May 11, 2012
Clifford Pirch, of Payson, missed the winning weigh-in by just .26 of a pound when one of his bass died. However, Pirch was the May 5-6 WON tourney’s big-fish winner with the largest of these lunkers at 6.31 pounds.
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Mesa pro scratches out narrow win
Dean Kruezer, a fishing pro from Mesa, is getting accustomed to nail-biting, post-tournament weigh-ins. In 2011 following a Western Outdoor News (WON) tournament at Roosevelt Lake, he was second in the pro ranks with a 10-limit catch that was just .48 of a pound lighter than that of winner John Murray of Phoenix. Close, but no cigar. In Kruezer’s second attempt at WON tournament fishing, May 5 and 6 at Roosevelt, the Mesa fisherman was again involved in a narrow finish.