Those highly popular “Shoot for the Heart” outdoor seminars that draw overflow crowds to Mountain Bible Church are returning for a third consecutive year.
The first of five seminars begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 at the church located at 302 E. Rancho Road.
FLW Tour champion Clifford Pirch, a hometown angler who travels the country competing in bass fishing tournaments, will present “Amazing Bass Fishing Tips.”
In addition to Pirch’s presentation, trophy bass will be on display and refreshments will be served.
Pirch’s professional career peaked last April when he won his first FLW Tour tournament while competing on Lake Chickamauga near Chattanooga, Tenn.
In it, he boated 20 bass that tipped the scales at a whopping 77 pounds, 3 ounces and earned him first place prize money of $125,000.
Less than a month later, Pirch tacked a third-place finish to his resumé, winning the bronze at an EverStart Series Western Division event on the California Delta.
In the three-day fray Pirch boated a limit of 15 bass that weighed 65 pounds, 10 ounces.
In his pro career, Pirch has also fished his way to two WON U.S. open championships on Lake Mead winning in 2007 and again in 2010.
During the 2010 tournament, Pirch weighed in a 15-fish limit of 31.44 pounds that included a 3.23 largemouth.
In 2007, he won with a catch of 29.81 pounds.
In 2009, Pirch finished first in a Walmart FLW National Guard Western Division Tournament at Clear Lake, Calif. In it, he weighed in a limit of 97 pounds, 8 ounces. In the tournament’s final round, the Payson angler set a Western Division single-day heaviest bag record of a whopping 37 pounds, 8 ounces.
At the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup, probably the most prestigious tournament on the pro circuit, Pirch finished 13th — his best showing ever in the fray.
Pirch has fished Rim Country lakes and streams since he was a small boy, but his career began to take off while a student at Northern Arizona University, fishing with his longtime friend Reese Randall.
The two eventually went on to compete on the AllStar Bass Team Tournament circuit winning in 2005 and 2006.
In the spring of 2005, the former Payson High School wrestling star finished fourth in the Walmart Open Powered by Tyson on Beaver Lake tournament held near Rogers, Ark.
At the 2004 Delta Western EverStart Bass Tournament near Oakley, Calif., Pirch was the only non-California angler to finish among the top 10 taking second place honors.
Since the inception of the program in January 2010, hundreds have flocked to Mountain Bible Church each month to take in the outdoor seminars that began with Pirch leading his first presentation on bass fishing and also included an emotional presentation of how he and his family relied on their faith in their young daughter’s battle against cancer.
The seminars continued with a variety of other round tables including camp cooking, mule deer hunting, tracking, mountain lions, crappie fishing, outdoor survival, Arizona Coues Whitetail deer, bear hunting and others.
One of the most riveting presentations took place last winter when 70-year-old Alaskan contractor Doug Moe made a guest appearance to relive a 2007 hunting incident. While cleaning a deer he had just shot on a wilderness island, he was attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear.
The severely injured Moe fought off the bear with a knife, stabbing it several times in the neck. He then walked more than two miles to where his hunting companions were camped.
Also, some of the Rim Country’s finest hunters, anglers and outdoorsmen have been presenters including Curt Rambo, Art Chamberlin, Steve Smith, Bob Depugh, Dean Pederson and Chuck Youngkers.
One of the most unusual offerings was held last winter when Barry Jones, a retired manager of the California State Winter Recreation Program, led a round table discussion on “Cold Weather Survival.”
For more about Shoot for the Heart, call Mountain Bible Church at (928) 472-7800.