Sisk Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Rend Lake

Sisk Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Rend Lake Marty Sisk won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake

WHITTINGTON, Ill. (May 15, 2017) – Marty Sisk of Evansville, Indiana, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake Saturday after weighing three bass totaling 10 pounds, 12 ounces. For his victory, Sisk took home $4,341. Sisk said he spent his day on the lower end of the lake in Marcum Branch creek, near the dam. He said he targeted bass in pockets and points along a route that stretched nearly a mile.


“I fished in 3 to 4 feet of water and caught them out of flooded buck brush and willow trees,” said Sisk, who earned his fourth career-win in BFL competition. “It was the cleanest water on the lake, which I really liked.”


Sisk used two lures throughout his day – a ¾-ounce chartreuse and white-colored Mann’s Lures Classic spinnerbait, and a green-pumpkin Lunker Lure Ultimate Rattlin’ Jig with a Zoom Super Chunk trailer, treated with Strike Force attractant.


“It was a tough day out there – I only caught two in the morning and one on the afternoon,” said Sisk. “If the cover was thick I’d use the jig, if it was thin I threw the spinnerbait.”


Around 9:30 a.m., Sisk caught the largest bass of the event on the spinnerbait.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Marty Sisk, Evansville, Ind., three bass, 10-12, $4,341

               2nd:         Jeremy Mull, Chatham, Ill., four bass, 9-0, $1,935

               3rd:          Alex Moore, Chester, Ill., two bass, 6-15, $1,224

               4th:          Jerry Walker, Zeigler, Ill., two bass, 6-14, $1,156

               5th:          Dan Shoraga, West Frankfort, Ill., three bass, 6-8, $734

               6th:          John Templeton, Coulterville, Ill., three bass, 6-4, $673

               7th:          Brad Porter, Bluford, Ill., three bass, 6-0, $612

               8th:          Larry Page, Mount Vernon, Ill., two bass, 5-10, $520

               8th:          Chad Diedrich, Nashville, Ill., three bass, 5-10, $520

               10th:        Tim Davis, East Alton, Ill., one bass, 5-6, $428


Sisk’s biggest bass weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $470. Brandon Depew of Odin, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $1,835 Saturday after weighing two bass totaling 4 pounds, 3 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Brandon Depew, Odin, Ill., two bass, 4-3, $1,835

               2nd:         Ryan Fancher, Olney, Ill., two bass, 4-2, $1,118

               3rd:          Mike Swetland, Tamaroa, Ill., two bass, 3-6, $662

               4th:          Jim Budde, Waterloo, Ill., two bass, 3-5, $397

               4th:          Mario Rossi Jr., Granite City, Ill., two bass, 3-5, $397

               6th:          Greg Griffith, Harrisburg, Ill., one bass, 3-1, $571

               7th:          Doug Miller, Peoria, Ill., one bass, 2-13, $306

               8th:          Eric Cote, Elburn, Ill., one bass, 2-10, $260

               8th:          Scott Payne, Ingraham, Ill., one bass, 2-10, $260

               10th:        William Richno, Raymond, Ill., one bass, 2-7, $214

Griffith’s 3-pound, 1-ounce bass was the largest among Co-angler Division anglers, and earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $235.

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