For the third time this season, Payson Roundup columnist Cliff Pirch and his wife Alicia joined forces to win an AllStar Bass couples tournament.
The most recent victory, June 13 at Roosevelt Lake, was especially significant in that it was "one of the toughest tournaments to find fish in recent AllStar Bass history," AllStar spokesman Harry Morgan said.
Only days before the tournament, Pirch said fishing opportunities at the lake were terrible. Nonetheless, the husband-and-wife team was able to weigh in five bass of a six-fish limit that tipped the scales at 6.2 pounds.
"(Fishing) was pretty tough for everyone," Pirch said. "We just ended up catching more than the others."
In the duo's catch was a 2.8 pounder that turned out to be the tournament's Big Fish prize money winner.
For the big fish and the championship, the Pirches pocketed $2,900 in prize money.
According to Pirch, the two fished hard jerkbaits and finesse worms on the south side of the lake from Roosevelt Dam to Cholla Bay.
Earlier this year, they earned $2,900 for an AllStar Couples tournament win at Lake Pleasant and another $2,405 for a victory at Apache Lake.
In landing the Lake Pleasant championship in mid-May, the Payson couple weighed in a six-fish limit of 16.42 pounds. That catch also included the Big Fish winner a 7.90-pound largemouth.
At Apache Lake Jan. 13 they won top honors for weighing in 14.73 pounds. For that victory, the Pirches earned $2,405.
The team is sponsored by the Cliff Pirch Guide Service.
More top finishers
Also representing the Rim country at the June 16 AllStar Couples Roosevelt tournament was the Pine team of Tammy and Buddy Randall. Finishing third with four bass that weighed four pounds, the pair received $500 in prize money. According to Morgan, the two fished Carolina-rigged curl-tail and ribbed worms in the dam area and Rabbit Island.
Next up for the qualifiers is the AllStar Bass Super Couples Championship slated for Sept. 22 and 23 at Roosevelt Lake. The 2001-2002 casts off in October.
Call Morgan at (480) 894-2772 for more information.
The nightlife is the good life for Gary Chitwood and Brian Marshall.
For proof, check out the finals standings of the inaugural AllStar Bass Summer Nights Roosevelt Lake bass fishing team tournament.
Chitwood and Marshall were one of only three teams to weigh in a six-fish limit during the June 17 showdown under the stars.
Weighing in 7.45 pounds that included a 2.69 pounder, the Payson angling team finished second behind the championship duo of Mike Mott of Safford and Todd Thomas of Fort Thomas.
The tourney winners weighed in 13.01 pounds and hooked the Big Bass winner a 3.24 pound largemouth.
For their win, the two earned $2,250. Chitwood and Marshall received $1,100.
The next AllStar Bass Summer Nights team tournament is scheduled for June 23 on Roosevelt Lake.
Call (480) 894-2775 for more information.