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Keller takes Illini Division on Ohio River

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Mike Keller of Metroplois, Ill., won the July 14 Illini Division event on the Ohio River with a total catch of 15 pounds, 1 ounce. Keller earned a check worth over $3,000 for his victory.
Delaney wins co-angler title
July 14, 2012 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

GOLCONDA, Ill. – Mike Keller of Metropolis, Ill., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division event on the Ohio River at Golconda. For his victory, Keller earned $3,113.

“I had to pinch myself after the tournament to make sure it was real,” said Keller. “It feels so good to finally get my first win. My only regret is that my father who very recently passed away is not here to see it. I want to dedicate this win to him.

“I actually caught a fish on my very first cast of the day,” Keller went on to say. “I thought this spot was loaded. Then we didn’t catch another fish for three hours. Around 10 a.m. we moved and found a little community hub that a few boats were sitting on. Within 45 minutes both my co-angler and I had caught our limit. It was a rocky point that was around 6-feet deep. I threw a shaky head all day long and green pumpkin was my go-to color.

“It’s funny, but I think the key to my win was having a flat tail on my worm,” Keller continued. “If the tail was not entirely flat, the fish wouldn’t bite it. I literally took a needle-nose pliers and squeezed the tail of the worm just to flatten it out. It really seemed to make a huge difference out there.”

Rounding out the top 10 pros:

2nd: Bobby McMullin, Pevely, Mo., five bass, 14-10, $1,297

2nd: Nathan Murphy, Harrisburg, Ill., five bass, 14-10, $1,297

4th: Frank Clark, Benton, Ill., five bass, 14-4, $674

4th: Colby Schrumpf, Highland, Ill., five bass, 14-4, $674

6th: Scott Dunn, Harrisburg, Ill., five bass, 14-2, $571

7th: Wayne O’Dell, Neoga, Ill., five bass, 12-14, $519

8th: Jimmy Null, Bethalto, Ill., five bass, 12-6, $467

9th: Leroy McDuffie, McLeansboro, Ill., five bass, 12-4, $415 + $1,000 Evinrude Bonus

10th: Timothy Rivest, Rantoul, Ill., five bass, 12-3, $363

Complete results can be found here.

Delaney takes co-angler title

Co-angler Brendon Delaney of Highland, Ill., won the July 14 Illini Division event on the Ohio River with a total weight of 15 pounds, 5 ounces. Delany earned over $1,500 in prize money for his victory. Brendon Delaney of Highland, Ill., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win $1,557 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

2nd: Aaron Wehmeyer, Odell, Ill., five bass, 13-7, $778

3rd: Aaron Schuster, Highland, Ill., five bass, 10-12, $521

4th: Patrick O’Dell, Windsor, Ill., five bass, 9-15, $363

5th: Matt Chumbler, Carbondale, Ill., five bass, 9-9, $311

6th: Aaron Arning, Walnut Hill, Ill., five bass, 9-8, $285

7th: Anthony Balding, Lebanon, Ill., four bass, 9-3, $259

8th: Charles Dammerman, Mount Auburn, Ill., five bass, 9-2, $233

9th: Obadiah Holsapple, Greenup, Ill., five bass, 8-12, $195

9th: John Kuzera, Matteson, Ill., five bass, 8-12, $195

Complete co-angler results can be found here.

The next BFL Illini Division tournament is scheduled for Aug. 4 on Rend Lake in Whittington, 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 Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga. 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.

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