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Maple Grove Man Wins FLW Tour at Lake St. Clair

Chad Grigsby (photo provided by Fishing League Worldwide)

Fishing League Worldwide (FLW )Tour pro Chad Grigsby of Maple Grove brought a five-bass limit of small mouth weighing 26 pounds, 4 ounces to the scale July 1 to win the FLW Tour at Lake St. Clair presented by Mercury and the top prize of $125,000 – his second-career FLW Tour win.

Grigsby’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 97-8 gave him the win of $125,000 by a 2-pound, 3-ounce margin over second-place angler. 

“I love this lake and today was one of those days that was just incredible,” Grigsby said following the win, according to a press release from Fishing League Worldwide. “I’m at a loss for words on how good the lake is fishing. Michigan is my home state, and I’ve been fishing here for 20 years. I’ve never seen it so good. The fishing has been phenomenal – it’s been a really special week.”

Grigsby caught his bass fishing an area he estimated as 1/8 of a mile stretch on the southern Canadian side of St. Clair that he had all to himself.

“I found this group of fish during practice and I knew after the first day that this was a really special spot,” Grigsby said. “It had all of the right ingredients – a ton of bait, grass patches, sand, and it was deep. It was loaded with fish."

Grigsby credited three baits as being key - a Duo Realis Spinbait 80 spybait, a 4-inch green pumpkin and gold-colored Venom Lures Tube on a ¾ ounce Venom jig head, and a ¼-ounce black marabou hair jig.

“To get this win is just awesome,” Grigsby said. “I’ve had to overcome a lot of my own demons. I’ve had such a bad last two years I didn’t even feel comfortable fishing anymore. I had no confidence. Coming back to the Tour – especially these last four events – I finally feel relaxed, comfortable and confident in my abilities as an angler. And now winning here just blows everything out of the water.”


 Information provided by Fishing League Worldwide

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