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

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

More on this soon

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

Nathan Troeckler takes 1st at Newton!

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

On April 13th, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their third tourney of the season on the final power plant lake on the clubs schedule. The club made the long haul to Newton lake in hopes of hooking into some of the lunker bass that are known to call the lake their home. Water temps of lower 60′s in the cold arm with temps in the lower 70′s in the warm arm, throw in a little color and a chop on the water, all the ingredients for a great fish catching day. Let me just say that nothing humbles a fisherman more than having to throw back a 3 lb football that gave you a good fight and made you think, “this is the one” only to find out that fighter only measured 17.5 inches. This is the struggle of fishing an 18 inch limit lake. Great catches were had by many, but the numbers of 18 plus fish simply were not there this day. As always though, someone does find them! The results are as follows:

1st, Nathan Troeckler, 3 fish, 13.43 lbs.
2nd, Jerry Tilley, 3 fish, 12.04 lbs.
3rd, Randy Thacker, 2 fish, 6.90 lbs.
Big Bass, Roger Large, 6.37 lbs. * Takes over as new Big Bass of Year, 2014

28 Anglers participated with 18 weighing 24 fish for a total weight of 98 lbs.

Complete Tournament Results can be viewed HERE

YTD Standings as of Newton can be viewed HERE

Photos can be viewed HERE

Next up, TWO-DAY!!!!! KENTUCKY!!!! BE THERE!!!

Until then, Good fishin!

JQ Halteman nets a win at Sangchris!

Posted in Bass Club on March 31st, 2014 by Brad

On March 30, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their second tournament of the season on the cooling lake known as Sangchris. Another well known power plant lake located North of here near Pawnee, it has been a club favorite for many years. With water temps ranging anywhere from 51 in the cold water to a tad warmer 62 in the strawkas arm, fishing was good. Better weather conditions and surprisingly clear water for this time of year made for a good tournament. Results are as follows:

1st, JQ Halteman, 3 fish, 10.65 lbs.
2nd, Mike Grejtak, 3 fish, 10.29 lbs.
3rd, Lonnie Gerdes, 3 fish, 9.80 lbs.
Big Bass, Levi Rosentretter, 5.39 lbs.

35 anglers participated with 29 weighing in 67 fish for a total weight of 189.61 lbs.

Complete Tournament results can be viewed HERE!

Photos can be viewed HERE

Year To Date Standings can be viewed HERE

Next Meeting is April 7th. Drawing for Newton and Two-Day!!!!