Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
Elverado Second at State Fishing Finals
CARLYLE -- Elverado won its first state trophy finishing second at the IHSA State Bass Fishing Finals Saturday at Carlyle Lake.
Fifty-six teams from across the state reeled in a tournament record 498 fish, weighing in at more than 1,000 pounds.
"I'm still shaky right now just from hearing that we got second," Elverado junior angler Brian McClanahan said.
McClanahan and Jake Lipe caught the 10-fish limit for a two-day total of 26 pounds, 15 ounces, less than a pound shy of first place finisher Highland. But the Falcons left the state meet asking themselves what could have been.
At the day one weigh-in, the duo had two dead fish, resulting in a one-pound penalty. Take that away and Elverado would have been state champs.
"It is what it is," Lipe said. "If those two fish wouldn't have died on us we would have been taking home the first place trophy."
"It's post spawn right now so I mean it happens," said McClanahan. "They're stressed out right now and you can't really help it."
Elverado has only won two regional titles in the last 15 years. Lipe says it's nice to put the Falcons back on the map.
"I'm very, very proud of the program. It was a struggle getting it started, not to many people had faith in it.
"At school people were making fun of us, calling us rednecks, but see who brought home the second place state trophy."
J.T. Russell and Sam Hackman from Goreville finished 13th with a two-day total of 23.7 pounds. The other Goreville boat with Mason Bishop and Jeremy Hudson finished 47th, reeling in 13.5 pounds
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 58 %