Barr Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Detroit River

Barr Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Detroit River Joshua Barr won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on the Detroit River

TRENTON, Mich. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Joshua Barr of Stow, Ohio, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on the Detroit River Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 49 pounds, 1 ounce. Barr pocketed $7,397 for his win.


“It was really satisfying to come out on top of such a competitive field,” said Barr, who earned his first career win after three prior top-10 finishes on the Detroit River in FLW competition. “I knew that I was on a couple of good schools in practice, but I didn’t realize how big they were. It was a pleasant surprise come tournament time.”


Barr committed each day to making a run south to Lake Erie.


“I live in the Cleveland area, so I was spending a lot of time around the Ohio and Pelee Islands,” said Barr. “I was fishing the typical off-shore Lake Erie isolated rock piles. I caught most of my fish on Day One with a drop-shot rig. On Day Two, all of my quality fish came on a tube.”


Barr said that he fished a perch-colored fluke-style bait on his drop-shot rig Saturday, but opted for a standard 3½-inch green pumpkin tube on Sunday.


“I don’t think the color really mattered,” Barr said. “My co-angler and I both caught 6-pounders on a tube and he had a different color.”


Barr estimated that he caught 10 to 15 smallmouth on Day One and around 20 on Day Two.


“Finding the right schools meant everything,” Barr went on to say. “When I would idle over the rocks, I couldn’t see them very well on my electronics. I’m not sure if my motor was spooking them, but when I would turn it off and drift over them my graphs would light up.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Joshua Barr, Stow, Ohio, 10 bass, 49-1, $5,397 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Jared Rhode, Port Clinton, Ohio, 10 bass, 47-3, $2,598

               3rd:          Michael Sitko, Pinckney, Mich., 10 bass, 46-4, $1,833

               4th:          Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 10 bass, 45-12, $1,513

               5th:          Jamie Jacobus, Johnstown, Ohio, 10 bass, 44-2, $1,039

               6th:          Kyle Greene, Ortonville, Mich., 10 bass, 43-15, $953

               7th:          Pat Upthagrove, Monroe, Mich., 10 bass, 41-5, $866

               8th:          Aaron Stumpf, Johnstown, Ohio, 10 bass, 40-7, $780

               9th:          Mike Cunningham, Fenton, Mich., 10 bass, 40-4, $693

               10th:        Eric Cook, Marblehead, Ohio, 10 bass, 40-1, $606


Charles Mackintosh of Brighton, Michigan, caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $652. Gary Polenz of Milan, Michigan, caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 43 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,669.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Gary Polenz, Milan, Mich., 10 bass, 43-7, $2,669

               2nd:         Tony Mitchell, Plainwell, Mich., 10 bass, 42-2, $1,284

               3rd:          Cody Bertrand, Dyer, Ind., 10 bass, 41-12, $858

               4th:          Aaron Stahley, Batavia, Ohio, 10 bass, 39-3, $649

               5th:          Christopher Slone, Shelby Township, Mich., 10 bass, 39-1, $514

               6th:          Steve Pinkerton, Anderson, Ind., 10 bass, 38-9, $471

               7th:          Justin Sawyer, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 10 bass, 38-3, $750

               8th:          Erik Jacques. Harrison Township, Mich., 10 bass, 38-0, $385

               9th:          Mike Eldridge, Blacklick, Pa., 10 bass, 36-7, $342

               10th:        Kenneth Johnson, Canton, Mich., 10 bass, 35-2, $300

Sawyer caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $322.

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