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Illinois hunting and fishing

More bass for IHSA anglers

April 23, 2010 at 04:36 PM

Anglers braved wet, chilly conditions in much of the state for the Illinois High School Association’s sectional bass fishing competition on Friday.

Despite the weather, fishing results were generally better than last year’s chilly sectionals that saw several postponements due to wind.

Here’s a look at some of those sectionals, with more information being added as it becomes available. Coaches and anglers are asked to e-mail information, details and pictures from their sectionals to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The top three teams at each sectional advance to the state finals May 7-8 at Carlyle Lake. Click here for more information on the IHSA bass fishing series.


Sophomore Caleb Shoemaker’s 3.22-pounder was the kicker fish West Prairie (five, 10.57) needed to top runner-up Illini West (five, 9.62). Third place went to Moline (five, 9.605).

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Illinois hunting and fishing

Torn ankle ligaments kept Alex Cufaude from wetting a line in last year’s first Illinois bass fishing tournament . But the Pekin senior is making up for lost time this spring.

Led by Cufaude’s skill with a spinnerbait, Pekin (pictured above) won its second fishing sectional on a rainy Friday at Banner Marsh. Cufaude caught all five of the chunky bass Pekin brought to the scales for 15.13 pounds. Dunlap placed second (five bass, 12.28 pounds) and Limestone was third (five, 12.02). The top three teams advance to the state finals May 7-8 at Carlyle Lake.

“We had a limit within 45 minutes and then we culled fish all the way up to (1 p.m.),” Pekin coach Steve Graves said. “I found a spot here a couple years ago and it held out for us last year and this year. It’s got some wood and lots of weeds and a little ditch the fish can use to get back into the main channel.”

Pekin anglers Austin Pool and Dillan McKinley also caught several of their team’s estimated 15 fish, but they simply couldn’t top Cufaude.

That’s nothing new. Cufaude came into the sectional having won five of Pekin’s six tournaments. On Friday he relied on a custom-made purple spinnerbait for four keepers and a green-pumpkin plastic lizard for his fifth when the sun made a brief appearance.

“Every time we fish Banner it seems like a front comes through and I get them on a spinnerbait or a chatterbait bite,” Cufaude said. “So I figured why not go with it today?”

Despite a weather front that brought persistent rain, 13 of 22 boats had limits and 93 fish came to the scales overall.  Many bass were caught in shallow water and appeared to be spawning.

That included Peoria Christian sophomore Luke Stewart’s 7.12-pounder (below), which was biggest at the sectional. Ironically, Stewart benefitted from Peoria Christian having a slower boat than competitors. He caught his fish near the boat launch after other teams zipped past.

“There was a beaver hut a couple hundred yards down this chute here and I caught it there on a Texas-rigged worm,” Stewart said. “We missed it a couple times with the net, but finally we got it in the boat.”

Stewart’s fish had a ragged, red bottom tail fin – a telltale sign of a spawning fish.  She also provided a welcome boost to the chilly angler.

“After I caught that one, I got pretty warm,” Stewart said.

Illinois hunting and fishing


Wheaton Warrenville South won with five bass weighing 9-8 while Des Plaines Maine West was second (5, 6-14) and Elmhurst York placed thidd (2, 4-6).

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Streamwood (5, 9.82)  led five teams with limits. Deerfield was second (5, 9.43) and third went to Stevenson (5, 5.59).

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Lakes Community (5, 7.52) won the closest of the day’s sectionals, edging Alden-Hebron (5, 7.5) and Grant (5, 7.47) thanks in part to Merrick Johansen’s 2.52-pound big bass.

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This lake produced the top weight of all sectionals and the home team Clinton (5, 16.45) claimed top honors with an impressive sack. Gibson City-Melvin Sibley was second (4, 15.65) and Monticello took third (5, 14.22).

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Highland (5, 12.46) managed the best bag on a day of many limits helped in large part by Corey Hemann’s 3.21-pound big bass. Pinckneyville was second (5, 11.68) and Edwardsville was third (5, 11.1)

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Illinois hunting and fishing

Deer Creek Mackinaw juniors Dalton Andrews and Tyler Flynn (above with boat captain Pat Welch) made the most of a tough day on Evergreen with three bass weighing 5.09 pounds to win the sectional. That included one fish at 2 p.m. Flynn (at right above) caught all three bass

Metamora was second thanks to freshman Alex Nanniga’s plump 4.96-pound fish, which he caught on a wacky worm with half an hour of fishing left.

“You talk about perseverance through a tough day, that has to be the definition of it,” said coach Sam Elbert, who also praised Brad James for netting the fish. Only eight teams weighed fish on the day.

Normal placed third with three bass of 4.41 pounds.

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After producing the biggest bass of last year’s sectionals, a 7-pounder, Forbes nearly pulled off that feat again this year despite a recent 4-inch rain.

Neil Smith of the winning Woodlawn team caught a 6.18-pounder that gave his squad 10.76 pounds for two fish. Second went to Woodlawn’s other team (4, 8.28) and Wayne City (5, 5.3) was third.

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Three teams caught limits and earned a trip to state. Minooka placed first (5, 9.56) and third (5, 7.64) and Morris was second (5, 8.46).

Big fish went to Lauren Cook of Joliet for a Lauren Cook 3.4-pounder that put her team fifth.

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Bass numbers were impressive here as 17 of 23 teams caught limits, led by Carrier Mills with 14.87 pounds. Kane Schutt of Carrier Mills had big bass of 4.14 pounds.

Murphysboro (5, 13.53) was second and third went to Marion (13.37).

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Athens High School will send two teams to the Illinois High School Association State Bass Fishing Championship in two weeks.

The top three finishers in each of 19 sectionals held Friday will go on to compete in the state finals to be held at Carlyle Lake, May 7-8.

This is the second year for the tournament. Last year, Illinois debuted the first state high school bass fishing tournament in the nation.

This season, participation grew – from 199 schools to 225 - even as school budgets got tight.

Both Athens squads finished in the top three during the sectional tournament held yesterday at Sangchris Lake.

Dan Becker, 18, and Chris Callarman, 19, took first place with a five-fish weight of 9.85 pounds.

Misha Statler, 19, of Springfield Lutheran High took second place all by himself. He was fishing without a partner or any alternates. He finished .4 pounds out of first place weighing 9.45 pounds.

Statler’s effort earned applause from those gathered to watch the weigh-in Friday afternoon.

“This man did it all by himself, without a partner,” Athens Coach Kerry Trueblood announced to crowd. Trueblood also organized the sectional tournament.

A second Athens team with freshmen Braden Brown and Wes Streit took third place with 5.8 pounds.

Virden High School didn’t qualify for the state finals, but still received a fourth place medal with a catch weighing only .06 pounds less than Brown’s and Streit’s.

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Click here to read more of Chris Young’s report on this sectional


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Click here to see Don Dziedzina’s report on the sectional.


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Click here to read reports from this site by Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times.



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