Bill Augustine wins the club two-day on the Ohio!!!

Posted in Bass Club on June 29th, 2015 by Brad

More on this soon!!!

Ohio River Two Day…

Posted in Bass Club on June 22nd, 2015 by Brad

Just one last reminder that our two day tourney is slated for this coming weekend. June 27 and 28th.
Still plenty of time to get ahold of our tournament director and get in. For those of you going down early, best of luck and be careful. Now I’m going to stand up on my soap box a talk a little.

Smithland pool is a river system. At anytime, water levels and river traffic can change. Keep this in mind when running the main river. River traffic, mainly barges, can push a wake like no other and if you aren’t familiar with it, it could be dangerous. Weather conditions, mainly fog, seem to always be an issue on the river early in the morning. If you cant see, don’t run. Play it safe until the fog burns off. Also, with all this rain we had and possible high water, please watch for debris in the river when running. Its not uncommon for a whole cottonwood tree to suddenly come floating up at last minute. Keep your eyes on your 12 at all times.

We have been going down to this river for many years and it has always been a great getaway that has left behind great stories and great memories. Lets keep that tradition alive by being safe this weekend. Off my soapbox.

See ya all on the water!!

Four days and a wake up.

Brad

Karl Tallman takes the prize at Litchfield!!

Posted in Bass Club on June 17th, 2015 by Brad

On June 14th, 2015, the Gillespie bass Club held their 7th tournament on nearby Litchfield lake. A lake that most if not all club anglers know, this lake has been on our schedule for years. Home to many mid state open tournaments and weekly pot tournaments, this lake definitely sees it share of boat traffic and the bass see their share of lures! Cloudy with intermittent rain was the forecast for the day. The water has a little color to it and the temp ranged anywhere from mid to upper 70’s depending where you were. Talk of some fish still being on beds and fish being brought to the scales with bloody tails confirmed that the spawn was still underway for some of the females. The results are as follows:

1st, Karl Tallman, 3 fish, 10.06 lbs.

2nd, Kevin Troekler, 2 fish, 8.44 lbs.

3rd, Bob Fulton, 3 fish, 7.88 lbs.

Big Bass, Kevin Troekler, 4.68 lbs.

34 anglers participated with 22 weighing in 39 fish for a total weight of 101.30 lbs.

Photos are HERE

Complete Tournament results are HERE

YTD standings are HERE

Just a reminder….

Posted in Bass Club on June 9th, 2015 by Brad

17 days till the Ohio River Two-day.

Still time to call your tournament director and get in!!!

Attached is a google maps that you can navigate and see where some of the creeks are located along the Smithland Pool. Click and zoom to navigate.

Map is HERE

Next Meeting- June 1st

Posted in Bass Club on June 1st, 2015 by Brad

Just a reminder, we have a meeting tonight, June 1st, 7:00 pm, Crawdaddies tavern, Mt. Olive, IL.

We will be drawing for two tournaments:

Litchfield – 6-14

Ohio River TWO DAY!!! – 6-27/28 (that is only 26 days away people) *harps and bells and whistles and angels singing*

Mike Grejtak sets hook on win at Jacksonville!!

Posted in Bass Club on June 1st, 2015 by Brad

On May 31st, 2015, the Gillespie Bass Club fished in their 6th club tournament of the season on well known, big bass lake, Jacksonville. Another club favorite, this lake is known for its abundance of deep water coon-tail and mats of vegetation that seem to go on for miles. Plenty of places for the big girls to hide on this popular Jacksonville city lake. On this particular day, the lake could have been fished in two ways. Some anglers chose the clear deep water grass side of the lake which seemed to be the place the numbers came from, while others ventured to the no wake, shallow end of the lake where they were greeted with dirtier water and a tougher bite, but larger fish. A cold front and unseasonable temps made the lake a little harder to fish. Here are your top three and Big Bass.

1st, Mike Grejtak, 4 fish, 14.16 lbs.

2nd, JQ Halteman, 4 fish, 12.53 lbs.

3rd, Jason Carrigan, 3 fish, 10.90 lbs.

Big Bass, Jason Carrigan, 5.45 lbs.

30 anglers participated with 22 weighing in 46 fish for a total weight of 135.52 lbs.

Photos are HERE

Tournament Results are HERE

YTD Standings are HERE

Gus Viehweg wins BIG at Vandalia!!!!

Posted in Bass Club on May 20th, 2015 by Brad

On May 17th, the Gillespie Bass Club traveled to Vandalia Il, to compete against each other in their fifth tournament of the season. Vandalia is another lake with every type of structure an angler could ask for on a lake. Anglers reported that wind gusts in the 15-20 mph range and murky to dingy water could have toughened the fishing conditions. Multiple clubs taking off before us also made for fighting for choice hot spots. I’ll say it again though, someone always finds them or figures out a bite. This time it was Gus Viehweg and he won by a good 8 lb cushion. The results are as follows:

1st, Gus Viehweg, 5 fish, 16.79 lbs.

2nd, Butch Revelle, 4 fish, 8.48 lbs.

3rd, Nathan Troekler, 3 fish, 7.87 lbs.

Big Bass, Gus Viehweg, 5.21 lbs.

34 anglers participated with 21 weighing in 42 fish for a total weight of 99.68 lbs.

Complete results are HERE

YTD standings are HERE

Photos are HERE

Greg Satterlee gets win #2 at Otter!!

Posted in Bass Club on May 4th, 2015 by Brad

On April 26th, 2015, the Gillespie Bass Club held their fourth tournament of the season on Otter Lake. Located north of Gillespie near Girard, this water source has been a favorite for years. Producing big bass in the spring and also allowing the “lucky” or maybe “unlucky” angler to match muscles with a possible state record Muskie, its a fun lake to fish. Fellow club members also run an additional fishing circuit on the lake that is known to have some impressive weigh-ins through out the year. The results are as follows:

1st, Greg Satterlee, 3 fish, 10.42 lbs.

2nd, Dave King, 3 fish, 10.09 lbs.

3rd, Jason Carrigan, 2 fish, 9.29 lbs.

Big Bass, Gus Viehweg, 5.33 lbs.

45 anglers participated with 27 weighing in 46 fish for a total weight of 138.93 lbs.

Complete Results are HERE

YTD standings are HERE

Photos are HERE

Nathan Troeckler takes 1st at Egypt!

Posted in Bass Club on April 21st, 2015 by Brad

On April 12th, 2015, the Gillespie Bass Club made the long haul down to the southern waters of Lake Egypt. This was the third tournament of the season for the club and a new lake for many of the anglers.  A lake with anything you want structure wise, this fishery has been around for years and is a pleasure to fish.  A strict slot limit allowed our anglers the option of two over 16 inches and one under 14. If you couldn’t get your overs, you had the option of weighing three unders. Rumor on the lake was the bite was on fire the day before. With pre-spawn conditions underway and water temps around 63 degrees, one would think the fish would be jumping in the boat. Not the case. Anglers still had to work for their limit. As always, someone finds them. Results are as follows:

1st, Nathan Troeckler, 3 fish, 8.40 lbs.

2nd, Joe Slemer, 3 fish, 7.94 lbs.

3rd, Colin Overmeyer, 3 fish, 7.79 lbs.

Big Bass, Nathan Troekler, 4.61 lbs.

28 anglers participated with 27 weighing in 71 fish for a total weight of 145.48 lbs.

Complete Tournament results are HERE

YTD Standings are HERE

Photos are HERE

Lonnie Colley lands the win on Sangchris!!

Posted in Bass Club on April 1st, 2015 by Brad

On March 29th, 2015, the Gillespie Bass Club held their second tournament of the season on Sangchris Lake. Located north of here near Pawnee, Sangchris is another well known power plant lake that the club visits on a yearly basis. Once known for its state record striped bass, this lake also holds an abundance of big crappie and some bucketmouth bass. It’s not uncommon for a  7 lb bass and the occasional 8 pounder to be landed early in the season. On this day, the club was welcomed with high winds and water temps in the mid to upper 40’s. Not your best conditions for fishing. As always, someone found the fish. Results are as follows:

1st, Lonnie Colley, 3 fish, 10.23 lbs.

2nd, Aaron Hankins, 3 fish, 9.50 lbs.

3rd, Greg Saterlee, 3 fish, 9.26 lbs.

Big Bass, Aaron Hankins, 5.54 lbs. (Note: Aaron’s fish takes over current big bass of the 2015 season beating out Nathan Troeklers 5.36lb from Coffeen.)

36 anglers participated with 21 weighing in 39 fish for a total weight of 121.90 lbs

Complete Tournament Results are HERE

Year to Date Standings are HERE

Photos from Sangchris are HERE