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    Peters wins Illini Division on Lake Shelbyville

    Brad Peters of Taylorville, Ill., won the June 23 Illini Division event on Lake Shelbyville with a total weight of 15 pounds, 13 ounces. For his efforts, Peters took home a check worth over $3,500.
    Hemken wins co-angler title

    SHELBYVILLE, Ill. – Brad Peters of Taylorville, Ill., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division event on Lake Shelbyville. For his victory, Peters earned $3,592.

    “I went junk fishing,” said Peters. “The lake was fishing differently than it normally does, and I couldn’t seem to put a pattern together. A lot of guys seemed to struggle. I just had to keep moving from one spot to the next. Once you caught a bass off one spot you had to keep moving. I fished about 10 different points and a couple of coves to put my sack together. I was staying on each spot about half an hour.”

    Peters believes that the increased number of tournaments being held on the lake and the added pressure from the local residence really seems to impact the behavior of the fish.

    “I basically fished the entire lake,” Peters went on to say. “I started on the north end of the lake then started moving south. My main baits were buzzbaits, jigs and Texas rigs.”

    Rounding out the top 10 boaters:

    2nd: Wes Cummins, Shattuc, Ill., five bass, 12-12, $1,796

    3rd: Jeremy Mull, Chatham, Ill., five bass, 12-11, $1,201

    4th: Leroy McDuffie, McLeansboro, Ill., five bass, 11-9, $738 plus $1,000 Evinrude bonus

    4th: Cody Salzmann, Mattoon, Ill., five bass, 11-9, $738

    4th: Matt Wolfe, Collinsville, Ill., five bass, 11-9, $738

    7th: Greg Harkins, Shelbyville, Ill., four bass, 11-6, $599

    8th: Brad Lemasters, Springfield, Ill., three bass, 10-9, $539

    9th: Toby Corn, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 10-6, $479

    10th: Cory Hasler, Florissant, Mo., four bass, 9-15, $419

    Complete results can be found here.

    Hemken lands co-angler title

    Co-angler Shawn Hemken of Walshville, Ill., won the June 23 Illini Division event on Lake Shelbyville with a total weight of 9 pounds, 7 ounces. Hemken walked away with over $1,700 in prize money. Shawn Hemken of Walshville, Ill., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 9 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win $1,796 in the co-angler division.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Joshua Whitehead, East Alton, Ill., two bass, 7-6, $898

    3rd: Brian Lingle, Dongola, Ill., four bass, 7-3, $598

    4th: David Bunton, Iuka, Ill., four bass, 6-11, $419

    5th: Chris Rush, Louisville, Ill., four bass, 6-1, $359

    6th: Brett Wysock, Wilmington, Ill., three bass, 5-15, $329

    7th: Jacob Collins, Hillsboro, Ill., four bass, 5-11, $284

    7th: Nick Leckow, Chicago, Ill., two bass, 5-11, $284

    9th: Dany Danhausen, Kankakee, Ill., two bass, 5-10, $239

    10th: Brendon Delaney, Highland, Ill., three bass, 5-8, $210

    Complete co-angler results can be found here.

    The next BFL Illini Division tournament is scheduled for July 14 on the Ohio River in Golconda, 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. 4-6 Regional Championship on Cherokee Lake in Morristown, Tenn. 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.

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