Anglers Reel In Championship At Roosevelt

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The rewards for angling excellence included a $22,000 bass boat, $2,250 in cash and a $500 discount certificate for a new Ford.

That was the booty raked in by Clifford Pirch and Reese Randall for winning the 2006 AllStar Bass SuperTeam Championship held Sept. 8 and 9 at Roosevelt Lake.

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Clifford Pirch (left) and Reese Randall took first place in an AllStar Bass team tournament held at Roosevelt Lake. For their win, the two received a new bass boat and more than $2,000 in cash.

The winning team, who also won the SuperTeam championship in 2002, finished with a total of 44.38 pounds caught fishing areas of the lake from Windy Hill to Tonto Creek in five to 25 feet of water.

AllStar official Tom Stiles said their bait included a variety of lures including Carolina-rigged and Texas-rigged worms as well as jigs and crankbaits.

On the first day of the tournament, Pirch and Randall weighed in 16.77 pounds. The second day's catch, 27.61 pounds, nailed down the tournament victory.

Among the fish weighed in was a 5.14-pound lunker.

Immediately after the tournament, Pirch, who is a pro angler, left for Lake Mead where he will participate in the U.S. Open.

In winning the SuperTeam title, Pirch and Randall had to out fish a pair of the AllStar circuit's finest anglers, Gary Senft and Brian Daniels.

Last spring, the two were named the 2006 AllStar Bass Team Anglers of the Year.

Senft and Daniels finished a close second in the championship with a two-day total of 42.49 pounds of bass.

Their limits weighed 20.98 pounds on the first day and 21.51 pounds on the second. Their largest fish was a 6.50 pounder.

For their runner-up finish, the two earned $2,200.

Senft and Daniels were featured June 16 in Dennis Pirch's Outdoors Under the Rim column in the Payson Roundup.

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