TRENTON, Mich. (Aug. 29, 2022) – Boater Jeremy Reese of Powell, Ohio, caught five bass Saturday weighing 26 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on the Detroit River. The tournament was the third regular-season event for the Bass Fishing League Michigan Division. Reese earned $4,820 for his victory.
“I made a pretty long run into Lake Erie and had a few different areas, and I just alternated around them,” Reese said. “There was another fisherman up there, an absolute hammer, and we were sharing the same stuff. We worked together and rotated through and shared it real well.”
The tournament began well for Reese, as he boated quality fish soon after Saturday’s takeoff.
“Saturday was a morning bite for me,” Reese said. “I had all of the fish I weighed in before 10 a.m., fishing rock piles from 15 to 29 feet deep.
“I’ve been working a lot with Venture Lures,” Reese added. “I’ve been testing and designing baits with them, and used a green pumpkin Venture Lures Dropper Worm this week.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Jeremy Reese, Powell, Ohio, five bass, 26-6, $4,820
2nd: Trevor Jancasz, White Pigeon, Mich., five bass, 24-0, $2,249
3rd: Brett Haake, Shorewood, Ill., five bass, 23-4, $1,698
4th: Jared Rhode, Port Clinton, Ohio, five bass, 23-1, $1,050
5th: Kyle Greene, Ortonville, Mich., five bass, 22-14, $862
5th: Austin Anderson, Ashley, Ind., five bass, 22-14, $1,362 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
7th: John Dawson, Mount Vernon, Ohio, five bass, 22-13, $750
8th: Mike Trombly, Belleville, Mich., five bass, 22-6, $675
9th: Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., five bass, 22-3, $800
10th: Matt Elkins, Spencerville, Ohio, five bass, 22-0, $525
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Reese and David Gloden of Ionia, Michigan, both caught bass weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces in the Boater Division to tie for the day’s Berkley Big Bass award. Each angler received $322. Rob Miller of Albion, Michigan, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,571 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 22 pounds, 1 ounce.
The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:
1st: Rob Miller, Albion, Mich., five bass, 22-1, $2,571
2nd: Nick Shinigwai Yeung, Simcoe, Ontario, five bass, 21-4, $1,125
3rd: Tom Lyskawa, Arlington Heights, Ill., five bass, 21-0, $1,052
4th: Mark Lyons, Marion, Ind., five bass, 20-3, $487
4th: Jacob Cox, Corunna, Mich., five bass, 20-3, $487
6th: Robert Miller, Litchfield, Mich., five bass, 19-13, $412
7th: David Borsa, Redford, Mich., five bass, 19-10, $375
8th: Brian Hicks, Auburn, Ind., five bass, 19-7, $337
9th: Paul Porento, Lowell, Ind., five bass, 19-3, $300
10th: Tyler Bliemeister, Ray Township, Mich., five bass, 19-2, $262
Miller also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $322.