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Big Fish Fridays: Carlyle lunkers

May 08, 2009 at 06:35 PM

Big Fish Fridays

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Everybody said there were big bass in Carlyle Lake heading into Friday’s first Illinois high school bass fishing championship.

Turns out they were right.

Despite fishing only three hours after a night of hard rains had muddied the water, prep anglers caught six bass that topped 3 pounds in the first round of the Illinois High School Association’s first state bass fishing championship.

The best of the bunch was the 4.69-pounder caught by Derrick Hoffman of St. Charles North (pictured above). That was one of three bass Hoffman caught on the day, boosting his team into first place after one day.

Hoffman would not reveal how or where he caught his fish. “I caught them on hooks north of the dam,” Derrick Hoffman said after catching three bass to help boost St. Charles North into first place. “I’ll tell you details (Saturday).”

He did admit that the fish was a career highlight, though. “That was probably close to the biggest bass I’ve ever caught,” Hoffman said.

“We came down last weekend and found some fish and left them alone (Thursday during the practice round) and they were still there,” St. Charles coach Timothy Pinks said. “Seeing these kids catch big fish is a close second to catching them yourself.”

The second biggest fish of the day went to Josh Koester, who landed a 3.69-pounder with a bloody red tail. “This fish came off a bed,” Koester said. “We were in the back of a pocket and the water was a little clearer. Right after I caught that one I flipped in and caught the male.”

Koester (pictured below) caught his fish in the last half hour before rain forced anglers off Carlyle Lake. And the T-Town anglers had been expecting a better afternoon bite, which never materialized once the day’s fishing ended.

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Friday’s four other lunkers were as follows:

3.44—Tim Fleischauer, Zion-Benton

Fleischauer (pictured below), a junior, caught his fish within the first 45 minutes.

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3.25—Ryan Flowers, Woodlawn (pictured below)

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3.00—Devon Gamboe, Moline

Gamboe (pictured below), a freshman, said he is a river fisherman who spends a good deal of his time on the Mississippi River. “It’s fantastic to be up there (on the stage),” Gamboe said. “I never thought I’d be in tournaments before the age of 18. I’ve always planned on fishing in tournaments, I just didn’t think it would happen.”

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3.00—West Frankfort

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