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Black Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Illinois Division On Lake Shelbyville

Rush wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Michael Black of Toledo, Ill., won the last event of the Illini Division on Lake Shelbyville with a two-day total weight of 17 pounds.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Sep. 11, 2012 - SHELBYVILLE, IL.)

- Michael Black of Toledo, Ill., weighed a two-day total of seven bass totaling 17 pounds even to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division super tournament on Lake Shelbyville in Shelbyville on Sunday. For his victory, Black earned $5,821.

"This is actually the fifth event that I have won in my career," said Black. "And the wins just keep feeling better the older that I get. The conditions were terrible out there. It was 90 degrees on Friday, our practice day. Then on Saturday, it dropped down into the 70s and the water temperature dropped dramatically. It really made for a tough tournament."

Black keyed on just four stumps in the main lake area throughout the entire tournament. He threw a Custom Cast Lures green pumpkin-colored jig, a Reaction Innovations California 420-colored Sweet Beaver and a white War Eagle spinnerbait to catch his fish.

"In tournaments, I always go after the big fish, not the numbers," said Black. "I fish for five good bites every day. It's risky; I've lost a lot of tournaments, as well. The key for me was my persistency, though. I fished so slow. That's one of my main strengths is my patience. I would concentrate on a stump and throw at it 15 to 20 times, but I knew the fish were there and I just had to get in their heads. Sure, the money is nice to win, but for me, tournament fishing is all about the respect."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Dan McDowell Mattoon, Ill. seven bass 14-7 $1,911
3rd: Derek Jenkel Pinckneyville, Ill. eight bass 13-10 $1,273
4th: James Williams Windsor, Ill. six bass 13-2 $892
5th: John Wright Shelbyville, Ill. six bass 13-1 $764
6th: Travis Gillett Salem, Ill. five bass 10-7 $701
7th: Tyson Kiselewski Mount Vernon, Ill. four bass 9-4 $637
8th: Aaron McManaway Altamont, Ill. four bass 8-3 $573 + $1,000 Evinrude Bonus
9th: Douglas Williams Windsor, Ill. three bass 5-15 $510
10th: Paul Leonard Chatham, Ill. three bass 5-5 $446

Chris Rush of Louisville, Ill., weighed in four bass totaling 8 pounds, 15 ounces Sunday to win $1,911 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Kim Sapetti Chatham, Ill. four bass 8-6 $955
3rd: Ross Davis St. Elmo, Ill. four bass 8-2 $637
4th: Garrett McDowell Mattoon, Ill. four bass 6-14 $446
5th: Aaron Arning Walnut Hill, Ill. three bass 6-0 $382
6th: Lenn Jamerson Lawrenceville, Ill. three bass 5-14 $350
7th: Christopher Cunningham Green Valley, Ill. one bass 4-15 $318
8th: Matt Parish Hanna City, Ill. two bass 3-10 $287
9th: Nathan Heinrich Olney, Ill. one bass 3-1 $255
10th: Brandon Reeder Collinsville, Ill. two bass 3-0 $223

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Cherokee Lake in Morristown, Tenn. 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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