The D & R Sport Center Open 

June 1st 2024 on the Saginaw River



The D & R Sport Center Open

June 1st, 2024 on Saginaw River/Limited Bay



Shoe’sTop Bass Tournament Trail, held its second tournament of the season, on the Saginaw River/Limited Bay.  The tournament went out of the Independence Bridge Launch, on Saturday, June 1st.  The event was named, “The D & R Sport Center Open”, after one of our very great sponsors.

The weather for the tournament started off a little cool, with light winds. The temp worked its way up to the middle 70’s, with winds up to 10-15mph at weigh-in. The fishing again was great, as we had 39 limits come to the scales, but not many 4+ pounders.

Congratulations to Jamie Sochocki, from Bridgeport, who’s 1st Place, 5 fish limit turned the scales at 19.50#, and included Big Bass for the tournament at 4.61#.  This was Jamie’s second straight win.  Second Place went to Daniel Houser, from Washington Twp. With 16.28#.  Brian Anderson from Linwood took 3rd Place with a limit at 15.10#.  Fourth Place went to Elmer Daniels, from Jackson, with 14.62#.  Andy Maier, from Midland held down 5th Place with 14.10#.

Keith Gyulveszi, from Clare was the lucky winner (random drawing), for the Denali rod/reel combo ($400 value), which had a special label on it that read “The Tom Shoemaker Sr. Edition”.  This was in memory of Tom Shoemaker Sr., who passed, last November.  It was donated by Bob Wozniak, in Tom Sr’s memory.

A Special “Thank You”, to D & R Sport Center, for being the title sponsor of this event.  If you have not been to D & R, you should make the trip, as they have everything for fishing.  If you see Randy VanDam, say “Hi”, and tell him you fish Top Bass!

From left to right:  Daniel Houser, Brian Anderson, and Jamie Sochocki 

Keith Gyulveszi, from Clare (center) the lucky winner of the Denali rod/reel combo  It was donated by Bob Wozniak (L), with Tom Shoemaker Jr. (R).


Top 30 only

                                                NEXT TOURNAMENTS 

June 15, 2024       The Hummingbird/Minn Kota Open - Lake St. HelenSt. Helen Ramp

June 29, 2024        Frank's Great Outdoors - *Challenge 1* - Houghton LakeWest End DNR Launch

July 13, 2024          Frank's Great Outdoors - *Challenge 2*  - Missaukee Lake Missaukee Co. Park Launch

July 20, 2024         The EGO Fishing Open  - Houghton Lake West End DNR Launch

*SPECIAL CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT Frank’s Great Outdoors is sponsoring 2 regular one day tournaments with an added Challenge Tournament format (Optional).  For an added $30 on June 29, on Houghton Lake, you will be entered into the 2 lake Challenge Tournament.  Total weight from both Challenges (Houghton Lake June 29 & Missaukee Lake July 13) will determine the winners.  Payout for Challenge – 1 in 7 with sponsor adding $$$$ to the prize fund. You can still fish the June 29th & July 13 tournaments, without entering the Challenge. They are normal tournament with Option for the 2 lake Challenge

 For More Information

Call Elmer Daniels (517) 962-2345 email:

or Tom Shoemaker (989) 313-0700

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