TRENTON, Mich. – Trevor Jancasz of White Pigeon, Mich., weighed in a two-day total of 10 bass for 38 pounds, 3 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Michigan Division Super Tournament on the Detroit River. For his victory, Jancasz earned $6,324.
Jancasz secured his first BFL win by making the long run into Lake Erie and drop-shotting for the lake’s famous smallmouth.
“I had three spots in 20 to 30 feet that were playing,” said Jancasz. “Just isolated rock piles with about a 2- to 4-foot rise on them. The best spot that I had I never even practiced on. I hammered them the first day.”
On the second day, Jancasz battled the waves and held on for a win.
“I’ve got a Ranger Z521 with a Mercury and a Fury prop, and that thing was amazing on the second day,” said Jancasz. “I learned something at the last EverStart – on the last day it got rough and there was a storm coming, and boats going to Lake Erie were turning around, and I got scared and turned around. In the morning it was ripping rough and this time I was boat one. There was no turning around. I just told myself I was going to fish my three spots and catch whatever I caught. So I stood on my trolling motor, on 100 (percent), for six hours, and it worked out.
“It feels awesome to win, it really does,” continued Jancasz. “It’s a relief. It’s been a long time coming, and it feels really good. I’ve been on a roll all year, and it all came together with this win.”
Jancasz said he used a KVD Magic-colored Strike King KVD Dream Shot and green pumpkin-colored Strike King Perfect Plastic KVD Finesse Worm.
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: John Devries, Fishers, Ind., 10 bass, 37-8, $2,162
3rd: Angel Rosario, Kalamazoo, Mich., 10 bass, 35-9, $1,441
4th: Michael Sitko, Farmington Hills, Mich., 10 bass, 35-0, $1,009 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
5th: David Reault, Livonia, Mich., 10 bass, 32-11, $865
6th: Pat Upthagrove, De Pere, Wis., 10 bass, 32-6, $793
7th: Arthur Teper, Lake Orion, Mich., 10 bass, 31-9, $721
8th: Mark Smith, Sawyer, Mich., 10 bass, 31-6, $649
9th: Chris Love, Mesa, Ariz., 10 bass, 30-3, $577
10th: Matt Belletini, Birmingham, Mich., 10 bass, 28-9, $505
Complete results can be found here.
Goetsch wears co-angler crown
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Zac Zernec, Ortonville, Mich., 10 bass, 33-9, $1,081
3rd: Rick Navarre, Toledo, Ohio, 10 bass, 33-2, $723
4th: James Scott Powers, Toledo, Ohio, 10 bass, 32-10, $505
5th: Mike Mueller, Union, Ky., 10 bass, 32-3, $432
6th: Jason Kopczyk, Commerce Township, Mich., 10 bass, 29-5, $396
7th: Victoria Maisch Rumer, Lima, Ohio, 10 bass, 27-3, $360
8th: Justin Bustetter, Kitts Hill, Ohio, seven bass, 24-4, $324
9th: Justin Spence, Sturgis, Mich., seven bass, 23-11, $288
10th: Vickie Jeffries, Celina, Ohio, eight bass, 21-4, $252
Complete co-angler results can be found here.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3-5 Regional Championship on the Chesapeake Bay in North East, Md. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 220 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water.” For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.