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    Lake Shelbyville (May 22, 2010)


    Wolfe wins BFL event on Lake Shelbyville

    Boater Matt Wolfe of Collinsville, Ill., won the June 22 BFL Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville to earn $3,592 plus a $2,000 Ranger bonus.
    Bettis winning co-angler

    Boater Matt Wolfe of Collinsville, Ill., caught a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win $3,592 plus a $2,000 Ranger bonus in the BFL Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville. Wolfe was using deep-diving crankbaits in deep-water points on the south end of the lake to bag his limit.

    Rounding out the top 10 boaters:

    2nd: Greg Harkins, Charleston, Ill., five bass, 14-11, $1,498

    2nd: Terry Marucco, Decatur, Ill., five bass, 14-11, $1,498

    4th: Greg Hirsch, Saint Jacob, Ill., five bass, 12-5, $838

    5th: Matt Carroll, Hillsboro, Ill., five bass, 11-14, $718

    6th: Edward Kallal, Melvin, Ill., five bass, 11-9, $659

    7th: Jerry Walker, Zeigler, Ill., five bass, 10-14, $599

    8th: Travis Gillett, Salem, Ill., five bass, 10-10, $539

    9th: Douglas Williams, Windsor, Ill., four bass, 10-9, $479

    10th: Greg Coleman, Butler, Ill., four bass, 10-3, $398

    10th: Timothy Lane, Momence, Ill., five bass, 10-3, $398

    Bettis winning co-angler

    Gary Bettis of Olney, Ill., was the co-angler winner of the June 22 BFL Illini Division tournament, earning $1,796.Gary Bettis of Olney, Ill., caught four bass weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces to win $3,579 in the Co-angler Division on Lake Shelbyville. On a day that was delayed by fog and then turned hot and sunny, Bettis found a Zoom Baby Brush Hog that did the trick for him to win the tournament.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Andrew Harper, Shelbyville, Ill., three bass, 8-14, $898

    3rd: Aaron Wehmeyer, Bloomington, Ill., five bass, 8-13, $598

    4th: George Osha, Steger, Ill., four bass, 8-8, $419

    5th: Travis Rivest, Rantoul, Ill., three bass, 8-0, $359

    6th: Michael Luce, Ledbetter, Ky., five bass, 7-15, $329

    7th: Gene Harmon, Ewing, Ill., three bass, 7-6, $299

    8th: Kyle Loyd, Vienna, Ill., five bass, 7-4, $269

    9th: Bill Higgins, Albers, Ill., three bass, 6-14, $239

    10th: Dale Renth, Albers, Ill., three bass, 6-13, $210

    Coming up

    The next BFL Illini Division tournament is scheduled for June 26 at Lake Shelbyville in Findlay, Ill. After the fifth Illini Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 7-9 Regional Championship at Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky., where boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and a Chevy pick-up, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX.

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