Belletini Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake St. Clair


CLEMENS, Mich.– Matt Belletini of Birmingham, Mich., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair. For his victory, Belletini earned $3,766.
“The day started fast,” said Belletini. “I had about 19 pounds by 9:30–10 o’clock. My co-angler had the tournament won by 11. He was smoking me in the back of the boat. He kept culling 4-pounders while I still had two 3 ½-pounders in the box. I really had to work to get the last two big fish; I finally got a 4- and 5-pounder in the last hour of the tournament.
 “We were basically fishing one large area that had three key spots,” Belletini continued. “We were drop-shotting in 14 to 16 feet of water; I was using Nemesis Gobies. The bass seemed to be feeding on perch that were holding in the area.”
Belletini went on to say that it was a bittersweet day for him, as he lost two Dobyns rods in the lake.
Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:
     2nd:      Erhardt Tulgestka, Posen, Mich., five bass, 23-8, $1,883
     3rd:      John Leader, Granger, Ind., five bass, 21-3, $1,256
     4th:       Mark Modrak, China Township, Mich., five bass, 21-1, $879 plus $1,000 Evinrude bonus
     5th:       Joe Balog, Harrison Township, Mich., five bass, 20-5, $753
     6th:       Dallas Maybee, Davison, Mich., five bass, 20-1, $690
     7th:       Kyle Greene, Ortonville, Mich., five bass, 19-15, $628
     8th:       Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., five bass, 19-9, $533
     8th:       Don McCulla, New Baltimore, Mich., five bass, 19-9, $533     10th:     Kirk Simpson, Waterford, Mich., five bass, 19-3, $417
Kris Marble of Macomb, Mich., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win $1,883 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
            2nd:   Larry Riley, Newark, Ohio, five bass, 20-12, $942
            3rd:   Philip Holwerda, Ada, Mich., five bass, 18-11, $627
            4th:    David Michaelis, Commerce, Mich., five bass, 18-10, $439
            5th:    Donald Fleitz, Petersburg, Mich., five bass, 18-8, $377
            6th:    Matthew Hook, Plainwell, Mich., five bass, 18-4, $345
            7th:    Jon Witt, Kalamazoo, Mich., five bass, 18-3, $314
            8th:    Josh Kolodzaike, Toledo, Ohio, five bass, 18-1, $282
            9th:    Keith Ramseyer, Bay City, Mich., five bass, 17-13, $251
           10th: Allan Stephens, Florence, Ky., five bass, 17-12, $220
The next BFL Michigan Division tournament is scheduled for July 14 on the Detroit River in Trenton, Mich. After the fifth Michigan Division tournament is complete, 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.

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