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George Taylor of Dresden, Tenn., won the Sept. 13-14 Illini Division Super Tournament on Lake Shelbyville with a two-day total weight of 20 pounds, 14 ounces. Taylor took home nearly $5,000 in winnings for his efforts.
September 14, 2014 • MLF • Archives

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. – George Taylor of Dresden, Tenn., weighed a two-day total of five bass totaling 20 pounds, 14 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division Super Tournament on Lake Shelbyville Sunday. For his victory, Taylor earned $4,943.

“I caught them on jigs, just one here and one there,” Taylor said of the tournament-best 20-pound, 14-ounce limit he landed on day one. “I caught two in one creek and three in another. I wasn’t even doing that well in practice and I didn’t have any kind of pattern.

“I caught one in practice that was about 5 pounds, and I think I caught that exact same fish in the tournament,” Taylor continued. “I pitched my jig into the exact same place and caught one that weighed 5-10.

“They just shut down on me on Sunday,” said Taylor. “I never even had a keeper-sized fish on. Going back to the weigh-in, I never thought I’d win without weighing a fish. 

“It looks funny to weigh in that kind of weight on one day and zero the next, but I don’t know how to explain it,” finished Taylor. “I’ve never done well up on Lake Shelbyville, so this is just a blessing.”

Taylor said he caught all his fish on a Candy Craw-colored ½-ounce Strike King jig.

Rounding out the top 10 pros:

2nd:          Toby Corn, West Frankfort, Ill., nine bass, 17-7, $2,471

3rd:          Travis Boley, Weldon, Ill., seven bass, 15-2, $1,648

4th:           Neil McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., four bass, 15-1, $1,153

5th:           Leroy McDuffie, McLeansboro, Ill., eight bass, 14-7, $989

6th:           Ryan Deal, Haubstadt, Ind., eight bass, 13-10, $906

7th:           Marion Cordes, Sullivan, Ill., eight bass, 12-15, $824

8th:           Robert Atchison, Whittington, Ill., five bass, 11-5, $741

9th:           Bobby McMullin, Pevely, Mo., seven bass, 11-4, $659

10th:        Luke Budde, Waterloo, Ill., five bass, 10-5, $577              

Complete results can be found by clicking here.

Lepere wins co-angler title

Co-angler Dusty Lepere of Dupo, Ill., won the Sept. 13-14 Illini Division Super Tournament on Lake Shelbyville with a two-day total weight of 14 pounds, 7 ounces. He walked away with over $2,400 in prize money.Dusty Lepere of Dupo, Ill., weighed in a two-day total of four bass totaling 14 pounds, 7 ounces to win $2,471 in the co-angler division Sunday.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

2nd:          Aaron Wehmeyer, Odell, Ill., six bass, 9-14, $1,236

3rd:          Chuck Teegardin, St. Louis, Mo., five bass, 9-9, $822

4th:           J.D. Walker, Noble, Ill., two bass, 8-11, $577

5th:           Chad Hess, Scheller, Ill., three bass, 7-7, $494

6th:           Andy Paschedag, Edwardsville, Ill., three bass, 7-2, $453

7th:           Sheldon Ayers, Anna, Ill., four bass, 6-11, $412

8th:           Levi Shaw, Opdyke, Ill., three bass, 5-5, $371

9th:           John Morales, Tinley Park, Ill., three bass, 5-3, $330

10th:        Aaron Arning, Walnut Hill, Ill., three bass, 5-1, $288

Complete co-angler results can be found by clicking here.

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 16-18 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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