Brad Porter of Bluford, Ill., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds even Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division event on Rend Lake. For his victory, Porter earned $3,205.
Porter was fishing in about 4feet of water targeting wood and rock with jigs and crankbaits to catch his limit.
Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:
2nd: Matt Wolfe, Collinsville, Ill., five bass, 14-11, $1,603
3rd: Neil McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 13-8, $1,068
4th: Todd Poe, Ewing, Ill., five bass, 13.0, $748
5th: Jeremy Mull, Chatham, Ill., five bass, 12-6, $641
6th: Toby Corn, West Frankfort, Ill, five bass, 11-8, $588
7th: Brad Schoenrock, Opdyke, Ill., five bass, 10-12, $534
8th: Adam Eggertsen, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 10-8, $481
9th: Derek Jenkel, Pinckneyville, Ill., five bass, 10-6, $42710th: Dave, Dobill, Royalton, Ill., five bass, 10-0, $374
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Brendon Delaney of Highland, Ill., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win $1,603 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Obadiah Holsapple, Greenup, Ill., four bass, 9-11, $801
3rd: James Hall, Chicago, Ill., three bass, 8-5, $533
4th: Matt Parish, Hanna City, Ill., three bass, 8-2, $374
5th: Kim Sapetti, Chatham, Ill., four bass, 7-13, $321
6th: Sheldon Ayers, Anna, Ill., four bass, 7-11, $294
7th: Scott Holtswarth, Wentzville, Mo., five bass, 7-7, $267
8th: Brett Wysock, Wilmington, Ill., three bass, 6-11, $240
9th: Jim Budde, Waterloo, Ill., three bass, 6-2, $214
10th: Garrett McDowell, Mattoon, Ill., four bass, 6-0, $187
The next BFL Illini Division tournament is scheduled for Sept. 8-9 on Lake Shelbyville in Shelbyville, Ill. After the fifth Illini Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Cherokee Lake in Morristown, Tenn. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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