Wayne Shaw of Urbana, Illinois, weighed five bass Saturday totaling 13 pounds, 7 ounces, to win T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville. Shaw pocketed $4,071 for his day on the water.
“The morning started off slow. My co-angler had four keepers in the boat and I didn’t have any until around 11 [a.m.],” says Shaw, who earned his third career win in BFL competition – second on Lake Shelbyville. “I switched from a jig to a worm, and that’s what caught all five of them. It was like someone turned on a light switch.”
Shaw targeted fish on deeper points on the south end of the lake in 12 to 15 feet of water. He used a 10-inch, Texas rigged plum-colored Berkley PowerBait Power Worm and caught six keepers total.
“I was dragging it slow along the bottom,” says Shaw. “I fished five to seven different spots, hitting anything that had a good drop close to the main-river channel.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Wayne Shaw, Urbana, Ill., five bass, 13-7, $4,071
2nd: Clay Reeves, Lane, Ill., five bass, 13-4, $1,735
3rd: Travis Wilson, La Harpe, Ill., three bass, 12-9, $1,024
4th: Robert Neff, Roodhouse, Ill., four bass, 12-7, $816
5th: Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., five bass, 12-6, $738
5th: Jeremy Mull, Pawnee, Ill., five bass, 12-6, $838
7th: Bobby McMullin, Pevely, Mo., five bass, 12-3, $512
8th: Shane Haslett, Beecher City, Ill., five bass, 12-1, $435
8th: Ray Arning Jr., Walnut Hill, Ill., five bass, 12-1, $435
10th: Luke Budde, St. Louis, Mo., four bass, 12-0, $358
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Greg James of Carterville, Illinois, caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $360.
Swetland wins co-angler title
Mike Swetland of Tamaroa, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $1,885 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Mike Swetland, Tamaroa, Ill., five bass, 12-8, $1,885
2nd: Andrew Blunier, Roanoke, Ill., five bass, 10-15, $768
3rd: Mario Rossi Jr., Granite City, Ill., five bass, 10-6, $563
4th: Adam Kunkel, Red Bud, Ill., four bass, 9-3, $358
5th: Luke Epplin, Collinsville, Ill., four bass, 9-2, $307
6th: Scott Bradley, Greenup, Ill., five bass, 9-0, $381
7th: Drew Cress, Highland, Ill., five bass, 8-8, $256
8th: James Jarvis, West Frankfort, Ill., three bass, 8-6, $230
9th: Jacob Greco, Edwardsville, Ill., four bass, 7-2, $205
10th: Floyd Carder, Litchfield, Ill., three bass, 6-10, $179
David Workman of Harrisburg, Illinois, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $180.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 24-26 BFL Regional Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.