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

Rossi wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Michael Black of Toledo, Illinois, weighed a 5-bass limit totaling 19 lbs, 12 ozs to win the first (BFL) Illini Division tournament of 2016 on Rend Lake.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Apr 25, 2016 - WHITTINGTON,IL.)

 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

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.

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