UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - James River

Balog takes Super Tournament on Detroit River

Balog takes Super Tournament on Detroit River
Joe Balog of Independence, Ohio, topped 87 Boater Division competitors on the Detroit River, earning $5,676 and 300 points for the win at the BFL Michigan Division season finale.

WOODHAVEN, Mich. - Joe Balog of Independence, Ohio, topped 87 Boater Division competitors on the Detroit River this weekend with a five-bass catch weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces. He earned $5,676 and 300 points for the win at the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Michigan Division season finale.

After qualifying for the final round of the two-day Super Tournament in first place with an opening-day catch of five bass weighing 21 pounds, 4 ounces, Balog out-fished runner-up Steve Clapper of Lima, Ohio, by 14 ounces to take the win. Balog caught his limit on day two using a tube. He also earned a $1,000 bonus as the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.

Clapper qualified for the final round in second place with five bass weighing 20 pounds, 14 ounces and finished up with a five-bass catch weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces to win $2,838.

Jim Wilson of Amhertsburg, Ontario (five bass, 19 pounds, 1 ounce, $1,537); Scott Dobson of Waterford, Mich. (five bass, 18 pounds, 15 ounces, $1,301); and Mike Trombly of Perrysburg, Ohio, (two bass, 18 pounds, 13 ounces, $1,064) rounded out the top five boaters.

Balog took boater big-bass honors and $870 for a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass he caught on a melon tube.

Jeff Bishop of Clinton Township, Mich., topped 87 co-anglers to take first place and $2,838 in the Michigan Division Super Tournament.Jeff Bishop of Clinton Township, Mich., topped 87 competitors in the Co-angler Division to take first place and $2,838 thanks to a final-round catch of five bass weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. Second place in the division and $1,419 went to Stephen Roth of Syracuse, Ind., with a five-bass catch weighing 15 pounds, 10 ounces, followed by Kenneth Taylor of Shelby Township, Mich., in third place with five bass weighing 14 pounds worth $769.

Roth won the co-angler big-bass award of $435 with a 4-pound, 3-ounce bass he caught using a tube.

Bill Clark of Allegan, Mich., is the Michigan Division's Yamaha "Be the Best" points leader, winning $1,000 for the 1,015 points he earned during five regular-season tournaments. Peter Merckx of Westland, Mich., is the Yamaha "Be the Best" points leader in the Co-angler Division. He earned $500 for his division-leading 968 points.

The top 30 boaters and top 30 co-anglers in the Michigan Division will advance to regional competition presented by Yamaha Oct. 15-19 on Kentucky Lake near Gilbertsville, Ky., where they will go up against top competitors from the Great Lakes, Hoosier and Illini divisions for a shot at qualifying for the BFL All-American, one of the most lucrative postseason tournaments in competitive angling.

2002 BFL awards could reach $7 million based on full fields.

Sponsors of the 2002 Wal-Mart BFL are Wal-Mart, ALPO Pet Foods, BC Powder, BFGoodrich Tires, Castrol, Chevy Trucks, Conseco, Energizer, EverStart Batteries, Evinrude, Faded Glory, Frito-Lay, FujiFilm, GARMIN, Kellogg's, Land O'Lakes, Minn Kota, Newell Rubbermaid, Pepsi, Poulan, Ranger Boats, Shop-Vac, Snickers, Stanley Works, Stren, U.S. Bank, Weed Eater and Yamaha Outboards.

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