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Your Host: Art "Monty" Woods VII
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Art "Monty" Woods VII your host was born at Andrews Air Force Base Maryland.  My child hood was spent in S.E. Washington D.C. where I went to Kimball Elementary School and attended John Phillip Sousa Junior High.  During my pre-high school years I played football for the Ft. Davis Jets and was mentored by legendary coach and boxing promoter J.D. Brown.  I also played baseball during these pre-high school years for the #14 Boys Club which was located in North East D.C. on East Capitol Street.

In 1975,  I was a highly sought after athlete and chose St. Albans Prep School over the popular and nationally rated Dematha High.  By my senior year at St. Albans School, I had developed into a Prep All-American option quarterback and a All Metropolitan baseball short stop.  Because of my lack of size, I was not recruited as a football player to any major college football programs.  I did apply and was accepted to at least fifteen small college schools on the east coast.  The only major college football school I applied to was the University of Colorado at Boulder. When I got my acceptance letter to Colorado I chose to travel west and walk-on the football team which was coached during this time by Chuck Fairbanks.

During the spring of 1980 I earned a full ride football scholarship at the University of Colorado. Eventually, I became a All-Big Eight performer and upon my graduation from University of Colorado I signed a Pro football contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.  After being cut from the Chiefs,  I signed a second Pro football contract with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League (USFL).  Once my football career ended, I eventually began my working career for several City govenments including The City of Arvada Colorado, Arapahoe County Colorado, and my present employer the City of Phoenix, Arizona.

I began fishing in 1985 when my friend and fishing mentor Russ Moran took me bass fishing to Horse Tooth Reservoir chasing after smallmouth bass.  Russ and I became great friends and fished for both smallmouth and largemouth bass all over Colorado.  Our home lake in those days was Pueblo Reservoir.  Russ was a master of fishing crankbaits, grubs, and deep spooning techniques.  All I did was follow Russ's lead and before long I began to catch bass on a regular basis. The first time I ever out fished Russ was after I watched a Bass Masters show that featured Guido Hibdon fishing tube baits (Gitzits).  I bought a load of tubes and read every article that Guido Hibdon had written.  Soon I bought tapes and watched every show I could including Roland Martin, Orlando Wilson, Bill Dance, Bass Masters, In-Fisherman, Billy Westmorland and any other show that would help me gain fishing knowledge.  I soon leaned that the more I fished the better I became. I can say this, if you think you know it all about this fishing game and have mastered it all, you are fooling yourself. This fishing is a thinking fishermans game.  That's what makes this fishing so much fun.  I moved from Colorado to Arizona in 1990.  I have now been fishing the Salt River Chain lakes, Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Reservior and Alamo Lake for a number of years now. I have been a bass fishing guide for over 18 years in Arizona.  I consider Saguaro and Bartlett Lakes my home since I live just 50 minutes from both.

I have worked for Bass Pro Shops since 2008.  I have taken well over 200 customers fishing on our Arizona lakes.  I teach all bass fishing techniques and consider light line fishing (spinning rods or fairy sticks as some call them) my specialty.  I have authored several articles through the years.  Drop shotting and splitshotting clear water is a must in our reservoirs.  Whatever it takes to catch bass I am willing to do.  I will shot, crank, jerkbaits, topwater, spoon, swimbait, jig, shakey head, drag, hop, football head, dead stick, and power fish to accomplish the fishing task that I face.  This fishing for bass is a wonderful sport. It is meant for fun.  My motto is "I play to Win". See you on the water.

                                                    Art "Monty" Woods VII 
                                           Prime Time Fishing Guide Service

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