August 29, 1999 • MLF • Archives

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., (August 30, 1999) Ron Fabiszak of South Bend, Indiana, took first place, $1904, plus 50 CITGO Challenge Points for winning the Red Man Michigan Division qualifier held Sunday on Grand River. Fabiszak brought in five bass weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces to top a field of 97 anglers competing for $6092.

Fabiszak fished Lake Michigan using Smoke Gold Power Tubes and fished in 20 feet of water. Second place and $952 went to Michael Strange of Lake Orion, MI, for five bass weighing 13 pounds, 9 ounces. Strange fished the mid-section of the lake around sand bars. He fished in 25 feet of water using 8 pound Berkley Power Tubes.

Rounding out the top positions were: (3) Edward Rogers, Grand Rapids, MI, five bass, 13-8, $559; (4) Larry Martoglio, Winchester, KY, five bass, 13-7, $358; (5) Ted Angers, Clinton, MI, five bass, 12-2, $339.

Edward Rogers won the Abu Garcia Big Bass Award of $1,000 for a 4 pound, 13 ounce bass. Larry Martoglio is leading the Michigan Division’s Ranger Millennium big bass race for the year with a bass weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces. The Ranger boat owner who catches the largest bass in each Red Man division over the course of the season, will qualify to enter the Ranger M1 Millennium tournament.

Ron Fabiszak also won the Berkley Powerbait award a package of baits valued at $325 for the highest weight caught on Powerbait or Frenzy lures with 14 pounds, 5 ounces.

At the completion of the six Red Man qualifying events, the top 30 anglers, determined on a basis of pounds and points, will move onto Regional Championship competition. There they will compete against the top 30 fishermen from three other divisions for a Dream Rig consisting of a Chevy truck and a full-rigged Ranger bass boat powered by an Evinrude or Johnson outboard (only two divisions compete in the Western Regional for a fully-rigged Ranger bass boat) and a spot in the Red Man All-American in Hot Springs, Arkansas, May 8-13, 2000, where the winner will receive $100,000.

The rookie advancing farthest along the Red Man Trail will win the Old Milwaukee NA Rookie-of-the-Year Award.

All Red Man tournaments are catch and release events. Operation Bass historically maintains a 98 percent live release rate throughout the tournament season.

Sponsors of the 1999 Red Man Tournament Trail include: Evinrude Outboards, Evinrude Electrics, CITGO Petroleum, Ranger Boats, Humminbird Fishfinders, Stren Fishing Lines, Abu Garcia Rods and Reels, Chevy Trucks, ENERGIZER Marine Batteries, Old Milwaukee NA, Black & Decker, David Seeds, Coleman Products, Land O’ Lakes, BC Powder, Eveready, Wheaties, Chex Mix, Hamburger Helper, Wrangler, US Bank-VISA, Powerbait, and Frenzy.