Illinois anglers excel

August 21, 2009 at 06:35 AM

A pair of Illinois anglers fared well in competitions last weekend.

Mike Gofron of Antioch won the Illinois hunting and fishingAIM South Dakota Walleye Classic in Akaska, SD last weekend to earn $30,000. Gofron weighed 21.78 lbs on the final day and prompted Chicago Sun-Times scribe Dale Bowman to ponder whether he might be Chicago’s best competitive angler. Click here to read that. Bowman had another full column on Gofron in print.

In the bass world, Gerald “Flic” Sobkowiak of Granville put himself in a position where he can now achieve the dream of many bass anglers.

After a strong finish in last weekend’s BASS Federation Nation Northern Divisional, Sobkowiak now has a chance to qualify for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic. Sobkowiak will join a field of 55 anglers competing Oct. 28-30 in the Federation Nation Championship at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Florida. Up for grabs are six spots in the 2010 Classic on Lay Lake near Birmingham, Ala.

A member of the Thunderbird Bass Club, Sobkowiak had 13 bass weighing 35 pounds, 13 ounces last weekend on the Little and Big Bays de Noc
in Escanaba, Mich. While that earned him 18th place overall in the Northern Divisional, Sobkowiak advanced by virtue of posting the best finish among Illinois anglers.