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The 2008 Illinois Bass Federation


									The Illinois Bass Federation – Serving the Anglers of Illinois
Date: 10-10-09 and 10-11-09
41-Pro's and 41-Am's paired in a PRO-AM Format

           At left is Jason Parsons with Ranger Boats making presentation to Pro Side Winner!
    Mike Barnes, 2009 IBF Classic Champion receives a new Ranger 188VX / Yamaha / Minnkota Rig!

Pro Side Winners
      1 Place: Mike Barnes – Falcon Bass Club, wins new boat package plus $1757.50 cash award
      2 Place: Toby Corn – Associate, $2271.25 cash award
      3 and Big Bass: John Southey – Illinois Central Bass Club, $1486.25 cash award
      4 Place: Jerry Bate – Associate, $993.13 cash award
      5 Place: Travis Boley – Associate, $531.25 cash award
      6 Place: Brain Elgin – Starved Rock Bassmasters, $385 cash award
      7 Place: Ray Jones – Illinois Central Bass Club, $335 cash award
      8 Place: Kyle Danhausen – Associate, $263.75 cash award
      9 Place: Scott Punke – Tri County Anglers, $100 cash award
      10 Place: Scott Kirk – Rend Lake Bass Anglers, $100 cash award
PRO Angler’s Summary:

1. Finishing in first place on the Pro Side was Mike Barnes with Falcon Bass Club. He weighed 22.07-lbs for
   his 7-keepers in this two-day tournament, and took home a check for $1757.50, plus a certificate for the new
   Ranger 188VX bass boat equipped with a Yamaha 150HP outboard & Minnkota 80-lb thrust trolling motor.
   The Ranger / Yamaha / Minnkota package is valued at $34000.

    Mike was able to find fish a 100-yard stretch of bank in the mid-lake area during practice on Thursday. This
    was where he caught all his seven of his keepers during this event. Running the area both days, he landed
    4 keepers on Saturday that placed him in the lead with 13.77-lbs. Then on Sunday, his spot remained
    consistent yielding another 3-keepers that weighed in at 8.30-lbs. This gave him a total 2-day weight of
    22.07-lbs for the win, finishing 5.45-lbs ahead of the rest of the field.

    He reportedly caught all his fish on a brown & purple Chomper’s jig that was tipped with a brown #11 Zoom
    Chunk. He used Falcon rods, Shimano Chronarch reels and Bass Pro Shop’s Excel 17-lb mono line. Mike
    lists his sponsors as Ranger Boats and Mercury.

2. Placing second in this year’s Classic was Toby Corn, an associate member from West Frankfort, IL. Toby
   was also our IBF Angler of the year on the Pro Side. His winning pattern was based on fishing brush piles
   on points where water depths ranged from 10-25 feet deep. His 2-day total weight for 6-keepers was 16.62-
   lbs, and his bait of choice was a ¾-oz brown and purple Lunker Lure football jig. Toby is sponsored by
   Ranger, Yamaha, Jet-A-Marine, Lunker Lure, Hans Caller, and G-Loomis.

3. In third place was John Southey with Illinois Central Bass Club. John made the best of just four bites that he
   weighed in during this event. His day one catch was only one keeper, but on day two he pounded the scales
   with three keepers, two of which were over the 5-lb mark. With a 2-day total weight of 15.80-lbs, John
   sealed the deal on Pro Side Big Bass with a 5.50-lb Lake of Egypt lunker, and third place. He reported
   catching his fish in shallow water that was 65-70 degrees while flipping weed lines with a pumpkinseed
   colored Brad Lutz Jig.

Am Side Winners, 1st Place thru 4th Place (pictured left to right)
Am Side Winners
    1 Place: Jeff Harvey – Competition Bassmasters, $3560.17 cash award
    2 Place: Ed Corn – Associate, $1942.11 cash award
    3 Place: Mark Gonsowski – Chicagoland Bassmasters, $1942.11 cash award
    4 Place and Big Bass: JP Agrall – 5-Alive Bass Club, $547 cash award
    5 Place: Bob Ghere – Illini Bass Anglers, $335 cash award
    6 Place: Jeff Nowland – Rend Lake Bass Anglers, $282.32 cash award
    7 Place: David Figueroa – Great Lakes Bass Anglers, $247 cash award
    8 Place: John Grabel – $211.47 cash award
    9 Place: Caleb Smith – Illinois Central Bass Club, $299.45 cash award (includes $123 side pot money)
    10 Place: Gary Teel – Galesburg Bassmasters, $239.84 cash award (includes $98.40 side pot money)
AM Angler’s Summary:
1. Top finisher on the Am Side here at Lake of Egypt is Jeff Harvey with Competition Bassmasters. Jeff’s 2-day
   total weight for three keepers was 8.44-lbs. He caught his fish on a peanut butter colored Strictly Bass Jig
   while fishing weed lines. He is sponsored by Strictly Bass Lures, Pro Swim Bait, Shimano Rods, Lee Bait
   Shop, Skeeter Boats, Kupper Live Target, and Yamaha.

2. In second place was Ed Corn, and associate member from Benton, IL. Ed is also this year’s Angler of the
   Year on the Am Side. His three keepers and 2-day total weight of 6.70-lbs came while fishing drops with
   cover in 5-ft to 30-ft deep water. He used a Lunker Lure 5/8-oz jig that was tipped with a Paca Craw.

3. Coming in third was Mark Gonsowski with Chicagoland Bassmasters. Mark was able to bring a 2-day total
   of 3-keepers to the scales that weighed 6.41-lbs. He caught his fish by pitching a swim jig and spinner bait
   in shallow grass around the northern part of the lake. The swim jig is a custom made 3/8-oz bait that he
   makes, and was white and pearl colored.
4. Finishing 4 and taking Am Side Big Bass for this years Classic was KB Agrall from Springfield, IL, and
   fishes with 5-Alive Bass Club. His success was credited to a 3/8-oz black and blue jig that he fished at 15-
   feet deep both days of the event. His two keepers weighed in at 6.12-lbs total weight, one of which was
   4.27-lbs that won him big bass.

    For more info on the IBF Open Trail and complete stats for everyone who fished, go to

A big THANK YOU goes out to all our sponsors, including Jason Parsons with Ranger Boats, and
Rend Lake Marine for providing the 188VX Ranger boat that was displayed at the weigh-in.

           And THANKS to all our members and anglers for another great year in the IBF!

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