Pirch, Pederson Claim Bass Crown

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In their first tournament as a bass fishing team, Clifford Pirch and Andy Pederson hooked up to win first place at the AllStar Bass Team Tournament Oct. 5 at Roosevelt Lake.

In most team tournaments, Pirch joins forces with close friend Reese Randall or fellow fishing professional Mark Kile.

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Andy Pederson (left) and Clifford Pirch display the plaques they were awarded for winning the AllStar Bass Team Tournament Oct. 5 at Roosevelt Lake.

For the AllStar showdown, neither of the two was available, so, Pirch called upon Pederson -- a novice tournament angler -- to join him.

The choice was a boon for both when the two weighed in a six-fish limit that tipped the scales at 13.47 pounds. The largest bass is their catch was a 3.39 pounder.

For the first-place showing, the two shared $2,750 in prize money.

According to Pirch, the champions' fishing strategy included using Yamamoto buzz baits and lipless crank baits on points and flats with rock cover.

"At midmorning, we switched to jigs and sweetwater worms and fished a little deeper," Pirch said.

The team was sponsored by Skeeter, Yamaha, Tempe Marine, The Tackle Box-Punkin Center, Intermountain West and Yamamoto Custom Baits.

Pirch will now turn his attention to the Bill Luke Dodge Open Oct. 18 at Lake Pleasant. The following week, he will travel to Tennessee to participate in the Everstart tournament.

Pederson, an employee of the U.S. Forest Service, will return to his duties as a Hot Shot firefighter.

The team of Jeff Allen of Flagstaff and LeRoy Price of Claypool won second place in the tournament. The two weighed in a limit of 12.83 pounds that included the event's big fish -- a 7.32-pound largemouth, AllStar spokesman Harry Morgan said.

For the silver-medal showing the duo received $1,727 in prize money.

According to Morgan, the two fished spinnerbaits and buzzbaits on the flats in the Tonto Creek arm of the lake. The big bass was caught on a homemade spinner bait.

The next AllStar Bass team tournament is slated for Dec. 6 at Roosevelt Lake. For more information, call Morgan at (480) 894-2775.

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