Fishing for the first time as an angling team, Clifford Pirch and Ty Goodman relied on beginner's luck and a nine-pound lunker to win the Tuesday Night Roosevelt Bass Tournament.
The two weighed in four fish that tipped the scales at 13.5 pounds. In the catch boated July 23 was a nine-pounder caught by Goodman on what Pirch calls "Clifford's secret lure."
The duo's angling strategy included mostly fishing in the middle of the lake, Pirch said. Although the tournament limit was five fish, all Pirch and Goodman needed for a victory were four largemouth.
The team of Doug Kreie and Guy Pfister hooked second place with their 11-pound bounty, which also included a nine-pounder.
Seeing Roosevelt produce two trophy fish in one tournament caught Pirch's attention. He is a local fishing guide, professional fisherman and Roundup columnist.
"What are the chances of catching two fish that big in one night?" he asked.
Only days prior to the Tuesday night win, Pirch hooked up with longtime fishing buddy Reese Randall to finish fourth at an Arizona Bass Club-sponsored tournament held at Apache Lake.