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Black Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Illinois Division On Lake Shelbyville
Rush wins co-angler title
- 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:
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:
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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