Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Elverado Top 10 at IHSA Fishing Finals
CARLYLE -- Weather was the story of day one at the IHSA state bass fishing tournament. Two separate weather delays forced the boats to evacuate the water but it didn't effect the fishing. Two-hundred and fifty-four bass were reeled in, weighing in at more than 540 pounds.
"It was a real good day for the most part," Elverado junior angler Jake Lipe said. "I think the rain kind of turned it on but at the same time it kind of turned it off a little bit. We kept our heads down, kept our lines in the water and did what we do best and just chugged on through the day."
Elverado is in seventh place after day one. Lipe and Brian McClanahan caught 14 pounds, one ounce. But it could have been more. Two of the fish were dead at the weigh-in, resulting in a one-pound penalty.
"We're going to do the same thing tomorrow but we're going to go a lot harder cause we got a lot more weight to make up now but I'm pretty happy," Lipe added.
Goreville's Sam Hackman and J.T. Russell also caught the limit five fish, weighing 11 pounds, 15 ounces. Russell made state last year and will rely on his experience in day two.
"Just knowing what to expect and not being as nervous," said Russell. "Fishing under pressure is a big deal so that definitely helps."
Goreville's other team in the field, Mason Bishop and Jeremy Hudson, are in 38th place after catching 8.9 pounds.
"I think if we have a good day tomorrow and we get up around that 15 or 16 we'll be okay," Bishop said. "But it's luck of the draw. It's whenever that fish is going to be there or it's not, you just don't know when it's going to be or when that bites going to be."
In the four year history of the tournament, southern Illinois has had two teams finish in the top 10 every year.
Wind: 7 MPH
Humidity: 93 %