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Ray Arning Jr. of Walnut Hill, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Arning earned $5,804.
Templeton lands co-angler title
July 20, 2015 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Ray Arning Jr. of Walnut Hill, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Arning earned $5,804.

“It was one of those hot, tough days of fishing,” said Arning, who earned the fifth BFL win of his career. “I don’t think the wind blew once in eight hours.”

Arning said he targeted one location for the entire day – a 60-yard area on the north end of the lake.

“The bass were feeding on big shad in the open water,” said Arning. “Occasionally they would come to a creek ditch where I would catch them. I would leave them alone for a half hour, return and try again.

“I used a Junebug-colored Zoom Fork Tail worm,” continued Arning. “It’s not a bait you hear about often but I’ve consistently won money with them.”

Arning said he caught four keepers before 11 a.m., with his final two fish biting after noon.

“It was one of those days that tested patience,” said Arning. “It was nice to see it pay off.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Ray Arning Jr., Walnut Hill, Ill., five bass, 13-5, $3,804 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Keith Nemcek, Saint Charles, Ill., four bass, 13-0, $1,902

3rd:          Neil McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 12-6, $1,267

4th:          Leroy McDuffie, McLeansboro, Ill., five bass, 11-7, $888

5th:          Dennis Berhorst, Holts Summit, Mo., three bass, 10-7, $761

6th:          Robert Atchison, Whittington, Ill., four bass, 8-6, $697

7th:          Mike Barnes, Mackinaw, Ill., three bass, 8-2, $634

8th:          Jerry Walker, Zeigler, Ill., three bass, 7-15, $571

9th:          Delmar Burlison, Goreville, Ill., three bass, 7-3, $507

10th:        Nick Shafer, Benton, Ill., three bass, 6-13, $444              

Complete results can be found here.

Berhorst caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $505.

Templeton wins co-angler division

Greg Templeton of Pinckneyville, Illinois, weighed in five bass totaling 10 pounds even Saturday to win $1,902 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Greg Templeton, Pinckneyville, Ill., five bass, 10-0, $1,902

2nd:         Mario Rossi, Granite City, Ill., three bass, 7-5, $951

3rd:          Levi Shaw, Opdyke, Ill., three bass, 6-13, $634

4th:          Lance Dasenbrock, Effingham, Ill., three bass, 6-0, $444

5th:          Dave Dobill, Royalton, Ill., two bass, 5-14, $380

6th:          Ovidiu Marginean, Des Plaines, Ill., two bass, 5-10, $349

7th:          Brad Kleiboeker, Carlyle, Ill., one bass, 5-1, $317

8th:          Mike Jackson, Moweaqua, Ill., two bass, 4-15, $285

9th:          Steve Kehrer, Woodlawn, Ill., two bass, 4-13, $254

10th:        Mike Swetland, Tamaroa, Ill., one bass, 4-10, $222

Kleiboeker caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $252.

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.