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Illinois hunting and fishing

Monticello leads after one day of fishing at the Illinois state bass fishing finals. Pictured above (right to left) are boat captain Rusty Hunt and anglers Cole Hunt and Chad Myler. Hunt is holding a 4-pound, 3-ounce lunker he caught Friday.

Bass biting in IHSA state finals

May 07, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Illinois state bass finals
Team Leaders

1. Monticello: five bass, 17 pounds, 15 ounces; 2. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, five, 15-8; 3. Okaw Valley, 5, 15-0; 4. Pinckneyville, 5, 14-15; 5. Moline, 5, 14-4; 6. Illini West, 5, 14-2; 7. Alden-Hebron, 5, 13-14; 8. Rockford Christian, 5, 13-11; 9. Bradley-Bourbonnais, 5, 11-9; 10. Woodlawn, 5, 11-8.

Click here for complete results after one day of fishing.

Big bass

5-13—Jack Waldschmidt, Bradley-Bourbonannais; 5-12—Zach Latting, Moline

Other views

Click here for coverage by Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News Democrat.

Click here for coverage by Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Click here for coverage by Les Winkeler of the Southern Illinoisan.



As they hauled the first fish to the scales Friday, Limestone anglers had good reason to feel optimistic.

With a limit weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces, Limestone looked to be in excellent position after the first day of fishing at the Illinois state bass finals. After all, teams weighed only three five-bass limits in two days on Carlyle Lake last year. And West Frankfort’s winning weight was 16.25 pounds.

But as Limestone and others found Friday, this is not the same Carlyle Lake that left anglers frustrated and fishless for much of the first Illinois High School Association tournament. With bass spawning and shallow, weights were much improved despite strong winds that whipped up waves of 3 to 4 feet.

“Compared to last year it was night and day out there,” said Brian Lafferty of Illini West. “We caught a couple all of last year and we had that many in a little while today.”

So did most teams. Limestone weighed the first of 22 limits. Overall 45 of 57 teams caught fish, combining for 166 bass that averaged 2.1 pounds. That’s more than the 108 largemouths caught all of last year. Even three teams that had engine troubles managed limits.

Actually, tournament leader Monticello benefited by losing outboard power.

“It was kind of a blessing (the engine) broke down,” Monticello boat captain Rusty Hunt said. “We were going to leave that spot but we couldn’t. And we wound up catching six keepers right there.”

The first-place Sages finished with 17 pounds, 15 ounces. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley was second at 15-8 and Okaw Valley was third at 15-0, after also enduring motor malfunctions that forced the team to swap boats.

Big bass were also plentiful, with five that topped 4-8—led by Bradley-Bourbonnais sophomore Jack Waldschmidt’s 5-13 lunker (pictured below), which came off a stretch of rip-rap.

Illinois hunting and fishing

NOTABLE: Dunlap sophomore Alaina Cranford is one of six girls competing in the state finals and caught three bass to help her team tie for 15th with 8-14. “I’ve been fishing my whole life,” said Cranford, whose grandfather Mike was boat captain. “It’s something I really enjoy doing.” ... All three state qualifiers from the Banner Marsh sectional were in the top 14 in the state in terms of total weight for the sectional round. Pekin was third among all sectional winners with 15.13 pounds. ... Pekin junior Austin Poole is on the cover of this year’s bass fishing finals program.

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Isnt Limestone Fishing out of a jon boat??  They must have a good boat captain.  Keep it up boys!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/07 at 08:25 PM

Great pics & coverage Jeff !!

Good luck guys & be careful with the high winds Sat. I have been on that lake on a windy day & the white caps can be HUGE there.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/07 at 10:48 PM

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