of worthy causes including the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Hospice of Havasu, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, and others.

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The Courses… Of Course.

Golf-Courses at London Bridge1

The Courses at London Bridge Arcis Players Club (APC) program offers anyone interested in the game of golf a chance to improve without the anxiety that goes with learning while trying to play on the course.

For $50-$60 per month for each person, you will have access to the practice facility and extras such as: a lighted driving range, range balls, unlimited visits and participation in complimentary clinics and play dates.

From December through March consider participating in the APC Scramble at 2:30 p.m. every Thursday on Nassau. Sign-ups must be completed prior to the day of the event and is limited to 40 golfers, with an additional wait list.

The $25 entry fee includes: green fee, cart, and prize fund. All teams must use at least one tee shot from each player on their team.

The Nassau course, opened for play in 1977, features narrow fairways and medium-sized greens that are fast and well bunkered. It offers many elevation changes that provide fabulous views of Lake Havasu and the surrounding city. But beware: the largest water feature on the property is at holes 9, 10, and 11.

Also, ask about this fall’s VIP Card offers. If purchased by Sept. 30, receive $20 off the already low price of $95 that includes a free round of golf by Apr. 30, 2017, a 20 to 50 percent discount off posted rack rates, unlimited play on both courses, and a $5 savings every time you play in a league. Card is valid Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017.

The Courses is located at 2400 Clubhouse Dr. Learn more about the Arcis Players Club here:

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Take Refuge!!

Refuge Golf & Country Club in Lake Havasu City AZ.

You can play the Refuge Golf & Country Club par-72, 6,704-yard course as a Member-for-a-Day! The Member-for-a-Day Package includes: 18-holes of golf, golf car rental, range balls, a $10 voucher for the restaurant, and a resort day pass to the clubhouse pool, spa, fitness center and saunas.

“This is a great way for visitors to experience the Refuge without committing to a long-term membership. It lets them sample what we have to offer and provide another challenging course to add to their golfing resume,” says Jerry Aldridge, president.

If you want to play multiple times this season check out the Players Club Packages here:

The Refuge also hosts a robust schedule of karaoke contests, comedy nights, even a Halloween and New Year’s party. For details:

The course is located at 3103 London Bridge Rd. Call the Pro Shop at (928) 764-1404 for pricing and tee times.

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