The Gold Eagle Open

May 25th, 2024 on Saginaw River/Bay


From left to right: Billy Booth, Jamie Sochocki, and Jeff Vanier


Shoe’sTop Bass Tournament Trail opened up their 28th season with a tournament on the Saginaw River/Limited Bay, out of the Independence Bridge Launch, on Saturday, May 25th.  The event was named, “The Gold Eagle Open”, after one of our very best sponsors. Gold Eagle makes quality 303 Products and Sta-BiL.  Make sure you try their products on your boat and motor.

The weather for the tournament started off a little wet at the start, but after a couple hours of light rain it turned sunny for the most part.  The winds started low, but by weigh-in they were up to 12-16mph.  The temp worked it’s way up to the 70’s.

The fishing was great, as we had 37 limits come to the scales, but not many 4+ pounders.

Congratulations to Jamie Sochocki, from Bridgeport, who’s 5 fish limit turned the scales at 18.67#.  Bill Booth, from Midland was just .45# behind, in second Place with 18.22#.  Third Place went to Jeff Vanier, from Flint, with 17.19#, which was anchored by Big Bass for the tournament at 4.93#.  Jordan Dopp, from Sanford took 4th Place with 15.09#.  Fifth Place went to Mike Parsons, from Clare, with 14.45#.

A special Thank You, to Gold Eagle Fishing, for being the title sponsor of this event.


1. Jamie Sochocki, Bridgeport 18.67#

2. Billy Booth, Midland 18.22#

3. Jeff Vanier, Flint 17.19#

4. Jordan Dopp, Sanford 15.09#

5. Mike Parsons, Clare 14.45#

6. John Franko, Clare 14.34#

7. Philip Eggert, Mt. Morris 14.10#

8. Al German, Vassar 13.84#

9. Andrew Blust, E. Tawas 13.41#

10. Keith Gyulveszi, Clare 13.24#

11. Brian Anderson, Linwood 13.23#

12. Andy Maier, Midland 13.20#

13. Elmer Daniels, Jackson 13.11#

14. Ron Conner, Oxford 12.69#

15. Chris Barrett, Holt 12.58#

16. Chris Santti, Redford 12.44#

17. Steve Slackta, Grand Blanc 12.24#

18. Jim Clevinger, Beaverton 12.18#

19. Mark Reinke, Gladwin 12.17#

20. Raymond Lamb, Lexington, KY 11.96#

21. Danny Glass, Flint 11.91#

22. Daniel Houser, Washington Twp. 11.76#

23. Ken Wisniewski, Bay City 11.72#

24. Tom Ulanski, Montrose 11.68#

25. Zack Wiggers, Muskegon 10.85#

Next Tournaments

June 1, 2024         The D & R Sport Center Open  -  Saginaw River/Limited BayIndependence Bridge Launch– 

   (By USS Edison Battleship)   No Fishing north of a line that extends from Whites Beach to the north mouth of the Sebewaing River.  

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


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