WEST FRANKFORT’S MCCORD WINS T-H MARINE FLW BASS FISHING LEAGUE ILLINI DIVISION OPENER ON REND LAKE

Philo’s Kirby Wins Co-angler Title

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WHITTINGTON, Ill. (April 30, 2018) – Boater Brennon McCord of West Frankfort, Illinois, caught five bass weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division opener on Rend Lake. For his victory, McCord earned $3,671.

According to post-tournament reports, McCord caught his fish on the southern end of the lake flipping an unamed beaver-type creature bait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Brennon McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 16-15, $3,671

2nd:         Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., three bass, 9-11, $2,035

3rd:         Neil McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., three bass, 9-10, $1,324

4th:         Darren Frazier, Anna, Ill., two bass, 8-9, $1,326

5th:         Travis Wilson, La Harpe, Ill., three bass, 6-10, $734

6th:         Mike Quinlan, Mooresville, Ind., three bass, 6-9, $673

7th:         Derek Jenkel, Pinckneyville, Ill., two bass, 6-2, $612

8th:         Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., two bass, 5-11, $851

9th:         Justin Hatton, Dix, Ill., three bass, 5-5, $458

10th:       Shawn Panick, New Lenox, Ill., one bass, 5-5, $458

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Frazier caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $470.

Jeff Kirby of Philo, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $2,170 Saturday after catching a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces. The bass also earned Kirby the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $235.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st:          Jeff Kirby, Philo, Ill., one bass, 4-14, $2,170

2nd:         Todd Blakeman, Chatham, Ill., two bass, 4-11, $918

3rd:         Michael McKinley, Woodlawn, Ill., one bass, 3-11, $612

4th:         Andy Paschedag, Worden, Ill., two bass, 3-9, $447

5th:         Mario Rossi Jr., Granite City, Ill., one bass, 3-9, $447

6th:         Jacob Bovara, Wadsworth, Ill., one bass, 2-13, $321

7th:         Derwin Thomas, Little Rock, Ark., one bass, 2-13, $321

8th:         Dave Dobill, Royalton, Ill., one bass, 2-11, $275

9th:         Chad Jackson, Indianapolis, Ind., one bass, 2-4, $245

10th:       Daniel Sutton, Cadiz, Ky., one bass, 2-3, $214

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 25-27 BFL Regional Championship on  Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2018 BFL All-American will be held May 31-June 2 at Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.