Pirch lands an eye-opener

Clifford Pirch has made a big pitch toward making the Top 12 Sunday final. Pirch’s fourth keeper was a 7-pound, 1-ounce largemouth that has him in 9th place on BASSTrakk. Pirch’s other keepers in the 14-6 bag include a 1-5, a 1-4 and a 2-6. His three-day total is now 39-2.

In looking at 12th place after two days, ounces are likely to decide who fishes on Sunday and who doesn’t. Eight anglers were separated by only 10 ounces from 10th place Jacob Powroznik with 27-11 to 17th place Jeff Kriet with 27-1.

Keep an eye on 40 pounds as the likely Top 12 cut weight today.