UPCOMING EVENT: YETI College Fishing - 2019 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir


Diedrich Claims Ohio River Title

Chad Diedrich

Chad Diedrich of Nashville, Illinois, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on the Ohio River Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces. Diedrich earned $6,116 for his efforts.


“I decided to lock to the Cumberland River because I was having a hard time getting a bite on the Ohio River,” says Diedrich, who notched his first career-win in FLW competition. “I stopped at a bank about a mile from the Barkley Lake tailwaters and caught the first fish I weighed on a (Watermelon Red Flake-colored) Wave Worm Tiki Stick.


As he worked his way closer to the Barkley Lake dam, Diedrich says he fished near the bank, where slackwater met the current.


“Other anglers seemed to be focused on the current breaks created by rocks out deep, but I couldn’t get that to work for me,” says Diedrich. “I put the bait in the slackwater. I popped it two or three times, let it sit and then popped it again so it could enter the current. I let it flow for a bit and then reeled in. I’d get as close as 100 yards to the dam before drifting back and starting all over again.”


Diedrich said he fished the Cumberland River until 12:45 p.m. before making his way back to the takeoff ramp. With 40 minutes left in his day, Diedrich used a spinnerbait to catch a 3-pounder near a laydown.


“The final 3-pounder likely put me over the top,” says Diedrich. “I don’t think I would’ve edged second place without that fish. “


The top 10 boaters:


1st:          Chad Diedrich, Nashville, Ill., five bass, 15-9, $4,116 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus


2nd:         Marty Sisk, Evansville, Ind., five bass, 13-6, $2,020


3rd:          Leroy McDuffie, McLeansboro, Ill., five bass, 10-9, $1,614


4th:          Mike Barnes, Mackinaw, Ill., five bass, 10-4, $850


5th:          Shane Haslett, Beecher City, Ill., four bass, 10-0, $728


6th:          Travis Boley, Weldon, Ill., four bass, 9-12, $668


7th:          William Walker, Mulkeytown, Ill., five bass, 9-11, $607


8th:          Brandon Broadway, Golconda, Ill., four bass, 9-4, $546


9th:          Shawn Panick, New Lenox, Ill., four bass, 9-3, $485


10th:        Justin Berger, Murray, Ky., four bass, 9-2, $425


Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  


Diedrich also caught a fish weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $475.


Co-angler Adam Brookman


Brookman wins co-angler title


Adam Brookman of Bonnie, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $1,977 Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:


1st:          Adam Brookman, Bonnie, Ill., five bass, 9-5, $1,977


2nd:         William Richno, Raymond, Ill., five bass, 8-13, $888


3rd:          Matt Chumbler, Carbondale, Ill., five bass, 8-3, $642


4th:          Aaron Arning, Walnut Hill, Ill., five bass, 8-2, $415


5th:          Eric Thrasher, Decatur, Ill., five bass, 8-1, $355


6th:          Ernie Richards, Dixon, Ill., three bass, 7-3, $326


7th:          Edward Helf, Alto Pass, Ill., three bass, 6-7, $296


8th:          Dale Renth, Mascoutah, Ill., three bass, 6-5, $267


9th:          Jeff Kirby, Philo, Ill., two bass, 6-0, $237


10th:        Obadiah Holsapple, Greenup, Ill., five bass, 5-11, $207


Carl Lingle of Dongola, Illinois, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds

even – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $227.


The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 5-7 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

Tags: illini-division  ohio-river  headline-story  2017-07-22-ohio-river-golconda 


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