Fishing For Profit Adds To Fun

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Arizona anglers itching for more competition now have another bass tournament circuit where they can test their skills.

Jack Lewis, founder of JackAZ Bass Tournaments, says, "We are the newest Arizona bass fishing circuit and we aim to give bass fishermen the type of tournaments they've been waiting to fish."

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Clifford Pirch is now fishing the JackAZ tournament circuit.

On the JackAZ Web site, Lewis claims his tournaments pay "the best return on entry fees around Arizona" and "We pay one place for every five teams entered."

The entry fee for the most recent tournament, March 25 at Roosevelt Lake, was $260 per team, which included a $25 big fish pot.

Lewis' sales pitch must be paying dividends because the March 25 tournament drew one of the Rim Country's finest veteran fishing teams -- Clifford Pirch and Reese Randall.

The two joined forces to pocket $1,675 in prize money for a limit that tipped the scales at 20.34 pounds. In their catch was a 7.02 lunker that earned the two the $275 "big fish" award.

Next on the JackAZ circuit is a June 3 tournament at Roosevelt. JackAz's Web site can be found at: http://www.jackazbass.com/results032506.php

On the road again

When not fishing local tournaments, Pirch -- a professional angler -- has been battling on both the FLW Series and Tour circuits.

He spent the past week participating in a Tyson sponsored FLW Tour tournament at Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark.

Next up is a May 3 appearance in an FLW Series tournament at Lake Cumberland near Somerset, Ky.

He is also slated to enter tournaments in Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia and New York.

Pirch's best finish this season was sixth at an FLW Tour event on Lake Murray near Columbia, S.C.

He also finished 41st at a tour tournament on Lake Okeechobee near Clewiston, Fla.

By the time the season is over, Pirch should know the highways and lakes of the south as well as he does those in his home state of Arizona.

PMGA issues invite

Golfers interested in joining in on Payson Men's Golf Association links fun can do so by calling Ross Robertson at (928) 472-8548. Robertson promises he'll fill prospective golfers in on all the details of the PMGA. The group traditionally plays tournaments at Payson Golf Club each Wednesday of the season.

The members also schedule some road tournaments each spring and summer.

CAYFA to host links benefit

Dale Gonzalez and his fellow Central Arizona Youth Football Association officers are busy planning the annual Youth Football benefit tournament, to be played May 13 at Payson Golf Course.

"The golf tournament is one of the league's biggest fund-raisers," Gonzalez said.

All the profits from the four-person best ball fray will benefit local youth teams.

The money is used mostly to purchase helmets and pads for the players that help keep the youngsters safe and injury-free during practices and games.

The tournament entry fee is $80 per person or $400 per team. The registration fee includes green fees, a cart and food and raffle prizes at a post tournament awards ceremony.

Hole sponsors for $200 and $100 for half hole are also available.

Call Gonzalez at (928) 595-1259 for more information.

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