Culler Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Muskegon Lake

Culler Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Muskegon Lake Eric Culler won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich. (Aug. 6, 2018) – Boater Eric Culler of Hudson, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Muskegon Lake. For his efforts, Culler pocketed $3,641.


Culler said he headed north to White Lake to catch his fish Saturday. He said his primary lure was a Texas-rigged 7-inch Watermelon Red-colored Zoom Trick Worm on a split-shot rig. He also used a wacky-rigged Watermelon Red Yamamoto Senko.


“I caught most of my fish in 13 to 15 feet of water,” said Culler, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “The area had a slight inside turn and then it came back out to a small little point. There was wood and grass on the point and it seemed like the bigger ones were keying in on the wood more than anything. You could catch smaller fish around it, but that’s where the bigger ones were.”


Culler said he used a 7-foot, 1-inch medium-heavy G. Loomis rod with a Daiwa reel and 10-pound-test Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon line. He credited the side scanning feature on his Humminbird Helix electronics unit with helping him get dialed in to his area as well.


“I caught around 10 keepers. It was a slow presentation – they didn’t want the bait moving that much,” said Culler. “I’d just let it lay there and then they’d pick it up and swim off. It was a late bite, too. They started biting around 10 or 10:30 (a.m.) and then I caught them regularly until 1 p.m.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Eric Culler, Hudson, Ind., five bass, 17-1, $3,641

               2nd:         Clayton Reitz, Morton, Ill., five bass, 15-15, $1,820

               3rd:          Jeff Napier, Martinsville, Ind., five bass, 15-8, $1,414

               4th:          Joshua Barr, Stow, Ohio, five bass, 15-3, $950

               5th:          Brett Haake, Shorewood, Ill., five bass, 15-1, $728

               6th:          Trevor Bethke, Spring Lake, Mich., five bass, 15-0, $668

               7th:          Ronald Nutter, Saint Louisville, Ohio, five bass, 14-12, $607

               8th:          Jeremy Antrup, Fremont, Ind., five bass, 14-0, $546

               9th:          Kenny Dials, Creston, Ohio, five bass, 13-15, $960

               10th:        Jerry Smith, Sparta, Mich., five bass, 13-14, $425


Dials brought a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $475. Clint Joyner of Metamora, Michigan, won the Co-angler Division and $2,057 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 13 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Clint Joyner, Metamora, Mich., five bass, 18-13, $2,057

               2nd:         Brian Somrek, Calvert City, Ky., five bass, 14-2, $1,110

               3rd:          Darwin Griva, Hamilton, Ind., five bass, 12-9, $607

               4th:          Ross Parsons, Haslett, Mich., five bass, 12-1, $475

               5th:          Tony Mitchell, Plainwell, Mich., five bass, 11-5, $364

               6th:          Eric Polenz, Maybee, Mich., five bass, 11-4, $334

               7th:          Stefan Marginean, Glenview, Ill., four bass, 11-2, $303

               8th:          Jack Cahn, Davisburg, Mich., five bass, 10-10, $273

               9th:          Tony Grubb, Ann Arbor, Mich., five bass, 10-4, $227

               9th:          Jeremy Pinkowski, Oak Forest, Ill., four bass, 10-4, $227

Joyner also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $237.

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