Payson professional angler Clifford Pirch is thrilled to be back on the Bassmaster Elite Series after it was postponed for three months because of COVID-19.
The top level of Bassmaster anglers are competing on Lake Eufaula in Alabama in a tournament that started on Wednesday and runs through Saturday.
Watch the tournament on ESPN2 and the ESPN app.
Pirch had plenty of time off since competing in his seventh Bassmaster Classic in Alabama on March 6-8.
“It’s been a fun couple of months but it’s time to get the season going again,” Pirch wrote on his Facebook page, Clifford Pirch Outdoors, on June 7.
In addition to spending lots of time with his family and in the woods, Pirch certainly found time to fish.
He teamed with Clay Randall to win last month’s Wild West Bass Trail Arizona Team Spring Open at Roosevelt Lake.
The revised Bassmaster Elite Series includes seven more tournaments. Next on the announced schedule is the July 14-17 event at Cayuga Lake, July 23-26 at St. Lawrence River, July 30-Aug. 2 on Lake Champlain, Aug. 20-23 at Lake St. Clair, Oct. 8-11 at Santee Cooper, Oct. 16-19 on Lake Chickamauga and Nov. 5-8 on Lake Fork.