WHITTINGTON, Ill. – Jodie Lanter of Carlyle, Illinois, weighed four bass totaling 12 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament of 2015 on Rend Lake. For his victory, Lanter earned $4,000.
“It feels really great to take home a check,” said Lanter. “It was a tough tournament to find sizable fish but my spot ended up producing some good weight.”
Lanter said that he targeted spawning bass on the north end of the lake along a 60-yard stretch of bank.
“It was the only stretch that I found that had fish in it,” said Lanter. “They were on the beds in about a foot and a half of water.”
Lanter used a chartreuse and white-colored spinnerbait as well as a custom-made swimjig to catch his fish.
“I threw the spinnerbait across the bed and ended up catching two nice fish early on and two more in the afternoon,” said Lanter. “I really got them to jump for those willow leaf blades I used.”
Lanter said that he caught around nine fish throughout his day.
“What put me ahead of the competition was the bank I was on,” Lanter went on to say. “There were a lot of gar and carp in the area and the sun hit the beds just right. It had everything the fish wanted.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Jodie Lanter, Carlyle, Ill., four bass, 12-7, $4,000
2nd: Jerry Walker, Zeigler, Ill., four bass, 8-3, $2,000
3rd: Toby Corn, West Frankfort, Ill., three bass, 7-10, $1,334
4th: William Walker, Mulkeytown, Ill., three bass, 7-3, $933
5th: Brad Pardue, Hecker, Ill., one bass, 6-3, $800
6th: Darren Frazier, Anna, Ill., two bass, 4-9, $700
6th: Dan Kehrer, Woodlawn, Ill., one bass, 4-9, $700
8th: Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., two bass, 4-7, $600
9th: Greg Mullins, Mount Vernon, Ill., one bass, 4-0, $533
10th: Neil McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., two bass, 3-8, $467
Complete results can be found here.
Pardue caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $540.
Williams takes co-angler title
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Frank Williams, Saint Charles, Mo., three bass, 8-5, $2,000
2nd: Steve Bowcock, Bridgeport, Ill., three bass, 6-9, $1,000
3rd: Mario Rossi, Granite City, Ill., one bass, 4-8, $666
4th: Michael Watson, Addison, Ill., one bass, 3-4, $467
5th: Eugene Kim, Wheeling, Ill., one bass, 3-2, $400
6th: Aaron Wehmeyer, Odell, Ill., one bass, 2-15, $367
7th: James Schubert, Mount Vernon, Ill., one bass, 2-13, $333
8th: Charles Dammerman, Owaneco, Ill., one bass, 2-7, $300
9th: Christopher Cunningham, Green Valley, Ill., one bass, 2-6, $267
10th: Daniel Brockett, Fairfield, Ill., one bass, 2-3, $221
10th: Keith Clore, Percy, Ill., one bass, 2-3, $221
Rossi caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $270.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 22-24 Regional Championship on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.