Bass A Boon For Family Budget

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Clifford and Alicia Pirch's angling expertise has enriched the family coffers by $1,885, including bonsuses.

The Rim country husband-and-wife fishing team pocketed that amount for their third-place finish at the AllStar Bass Couples Tournament June 9 at Roosevelt Lake.

The pair weighed in five fish that tipped the scales at 11.94 pounds. The largest fish in the catch was a 3.77-pound largemouth.

Their fishing strategy included throwing Yamamoto Senkos and Castaic soft baits from 5 to 10 feet deep on the south shore from the dam to Windy Hill.

Clifford, a licensed fishing guide and Payson Roundup columnist, is no stranger to the waters of Roosevelt Lake. When he was about 4-years-old, his father, Dennis, first took him fishing at the lake. Even earlier, with Clifford still in diapers, he and his dad frequently fished for trout in Rim country streams and lakes.

During his early high school years, Clifford landed a 12 1/2-pound largemouth that was the envy of most every Rim country angler.

About two years ago, he took a 13-pound lunker from the waters of Roosevelt.

About three years ago he decided to turn his angling fervor into his livelihood by founding Clifford Pirch's Guide Service.

In addition to being an outdoor guide, he competes professionally in several bass tournament circuits, including AllStar.

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First-place honors in the AllStar tournament went to Cindy and Barry Fenstermacher of Mesa.

According to AllStar official Tom Stiles, the tournament champions weighed in a limit of six bass that totaled 13.68 pounds. Their catch included the event's Big Fish winner an 8.8-pound largemouth. The two fished 7-inch purple worms and spinnerbaits in 5 to 15 feet of water on mainlake points, Stiles said. For the win, the pair earned $1,840.

Second-place honors, and $1,050 in prize money, went to Lakeside residents Larry and Angel Lunt for a limit weighing 13.06 pounds. Their biggest fish was a 3.91-pounder. The couple fished away from the shore in 17 to 20 feet off the Porter Springs area with 8-inch Texas-rigged worms and red double hook worms, Stiles said.

Jake and Heidi Randall of Pine earned $425 in prize money for their eighth-place finish.

Among the popular strategies that propelled some teams to top-10 tournament finishes were fishing topwater twitchbaits and buzzbaits in the Porter Springs area, Stiles said.

The tournament marked the conclusion of AllStar's 2002 couples season.

During the seven-tournament campaign, 35 teams qualified for the AllStar Bass SuperCouple Championship, Sept. 13 and 14, at Roosevelt Lake.

For more information about upcoming AllStar events including night team-tournaments, call Stiles at (480) 894-2775.

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