Mike Trombly of Belleville, Michigan, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on the Detroit River Saturday after catching five bass weighing 24 pounds, 13 ounces. For his day on the water, Trombly took home $4,545.
“I fished the north shore of Lake Erie – everything came from 24 to 28 feet,” says Trombly, who earned his eighth career win in FLW competition – all launching out of the Detroit River. “I used shad-style baits – all of the fish that I weighed in came from drop-shots.”
Trombly says he used a few different baits on his drop-shot – a Zoom Fluke, a Strike King 3X ElazTech Z Too Soft Jerkbait and a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Flatnose Minnow. He also rotated in a LureCraft Big D darter-style bait, adding that everything he used was in shad-style colors.
“I had to soak it through the rock piles and breaks I was fishing to get the fish to bite,” says Trombly. “They were finicky – we had a strong northeast wind and the current ran the opposite, moving from west to east. You had to play the current to get them to strike. It was all about presentation.”
Trombly says he caught around 10 keepers throughout the day – all smallmouth. He credited his G. Loomis [IMX822S DSR IMX] Dropshot Spinning Rod and Shimano STRADIC CI4+ reel as being key components of his day.
“With the amount of current I was fishing, at those depths, the sensitivity really made an impact on my catch – I could feel the bites.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Mike Trombly, Belleville, Mich., five bass, 24-13, $4,545
2nd: Brett Haake, Shorewood, Ill., five bass, 24-11, $1,973
3rd: Jim Vitaro, Wooster, Ohio, five bass, 24-1, $1,731
4th: John Devries, Fishers, Ind., five bass, 21-7, $1,077
5th: Pat Upthagrove, Monroe, Mich., five bass, 21-6, $709
6th: Andrew Gaul, Saint Clair Shores, Mich., five bass, 20-7, $650
7th: Ross Parsons, Williamston, Mich., five bass, 20-1, $591
8th: David Reault, Livonia, Mich., five bass, 20-0, $532
9th: Troy Stokes, Brownstown, Mich., five bass, 19-14, $443
9th: Heath Wagner, Angola, Ind., five bass, 19-14, $443
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Gary Solomon of Clinton Township, Michigan, 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 $445.
Jacques wins co-angler title
Erik Jacques of Marine City, Michigan, won the Co-angler Division and $1,973 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 25 pounds, 9 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Erik Jacques, Marine City, Mich., five bass, 25-9, $1,973
2nd: Brian Kich, Berea, Ohio, five bass, 18-13, $936
3rd: Zach Laupp, Plainwell, Mich., five bass, 18-12, $591
4th: Jeffrey Thomson, Birmingham, Mich., five bass, 18-8, $414
5th: Darwin Griva, Hamilton, Ind., five bass, 18-3, $355
6th: Mike Eldridge, Blairsville, Pa., five bass, 17-2, $325
7th: Craig Fanning, Elwood, Ill., five bass, 16-8, $295
8th: Bill Dodge, Laingsburg, Mich., five bass, 16-7, $266
9th: Robert Busby, Fenton, Mich., five bass, 16-6, $236
10th: Andy Fryer, Westerville, Ohio, five bass, 16-3, $357
Neil Heisler of Plymouth, Michigan, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $222.
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.