Pirch, Goodman Sixth At Championship

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After winning three of six AllStar Bass Summer Nights qualifying tournaments and finishing third in another, the Rim country team of Clifford Pirch and Ty Goodman tied for sixth in the championship finale Aug. 21-22 at Apache Lake.

The pair weighed in 10.22 pounds to tie with the Valley team of Curtis Palmer and LeRoy Moss.

"We were fourth when we weighed in but some other teams came in and dropped us down," Pirch said.

The professional angler cited the lack of a big bass in their catch as the reason the team fell to sixth.

"We usually can get a four-pound bite, but this time we didn't," he said. "We caught about 10 fish but didn't get the one we needed.

The last time the two fished an AllStar tournament at Apache was July 25 when they finished third with 12.13 pounds and earned $300 in prize money.

At Roosevelt Lake Aug. 14, the duo chalked their third impressive win in the qualifying series. The two boated a six-fish limit that weighed 12.61 pounds. For the victory, the champions received $2,157 in prize money.

The team's strategy was to cover a lot of water fishing crankbaits and topwater lures on major points and flats down to 10-feet deep.

The team's first victory of the summer series occurred June 26 in an AllStar Summer Nights tournament at Roosevelt Lake. There, Pirch and Goodman fished to first place and $1,950 in prize money.

The second victory was chalked up July 10-11 at Apache Lake. For that win, they pocketed $2,235.

During the summer series, the two have won more than $6,600 in prize money.

Pirch will now turn his attention to the U.S. Open Sept. 13 to 15 at Lake Mead.

Last year, he turned in one of his best efforts as a pro, finishing fifth overall.

In the pro-am format, the anglers will fish for three days and weigh in the five best bass from each day.

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