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Toledo’s Black Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Illini Division Opener on Rend Lake

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Michael Black of Toledo, Ill., won the April 23 Illini Division event on Rend Lake with a 19-pound, 12-ounce limit to claim over $8,200 in winnings. Angler: Michael Black.
Rossi wins co-angler title
April 25, 2016 • FLW Communications • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

WHITTINGTON, Ill. – Michael Black of Toledo, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament of 2016 on Rend Lake. For his victory, Black took home $8,240.

According to tournament reports, Black fished in mid-lake areas and used a Custom Cast Lures jig.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., five bass, 19-12, $6,240 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Marty Sisk, Evansville, Ind., four bass, 15-1, $2,288

               3rd:          Travis Gillett, Salem, Ill., five bass, 12-0, $1,525

               4th:          Toby Corn, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 11-15, $1,068

               5th:          Neil McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., three bass, 8-15, $915

               6th:          Darren Frazier, Anna, Ill., three bass, 8-14, $839

               7th:          Derek Jenkel, Pinckneyville, Ill., five bass, 8-6, $763

               8th:          Dan Shoraga, West Frankfort, Ill., three bass, 8-5, $686

               9th:          Larry Caldwell, Saint Peters, Mo., three bass, 7-8, $610

               10th:        Paul Leonard, Chatham, Ill., two bass, 7-2, $534

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Black also caught a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $665.

Mario Rossi of Granite City, Illinois, weighed in three bass totaling 7 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,140.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Mario Rossi, Granite City, Ill., three bass, 7-2, $2,140

               2nd:         Mike Houle, Orland Park, Ill., two bass, 6-6, $1,070

               3rd:          Chris Gable, Eddyville, Ky., one bass, 5-10, $1,014

               4th:          Dave Dobill, Royalton, Ill., two bass, 5-5, $499

               5th:          Anthony Macon, Greenville, Ill., two bass, 4-7, $428

               6th:          Jarred Metje, Woodlawn, Ill., one bass, 3-15, $392

               7th:          Bill Higgins, Albers, Ill., two bass, 3-13, $357

               8th:          Ryan Fancher, Olney, Ill., one bass, 3-9, $321

               9th:          Tony Kirkpatrick, Woodlawn, Ill., one bass, 3-5, $285

               10th:        Danny Toohey, Greenville, Ill., one bass, 3-1, $250

Gable caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $302.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. 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.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Periscope: @FLWFishing.

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