Ron Fabiszak (South Bend) and Jason Fowler (South Bend) won the two-day Megaware KeelGuard R&B Classic by nearly six pounds at Higgins and Houghton Lake recently.
Fabiszak and Fowler took the first-day lead with a 19.80-pound limit of smallmouth bass from Higgins Lake. They were one of only three teams with a limit, catching all but one fish on an Alabama Rig retrieved in 16-18 feet of water. They caught one four pounder with a tube bait and their 4.72-pound smallmouth won them the Lochness Lures Big Bass of the day.
The 33-year-old Illinois smallmouth bass record has been broken on Lake Michigan.
The 7-pound, 3-ounce bass was caught Monday night from Monroe Harbor in Chicago by Joe Capilupo of LaGrange, Ill. It was caught on a Z-man Ned Rig in California Craw color.
The fish measured 22¼ inches long and had a girth of 16½ inches.
The all-new St. Croix Legend Elite Panfish Series features five spinning rods – each designed for extreme sensitivity to detect the subtlest of strikes – combining the lengths and actions needed to deliver lighter baits and lures with the strength and durability required to manage autumn’s trophy-sized specimens.
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Scott Canterbury of Odenville, Ala., is leading the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings with 846 points after two days of competition. - Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Scott Canterbury began this week’s Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Lake St. Clair with a nine-point lead in the season standings.
He wobbled a bit during Sunday’s opening round due to technical problems and fell briefly into third place. But after a nice rebound Monday, the crown is once again his to lose.
Canterbury, a Bassmaster Elite Series newcomer from Odenville, Ala., caught five bass Monday that weighed 21 pounds, 13 ounces and pushed his two-day total to 39-8. That places him in 16th place for the week, but restores him to a slim lead in the AOY Championship season standings with a total of 846 points.
With one day left to fish, Texas pro Chris Zaldain (842) is in second, followed by Arkansas pro Stetson Blaylock (840), Canadian Cory Johnston (838) and Brandon Lester (814) of Tennessee.
“Yesterday was a real a struggle for me, but I rebounded today,” said Canterbury, who fished all day Sunday without the use of depthfinders on the front of his boat. “After yesterday, I felt like I needed to catch 20 pounds each of these last two days. I got 21 pounds today, and I’ll still like my chances if I can catch 20 more pounds tomorrow.