Modrak Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Detroit River
TRENTON, Mich. (Sept. 17, 2012) – Mark Modrak of China Township, Mich., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 44 pounds, 12 ounces to win the Bass Fishing League Michigan Division super tournament on the Detroit River in Trenton, Mich., on Sunday. For his victory, Modrak earned $7,604.
“I was fishing an area right where the Detroit River flows into Lake Erie,” said Modrak. “I was fishing current eddies near the mouth of the river in about 14 feet of water. I threw a custom-colored tube with a ¼-ounce head. We call the color ‘Christmas in the Army.’ It’s an olive drab color with green, red and gold flakes. I fished it over the grass and rocks and had pretty good success with it.”
Modrak had a very successful tournament and boated 25 keepers on day one and 15 on day two despite the different weather conditions.
“It was really nice out on Saturday,” Modrak said. “It was pretty calm, and you could run anywhere you wanted to. Day two was a different story, though. It was very rough, and I had to stay tucked up into my river spot. The key for me out there was being able to feel my bites. They were real light, almost like a perch bite. The fish have had a lot of pressure lately, so it feels great to be able to get the win.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Randy Beattie, Perry, Mich., 10 bass, 43-1, $2,302
3rd: Jason Root, Fostoria, Ohio, 10 bass, 41-15, $1,536
4th: Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 10 bass, 39-8, $1,074
5th: Jon Zubkoff, Monroe, Mich., 10 bass, 38-8, $921
6th: Jeff Vizachero, Grosse Ile, Mich., 10 bass, 37-6, $844
7th: Heath Wagner, Angola, Ind., 10 bass, 36-14, $767
8th: Devon Banks, Lake Orion, Mich., 10 bass, 36-12, $691
9th: David Reault, Livonia, Mich., 10 bass, 36-10, $614
10th: Chad Pipkens, Holt, Mich., 10 bass, 36-6, $537
David Michaelis of Commerce, Mich., weighed in 10 bass totaling 41 pounds, 2 ounces Sunday to win $2,302 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Dave Hasty, Toledo, Ohio, 10 bass, 34-7, $1,151
3rd: Erik Jacques, Harrison Township, Mich., 10 bass, 33-14, $767
4th: Jay Ahonen, Ortonville, Mich., 10 bass, 33-14, $537
5th: Matthew Hook, Plainwell, Mich., 10 bass, 33-11, $460
6th: Tony Grubb, Ann Arbor, Mich., 10 bass, 29-15, $422
7th: Eric Schoolmaster, Portage, Mich., 10 bass, 29-7, $384
8th: Kevin Webb, Xenia, Ohio, nine bass, 29-1, $345
9th: Ronnie Shephard Jr., Oak Hill, Ohio, 10 bass, 28-12, $307
10th: Duane Mayhew, Warsaw, Ind., seven bass, 26-10, $269
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky. 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.