Pinckney’s Sitko wins 2nd doubleheader event at Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Detroit River – The News Herald

Pinckney’s Michael Sitko caught five bass on Sunday weighing 26 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Major League Fishing Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on the Detroit River in Trenton. The tournament was the fourth event this season for the Michigan Division of the Bass Fishing League.

“I had no idea where I was going to go or start, and I was boat number three,” Sitko said. “I probably ran 10 miles and still hadn’t decided where to go. It was a little rough there so I decided to stop on closer stuff and there were no fish there. I worked a little further and picked a few here and there.

“Sunday was a little tough,” Sitko added. “I didn’t catch a whole lot, but I caught the good ones.”

Sitko, who earned $4,601 for the victory, said he raced to Lake Erie and caught 10 smallmouth keeper on isolated rocks in 20 to 22 feet of water on drop-shot rigs , as well as some kickers on tubes.

“My first fish of the day was a 3-10, and at one point I had four good ones in the boat,” he said. “Around noon I had been at one spot for 10 minutes, took a tube and decided to do one last throw there. I bombed a throw over a rocky bump and was bitten quarter of the way back in. It was a 5-13, so I knocked out the 3-10.

Woodhaven’s Dan Mittlestat finished seventh on a day he caught five bass weighing 21 pounds, 2 ounces. He won $974 for seventh place.

For Sitko, the BFL win was the first since winning at the Detroit River in 2016.

“It’s very difficult to win in this division,” added Sitko. “I’ve been close so many times with second and third places, so it feels good to have another win under my belt.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Michael Sitko, Pinckney, five bass, 26-11, $4,601
2nd: Heath Wagner, Angola, Ind., five bass, 23-14, $2,023
3rd: Trevor Jancasz, White Pigeon, five bass, 22-5, $1,348
4th: Gary Greenwood, Taylors, SC, five bass, 22-1, $944
5th: Jeremy Reese, Powell, Ohio, five bass, 21-8, $809
6th: Nick Trim, Galesville, Wis., five low, 21-5, $1,242 (includes $500 bonus for Phoenix MLF contingencies)
7th: Dan Mittlestat, Woodhaven, Michigan, five bass, 21-2, $974
8th: Mike Trombley, Belleville, Michigan, five bass, 21-1, $607
9th: Elijah Meyers, Fort Wayne, Ind., five bass, 20-9, $539
10th: Mike Raber, Elkhart, Ind., five bass, 20-7, $472

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Sitko also grabbed a smallmouth weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces — the heaviest of the event in the Boater division — to win the Berkley Big Bass Boater prize of $555.

James Marcum of Catlettsburg, Ky., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,723 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: James Marcum, Catlettsburg, Ky., five bass, 20-11, $2,723
2nd: Jeffrey Thomson, Birmingham, five bass, 19-12, $1,011
3rd: Mike Eldridge, Blairsville, Penn., five bass, 19-2, $674
4th: Benton Peoples, Bardstown, Kentucky, five bass, 18-14, $472
5th: Ken Ramsey, Cassopolis, five bass, 18-10, $405
6th: Gregory Jantovsky, Westland, five bass, 18-4, $371
7th: Greg Owens, Clinton Township, five bass, 18-3, $337
8th: Paul Porento, Lowell, Ind., five bass, 17-10, $563
8th: Jeffrey Galgan, Arlington Heights, IL, five bass, 17-10, $286
10th: Nicholas Veselka, Fishers, Ind., five bass, 17-9, $236

Paul Porento of Lowell, Indiana, caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler of the Day award of $277.

After four events, Scott Dobson of Clarkston leads the Bass Fishing League Michigan Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 967 points, while Dennis Seneck of Bethel, Ohio leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 921 points. .

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered into the Regional Bass Fishing League Championship October 13-15 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize, including a new $10,000 Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-hp Mercury outboard, while fellow anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine is a 24-division circuit dedicated to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-fishermen in each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships where they compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the oldest championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-fishermen as well as tournament winners from each division of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League will also gain priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the path to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

In the first event of the weekend on Saturday, Jeremy Reese of Powell, Ohio, caught five bass weighing 26 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on the Detroit River. Reese won $4,820 for his win.

“I did a pretty long run in Lake Erie and had a few different areas, and just alternated around them,” Reese said. “There was another angler up there, an absolute hammerhead, and we shared the same things. We worked together, shot and shared very well.

The tournament got off to a good start for Reese as he brought in some quality fish shortly after take off on Saturday.

“Saturday was a morning bite for me,” Reese said. “I had all the fish I weighed before 10 a.m., fishing rock piles 15 to 29 feet deep.

“I’ve worked extensively with Venture Lures,” Reese added. “I tested and designed baits with them, and used a Venture Lures Dropper Worm Green Pumpkin 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, 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, 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, five bass, 22-6, $675
9th: Scott Dobson, Clarkston, five bass, 22-3, $800
10th: Matt Elkins, Spencerville, Ohio, five bass, 22-0, $525

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Ionia’s Reese and David Gloden both caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces in the Boater Division tied for the Berkley Big Bass of the Day award. Each fisher received $322.

Albion’s Rob Miller won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,571 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 22 pounds, 1 ounce.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Rob Miller, Albion, five bass, 22-1, $2,571
2nd: Nick Shinigwai Yeung, Simcoe, ON, five bass, 21-4, $1,125
3rd: Tom Lyskawa, Arlington Heights, IL, five bass, 21-0, $1,052
4th: Mark Lyons, Marion, Ind., five bass, 20-3, $487
4th: Jacob Cox, La Coruna, five basses, 20-3, $487
6th: Robert Miller, Litchfield, five bass, 19-13, $412
7th: David Borsa, Redford, 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, five bass, 19-2, $262

Miller also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds and 13 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $322.

The region’s top 45 boaters and co-anglers based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered into the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 13-15 on the Mississippi River in La Lacrosse, Wis. . Boaters will compete for a prize of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while fellow anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a Mercury outboard of 200 horsepower.

The 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine is a 24-division circuit dedicated to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-fishermen in each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships where they compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the oldest championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

For full details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Robert A. Glidden