Walmart Bass Fishing League - Illini
Lake Shelbyville (Sept. 28-29, 2013)
SHELBYVILLE, Ill. – Aaron McManaway of Altamont, Ill., weighed in a two-day total of seven bass for 20 pounds, 13 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division Super Tournament on Lake Shelbyville. For his victory, McManaway earned $6,840.
McManaway kept an open mind and changed with the conditions to pick up his first BFL win since 2006 by nearly 3 pounds.
“I was fishing a shallow wind-blown pattern,” said McManaway. “I was basically chasing shad on shallow flats.
“It worked pretty good on Saturday because we had low pressure and a little bit of cloud cover, but I knew Sunday I was probably in trouble,” continued McManaway.
“Everybody struggled on Sunday,” said McManaway. “I’m lucky I had what I had. I had to go a little deeper on Sunday; they backed off and set up on some deeper cover. I didn’t catch much, but I caught enough.
“Fishing the conditions was the key to winning,” finished McManaway. “I just went with my gut and it worked.”
McManaway said he fished a Spro Aruku Shad in less than 3 feet of water on the first day and flipped a Berkley Chigger Craw in 6 feet of water on the second day.
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Marion Cordes, Sullivan, Ill., 10 bass, 18-0, $2,270
3rd: Brian Futch, Vienna, Ill., eight bass, 17-10, $1,515
4th: Leroy McDuffie, McLeansboro, Ill., six bass, 17-8, $1,059 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
5th: Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., six bass, 15-3, $908
6th: Kyle Danhausen, Kanakee, Ill., eight bass, 14-9, $832
7th: Toby Corn, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 14-5, $757
8th: Mike Barnes, Mackinaw, Ill., seven bass, 13-13, $681
9th: Brent Ausbrook, Olney, Ill., five bass, 13-7, $605
10th: Allen Williford, West Frankfort, Ill., six bass, 13-2, $530
Complete results can be found here.
Danhausen wins co-angler title
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Bob Rask, Dahinda, Ill., five bass, 12-13, $1,135
3rd: Tony Westjohn, Montrose, Ill., six bass, 11-9, $757
4th: J.D. Walker, Noble, Ill., five bass, 10-9, $530
5th: Roy Bradford, Bushnell, Ill., five bass, 9-15, $454
6th: Jacob Collins, Hillsboro, Ill., five bass, 9-13, $416
7th: Patrick Odell, Windsor, Ill., four bass, 9-5, $378
8th: Jimmy Null, Bethalto, Ill., four bass, 7-8, $341
9th: Joe Seiber, Red Bud, Ill., five bass, 7-6, $303
10th: Bill Higgins, Albers, Ill., three bass, 6-9, $265
Complete co-angler results can be found here.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. 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.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 220 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water.” For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.