The BNBC Saturday trail Classic tournament was held on 10-12-19, 10-13-19 on Banner Marsh lakes Wheel on Saturday and Johnson on Sunday. The qualifying teams found low temperatures and windy conditions to fish in for the tournament. Lake length limits are 18” bass to be kept and all others turned back for this tournament. Day 1 brought a nice catch of 14 fish weighed in at the scales of bass over the 18” length limit. Day 2 found fish more reluctant for the day with only 9 legal fish brought to the scales. The top 4 teams all held their positions as no teams were able to make a move on any of the others.
Congratulations to team of Steve Volzs and Wes Gehrt with a winning weight of 25.68!
1st Place Team: Volz/Gehrt-7 fish #25.68
2nd Place Team: Cassel/Theison-5 fish #18.72
3rd Place Team: Ringer/Lucht-4 fish #14.39
4th Place Team: Martoglio/Russell-3 fish #11.86
Big Bass Day 1-Cassel/Theison- #5.03
Big Critter Day 1-Bree/Maisenbacher-#18.15
Big Bass Day 2-Hafner/Hafner-#4.95
Big Critter Day 2-Bree/Maisenbacher-#12.33
Again Congratulations to the champions and it was a good time even with the wind and chilly conditions!
Don’t forget the Awards Banquet on 11-2-19 at Bandanas, 6pm social hour, 6:30ish dinner, awards to follow! Hope to see a great turn out again this year!
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series Classic was held on 9-28-19, 9-29-19 on Otter lake and Waverly lakes. 9 teams participated in the Classic. Fishing was spotty for the teams as 2 teams weighed in limits on day 1 at Otter. Day 2 on Waverly was also spotty as most teams found fishing hard to find. One team however, found the fish completed a charge to the championship! They weighed in a bag that weighed 17.14, great job!
1st Place team-Vickers/Overocker-10 fish #26.89
2nd Place team-Merritt/Walker-6fish #18.20
3rd Place team-Martoglio/Russell-5 fish #14.87
4th Place team-Gregory/Gregory-5 fish #11.43
Big bass day 1-Merritt/Walker-#5.45
Big bass day 2-Vickers/Overocker-#6.28
Big Critter day 1-Martoglio/Russell-#0.29
Big Critter day 2-Martoglio/Russell-#2.68
Congratulations to Luke and Brian!
Great time, looking forward to next year already!
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to lake Dawson for the final event of 2019, so sad! Fishing was tough for the teams participating.
1st Place team-Martoglio/Russell- 3 fish #5.23
2nd Place team-Cooke/Kale- 2 fish #3.20
Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell- #2.28
Thanks to all the teams that fished this year, a better group would be hard to find!
Watch the BNBC website and Facebook page for the awards banquet, planned sometime in November.
Congratulations to the team of Ken Johnson and Jeff Morrison, their win on 9-10-19 clinched team of the year for them! They were a steady performer and a couple of great guys!
Well, you know who won on Dawson lake on 9-10-19 as most teams found fishing difficult.
1st Place-Johnson/Morrison 5 fish #8.85
2nd Place team-Ringger/Lucht 3 fish #4.05
3rd Place team-Umland/Carr 2 fish #3.34
Big Bass-Johnson/Morrison #2.59
Well, sadly next Tuesday 9-16-19 will close the 2019 season. Thank all the teams that have fished this year for making it a memorable season, and I am already thinking about next year! See you at the classic!
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 9-3-19. Fishing was very tough, as few fish were brought to the scales.
1st Place team-Martoglio/Russell-3 fish #11.69
2nd Place team-Golden/Golden- 2 fish #6.47
Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell- #5.94
Next tournament 9-10-19 at Dawson Lake, take off 5:30 pm.
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen lake on 8-27-19. There were 17 teams that signed up to fish the tournament. Teams found fish scattered out and keepers were hard to locate.
1st Place team-Umland/Carr – 3 fish # 8.68
2nd Place team-Bree/Maisenbacher – 2 fish # 4.70
3rd Place team-Vickers/Overocker – 2 fish # 4.62
Big bass-Umland/Carr – # 3.61
Next week we are at Lake Bloomington, seasons winding down, so come out and join the fun. Take off 5:30 pm.
I have attached the final standings for the Saturday tourneys, and the top 10 teams are qualified for the Classic. We will be contacting the teams to confirm attendance or not and then moving to next team to replace teams not planning to attend.
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 8-20-19, 15 teams participated. Although very good quality of fish were caught, fishing overall was very slow.
1st Place team: Umland/Ringer-3 fish #8.76
2nd Place team: Cooke/Kale-1 fish #5.20
3rd Place team: Welch/Frye-1 fish #4.29
Big Bass:Umland/Ringer: #5.20
The BNBC Saturday tournament schedule took us to Sangcris lake near Springfield. Weather was threatening at launch with lightning and rain, some teams delayed their takeoff due to threatening weather.
1st Place team: Hafner/Hafner-5 fish #11.95
2nd Place team: Martoglio/Russell: 5 fish #10.18
Big Bass Hafner/Hafner: #3.53
We will be posting the year end standings and top 10 teams qualified for the classic later this week. We will be following up to confirm teams going to the classic allowing teams below cut line to fill vacancies.
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson lake on 8-13-19. 10 teams participated in the tournament and found more open water than recently. Fishing was slow for most teams however.
1st Place team: Merritt/Walker-5 fish #7.77
2nd Place team: Johnson/Morrison- 4 fish #5.63
Big bass: Johnson/Morrison-#2.71
Don’t forget to plan to attend the BNBC Saturday tournament at Sangcris on 8-16-19, east ramp, 6am takeoff, signup at the ramp!
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Evergreen, and 16 teams participated. Teams found fishing fairly slow throughout the lake, as the results show.
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 7-30-19. Fishermen must have heard the fish were biting as 19 teams signed up! Weigh in results reflected that the fish were biting.
1st Place team: Volz/Murray-5 fish #11.90
2nd Place team: Golden/Golden-5 fish #10.73
3rd Place team: Umland/Umland-3 fish #9.97
The BNBC Saturday tournament schedule supported in part by the Sam Leman outdoor team, took fishermen to Banner Marsh, Bell’s Landing ramp, on Saturday 7-27-19. The 18″ size limit made a difficult challenge for the teams, as keeper size fish were hard to find. The lake had gone down 8″ or more and prevented teams from accessing the large basin to fish.
1st Place team: Bree/Maisenbacher-2 fish #7.64
2nd Place team: Martoglio/Russell-1 fish #3.54
3rd Place team:Johnson/Somodi- 1 fish #3.04
Next event is 7-30-19 on Lake Bloomington take off 5:30, hope to see everyone there!
On 7-23-19, the BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to beautiful Clinton lake. Weather was delightful with reduced temperatures and a gentle breeze, a welcome break from recent high temperatures. 13 teams showed up to try their luck on the bass. The bass however must have been still recovering from the heat wave, fishing was very difficult for everyone!
1st Place team: Andreas/Bayless-2 fish #8.0
2nd Place team: Peterson/Peterson-2 fish #6.21
3rd Place team: Cooke/Gehrts- 1 fish #3.07
Big Bass: Andrdas/Bayless- #5.06
Well next week will be better I am sure on Lake Bloomington!
Don’t forget to plan to attend the BNBC Saturday tournament on Banner Marsh Shovel ramp in Saturday 7-27-19, 6AM take off!
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson lake on 7-16-19. There were 14 teams that came out on the warm and sultry evening with unsettled weather forecast in the area. Fishermen found a mixed bag of methods to catch the bass. The fish did bite and results at the weigh in showed that, as most teams weighed in fish. Missing were the big bass, but numbers were good.
1st Place team-Martoglio/Russell-5fish #8.30
2nd Place team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #7.39
3rd Place team-Umland/Carr-5 fish #7.16
Next week back to beautiful Clinton lake, come out and join the fun, west ramp 5:30!
The 2nd BNBC Charity Tournament to benefit St. Jude’s was held on Saturday 7-14-19 on Lake Bloomington. Weather was sultry to say the least, and water temperatures in the mid to upper 80′s, and the bass seemed to recognize the need to take it easy in the hot conditions! Fishermen dealt with very warm conditions as well, and found the catching to be a bit of a challenge. The weather must have affected the participation for this very worthwhile charity event, as only 5 hardy teams signed up. The BNBC still contributed $1,000 to the St. Jude’s Affiliate Clinic to support local children in need, and that’s what it is all about!
1st Place Team-Umland/Ringer-2 fish #5.69
2nd Place Team-Golden/Hill-3 fish #5.06
The 7-27-19 Saturday Tournament Is On Shovel Ramp At Banner Marsh!
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament schedule took us to beautiful Clinton lake on 7-9-19. 14 teams came out to enjoy the warm sultry evening on Clinton lake. The bass were a bit indifferent to most of the teams efforts, however someone always figures them out. Though fishing was tough 1 team did very well.
1st Place team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #14.19
2nd Place team-Swanson/Swanson-4 fish-#11.79
3rd Place team-Carr/Carr-3 fish #8.33
Don’t forget to plan to attend the charity tournament on Lake Bloomington on Sunday 7-14-19. All motors over 40hp allowed at idle only, and no lake permit required. Come out and support this worthwhile group!
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to beautiful lake Evergreen on 7-2-19. 18 teams came out and enjoyed the warm sunny weather for evening event. Apparently the bass had gotten the message and were in a fairly willing mood as numbers of fish were caught both keeper and non keepers.
It was a fun night on the water even though it was a little muggy! Next week we will be on lake Clinton from west access at 5:30pm, come out and join the fun!
1st Place team-Swan/Swanson-5 fish#11.03
2nd Place team-Brooks/Brooks-4 fish #9.46
3rd Place team-Welch/wallace-4 fish #9.0
This tournament and our recent tournament on Clinton lake Saturday underlines the need to take care of our catches on these hot summer days. Water temperatures in the the 80′s, confined spaces and long times holding the fish make it important to circulate, and oxygenate the water as much as possible to protect the resources! Don’t forget to plan to fish the 3rd St. Jude’s Charity tournament on 7-14-19 at lake Bloomington!
On 6-29-19 the BNBC Saturday tournament series schedule took us to Lake Clinton for the tournament, 13 teams participated. Weather was forecast to be smoking hot and humid with very little breeze to cool the contestants. Fishing per the contestants comments at the weigh in varied greatly from totally frustrated to reasonably good. The team of Cassel/Theison reported pretty good fishing and had a nice 5 fish bag to win the event. However, other teams of good fisherman had been frustrated in their efforts to catch the bass on the lake, fishing deep and shallow. Clinton lakes 16″ limit contributed to the frustration as reports of normally nice keeper fish over 15″ were sadly not legal in this event. The tournament weigh in was moved up to 1pm due to summer rules for tournaments on this warm water lake to aid in keeping fish healthy by making sure that their time in live wells is minimized to reduce stress on them.
The BNBC Tuesday Night series visits Clinton Lake in a couple of weeks on 7-9-19 and hopefully the results on the evening fishing will be exciting, so plan to attend this event!
Don’t forget to plan to fish the upcoming BNBC St. Judes Charity Tournament on Lake Bloomington 7-14-19, remember unlimited horsepower motors permitted at an idle only condition! $100 entry per team $10 Big Bass optional.
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to beautiful Lake Bloomington on 6-25-19. 18 teams came out on very windy evening with the threat of storms late. Fishing proved to be slow with regard to keeper size fish. Teams reported small fish, and appeared that there were dry around. However, as is always the case some one seems to be able to find the right pattern and place, and tonight was no exception! The team of Gregory and Gregory weighed in an impressive bag of 4 fish weighing #13.58, anchored by a #6.68 giant!
1st Place team-Gregory/Gregory – 4 Fish #13.58
2nd Place team-Peterson/Peterson – 4 fish #10.91
3rd Place team-Russell/Martoglio – 2 fish #4.19
Big Bass-Gregory/Gregory/Gregory – #6.68
REMEMBER THE TAKE OFF TIME CHANGE (5:30) THIS SAT (29th) AT CLINTON LAKE !!!!!!!
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to beautiful Dawson Lake in Moraine View state park. For the first time this year conditions were delightful, warm, almost no wind, water clear, vegetation thick and plentiful. The bass were a little reluctant to join in on the fun however! Teams found a soft inconsistent bite, dominated by the smaller fish.
1st Place team-Johnson/Morrison-5 fish #6.58
2nd Place team-Gregory/Gregory-4 fish #4.58
Big Bass-Johnson/Morrison-# 1.77
Next week we will be on Lake Bloomington, so come out and join the fun!
The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament schedule took anglers to Dawson Lake on 6-11-19. The teams found plenty of vegetation in the lake as the vegetation has spread greatly so far this year. This thick vegetation helped to make the fishery smaller and also more difficult to zone in on the fish as well. However; as we all know some team is going to figure them out and get it done and last night was no exception!
1st Place Team-Merritt/Walker-5 fish #7.45
2nd Place Team-Johnson/Morrison-5 fish #7.39
Big Bass was tied between 2 teams-Wolf/Geerts and Cooke-#2.22
Well back at Dawson again next week.
Don’t forget to plan to attend the Joan Martoglio Memorial tournament on Lake Bloomington on Sunday (fathers day) 6-16-19, 6am – 2pm. Fathers want to fish, so come out and fish and support a great cause!
Also the Clinton Lake tourney will be on 6-29-19 taking off from the West access at 6am, sign up at the ramp, contact Larry or Jerry as soon as possible and get a good take off spot persons doing so will be awarded the position on a “first-come-first served” basis, so do it today! You can pay at the tramp on 6-29-19!
The BNBC Saturday tournament schedule took us to beautiful Lake Sangcris on Saturday 6-8-19. Weather was nice and the lake provided outstanding fishing for most participants. Fish were caught on several types of baits and patterns. One team set the bar high for big sack of the year however!
1st Place team-Volz/McDowell-5 fish #18.42
2nd Place team-Thieson/Cassell-5 fi #15.07
Don’t forget to attend the Joan Martoglio memorial tournament on Sunday 6-16-19, sign up at ramp at lake Bloomington, take off 6AM, unlimited hp idle only, no lake permits required, $100 per team.
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen lake on Tuesday 6-4-19. The teams found warm temps, good water color, and breezy conditions. 14 teams participated, and judging from the results fishing is picking up finally!
1st Place team-Welch/Wallace- 5 fish #14.96
2nd Place team-Bree/Maisenbacher-4 fish #9.07
3rd Place team-Martoglio/Russell-3 fish- #8.07
Big Bass-Welch/Wallace- #3.78
Don’t forget the youth fishing program and cookout on Monday 6-10-19 at 6pm. Fishing for the kids, food after at Miller Park.
Meeting tonight 6:30 PM at Sam Lemans. Sign up for Sangcris on Saturday 6-8-19.
Plan to attend Joan Martoglio memorial tournament on 6-16-19 on Lake Bloomington unlimited hp allowed.
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson Lake on 5-28-19. As has been the case this year teams were faced with breezy and threatening weather conditions. Fishing was not too bad as most teams found the bass biting better than has been the recent history.
1st Place team-Gregory/Gregory-5 fish #6.83
2nd Place team-Martoglo/Russell-5 fish #6.61
Don’t forget to plan to attend the Joan Martoglio memorial tournament on 6-16-19 to benefit local cancer charities.
The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took teams to Lake Bloomington on 5-20-19. 11 teams came out in the windy and threatening weather to chase the bass. Temperatures were cool and winds were 30 mph or so presenting challenges for the teams. 3 teams defeated the conditions.
1st Place team-Umland/Carr-3 fish #8.95
2nd Place team-Ringer/Lucht-3 fish #7.93 Big Bass-#4.94
3rd Place team-Gregory/Gregory-2 fish #6.50
Don’t forget the BNBC St. Jude Charity tournament on Saturday 5-25-19 on Evergreen take off from Comlara at 6am, unlimited hp, motors over 10 hp idle only.
The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament series continued on 5-14-19 on Dawson Lake. There were 17 teams that came out to enjoy one of the best nights we have had all year, except at the very end we did have a little drizzle to help accent the weigh in!
1st Place Team Merritt/Walker-5 fish #7.95
2nd Place Team Golden/Golden- 5 fish # 7.93
3rd Place Team Landrus/Streenz-5 fish #7.73
Next week we will be at Lake Bloomington, hope to see all and more there!
The BNBC Tournament schedule took us to Spring Lake o Saturday 5-11-19 and teams found the weather brisk and wet for most of the day. The 18″size limit made catching keeper fish a bit of a challenge as teams found short fish but few keeper bites.
1st Place Team-Bree/Maisenbacher -2 fish #9.19 Big Bass of #5.64
2nd Place Team-GoldenHasty -1 fish #3.33
Next is the Tuesday Night Turney at Dawson Lake on 5-14-19 at 5:30pm.
The BNBC Tuesday Night tourney schedule took teams to Evergreen Lake on 5-7-19. 9 teams decided to brave the stormy weather and see if they could capture the fish for a win. Fishing was tough but 4 teams did manage to catch a fish, and 1 team was able to catch 2 fish.
1st Place Team-Cooke/Kale-2 fish #4.61
2nd Place Team-McCullough/Sharrow-1 fish #3.07 and Big Bass
Next week takes the teams to Dawson Lake.
Don’t forget the Spring Lake tourney this Saturday at Spring Lake, sign up at the ramp and join the fun!
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tourney series continued on Dawson Lake 4-30-19 under very threatening skies.
1st Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-4 fish #5.16 and Big Bass-#1.54
2nd Place Team-Sharrow/McCullough- 4 fish #4.65
The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament series traveled to local Lake Bloomington on 4-22-19, 22 teams signed up to chase the bass around in the lake. Fishing was spotty for most of the teams as the bass weren’t seemingly as excited about participating as were the anglers! However; as is generally the case this trail has some anglers that can figure it out and make a good result for their efforts, and last night was no exception.
1st Place Team-Miller/Adam G.-3 fish #5.80
2nd Place Team-Swanson/Swanson-2 fish #4.82
3rd Place Team-Norris/Norris-2 fish #4.56
1st Tourney for the youngest Norris, Dave’s grandson got his first taste of it, way to go!
4th Place Team-Golden/Golden-1 fish #3.48 (Big Bass)
Next week we are back at Dawson Lake for our Tuesday tournament, hope to see all there!
Remember club meeting on 5-1-19 for signup at Spring Lake tourney.
The BNBC Saturday Tournament schedule traveled to Sangcris Lake on 4-2-19. Teams found the conditions windy and cool for the start of the tournament with bluebird skies as well. Teams reported fishing to be a little slow, and keepers very scarce in water temperatures form the mid 50′s to the low 60′s. Teams reported catching good numbers of smaller bass during the tournament. However’; as usual someone finds the right formula to catch the bass and this tournament was no exception.
1st Place Team-Volz/McDowell-5 fish #9.46
2nd Place Team-Scott Bree-2 fish #7.26
3rd Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-3 fish #6.56
Big Bass-Scott Bree-#5.35
Don’t forget to attend the next club meeting at Sam Lemans Toyota 5-1-19 at 7pm! We’ll be signing up teams for the 5-11-19 Spring Lake tourney.
Well the BNBC Tuesday Night Tourney series is on a roll! 2nd Tourney of the year and weather was delightful and many teams appeared interested in getting their season off to a good start. 17 teams signed up to fish at Dawson Lake on 4-16-19 on a very pleasant evening. Unfortunately however 1 team experienced the dreaded issue with their boat not wanting to perform and so we had only 16 teams tackle the lake. Teams found the fishing much slower than had been experienced the previous week, maybe they were still getting over the recent snow storm? Regardless as is always the case some team is going to excel, and last night was no exception. The team of Gregory and Gregory showed everyone how to do it with a nice limit of #7.36 edging out the weeks previous winner who had #7.10.
1st Place Team-Gregory/Gregory-5 fish #7.36
2nd Place Team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #7.10 Big Bass #288
3rd Place Team-Golden/Golden-4 fish #4.11
Good job guys!
Next week we will be at Lake Bloomington for our Tuesday Night tourney, hope to see everyone there again!
Don’t forget on Saturday 4-20-19 the BNBC Saturday series at Sangcris East Ramp take off at 7am. Sign up at the ramp, weather looks pretty good c’mon down~!
Reminder, if you have a friend that you wanted to get to join, now is the time, as through April if you renew or sign up with a new member that wasn’t a member last year you can join for 1 price for both memberships!
The 2019 Tuesday Night Tournament series kicked off on Dawson Lake on 4-8-19 on a beautiful evening with mild temperatures and gentle breezes. Many teams must have been champing at the bit to begin the season as we had a very good turn out of 14 teams! Teams found the water temps in the high 50′s and lower 60′s, with clarity very good and conducive to the visibility of their presentations. Fish was fair and there were a good number of teams weighing in bags of fish, larger fish were rare however, but good fish were weighed in, and I believe everyone enjoyed the event as it was a departure from the desire to actually get out and go fishing.
1st Place Team: Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #8.10
2nd Place Team: Gregory/Gregory-5 fish #7.74
3rd Place Team: Martoglio/Russell-5 fish #7.11
Well, great start to the season and hope it continues with good weather going forward! Next week we are ack on Dawson for round 2, 5:30 take off see you there!
Don’t forget if you are interested in fishing these tourneys or the Saturday tourneys, if you sign up with a friend during the month of April and you or your friend weren’t a member last year you can join both for 1 price for the year so come on out.
Also remember the Saturday tourney on Sangcris on the 20th from the east ramp take off at 7am, sign up and join at the ramp!
The BNBC 2019 schedule opened Saturday 3-30-19 on Spring Lake under cool, windy, and threatening skies. Water temps ran in the low to mid 50′s and water clarity was clear as well. Fish were caught, however; keeper size fish over 18″ were rare, but someone always catches fish, and Spring Lake was no exception. Attached phot0 of Big Bass of #4.75 caught by team of Golden/Carson.One of our sponsors Sam Leman’s truck was at the tourney with our club banner displayed on the side.
1st Place Somodi/Johnson- 2 fish @ #7.76
2nd Place Golden/Carson-1 fish @4.75 and big bass.
Hopefully better weather at the next tournament on Sangcris (east ramp) 4-20-19
Hope to see all at the next meeting on 4-3-19 at 7pm at Sam Lemans Toyota, Mike Garthouse local fisheries biologist will speak to the club.
The BNBC Saturday Classic tournament was held on New Lake Gillespie on 10-13-18, 10-14-18, 6 teams that had qualified participated in the tournament. Leaving from various central Illinois locations teams were surprised, I think, to have it start snowing on Friday as they left for Litchfield! Colder temperatures and rain were the weather as they arrived in Litchfield prior to day 1. Saturday presented a starting temperature of 38 degrees with a brisk wind as they launched for the tourney. New Lake Gillespie has a slot of no fish between 12″ and 15″ are to be kept. Water temps were in the mid to upper 60′s at take off. Fishermen reported mixed success with the fishing but as always someone figures it out, and this day was no exception. The team of Johnson/Somodi brought in 5 fish limit of 11.86 to take over the lead in the tournament. They were followed with 2nd Place team of Martoglio/Russell-#6.04, and 3rd Place team of Merritt/Walker-#4.68.
Day 2 was somewhat warmer but had a threat of rain, teams found fishing a bit slower for the day, but again someone always seems to figure it out, and this was the case here as well. The team of Martoglio/Russell brought in the only 5 fish limit of #12.21, bringing their total for the tournament to #18.25. The day 1 leaders Johnson/Somodi stumbled with no fish, but held on to 2nd place with #11.86. The 3rd place team of Merritt/Walker finished with #9.10.
Day 1 Big Bass Maisenbacher/Bree-#2.96
Day 2 Big Bass Martoglio/Russell-#3.71
Day 1 Big Critter Merritt/Walker-#1.74
Day 2 Big Critter Merritt/Walker-#1.51
1st Place Martoglio/Russell-#18.25
2nd Place Johnson/Somodi-#11.86
3rd Place Merritt/Walker-#9.10
I personally had a great time at the classic and already looking forward to next year! Hope to see all at the Awards Banquet at Bandanas at 6pm on 10-27-18!
The BNBC Tuesday Night Classic tournament was held on Lake Stephen Forbes on 9-29-18, 9-30-18, 11 teams participated. This lake hasn’t been visited by the BNBC for a few years due to the implementation of a slot limit of must release fish from 14″ ~ 18″. The thought process was that this regulation had been in place for 4 years and larger fish would be more accessible and likely due to the allowance to grow without harvesting. The results of the BNBC tourney didn’t support that assumption, as teams found catching a fish over the 18″ slot to be somewhat difficult! Teams also found catching fish in the 12″ ~14″ range to be somewhat difficult as well. This may have been a result of the impact of the pretty severe cold front that occurred on Friday, as well as DNR shocking on Thursday prior to the tourney. Regardless fishing was spotty for the teams, however; someone always figures it out and this tourney was no exception. The team of Overocker/Vickers again showed their prowess on the lake, as they had won the last classic held here, with a bag of #14.43 on the opening day. This limit put them in a commanding position, as the next closest team weighed in #7.89. Day 2 was a beautiful day with warmer temps and reduced winds, but the fish didn’t seem to cooperate on this day as well. The 1st place team weighed 1 fish #1.25 and the 2nd place team also weighed in 1 fish #1.36, which changed the leader board a bit.
1st Place Team-Overocker/Vickers-6 fish – #15.68
2nd Place Team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish – #14.51
3rd Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-10 fish – #1131
4th Place Team-Bree/Maisenbacher-6 fish – #11.02
Big Bass Day 1-Morrison/Johnson – #5.07
Big Critter Day 1-Morrison Johnson – #6.39
Big Bass Day 2-Gregory/Gregory – #5.75
Big Critter Day 2-Martoglio/Russell – #3.19
I hope everyone had a good time, I know that Martoglio/Russell certainly did and really were happy to see a great turn out for the fall classic. We are already looking forward to next year and what it will bring, don’t forget meeting on Wednesday 10-3-18 at Sam Lemans upstairs in the training room, hope to see people there!
The Saturday Classic is scheduled for 10-13,14 so don’t forget to let us know if people who qualified are coming to New Lake Gillespie near Litchfield!
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen Lake on 9-11-18. The last tournament of 2018 was held on a beautiful evening on the lake. 9 teams participated in the tournament and found fishing generally very slow. The 1st Place team for the year blanked and team chasing them did as well, sealing it for the team of
Gregory/Gregory. Congratulations on fine season!
1st Place Team Swanson/Swanson-2 fish #4.69
2nd Place team of Wolf/Gehrts-1 fish #3.17
Big Bass Wolf/Gehrts-#3.17
It was a great season and I believe most had a good time, hope most teams that qualified sign up for the classic at Stephen Forbes lake near Salem!
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on Tuesday 9-4-18. 13 teams signed up to fish on a very warm and breezy evening. Shorter fishing times, and a slow bite seemed to affect the results for the teams.
1st Place Team Swanson/Swanson -3 fish #7.43
2nd Place team Cooke/Kale-3 fish #6.81
3rd Place team Brooks/Brooks-2 fish #6.11 and Big Bass of #3.76
Next weeks tournament will close the 2018 Tuesday tournament, has been a fun season.
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series continued on Dawson Lake on Tuesday 8-28-18. 12 teams fished on a hot, humid breezy evening on Dawson Lake. Fishing was tougher than usual, and over 15″ fish were hard to find for most teams. However, someone always finds the answer and this night was no different with 1 team having a 5 fish limit.
1st Place Team Overocker/Vickers-5 fish #6.33
2nd Place team of Martoglio/Russell-4 fish #5.15
3rd Place team of Modine/Modine-2 fish #4.18 and Big Bass #2.15
Season winding down, next week at Lake Bloomington, hope to see everyone there!
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen Lake on 8-21-18. 14 teams found much lower water conditions than was on our last visit. Fishing was spotty, possibly due in part to a shorter fishing time due to shorter days.
1st Place Team and big bass-Merritt/Vickers 3 fish #8.50 Big Bass-4.25
2nd Place team Vickers/Overocker (tie) – 3 fish #7.04
2nd Place team of-Martoglio/Russell (tie)- 3 fish #7.04
Team of the year race heating up!
Classic berths need to be filled in and time is running out, so come join in for the last few tournaments of the year!
The BNBC weekend tournament series continued on Dawson Lake replacing the Havana event on the schedule. Again this year water levels created an unacceptable condition for the bass club to hold an event there this year.
Saturday 8-18-18 the conditions were cool and foggy for the contestants on Dawson Lake. Fishing was spotty and limits were not plentiful, but good fish were caught.
1st Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-5 fish #7.61
2nd Place Team-Bree/Maisenbacher-5 fish #7.31
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on Tuesday 8-14-18. A large turn out of teams, 20, found keepers elusive.
Quantity was missing, however; quality was not with several #3+ fish weighed in.
1st Place Team Menssen/Estes-3 fish #10.69
2nd Place team of-Martoglio/Russell-2 fish #7.38
3rd Place team of-Brown/Umland-2 fish #6.61
Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell #5.63
Hope big turnout at next tourney as we’ll!
Don’t forget the BNBC tournament for Illinois River Havana is moved to Dawson Lake this Saturday starting at 6am.
The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament series continued at Evergreen Lake on 7-31-18 on a dark and threatening sky. Still 11 teams braved the potentially unstable weather conditions and signed up to catch the most fish. Weather turned out to be a non factor as it cleared up and was a very pleasant evening. Teams found various fishing conditions and brought in decent bags to win the tournament.
1st Place Team-Gregory/Gregory-4 fish #10.68
2nd Place Team-Overocker/Vickers-4 fish #9.60
3rd Place TEam-Golden/Golden-2 fish #7.37 and Big Bass of #3.93
Next on the schedule is the Watermelon Open BNBC regular meeting at Miller Park tonight at 6;30pm.
Next BNBC Tuesday Night tournament is at Clinton Lake West Access on 8-7-18, at 5:30pm, hope to see all there!
The BNBC Weekend tournament series visited Dawson Lake in Moraine View State Park on Saturday 7-28-18. The fisherman found cooler temps and clear skies to begin the tournament and fishing generally tough. Fish were caught on frogs, and senkos, plastic drop baits, and scattered fish.
1st Place Team-Maisenbacher/Bree-5 fish #9.58 and Big Bass #3.59
2nd Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-5 fish #8.48
Next BNBC tourney is at Havana on 8-18-18, and next meeting is Wednesday 8-1-18 at Miller Park for the Watermelon Open so make plans to attend!
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series continued on Clinton Lake on 7-24-18. 12 teams participated on a warm breezy evening of fishing. All teams found fishing difficult for the bass, however, someone always finds a way! This night it was a Ringer, that found the key and capitalized on it to win!
1st Place-Ringer (no partner)-3 fish #8.20
2nd Place Team-Gregory/Gregory-2 fish #5.89
3rd Place Team-Welch/Stalzer-1 fish #4.95 and Big Bass
Join the fun next week on Evergreen Lake, hope to see everyone there!
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament Series continued the schedule at Lake Bloomington on 7-17-18. 15 teams joined in an effort to catch the most fish in the tournament. While fishing was not great, still enough fish were caught in the tournament to make it interesting. Some nice small mouth fish were caught in the tournament as well.
1st Place Team-Swanson/Swanson-4 fish #10.20
2nd Place Team-Umland/McKinsey-3 fish #7.66
3rd Place Team-Golden/Thompson-4 fish #7.32
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series will be at Clinton Lake on 7-24-18, hope to see you there!
The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series continued on Dawson Lake at Morraine View state park on Tuesday 6-19-18. 10 hardy teams participated in the tournament despite threatening weather forecasts in the area. Teams experienced a little period of concern with the weather when a thunderstorm burst on them for a brief period of time. Some teams appeared to forget their rain gear and took shelter near the snack bar!
Good weights were again the norm for the tournament as fishing was very entertaining for the participants.
1st Place Team-Vickers/Overocker-5 fish#8.68 Big Bass-#2.47
2nd Place Team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish#8.52
Congratulations to the winners!
The series continues next week at Evergreen Lake, so hope to see everyone there!
22 teams showed up at Lake Bloomington last night for the Tuesday Night Tournament. A variety of results showed the lake was apparently over the spawn as better quality fish were seen. Good bags were brought in, and a fair number of teams weighed in fish. As always some teams excelled, and last night was no exception.
1st Place team-Wegman/Sauder-5 fish #10.02
2nd Place Team-Rinngger/Fecht 5 fish#9.97
3rd Place Team-Kimone/Hoselton-5 fish #9.67
4th Place Team-Menssen/Estes-#9.02
Big Bass-Whitacre/Moreland #4.70
Great turnout and tournament!
Jerry & Oliver Apps
Oliver, Jamey Apps & Jerry