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Reitz Grinds it Out for Title

Reitz Grinds it Out for Title
Clayton Reitz

Clayton Reitz of Morton, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the second FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament of 2016 on the Wolf River Chain of lakes. For his victory, Reitz earned $4,575.

“I decided to head west from the takeoff ramp and fish a rock pile on Lake Poygan,” says Reitz, who notched his fifth win in FLW competition. “It was a little deeper than other people were fishing. I caught three smallmouth on a green-pumpkin Chompers Ultra Tube.

“After that I hit some seawalls in 10 feet of water on the lower end of Poygan using a ½-ounce chrome-colored Blitz Lures Blitz Blade,” Reitz continues. “I was slow rolling it about a foot off of the bottom and the bass bit it without much force. I probably picked apart 15 stretches of wall and was able to catch three more smallmouth.”

Reitz says he managed to cull out his previous catches throughout the afternoon to complete his winning limit.

“After those first three in the morning, it was a grind,” says Reitz. “It took most of the afternoon to get my final three keepers. I didn’t catch many by the end of the day, but they were the right ones.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Clayton Reitz, Morton, Ill., five bass, 16-6, $4,575

2nd:         Nathan Huss, Elkhart Lake, Wis., five bass, 14-0, $2,288

3rd:          Theodore Johnson, Waupaca, Wis., five bass, 13-14, $1,525

4th:          Cade Laufenberg, Winona, Minn., five bass, 13-13, $1,733

5th:          John Berrens, Weyauwega, Wis., five bass, 13-4, $915

6th:          Wayne Meetz, Neenah, Wis., five bass, 13-3, $1,139

7th:          Geoff Williams, New London, Wis., five bass, 13-2, $763

8th:          Jeff Benson, Holmen, Wis., five bass, 12-8, $686

9th:          Mark McCartney, Davis Junction, Ill., five bass, 12-2, $610

10th:        Jeff Krisher, Madison, Wis., five bass, 12-1, $534

Complete results can be found here

Laufenberg caught a bass weighing 3 pounds, 12 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $665.

 

Co-angler Matthew Frisk

Frisk takes co-angler title

Matthew Frisk of Sparta, Wisconsin, weighed in five bass totaling 11 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,288.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Matthew Frisk, Sparta, Wis., five bass, 11-13, $2,288

2nd:         Mike Wilmoth, Eau Claire, Wis., five bass, 11-2, $1,144

3rd:          Cody Wissink, Arcadia, Wis., five bass, 9-4, $762

4th:          Michael Taylor, Tipton, Iowa, three bass, 8-4, $534

5th:          Ben Rockey, West Bend, Wis., four bass, 7-13, $458

6th:          Alexandru Spiac, Chicago, Ill., three bass, 7-6, $419

7th:          Tom Lyskawka, Arlington Heights, Ill., four bass, 7-3, $381

8th:          Craig Fanning, Elwood, Ill., three bass, 7-2, $343

9th:          Charles Novotny, Fort Atkinson, Wis., four bass, 7-0, $305

10th:        Brad Wessling, Milwaukee, Wis., three bass, 6-14, $267

Chueyee Thao of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $332.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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