Trombly Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Detroit River

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

TRENTON, Mich. (Aug. 26, 2019) – Boater Mike Trombly of Belleville, Michigan, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on the Detroit River Saturday after catching five bass weighing 24 pounds, 13 ounces. For his day on the water, Trombly took home $4,545.


“I fished the north shore of Lake Erie – everything came from 24 to 28 feet,” said Trombly, who earned his eighth career win in FLW competition – all launching out of the Detroit River. “I used shad-style baits – all of the fish that I weighed in came from drop-shot rigs.”


Trombly said he used a few different baits on his drop-shot rigs – a Zoom Fluke, a Strike King 3X ElazTech Z Too Soft Jerkbait and a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Flatnose Minnow. He also rotated in a Lure Craft Big D darter-style bait, adding that everything he used was in shad-style colors.


“I had to soak it through the rock piles and breaks I was fishing to get the fish to bite,” said Trombly. “They were finicky – we had a strong northeast wind and the current ran the opposite, moving from west to east. You had to play the current to get them to strike. It was all about presentation.”


Trombly said he caught around 10 keepers throughout the day – all smallmouth. He credited his G. Loomis [IMX822S DSR IMX] Dropshot Spinning Rod and Shimano STRADIC CI4+ reel as being key components of his day.


“With the amount of current I was fishing, at those depths, the sensitivity really made an impact on my catch – I could feel the bites.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Mike Trombly, Belleville, Mich., five bass, 24-13, $4,545

               2nd:         Brett Haake, Shorewood, Ill., five bass, 24-11, $1,973

               3rd:          Jim Vitaro, Wooster, Ohio, five bass, 24-1, $1,731

               4th:          John Devries, Fishers, Ind., five bass, 21-7, $1,077

               5th:          Pat Upthagrove, Monroe, Mich., five bass, 21-6, $709

               6th:          Andrew Gaul, Saint Clair Shores, Mich., five bass, 20-7, $650

               7th:          Ross Parsons, Williamston, Mich., five bass, 20-1, $591

               8th:          David Reault, Livonia, Mich., five bass, 20-0, $532

               9th:          Troy Stokes, Brownstown, Mich., five bass, 19-14, $443

               9th:          Heath Wagner, Angola, Ind., five bass, 19-14, $443 

Gary Solomon of Clinton Township, Michigan, caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $445. Erik Jacques of Marine City, Michigan, won the Co-angler Division and $1,973 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 25 pounds, 9 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Erik Jacques, Marine City, Mich., five bass, 25-9, $1,973

               2nd:         Brian Kich, Berea, Ohio, five bass, 18-13, $936

               3rd:          Zach Laupp, Plainwell, Mich., five bass, 18-12, $591

               4th:          Jeffrey Thomson, Birmingham, Mich., five bass, 18-8, $414

               5th:          Darwin Griva, Hamilton, Ind., five bass, 18-3, $355

               6th:          Mike Eldridge, Blairsville, Pa., five bass, 17-2, $325

               7th:          Craig Fanning, Elwood, Ill., five bass, 16-8, $295

               8th:          Bill Dodge, Laingsburg, Mich., five bass, 16-7, $266

               9th:          Robert Busby, Fenton, Mich., five bass, 16-6, $236

               10th:        Andy Fryer, Westerville, Ohio, five bass, 16-3, $357

Neil Heisler of Plymouth, Michigan, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $222.

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