Fishing alone in a two-person team tournament, local angling guide, professional fisherman and Roundup columnist Clifford Pirch finished without a partner in third place overall.
Competing in the AllStar Bass Summer Nights fishing tournament Aug. 4 at Apache Lake, Pirch was to have teamed up with longtime friend Reese Randall. However, Randall was committed to a fishing trip in Hawaii and was not available to participate, so Pirch went at it alone.
Fishing Sweetwater and Yamamoto topwater lures, jigs and worms, Pirch boated 20.50 pounds of bass that included a 6.35-pounder.
His angling philosophy throughout the night was to find new fishing spots.
"Most of the areas I go to were getting a lot of fishing pressure so I tried out some different (locations)," Pirch said.
For the win, Pirch pocketed $500 in prize money.
First-place honors went to the team of Kim Acevedo of Lakeside and Joe Inda of Phoenix.
The pair weighed in a six-fish limit of bass that tipped the scales at 23.17 pounds. Their biggest fish, a 6.35-pounder, was a tad smaller than the lunker Pirch landed.
According to AllStar spokesman Tom Stiles, Acevedo and Inda fished plastic craws and double-hook worms on main lake points down to 28 feet. For the win, the two earned $1,300.
Second place was awarded to Steve Czerniski of Mesa and Alex Dombrowski of Tucson with a limit weighing 22.15 pounds, Stiles said. In their catch was the tournament's big fish winner an 8.77-pounder.
The pair fished double-hook worms on main lake points down to 20 feet. Their silver medal finish earned them $1,125.
The final in the series of six AllStar Bass Summer Nights team tournaments is Aug. 17 and 18 at Lake Pleasant.
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