Keller Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ohio River

Keller Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ohio River Mike Keller won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on the Ohio River

GOLCONDA, Ill. (July 29, 2019) – Boater Mike Keller of Metropolis, Illinois, took top honors at the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on the Ohio River at Golconda Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces. For his efforts, Keller pocketed $3,083.


“I fished all the way up the Tennessee River. I worked rock piles along a 30-yard stretch, and the fish were in about 7 feet of water,” said Keller, who notched his second win on the Ohio River in BFL competition. “My Bass Cat helped me beat everyone to my first spot and I ended up staying there all day.”


Keller said he used a ½-ounce, War Eagle spinnerbait and a Neko-rigged 5-inch, green-pumpkin Yamamoto Senko to catch his fish. He said he caught around eight keepers on the day, and weighed all largemouth.


“I worked the spinnerbait slow. The bite got better around 9 a.m. when the sun came up,” said Keller. “I caught my biggest fish – a 4-pounder – on a Neko rig at about 9:30 (a.m.).


 “My MotorGuide X5 trolling motor kept me locked on my spot which ended up being huge for me,” Keller went on to say. “I didn’t have to worry about drifting off or losing my spot when I retied. I had a lot of boats around me, but I could relax and just fish when it was on.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Mike Keller, Metropolis, Ill., five bass, 16-14, $3,083

               2nd:         Nathan Murphy, Harrisburg, Ill., five bass, 13-5, $1,442

               3rd:          Jeremy Mull, Pawnee, Ill., five bass, 12-2, $1,310

               4th:          Brennon McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 11-15, $673

               5th:          Riley Walk, Neoga, Ill., five bass, 11-9, $577

               6th:          Toby Corn, Calvert City, Ky., five bass, 10-7, $679

               7th:          Hilton Jones, Westfield, Ill., five bass, 9-12, $481

               8th:          Robert Neff, Roodhouse, Ill., five bass, 9-11, $408

               8th:          Matt Weber, Glen Carbon, Ill., four bass, 9-11, $408

               10th:        Mike Barnes, Mackinaw, Ill., five bass, 9-6, $636 

Terry Marucco of Sullivan, Illinois, caught a bass weighing 5 pounds even – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $320. Aaron Arning of Walnut Hill, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $1,642 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 11 pounds, 5 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Aaron Arning, Walnut Hill, Ill., four bass, 11-5, $1,642

               2nd:         Lewis Mallory, Martinsville, Ind., five bass, 10-15, $721

               3rd:          Nathan Day, Jewett, Ill., four bass, 8-13, $409

               3rd:          Dale Renth, Mascoutah, Ill., five bass, 8-13, $459

               5th:          Jacob Greco, Edwardsville, Ill., three bass, 6-14, $288

               6th:          Matt Chumbler, Carbondale, Ill., three bass, 6-12, $264

               7th:          Jason Piper, Collinsville, Ill., four bass, 6-9, $240

               8th:          Dave Dobill, Royalton, Ill., three bass, 5-13, $216

               9th:          Ryan Fancher, Olney, Ill., four bass, 5-4, $192

               10th:        Ryan Cain, Decatur, Ill., one bass, 5-3, $328

Cain caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $160.

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