A golden opportunity awaits Rim Country anglers looking to pickup fishing tips from one of the country’s finest professional anglers.
The chance arrives at the inaugural “Shoot for the Heart” bass fishing seminar to be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 at Mountain Bible Church, 201 E. Rancho Road.
Presenting at the seminar is Clifford Pirch, a hometown angler who has been fishing professionally for about five years and is now a member of Team National Guard.
Pirch said during the seminar he will share some of the fishing secrets he picked up as a youth fishing Arizona lakes and later as a professional angler competing all over the United States.
The seminar is free and there will be door prizes. It will last about 45 minutes.
Shoot for the Heart is a newly organized Mountain Bible program that will feature monthly seminars given by some of the state’s finest outdoorsmen and women.
Upcoming seminars include mule deer hunting, archery hunting, trout fishing and outdoor cooking.
According to Mountain Bible’s Web site, “Shoot for the Heart is an instructional outdoor recreational time with an emphasis on hunting and fishing in God’s creation. The purpose is to help families who love the outdoors, become better hunters and fishermen, and build relationships with others who share the same interests.”
About the pro
The fishing presenter, Pirch, is one of the most respected anglers on the pro circuit, having enjoyed several high dollar paydays since first turning pro. Among the largest was the $105,820 he pocketed at the Walmart FLW Series National Guard Western Division Tournament Oct. 21 to Oct. 24, 2009 at Clear Lake, Calif. There, Pirch dominated the tournament boating a four-day stringer of 20 bass weighing 97 pounds, 8 ounces.
The catch set a new Western Division single day heaviest bag record with 37 pounds, 8 ounces on the final day of the tournament.
Last spring at an inaugural Stren Series Tournament at Roosevelt Lake, Pirch pocketed $8,169 for his second-place finish.
Pirch’s three-day catch tipped the scales at 38 pounds, 3 ounces.
In September 2007, he fished his way to first place in the prestigious WON Bass U.S. Open.
For his victory, Pirch pocketed $70,000 in cash, a new Ranger/Mercury boat package, a Ford F-150 truck and a custom-designed championship ring.
Also in 2007, he won $18,000 for his 13th place finish in the Forrest Wood Cup, held Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs, Ark.
In 2005 just after turning pro, Pirch made his debut of the FLW circuit, turning in a personal-best fourth-place finish at t the Walmart Open Powered by Tyson on Beaver Lake near Rogers, Ark. The showing earned the Payson fisherman what was then the largest single payday of his professional career — $40,000. The finish also earned Pirch plenty of nationwide attention. As a final round qualifier, he was featured extensively on a nationally televised fishing program. Pirch also fishes frequently on local circuits and has been a consistent winner, especially at Roosevelt, which he considers his home lake. For more information on the seminar, call (928) 472-7800.