MCDONALD LEADS FLW TOUR ON DETROIT RIVER

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 08/24/2012

Story courtesy of FLW Outdoors Communications 

TRENTON, Mich.– Large limits of bass seemed to be the name of the game for many anglers during the second day of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour on the Detroit River presented by the National Guard. Pro Bill McDonald of Greenwood, Ind., caught the heaviest sack of the day, a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds, 2 ounces Friday to take the lead in a field of the best bass pros in the world. McDonald’s two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 46 pounds, 11 ounces gives him a 2-pound, 14-ounce lead heading into the third day of the tournament.
 
“I pulled up and on my first cast caught one that weighed 5-10,” said McDonald, who has 16 top-10 finishes in FLW competition. “And I just started catching them. I was done by 10:30. So I just stuck around the area and tried to halfway guard the area for the rest of the day.”
 
McDonald said he caught “10 or 12” keepers during the course of the day on a drop-shot rig in an area he fished on the first day of competition. He said he ran around searching for fish a bit more on Thursday, but fine-tuned his attack on Friday. He added that he has other areas in case he needs a backup plan, but plans to stick to the area that pushed him into the lead.
 
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” McDonald said. “I’m not catching numbers, but the quality is phenomenal.”
 
Joe Balog of Harrison Township, Mich., is in the No. 2 spot with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 43-13.
 
The top 20 pros that made the cut and will fish Saturday on the Detroit River are:
 
            1st:            Bill McDonald, Greenwood, Ind., 10 bass, 46-11
            2nd:            Joe Balog, Harrison Township, Mich., 10 bass, 43-13
            3rd:            Chris McCall, Brookeland, Texas, 10 bass, 42-12
            4th:            Spencer Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., 10 bass, 41-15
            5th:            Jeff Vizachero, Grosse Ile, Mich., 10 bass, 41-6
            6th:            Cory Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, 10 bass, 40-14
            7th:            Chevy pro Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 10 bass, 40-12
            8th:            Tim Wilson, Gas City, Ind., 10 bass, 39-11
            9th:            Chad Pipkens, Holt, Mich., 10 bass, 39-1
            10th:            Skip Johnson, Goodells, Mich., 10 bass, 38-10
            11th:            David McCrone, Minnetonka, Minn., 10 bass, 38-7
            12th:            Todd Schmitz, Goshen, Ind., 10 bass, 38-3
            13th:            Ryan Chandler, Hobart, Ind., 10 bass, 38-2
            14th:            Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 10 bass, 37-14
            15th:            John Cox, Debary, Fla., 10 bass, 37-11
            16th:            Kevin Vida, Clare, Mich., 10 bass, 37-8
            17th:            Kelloggs Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 10 bass, 37-7
            18th:            Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, Fla., 10 bass, 37-4
            19th:            Jon Bondy, South Woodslee, Ontario, 10 bass, 37-3
            20th:            Cheez-It pro Shinichi Fukae, Palestine, Texas, 10 bass, 37-2
 
Final results for the remaining field can be found on FLWOutdoors.com.
 
McDonald and Shields split the day’s big bass award with fish weighing 5-10 on the pro side. Each won $250.
 
Overall there were 613 bass weighing 2,041 pounds, 3 ounces caught by 136 pros Friday. The catch included 112 five-bass limits.