The Hummingbird/Minn Kota 2 Day CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

presented by Northwoods Wholesale Outlet

August 27th & 28th 2022 on

Saginaw River/Limited Bay


Top Bass Tournament Trail, held its 9th and final tournament of 2022. This event was named “The Humminbird & Minn Kota 2 Day Championship, presented by Northwoods Outlet”, in honor of three of our very Great Sponsors.

The weather for the Championship, was very good. We had sun & clouds, both days, with about normal to below normal winds, and temps in the 74-85 degree range.

The fishing was also very good, as we had 57 limits come to the scales over the 2 days, and a total of 332 bass weighed in. All 332 of the bass were released alive back into the river. Great Job to all!!!

Congratulations to John Franko, from Clare, who had 2 great days of l6.08# & 16.26# for the tournament win, with a total of 32.34#. John also had Big Bass on Day 1 with 4.61#, and won 2nd Place Option Pot both days. Second Place went to Billy Booth, from Midland, who had a 2 day total of 31.21#, and also took home the day 1, first place Option Pot with 16.38#. Andy Maier, from Midland, held down 3rd Place with 29.93#. Following just behind Andy, was Morris Collins, from W. Bloomfield, with 29.24#. Fifth Place went to Kevin Vida, from Clare, with 28.84#. He was followed by Hayden Gosen, from Davison, with 28.53#. Hayden also took day 2, First Place Option Pot, with 16.46#.

Day 2 Big Bass winner, went to Travis Green, from Grand Blanc, with 4.73#.

Big Bass for the season, when to Elmer Daniels, from Jackson, with a nice 5.42# largemouth, caught June 18th, on Lake St. Helen.

The 2022 ANGLER OF THE YEAR, went to Billy Booth, from Midland, as he out classed all others, by winning his 6th consecutive – “Angler Of The Year”. Great Job Billy!!

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – Top 24 only – due to space

  1. John Franko, Clare 32.34#

  2. Billy Booth, Midland 31.21#

  3. Andy Maier, Midland 29.93#

  4. Morris Collins, W. Bloomfield 29.24#

  5. Kevin Vida, Clare 28.84#

  6. Hayden Gosen, Davison 28.53#

  7. Jim Baker, Bay City 28.47#

  8. Travis Green, Grand Blanc 27.83#

  9. Rob Ruckman, Freeland 27.31#

  10. Mike Sielinski, Gladwin 25.52#

  11. Jamie Sochocki, Bridgeport 24.92#

  12. Travis Vida, Clare 24.83#

  13. Nate Collins, Rochester 24.78#

  14. Trevor Bowland, Sanford 24.07#

  15. Keith Gyulveszi, Clare 23.82#

  16. Tom Shoemaker, Jr. 23.60#

  17. Randy Yochum, Alpena 22.43#

  18. Ron Conner, Oxford 21.71#

  19. Mark Reinke, Gladwin 21.29#

  20. Brian Anderson, Linwood 20.95#

  21. Nathan Derdowski, Saginaw 20.46#

  22. Jim Cleavinger, Beaverton 19.81#

  23. Todd Hendrick, Midland 18.50#

  24. Ken Wisniewski, Bay City 18.32#

ANGLER OF THE YEAR RACE FINAL STANDING – Best 7 of the 9 Tournaments

(Angler Of The Year, goes to the person who weighs in the most total weight for their best 7 of the 9 tournaments)

  1. Billy Booth, Midland 117.16#

  2. Andy Maier, Midland 107.74#

  3. Kevin Vida, Clare 107.71#

  4. Mike Sielinski, Gladwin 104.32#

SPECIAL THANK YOU’S - To all our tournament named sponsors (Gold Eagle, Mercury Marine, EGO Fishing, D & R Sports Center, Frank’s Great Outdoors, Spro & Gamakatsu, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Humminbird & Minn Kota & Northwoods Outlet).

Thanks to ALL OUR OTHER GREAT SPONSORS, that help make Shoe’s Top Bass Tournament Trail, the Premier Bass fishing tournament series in Michigan.

Also Thank You to – Our webmaster – Steve Slackta, who posts all the results sent to him, and pictures. To Tom Shoemaker Jr. & Elmer Daniels for setting up and running such great events. To Tom Shoemaker Sr., for all his boat check and blast off work.

Also to Dawn Bowland for helping with pictures. And to all the many others who have helped over the season with take down, and whatever else was needed.

AND TO MOST OF ALL – To all The Great Anglers who continue to be loyal and fish the Shoe’s Top Bass Tournament Trail. THANKS!!!

FOR INFORMATION – CALL – ELMER DANIELS (517) 962-2345 E-mail –

OR - TOM SHOEMAKER (989) 313-0700

We Hope you have a safe & Healthy winter season.

See you all in the Spring!!

Tom & Elmer