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Rosario, Greene Tie at St. Clair

Rosario, Greene Tie at St. Clair
Angel Rosario (left) and Kyle Greene (right)

Kyle Greene of Ortonville, Michigan, and Angel Rosario of Kalamazoo, Michigan, each caught five bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces, to tie for the win at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division opener on Lake St. Clair. For their efforts, Greene took home $3,376 while Rosario pocketed $5,176 after contingency awards.

“I fished a jerkbait and a tube on the main lake and pretty much the entire lower half of the St. Clair River,” says Greene, who earned his second career win in BFL competition on Lake St. Clair. “I worked scattered weeds in 6 to 10 feet of water on the lake and targeted grass in similar depths on the river. I just bounced around and probably hit 20 places throughout the day.”

Greene said he used a Lucky Craft Pointer 100 jerkbait and a Fiesta Melon-colored Provider tube with a ¼-ounce jig inserted into it.

“I caught over 30 keepers. The sun was crucial – we haven’t had good sunshine for about two months,” Greene went on to say. “It helped me see a little better and positon the fish.”

Rosario says he preferred a Duo Realis Spinbait 90 spybait, and that he caught around 15 keepers throughout the day.

“I fished deeper – around 16 feet of water with a spybait for the most part,” says Rosario, who notched his first win in FLW competition. “It was a half-mile stretch on the north side of the main lake and I was targeting grass. My Humminbird electronics really helped me figure it out.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st: Kyle Greene, Ortonville, Mich., five bass, 23-7, $3,376

1st: Angel Rosario, Kalamazoo, Mich., five bass, 23-7, $3,176 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

3rd: Tom Beale, St. Clair Shores, Mich., five bass, 22-0, $2,003

4th: Hugh Cosculluela, The Woodlands, Texas, five bass, 21-15, $1,088

5th: Jason Elliott, Warsaw, Ind., five bass, 21-8, $847

6th: Jason Root, Fostoria, Ohio, five bass, 21-5, $776

7th: Heath Wagner, Angola, Ind., five bass, 21-4, $670

7th: Derwin Thomas, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 21-4, $670

9th: Matt Elkins, Spencerville, Ohio, five bass, 21-2, $529

9th: Steve York, Bronson, Mich., five bass, 21-2, $529

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Beale caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $590.

 

Co-angler Craig Fanning

Fanning wins co-angler title

Craig Fanning of Elwood, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $2,118 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st: Craig Fanning, Elwood, Ill., five bass, 21-13, $2,118

2nd: Jeffrey Thomson, Birmingham, Mich., five bass, 21-6, $1,059

3rd: Aaron Stahley, Batavia, Ohio, five bass, 20-12, $906

4th: Leo Reiter, Greenup, Ill., five bass, 20-6, $544

5th: Nicholas Veselka, Fishers, Ind., five bass, 20-2, $574

6th: Joshua Yeazel, Plymouth, Ind., five bass, 19-14, $388

7th: Greg Medell, Grand Haven, Mich., five bass, 19-8, $353

8th: Andy White, Canton, Mich., five bass, 19-7, $318

9th: Edison Prendi, Fraser, Mich., five bass, 19-6, $282

10th: Robert Keller, Chesterfield, Mich., five bass, 19-4, $247

Thomas Matual of Chicago, Illinois, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 4 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $295.

 

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky and Barkley lake in Buchanan, Tennessee, presented by Evinrude. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

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