August 5, 2019 by FLW Communications
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Boater Kyle Greene of Ortonville, Michigan, took top honors at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair after catching five bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces. Greene took home $5,753 for his win.
“I was fishing the Canadian side of the lake in 16 to 22 feet of water, throwing a tube and a drop-shot rig and I caught over 50 keepers,” said Greene, who earned his third career victory in BFL competition on Lake St. Clair – second in 2019. “I had a 2-mile radius that had little sweet spots here and there, with a mixture of sand and grass.”
Greene said he used a 4-inch, Fiesta Melon-colored Provider Tackle Tube – the same bait that helped him win the BFL tournament on Lake St. Clair in June – and various 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow Baits on a drop-shot rig, adding that he weighed all smallmouth. He rigged the baits on Lew’s CXP40 Spinning reels and Dobyns DX 743SF Spinning rods.
“There was no rhyme or reason [to my drop-shots] – I’d catch one on one kind of [Gulp!] bait and one on another,” said Greene. “I rotated between the tube and drop-shot to change it up when they weren’t biting. It was a little slow at first, but it picked up from 9:30 [a.m.] to 1 [p.m.]. It was a great day out there.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Kyle Greene, Ortonville, Mich., five bass, 23-7, $3,753 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., five bass, 22-8, $2,632
3rd: William Cisler, Delton, Mich., five bass, 22-6, $1,007
3rd: Gary Solomon, Clinton Township, Mich., five bass, 22-6, $1,007
5th: Troy Stokes, Brownstown, Mich., five bass, 22-3, $711
6th: Pat Upthagrove, Monroe, Mich., five bass, 21-15, $651
7th: Cameron Moore, Howe, Ind., five bass, 21-3, $592
8th: Amon Jay Troyer, Millersburg, Ind., five bass, 20-14, $533
9th: Jeremy Antrup, Fremont, Ind., five bass, 20-13, $474
10th: Brad Ballew, Macomb Township, Mich., five bass, 20-8, $415
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Dobson caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $455.
Jeremy Pinkowski of Oak Forest, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $2,127 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 21 pounds, 15 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Jeremy Pinkowski, Oak Forest, Ill., five bass, 21-15, $2,127
2nd: Austin Freed, Wolcottville, Ind., five bass, 21-7, $888
3rd: Larry Salisbury, Oxford, Mich., five bass, 21-4, $742
4th: Aaron Stahley, Batavia, Ohio, five bass, 21-0, $385
4th: Jim Stone, Greenwood, Ind., five bass, 21-0, $385
6th: Mark Saunders, Valley City, Ohio, five bass, 20-12, $326
7th: Tom Stark, Angola, Ind., five bass, 20-8, $281
7th: Gordon Reilly, Indianapolis, Ind., five bass, 20-8, $281
9th: Kendra Mueller, Pinckney, Mich., five bass, 19-15, $222
9th: Alex Redwine, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 19-15, $222
Bill Deverny of Wellston, Michigan, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $227.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Buchanan, Tennessee, presented by Evinrude. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.
The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.
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