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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Illini

    Rend Lake (April 27, 2013)


    Local knowledge helps Rensing score on Rend

    Russ Rensing of Summerfield, Ill., won the April 27 Illini event on Rend Lake with 14 pounds, 5 ounces. Rensing was awarded over $6,200 for his efforts.
    Bernicky claims co-angler title

    WHITTINGTON, Ill. – Russ Rensing of Summerfield, Ill., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division event on Rend Lake. For his victory, Rensing earned $6,271.

    “This win was much sweeter,” said Rensing, who had a previous BFL victory in 1999. “This is my home lake. I was really struggling to start my day.”

    Rensing started his day by heading north and targeting the dirty water. He tried flipping and throwing a spinnerbait, but had no success. He moved down to the mid-lake area and started to fish the cleaner water.

    “Around 10 a.m. the sun came out, and then the bite turned on,” Rensing said. “I caught fish for two hours, and then the bite shut down again around noon. Luckily, I was able to boat my six keepers in those two hours.”

    Rensing said that all of the fish that he weighed in came shallow, on a white and chartreuse-colored Bass Pro Shops Lazer Eye Spinnerbait with double Colorado blades.

    “I had my boat sitting in 6 feet of water, and I was throwing to the bank in 3 feet of water,” Rensing continued. “I was in the backs of creeks, looking for points that had brush and bushes.

    “The key for me was my knowledge of the lake,” Rensing went on to say. “I just kept rotating through my spots, and I was able to find my mid-lake area at the right time. My local Ranger dealer, Belleville Sports Sales, definitely deserves some of my credit as well. I had problems with my lower unit last week, and they had me fixed and on the water in no time. My Ranger ran perfectly all day long.”

    Rounding out the top 10 pros:

    2nd: Mike Barnes, Mackinaw, Ill., four bass, 12-13, $2,136

    3rd: Frank Clark, Benton, Ill., three bass, 9-1, $1,424

    4th: Dan McDowell, Mattoon, Ill., two bass, 9-0, $997

    5th: Jerry Walker, Zeigler, Ill., four bass, 8-12, $854

    6th: John Wright, Shelbyville, Ill., three bass, 8-1, $783

    7th: Delmar Burlison, Goreville, Ill., two bass, 7-7, $712

    8th: Derek Jenkel, Pinckneyville, Ill., two bass, 6-6, $641

    9th: Matt Wolfe, Saint Jacob, Ill., two bass, 6-5, $569

    10th: Chris Rensing, Summerfield, Ill., two bass, 6-1, $498

    Complete results can be found here.

    Bernicky tops co-angler field

    Co-angler Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill., won the April 27 Illini event on Rend Lake with three bass totaling 10 pounds, 4 ounces. For his efforts, Bernicky earned a check worth over $2,100. Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill., weighed three bass limit totaling 10 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win $2,136 in the co-angler division.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Carl Lingle, Dongola, Ill., two bass, 8-11, $1,068

    3rd: Aaron Wehmeyer, Odell, Ill., two bass, 6-12, $712

    4th: Chad Buhs, Washington, Ill., two bass, 5-5, $498

    5th: Mike Daumen, Mineral Point, Mo., two bass, 5-4, $427

    6th: John Kuzera, Matteson, Ill., two bass, 5-2, $392

    7th: George Osha, Steger, Ill., one bass, 4-2, $356

    8th: Bob Manley, Belleville, Ill., one bass, 4-0, $320

    9th: Donald Oksanen, Chicago, Ill., two bass, 3-13, $285

    10th: Joey Fritts, Red Bud, Ill., one bass, 3-10, $249

    Complete co-angler results can be found