Boater Matt Wolfe of Collinsville, Ill., caught a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win $3,592 plus a $2,000 Ranger bonus in the BFL Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville. Wolfe was using deep-diving crankbaits in deep-water points on the south end of the lake to bag his limit.
Rounding out the top 10 boaters:
2nd: Greg Harkins, Charleston, Ill., five bass, 14-11, $1,498
2nd: Terry Marucco, Decatur, Ill., five bass, 14-11, $1,498
4th: Greg Hirsch, Saint Jacob, Ill., five bass, 12-5, $838
5th: Matt Carroll, Hillsboro, Ill., five bass, 11-14, $718
6th: Edward Kallal, Melvin, Ill., five bass, 11-9, $659
7th: Jerry Walker, Zeigler, Ill., five bass, 10-14, $599
8th: Travis Gillett, Salem, Ill., five bass, 10-10, $539
9th: Douglas Williams, Windsor, Ill., four bass, 10-9, $479
10th: Greg Coleman, Butler, Ill., four bass, 10-3, $398
10th: Timothy Lane, Momence, Ill., five bass, 10-3, $398
Bettis winning co-angler
Gary Bettis of Olney, Ill., caught four bass weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces to win $3,579 in the Co-angler Division on Lake Shelbyville. On a day that was delayed by fog and then turned hot and sunny, Bettis found a Zoom Baby Brush Hog that did the trick for him to win the tournament.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Andrew Harper, Shelbyville, Ill., three bass, 8-14, $898
3rd: Aaron Wehmeyer, Bloomington, Ill., five bass, 8-13, $598
4th: George Osha, Steger, Ill., four bass, 8-8, $419
5th: Travis Rivest, Rantoul, Ill., three bass, 8-0, $359
6th: Michael Luce, Ledbetter, Ky., five bass, 7-15, $329
7th: Gene Harmon, Ewing, Ill., three bass, 7-6, $299
8th: Kyle Loyd, Vienna, Ill., five bass, 7-4, $269
9th: Bill Higgins, Albers, Ill., three bass, 6-14, $239
10th: Dale Renth, Albers, Ill., three bass, 6-13, $210
The next BFL Illini Division tournament is scheduled for June 26 at Lake Shelbyville in Findlay, 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. 7-9 Regional Championship at Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky., where boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and a Chevy pick-up, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX.
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