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Drop-Shot Carries Elkins to Title

Ruetz claims co-angler honors on Detroit River
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Matt Elkins Angler: Matt Elkins.
August 22, 2016 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Matt Elkins of Spencerville, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament of 2016 on the Detroit River. Elkins took home $5,632 for his win.

“I caught my fish out of one area on Lake Erie and had a limit by 8:30 a.m.,” says Elkins, who earned his second BFL career win on the Detroit River. “I was way offshore, probably 30 miles, and fishing deep. My catches came from more than 30 feet down.”

Elkins rotated between two baits on a drop-shot rig – a purple-passion-colored LBA Baits Ding Ding and a smoke-purple Jackall Crosstail Shad.

“I fished very specific, isolated spots,” says Elkins. “I stood on the trolling motor and casted 30 feet forward and dragged it slow over rocks piles or a ridge.”

Elkins notes a crucial part to his success was letting his fish replenish.

“In these spots, you’ll catch them fairly quick and then the bite dies off,” says Elkins. “I had to move around and let them reset. After catching my limit, I returned around 12:30 p.m. and boated two more. Those were the only fish I caught all day.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Matt Elkins, Spencerville, Ohio, five bass, 22-11, $3,632 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Seth Borton, Adrian, Mich., five bass, 22-0, $2,016

3rd:          Todd Schmitz, Goshen, Ind., five bass, 21-14, $1,210

4th:          Michael Sitko, Pinckney, Mich., five bass, 21-7, $1,147

5th:          Zach Maisch, Lima, Ohio, five bass, 21-2, $826

6th:          Steve Clapper, Lima, Ohio, five bass, 20-10, $666

7th:          Jared Rhode, Port Clinton, Ohio, five bass, 20-9, $605

8th:          Randy Ramsey, Ceresco, Mich., five bass, 20-8, $545

9th:          Joshua Barr, Columbus, Ohio, five bass, 20-4, $484

10th:        Jamie Jacobus, Johnstown, Ohio, five bass, 19-11, $424

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com

Brett Haake of Shorewood, Illinois, caught a bass weighing 6 pounds even – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $465.


Co-angler Brian Ruetz

Ruetz wins co-angler title

Brian Ruetz of Toledo, Ohio, weighed in five bass totaling 18 pounds, 5 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $1,916.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Brian Ruetz, Toledo, Ohio, five bass, 18-5, $1,916

2nd:         Rick McClintock, Interlochen, Mich., five bass, 17-8, $908

3rd:          Daniel Holland, Beverly Hills, Mich., five bass, 17-2, $515

3rd:          Mark Lyons, Marion, Ind., five bass, 17-2, $515

5th:          Leo Reiter, Greenup, Ill., five bass, 16-14, $363

6th:          Gary Polenz, Milan, Mich., four bass, 15-8, $318

6th:          Kevin Fetzer, Wateford, Mich., five bass, 15-8, $368

8th:          Jeffrey Thomson, Birmingham, Mich., five bass, 15-3, $272

9th:          Bret Holling, Lansing, Mich., five bass, 14-10, $242

10th:        Jorji Itoh, Beverly Hills, Mich., four bass, 14-5, $444

Itoh caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $232.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.