We spoke with Ark Rods pro Derrick Blake of Rockwood, Tenn. this morning briefly via Facebook after seeing a post about his truck and boat being stolen overnight on Jun. 25, 2018 while he was there with his family and fishing the final FLW Tour event on Lake St. Clair. Sometime during the night, his Black 2005 Z71 Chevy Suburban and 2015 charcoal and grey Ranger Z520 with Mercury 250 Pro XS with black Power Poles and Humminbird graphs was stolen from the Days Inn and Suites in Roseville, Mich. All of Blake’s tackle and many of their family’s personal items, including childrens carseats, toys, clothes and more were in the Suburban.
We’re asking everyone to share this post on Facebook and social media in the hopes that someone will have information for authorities or have seen this SUV and boat somewhere in the area early this morning. Anyone with information, please call the Roseville Police at 586.447.4483.
“Man, the worst feeling is knowing that my tackle is gone,” Blake said. “Old [Rebel Pop-R] P70s and other stuff that is going to be very hard to replace was lost.”
Bill Taylor has found a boat for Blake to continue practicing and fishing out of starting tomorrow. The fishing community has stepped up to help Blake get back on his feet with equipment. But he’ll be a long time replacing what has been lost.
Please share with anyone you know around Lake Erie and St. Clair to help the Blakes recover their missing property.
UPDATE (June 27, 2018 at 2:35pm EST)
According to Derrick Blake’s Facebook page, the boat and trailer have been found, completely stripped. He also stated that there was no word on his truck yet.
Please keep a lookout for fishing gear being sold in the area. Items stolen include: 12-inch Humminbird Helix units, two black Power-Poles, a Minn Kota Fortrex, Ark Rods Invoker Series, Lew’s Magnesium casting reels and lots of Plano boxes full of lures. If you see any of these items being sold in the Lake Erie and St. Clair area, immediately call the Roseville Police at 586.447.4483.