Boater John Wright of Shelbyville, Ill., caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 3 ounces Sept. 17-18 to win $3,893 plus a $2,000 Ranger Cup bonus in the Walmart BFL Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville.  Wright fished ledges and used a Zoom worm and PB&J jig.
The remaining top 10 anglers:
  • 2nd:    Bobby McMullin, Pevely, Mo., nine bass, 20-14, $1,947
  • 3rd:     Roger Ward, Macomb, Ill., eight bass, 19-15, $1,298
  • 4th:     Greg Coleman, Butler, Ill., 10 bass, 19-12, $908
  • 5th:     Jim Young, Roodhouse, Ill., eight bass, 19-2, $779 + $1,000 Evinrude bonus
  • 6th:     Matt Carroll, Hillsboro, Ill., nine bass, 18-11, $714
  • 7th:     Anthony Balding Jr., Millstadt, Ill., nine bass, 17-1, $649
  • 8th:     Kyle Danhausen, Kankakee, Ill., seven bass, 16-6, $584
  • 9th:     Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., six bass, 14-11, $519
  • 10th:   Neil Arning, Orland Park, Ill., six bass, 10-7, $454
Jimmy Null of Bethalto, Ill., caught a two-day total of seven bass weighing 11 pounds, 2 ounces Sept. 17-18 to win $1,947 in the Co-angler Division.  Null fished shallow patterns in the middle of the lake and used a crankbait and Zoom Baby Brush Hog to catch his bass.
The remaining top 10 co-anglers:
  • 2nd:    Sheldon Ayers, Anna, Ill., five bass, 9-7, $973
  • 3rd:     Bill Knapp, Bolingbrook, Ill., six bass, 9-3, $650
  • 4th:     Christopher Cunningham, Green Valley, Ill., four bass, 8-15, $454
  • 5th:     Brett Wysock, Wilmington, Ill., four bass, 6-12, $389
  • 6th:     Aaron Wehmeyer, Bloomington, Ill., four bass, 6-12, $357
  • 7th:     Patrick O’Dell, Windsor, Ill., three bass, 6-5, $324
  • 8th:     Dale Renth, Albers, Ill., two bass, 5-3, $292
  • 9th:     Roy Bradford, Bushnell, Ill., three bass, 4-13, $260
  • 10th:   Lyle Lehman, Blue Mound, Ill., two bass, 3-13, $227
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 20-22 Regional Championship on the Barren River in Scottsville, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy pick-up, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX.
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