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Chris Christison took big bass honors with this fish weighing 6.37 pounds.

Bass tournament benefits families of National Guardsmen and women on deployment

August 28, 2011 at 05:40 PM

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Josh Argo and Todd Bates won Sunday’s Air National Guard Family Support Open Buddy Bass Tournament at Lake Jacksonville with a weight of 17.24 pounds.

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Argo, tournament organizer Steve Parker, and Bates. Photos by Chris Young.

Chris Christison landed the biggest bass of the day. His winning fish weighed 6.37 pounds.

Another tournament, held earlier this summer on Lake Springfield, raised about $1,000 for the group.

The Family Readiness and Support Group formed to provide help, training and assistance to family of National Guard troops, and to help with issues that arise during deployment.

The benefit tournaments are organized by Steve Parker, a 30-year member of the Illinois Air National Guard. He also organizes bass tournaments on Lake Springfield.

$25 of each team’s entry fee was donated to the support group.

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Boats arrive back at the boat launch after a day of fishing.

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Parker shows Christison’s fish before weighing it Sunday afternoon.

Results

1st Place——Todd Bates & Josh Argo 17.24 pounds
2nd Place——Jeff Frey & Gary Bateman 16.96 pounds
3rd Place——Brent Werries & Chuck Teegardan 16.79 pounds
4th Place——Tom Acton & George Speed 16.02 pounds
5th Place——Phil Jarog-& John Milio 14.82 pounds
6th Place——Steve Parker & Herb Rush 14.70 pounds

1st Bigbass—Chris Christison & Jason Stomberg 6.37 pounds
2nd Bigbass—Todd Bates & Josh Argo-  5.80 pounds
3rd Bigbass—Kelly Stufflebeam & Brian Denk 5.48 pounds

34 Boats
19 Limits
Five fish over five pounds.
 


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Another nice bass is weighed in Sunday.

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Successful anglers head for the weigh-in.

 

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