Butch Revelle figures out tough bite at Gillespie for the Win!

Posted in Bass Club on August 24th, 2014 by Brad

On August 17, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their 10 tournament of the season on Gillespie Lake. Known as the clubs “Home Lake”, Fishing was tough to say the least. Half of the field failed to land a keeper bass for their efforts. As always, someone finds the right bait and uses the right technique to overcome the hard fishing conditions. Butch Revelle took first place with his two keepers on baby brushhog. Lonnie Colley used his “go to” bait, I think everyone knows what it is, for second. David King grabbed third and big bass honors with one fish.

Gillespie Lake has been a challenge all year. The numbers of fish are there but the number of quality fish have seemed to decline in recent years. Some say it was a colder than normal spring and the spawn conditions were affected. Some say that an abundance of forage available, makes it hard to compete with artificial lures. Some say too much pressure for the size of the like. Maybe its just a normal down cycle and all will improve in time. The lake is 62 years old. Silting in, losing structure and good aquatic cover along with the increased boat traffic, something is going to take a turn for the worse. All are in agreement a thorough study by DNR fisheries is in order. Here are the results:

1st, Butch Revelle, 2 fish, 5.60 lbs.
2nd, Lonnie Colley, 2 fish, 4.10 lbs.
3rd, David King, 1 fish, 4.04 lbs.
Big Bass, David King, 4.04 lbs.

25 anglers participated with 12 weighing in 14 fish for a total weight of 35.14 lbs.

Complete results are HERE

YTD standings are HERE

Photos are HERE

Kids Tournament

Posted in Bass Club on August 15th, 2014 by Brad

On August 3, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their annual Jr/Sr tournament. An event looked forward to year after year. The results are as follows:

1st, Kain Pabon, 12.26 lbs.
2nd, Adam Viehweg, 9.06 lbs.
3rd, Jill Krysa, 8.05 lbs.
Big Fish, Adam Viehweg, 3.78 lbs.

Thanks to Gary Fyalka for donation of the brats- They were really good. Thanks goes out to the cooks- Matt Stieren, Mark Stieren, Jerry Tilley and Brandon Stieren. Bill and Maureen Augustine donated all the drinks. Thank You. Thanks to Sam Leonard and JQ Halteman for the donation of prizes. Thanks to Bills IGA and to everyone who made side dishes and made this a memorable event.

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JQ Halteman’s five fish bag takes 1st at Vandalia!

Posted in Bass Club on July 15th, 2014 by Brad

On July 13th, the Gillespie Bass Club held their 9th tournament of the season on the structure diverse lake known as Vandalia. A favorite to many club members for it’s reputation of producing good weight along with good numbers. JQ Halteman found the active bite once again as he produced a five fish bag that gave him the win for the second year in a row on the lake. Mike Grejtak was not far behind coming in second with another ten lb. bag. Mike also scored on Big Bass. Third went to Marc Regh with a limit of fish. The winners are as follows:

1st, JQ Halteman, 5 fish, 10.96 lbs.
2nd, Mike Grejtak, 5 fish, 10.77 lbs.
3rd, Marc Rehg, 5 fish, 8.80 lbs.
Big Bass, Mike Grejtak, 4.46 lbs.

30 Anglers participated with 22 weighing in 50 fish for a total weight 102.68 lbs.

Complete Tournament results are HERE

YTD as of Vandalia are HERE

Photos are HERE

Gillespie Bass Club Junior/Senior Tournament

Posted in Bass Club on July 13th, 2014 by Brad

The kids tournament is just around the corner. This year it is August 3rd, 2014 on Litchfield Lake. Fireman’s Marina. 8:00-12:00

At the last meeting, those who wanted to order shirts could do so. We need a head count of who will be attending and how many shirts to order. If you haven’t placed your order, please contact our President, JQ Halteman so he can get your order in.

Thanks!!

Greg Satterlee sets the hook on a victory at Litchfield!

Posted in Bass Club on June 30th, 2014 by Brad

On June 29th, the Gillespie Bass Club held their 8th tourney of the season on nearby Litchfield Lake. Considered the home lake to many of the clubs anglers, Litchfield always provides the bass club with a competitive tournament on a well known lake. Litchfield is one of those lakes that everyone has fished and everyone knows the “go to” spots, BUT when you get to those spots, that’s where you show what kind of angler you are. It was no surprise today that the four guys that cashed checks are familiar with the lake and know how to fish. Results are as follows:

1st, Greg Satterlee, 3 fish, 7.29 lbs.
2nd, Chad Satterlee, 3 fish, 7.08 lbs.
3rd, Brad Genetti, 3 fish, 6.87 lbs.
Big Bass, Lonnie Gerdes, 4.03 lbs.

27 fisherman competed with 17 anglers weighing in 29 fish for a total weight of 71.45 lbs

Complete Tournament results can be viewed HERE

YTD Standings are HERE

Photos can be viewed HERE

Mike Bekeske cranks up a victory at Carlyle!

Posted in Bass Club on June 16th, 2014 by Brad

On June 15th, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their 7th tourney of the season on one of the largest bodies of water in the state of Illinois. With 26,000 acres and 85 miles of shoreline, one would think it would be able to find a fish anywhere on this lake. 74 degree water temps, dingy water and winds starting at 15mph and gusting up to 30 plus made for a tough day on the lake. Those who caught fish said that crankbait bites were the best option and those were hard to come by. If you got a bite, you had better made it count. Results are as follows:

1st, Mike Bekeske, 3 fish, 4.61 lbs.
2nd, Kevin Troekler, 1 fish, 3.78 lbs.
3rd, Mike Rosenthal, 1 fish, 3.61 lbs.
Big Bass, Kevin Troekler, 3.78 lbs.

24 anglers partipated with 17 weighing in 23 fish for a total weight of 43.38 lbs

Complete Tournament Results are HERE

Year To Date standings as of Carlyle are HERE

Photos can be viewed HERE

Memorial Tournament

Posted in Bass Club on June 14th, 2014 by Brad

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Chad Satterlee gets a tough win at Taylorville!!

Posted in Bass Club on June 10th, 2014 by Brad

On June 1st, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club took part in their 6th tournament of the clubs 2014 season. 25 anglers made the trip to Taylorville lake to try and tackle a tough bite. Slight breeze with water temps in the upper 70′s. Farther down the lake the water took on a slight cloudy look. Fish were caught, but the size wasn’t there on this day. Post spawn bite was in full effect, although some anglers think the spawn may still be going on. Results are as follows:

1st, Chad Satterlee, 3 fish, 9.66 lbs.
2nd, Butch Revelle, 3 fish, 7.76 lbs.
3rd, Greg Satterlee, 3 fish, 7.22 lbs.

25 anglers participated with 18 weighing in 30 fish for a total weight of 80.62 lbs.

YTD standings are HERE

Complete Tournament Results are HERE

Photos can be viewed HERE

Kevin Troeckler gets the win at Otter!

Posted in Bass Club on May 19th, 2014 by Brad

On May 18th, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club competed in their 5th club tournament of the 2014 season. The body of water was good ol’ Otter Lake. Once home to the Illinois State record Muskie, it is also home to some lunker largemouths. The last week or so, fishing action was really starting to heat up. Some believe the recent cold snap kind of slowed the bite down for the days tournament. With water temps ranging around 62-65 degrees and a little color to the water, it was the perfect scenario for a perfect day on the water. Wish the fish would have cooperated and listened to the forecast. Those who did figure them out managed to catch fish and plenty of them. The lunkers the lake is known for were laying low and preparing for the spawn I guess. The results are as follows:

1st, Kevin Troekler, 3 fish, 10.47 lbs.
2nd, David King, 3 fish, 10.01 lbs.
3rd, Roger Large, 3 fish, 9.62 lbs.
Big Bass, Kevin Troekler, 4.90 lbs.

31 anglers participated with 27 weighing in 51 fish for a total weight of 144.68 lbs.

Photos can be viewed HERE

Complete Tournament results can be viewed HERE

YTD Standings are HERE

Till Next time….

Joe Slemer Wins Kentucky Two-Day!

Posted in Bass Club on May 5th, 2014 by Brad

On April 26th and 27th, the Gillespie Bass Club held their annual two day tournament on Kentucky Lake.

Joe Slemer took a trip to Blood River and fished a watermelon/red fleck plastic to take first place at Kentucky Lake. To quote his partner, “It was like watching paint dry”. Needless to say, a slow presentation seemed to work. Second place went to Chad Satterlee, just 3/4 lbs short of the winning weight. Chad had two nice five lb fish the second day to take home second. Third went to Mark Castleton with a good bag of fish.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the weekend, with Karl the Grill Master doing a fine job of grilling, Matt the “Short Order Cook” preparing some fine breakfast fare and food galore compliments of Aaron, Mark and others. Pre fishing provided a fish dinner for early arrivals on Thursday night. This was one two-day to remember. Results are as follows:

1st, Joe Slemer, 9 fish, 24.45 lbs.
2nd, Chad Satterlee, 7 fish, 23.76 lbs.
3rd, Mark Castleton, 6 fish, 18.12 lbs.
Big Bass, Jason Carrigan, 5.87 lbs.

Complete Tournament Results can be viewed HERE

YTD Standings can be viewed HERE

Photos can be viewed HERE