Rim Country Anglers Earn A Combined $2,786


A pair of Rim Country fishing teams made their presence known at the AllStar Bass Team tournament Dec. 3 at Roosevelt Lake.

Clifford Pirch and Reese Randall, finished third overall, and the duo of John Browning and Robert O' Donnell took fifth.

Pirch and Randall weighed in a six-bass limit that tipped the scales at 18.42 pounds.

The pair's largest fish, a 3.72-pounder, was just shy of the 4.43-pound "Big Fish" contest winner caught by the second-place team of Mark Butz of Mesa and Mike Renteria of Surprise.

Pirch and Randall pocketed $1,680 in prize money.

The two fished Texas-rigged worms, creature baits and jerkbaits on brushy points and ledges around the lake.

For Pirch and Randall, the showing was just one of several financially lucrative efforts the two have enjoyed on the AllStar circuit.

In early November, the two shared $2,900 for a fourth-place finish tournament at Roosevelt Lake.

In the spring at Apache Lake, they won $1,625 for a third-place showing.

A year ago at Roosevelt, they pocketed $2,300 by angling to second place just .03 of a pound short of first.

The team is sponsored by Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Castaic Soft Baits, Rogue Rods, Strike Works and Intermountain West.

Browning and O'Donnell weighed in a limit of 16.03 pounds and shared $1,106 in prize money.

The two fished spider jigs and creature baits in brush areas of Pinto Creek.

The tournament champions, Chris Baldwin of Gilbert and Mark DiBrito of Phoenix, caught a whopping 19.62 pounds fishing dropped shot rigged worms on channel drops in the Tonto Creek arm.

The two earned $4,474 for their win.

The next AllStar Bass Team Tournament is slated for Jan. 21 at Lake Pleasant. For more information, call Tom Stiles at (480) 894-2775.

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