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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Michigan

    Detroit River (Sept. 14-15, 2013)


    Jancasz claims title on Detroit River

    Trevor Jancasz of White Pigeon, Mich., won the Sept. 14-15 Michigan Division Super Tournament on the Detroit River with a two-day total weight of 38 pounds, 3 ounces. He walked away with over $6,300 for his efforts.
    Goetsch wins co-angler title

    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

    Co-angler Mark Goetsch of Gibralter, Mich., won the Sept. 14-15 Michigan Division Super Tournament on the Detroit River with a two-day total weight of 35 pounds, 4 ounces. Goetsch took home over $2,100 for his victory.Mark Goetsch of Gibraltar, Mich., weighed in a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 35 pounds, 4 ounces Sunday to win $2,162 in the co-angler division.

    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.

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