Durazo and Shafe Victorious at FLW Soldier Appreciation Tourney

Durazo and Shafe Victorious at FLW Soldier Appreciation Tourney

Pvt. Nancy Durazo of Douglas, and Pvt. Greg Shafe of Tucson, Arizona, won the National Guard FLW Soldier Appreciation Tournament, which was held on Saguaro Lake this past Saturday, Nov. 19.

The team, fishing with National Guard College angler Mark Walker from Arizona State University caught two bass for a total of 6 pounds, 0 ounces to take the title and bragging rights amongst their peers.

"Our day started really early," said Pvt. Shafe. "We left Tucson at about 3:30 this morning. But it was worth it. We had a great day on the water. We had a lot of fun with Mark and appreciate him taking us out today. I fished a lot with my grandpa growing up so this was a lot of fun for me.

Durazo and Shafe have recently been finishing their Advanced Individual Training (AIT), and were given the opportunity to be a part of this tournament.

"This was my first time fishing," said Pvt. Durazo. "I can't wait to do it again. Mark was really a good helper and taught me a lot. Unfortunately I didn't get to weigh the fish I caught, it was too small, but it was fun catching it."

Each of the participants in the National Guard FLW Soldier Appreciation Tournament are members of the Arizona National Guard. In this tournament, FLW College anglers took teams of National Guard members fishing to compete amongst their peers. Each team was allowed to bring in three bass. FLW is operating the tournaments in conjunction with the National Guard to show appreciation to our service members of the National Guard.

"It was really a fun day," said National Guard FLW College angler Walker. "It really meant a lot to me to be able to pay back the National Guard for all they do and especially for all they do for college fishing. It was the least I could do and I hope I am able to do it again."

A total of 15 service men and women making up 10 teams participated in the tournament.

The Soldier Appreciation Tournament was held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Regional Championship on Saguaro Lake hosted by Arizona State University.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com.

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