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Clifford Pirch recently competed in Florida and South Carolina.

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Pirch fishes to second B.A.S.S. Southern Open

Payson professional angler Clifford Pirch has expanded his angling repertoire to include the B.A.S.S. professional circuit with big time success. Competing Jan. 19 to Jan. 21 in the Southern Open on the Harris Chain of lakes located near Orlando, Fla., Pirch finished second in the 187-angler field with a catch that tipped the scales at 58.1 pounds. Guntersville, Ala. angler Chris Lane was first with 72.11 pounds. The tournament was the kickoff event of the 2012 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open Series. Pirch calls competing on the Harris Chain a huge challenge because “it is a fickle place to fish” mostly because a slight two-degree change in weather temperatures can alter the behavior patterns of the bass.

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