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West Frankfort’s McCord Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Illini Division Opener on Rend Lake

Philo’s Kirby Wins Co-angler Title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Boater Brennon McCord of West Frankfort, IL, caught 5 bass weighing 16 lbs, 15 oz, to win the 2018 FLW Bass Fishing League Illini Division opener on Rend Lake.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Apr 30, 2018 - WHITTINGTON, IL.)

Boater Brennon McCord of West Frankfort, Illinois, caught five bass weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division opener on Rend Lake. For his victory, McCord earned $3,671.

According to post-tournament reports, McCord caught his fish on the southern end of the lake flipping an unamed beaver-type creature bait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
              1st:          Brennon McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 16-15, $3,671
              2nd:         Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., three bass, 9-11, $2,035
              3rd:         Neil McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., three bass, 9-10, $1,324
              4th:         Darren Frazier, Anna, Ill., two bass, 8-9, $1,326
              5th:         Travis Wilson, La Harpe, Ill., three bass, 6-10, $734
              6th:         Mike Quinlan, Mooresville, Ind., three bass, 6-9, $673
              7th:         Derek Jenkel, Pinckneyville, Ill., two bass, 6-2, $612
              8th:         Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., two bass, 5-11, $851
              9th:         Justin Hatton, Dix, Ill., three bass, 5-5, $458
              10th:       Shawn Panick, New Lenox, Ill., one bass, 5-5, $458

Frazier caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $470.

Jeff Kirby of Philo, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $2,170 Saturday after catching a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces. The bass also earned Kirby the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $235.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
              1st:          Jeff Kirby, Philo, Ill., one bass, 4-14, $2,170
              2nd:         Todd Blakeman, Chatham, Ill., two bass, 4-11, $918
              3rd:         Michael McKinley, Woodlawn, Ill., one bass, 3-11, $612
              4th:         Andy Paschedag, Worden, Ill., two bass, 3-9, $447
              5th:         Mario Rossi Jr., Granite City, Ill., one bass, 3-9, $447
              6th:         Jacob Bovara, Wadsworth, Ill., one bass, 2-13, $321
              7th:         Derwin Thomas, Little Rock, Ark., one bass, 2-13, $321
              8th:         Dave Dobill, Royalton, Ill., one bass, 2-11, $275
              9th:         Chad Jackson, Indianapolis, Ind., one bass, 2-4, $245
              10th:       Daniel Sutton, Cadiz, Ky., one bass, 2-3, $214

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 25-27 BFL Regional Championship on  Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they 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. The 2018 BFL All-American will be held May 31-June 2 at Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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