Much of the credit for the Pirch family budget increase of more than $3,000 must go to Clifford Pirch's wife, Alicia.
While participating in an AllStar Bass Couples Tournament May 10 at Apache Lake, Alicia boated a 5.87-pound largemouth that helped propel the husband and wife fishing team to a first place finish.
The Pirch team weighed in a six-bass limit that tipped the scale at a whopping 20.95 pounds.
For the victory, the two earned $3,570 in prize money.
The winning team entered the tournament as the 2002 AllStar Bass SuperCouples Tournament champions.
According to AllStar spokesman Tom Stiles, the champions fished hard and soft jerk baits, worms and lizards on main lake points down to 15 feet.
In addition to being a tournament regular on the professional circuit, Clifford is a licensed guide and Payson Roundup columnist.
Clifford recently returned from a national tournament in Clear Lake, Calif., where he fished his way to a top-20 finish.
Last weekend, Clifford, along with Alicia and their infant daughter, Kailee were at Lake Mead, near Las Vegas, competing in a bass tournament. In the fray, Clifford put on a spirited come-from-behind showing to finish among the top 10.
Clifford and Alicia are sponsored by The Boat Shelter and Tackle Box, Intermountain West, Payson Sawcut and Yamamoto Custom Baits.
The Pirches' greatest competition at Apache Lake came from Debra Joe and Paul Wright of Wickenburg. The pair finished second with a limit that was just 1.71 pounds less than that of the champs.
The silver medalists fished craw-worms on main lake points down to 20 feet, Stiles said.
Some anglers had success fishing drop shot worms down to 20 feet on rocky points in the river at the upper end of the lake.
The next, and final, event of the 2003 AllStar Bass Couples season is slated for June 17 at Roosevelt Lake. Call Stiles at 480-894-2775 for more information.