Walmart Bass Fishing League - Illini
SMITHLAND (May 23, 1999)
GOLCONDA, Ill., (May 23,1999) — Dan Morehead of Paducah, Kentucky, took first place, $4142, plus 50 CITGO Challenge Points for winning the Red Man Illini Division qualifier held Sunday on Smithland Pool. Morehead brought in a five bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces to top a field of 292 anglers competing for $16,382.49.
Morehead fished the Tennessee River, flipping eddie pockets with a black/brown/amber jig. Mark Jordan of Kevil, Kentucky, took second place and $2071. He flipped a black/blue jig in creeks to catch his five bass limit.
Rounding out the top positions were: (3) Jack Lewis, Effingham, ILL, five bass, 12-14, $1216; (4) Hal Hempen, Irvington, IL, five bass, 12-1, $779; (5) Donnie Dill, Effingham, Il, five bass, 11-15, $697.50. Mark Jordan of Kevil, KY, won the Abu Garcia Big Bass Award of $1,000 for a 5 pound, 11 ounce bass. Jay Peterson of Clinton, IL, is leading the Illini Division's Ranger Millennium big bass race for the year with a bass weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The Ranger boat owner who catches the largest bass in each Red Man division over the course of the season, will qualify to enter the Ranger M1 Millenium tournament.
Billy Rawson of Pevely, MO, won the Berkley Powerbait award — a package of baits valued at $325 — for the highest weight caught on Powerbait or Frenzy lures with 10 pounds, 9 ounces.
At the completion of the six Red Man qualifying events, the top 30 anglers, determined on a basis of pounds and points, will move onto Regional Championship competition. There they will compete against the top 30 fishermen from three other divisions for a Dream Rig consisting of a Chevy truck and a full-rigged Ranger bass boat powered by an Evinrude or Johnson outboard (only two divisions compete in the Western Regional for a
fully-rigged Ranger bass boat) and a spot in the Red Man All-American in Hot Springs, Arkansas, May 8-13, 2000, where the winner will receive $100,000.
The rookie advancing farthest along the Red Man Trail will win the Old Milwaukee NA Rookie-of-the-Year Award.
All Red Man tournaments are catch and release events. Operation Bass historically maintains a 98 percent live release rate throughout the tournament season.
Sponsors of the 1999 Red Man Tournament Trail include: Evinrude Outboards, Evinrude Electrics, CITGO Petroleum, Ranger Boats, Humminbird Fishfinders, Stren Fishing Lines, Abu Garcia Rods and Reels, Chevy Trucks, ENERGIZER Marine Batteries, Old Milwaukee NA, Black & Decker, David Seeds, Coleman Products, Land O'Lakes, BC Powder, Eveready, Wheaties, Chex Mix, Hamburger Helper, Wrangler, US Bank-VISA, Powerbait, and Frenzy.