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SMAC Report

Tanner and Hayley Hursh - 1st PlaceTanner and Hayley Hursh - 1st Place

Tanner and Hayley Hursh won the Southwest Michigan Anglers Club (SMAC) tourney in a tight finish on Eagle Lake Tuesday.

The Hurshes had 9.48 pounds topped by the big bass of the tourney, a 2.95 pounder. They fished drop-shot rigs and crankbaits in 3 to 15 feet of water.

Mike Granger and Chase Laughlin - 2nd PlaceMike Granger and Chase Laughlin - 2nd Place

Mike Granger and Chase Laughlin were second with 9.16 pounds caught on jigs and crankbaits in 5 to 7 feet.

Drake Heath - 3rd PlaceDrake Heath - 3rd Place

Drake Heath fished alone and had an 8.78-pound limit for third. He fished drop-shot rigs in 10 feet.

Chuck Powell and Louie Stout were fourth with an 8.64-pound limit. They fished Menace Jigs and tubes to catch their fish.

The tourney drew 17 teams. There were 15 limits caught.

The next SMAC event is Saturday at Diamond Lake. Visit the Lake Drive Marine Events Calendar on this site for details.

Four Flags Report

Bret Gessinger and Mike VanderReyden - 1st PlaceBret Gessinger and Mike VanderReyden - 1st Place

Bret Gessinger and Mike VanderReyden took home first place in the Four Flags tourney last weekend on Magician Lake.

The winners had 12.53 pounds.

Tanner and Haley Hursh - 2nd PlaceTanner and Haley Hursh - 2nd Place

Tanner and Haley Hursh were second with 11.17 pounds and had the biggest bass, a 3.79-pound smallmouth.

Mike and Jim Passerelli finished third with 10.06 pounds.

No further details were available.

The next Four Flags tourney is June 25 at Paw Paw Lake. Visit the Lake Drive Marine Calendar on this website for details.

BASS Report

Burrill and Jack SimpsonBurrill and Jack Simpson

BAY CITY, Mich. — There was a moment last weekend, as 6-foot waves tossed their bass boat around Saginaw Bay like a cork in a maelstrom, that Branden Burrill and Jack Simpson stared at one another, silently asking, “What the heck are we doing?”

The answer? They were winning the Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Saginaw Bay presented by Bass Pro Shops.

High winds prevented anglers from venturing into open water on Day 1, but the wind died down just enough on Friday to squelch the small-craft warning for the inner part of Saginaw Bay — a sprawling 1,143-square-mile bass factory in coastal northeast Michigan.

And when tournament officials said the bay was in play on the final day of the derby, nothing was going to keep Burrill and Simpson from chasing bedding smallmouth some 30 miles into the bay in hopes of a tournament title.

The 23-year-old seniors from Western Michigan University did win the final Bassmaster College Series regular-season event of 2024 with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing  35 pounds, 2 ounces. That earned the duo a $4,938 cash prize for their school’s bass program — part of a $16,400 total purse up for grabs among the Top 10 teams competing this week.

It also secured them a spot in the Strike King Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops when it’s held Aug. 22-24 on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. A total of 20 teams competing this week grabbed berths in the championship.

“It was extremely nasty out there,” Burrill said. “It took us two hours to get out (by the Charity Islands) and it was as rough a ride as I’ve ever had on the water.”

B.A.S.S. officials had to make Saginaw Bay off limits on June 5, with the chance of consistently high winds and rough seas too great a threat. That forced each of the 196 competing tandems to fish in the sheltered Saginaw River, away from the worst of the wind. 

Fishing pressure there was, in a word, tough.

Casting Couples Report

Ryan and Alyssa Yoder - 1st PlaceRyan and Alyssa Yoder - 1st Place

Ryan and Alyssa Yoder outlasted 11 other couples at Lake Macatawa on a tough day for fishing in the Michiana Casting Couples Circuit event last weekend.

The Yoders had one of only two limits weighed in. They totaled 14.52 pounds, good for $285. The Yoders also had second biggest bass of the day with a 3.30-pound largemouth, earning tackle packs from Butchers Baits Custom Tackle. 

The couple started off by fishing the pier head and had no luck, so they decided to fish what they knew best – topwaters in the river. They drove up the Macatawa River and never looked back as they capitalized on their river skills. They used frogs and caught several keepers, almost a 3-pound average.

Troy and Courtney Allard - 2nd PlaceTroy and Courtney Allard - 2nd Place

Troy and Courtney Allard took second place; the first time they made the money spot, with the only other limit that weighed 9.78 pounds. The Allards used Chaterbaits and swimbaits in shallow water to earn $130. 

Rick and Jennifer Kedik - 3rd PlaceRick and Jennifer Kedik - 3rd Place

Rick and Jennifer Kedik had four keeper bass totaling 8.04 pounds to take home $80. After Jennifer caught the first two keepers, Rick cut off his bait and put on the same color and size jig. Kedik's caught their fish along deep seawalls.

Anthony and Kim Sivits - 4th PlaceAnthony and Kim Sivits - 4th Place

Anthony and Kim Sivits had four keepers totaling 7.31 pounds to take home some Great Lakes Gear for first out of the money.

John and Heather Miller - Big BassJohn and Heather Miller - Big Bass

Big bass honors went to John and Heather Miller with a 4.19-pound largemouth, earning them $55. They fished a tube out by the pier heads.

The next regular Casting Couples male/female tournament is Diamond lake on June 29th, 6 a.m.-noon. There’s a $60-entry, $40-membership, which goes towards your classic fee. Any questions, contact Rick @ 269-240-4917, or on facebook MichianaCastingCouples, or rkedik13@yahoo.com

LMBT Results

John Gipson and Ken Holder - 1st PlaceJohn Gipson and Ken Holder - 1st Place

John Gipson and Ken Holder fished a combination of swimbaits, topwaters and Senkos to win the Little Money Bass Tournament (LMBT) Saturday on Paw Paw Lake.

The winners caught all smallmouth bass from 18 to 25 feet of water. They also had the biggest bass, a 4- pound, 5-ounce smallmouth, caught on a popping topwater over 18 feet of water.

McKenzie Hadspeth and Bradley Eaton - 2nd PlaceMcKenzie Hadspeth and Bradley Eaton - 2nd Place

Second place went to McKenzie Hadspeth and Bradley Eaton with 17 pounds, 10 ounces, caught on swim baits and tubes in deep water. They also had all smallmouth.

Chuck Powell and Louie Stout - 3rd PlaceChuck Powell and Louie Stout - 3rd Place

Chuck Powell and Louie Stout were third with 15.94 pounds. They caught their fish on drop-shots, finesse worms and Strike King Menaces in 8-12 feet of water. They had all largemouth.

The LMBT tourney is July 13 on Juno Lake. Visit the Lake Drive Marine Events Calendar on this page for more details.