The husband-and-wife fishing team of Clifford and Alicia Pirch is one of the most accomplished on the AllStar Bass Couples Circuit.
At the conclusion of last season, they fished their way to the championship of the 2002 Super Couple Tournament. For that win, they received a new state-of-the-art, fully rigged bass boat and trailer.
After a summer respite from the AllStar tournament trail, the Pirches resumed their winning streak Nov. 2 at Lake Pleasant. There, the two captured top honors in the 2003 Couples Circuit season opener. For that victory, they won $2,700 in prize money.
Fishing the north end of the lake with spinner baits, Castaic baits and jigs down to 20 feet, the Pirches weighed in a six-fish limit of 9.70 pounds.
Their limit was the only one weighed in by the tournament teams.
“Fishing was extremely tough,” AllStar spokesman Harry Morgan said.
The second-place team of Judy Chaney of Tucson and Steve Czerniski of Mesa caught four bass that tipped the scales at 6.34 pounds.
The Pirch fishing team is sponsored by Intermountain West, Payson Sawcut, Castaic Soft Baits and the Tonto Basin Tackle Box of which Clifford Pirch is part owner.
In addition to working as a professional angler, Pirch is also a local fishing guide and columnist for the Roundup.
The Payson teams of John Browning and Christy Clark, and Mary and Bob Hayn also represented the Rim country in the tournament. Browning and Clark earned $250 for finishing sixth with 5.35 pounds. The Hayns were eighth and pocketed $300 for 5.10 pounds.
The next AllStar Bass Couples tournament will be Jan 18 at Apache Lake.