Jenkel Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Rend Lake

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

WHITTINGTON, Ill. (July 1, 2019) – Boater Derek Jenkel of Pinckneyville, Illinois, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces. Jenkel earned $4,384 for his victory.


“I was flipping bushes in the mid-lake region,” said Jenkel, who earned his third career win in BFL competition. “I didn’t have a specific bay or creek or anything like that, but I figured out a pattern flipping buck brush and I was able to replicate it in multiple areas.


“Traditionally, the bass on Rend Lake love to be shallow – like fins sticking out of the water ridiculously shallow,” Jenkel continued. “However, they just weren’t there. I figured out that the fish were holding on deeper bushes, which really was odd to me. They were not supposed to be there. But they were, and once I figured that out I was able to apply that in multiple different areas.”


Jenkel said that the fishing was a little slow, as he and his co-angler only had about 13 keeper bites throughout the day. He said he fished six different areas, mainly flipping a watermelon-red-colored Zoom Brush Hog, but also adding one keeper on a Strike King Rage Bug.


“The key, honestly, was figuring out the depth,” Jenkel went on to say. “It had to be bushes in three feet of water.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Derek Jenkel, Pinckneyville, Ill., five bass, 15-8, $4,384

              2nd:         Jerry Walker, Zeigler, Ill., five bass, 14-1, $1,767

              3rd:         Terry Holsapple, Greenup, Ill., five bass, 13-8, $1,077

              4th:         James Powell, Murphysboro, Ill., five bass, 13-6, $684

              5th:         Mike Barnes, Mackinaw, Ill., five bass, 12-7, $587

              6th:         Brad Porter, Bluford, Ill., five bass, 11-15, $538

              7th:         Ray Cortivo, Troy, Ill., four bass, 11-13, $824

              8th:         Toby Corn, Calvert City, Ky., five bass, 11-3, $590

              9th:         James Williams, Neoga, Ill., five bass, 11-1, $366

              9th:         Brennon McCord, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 11-1, $366 

Cortivo caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $335. Gabe Campbell of West Frankfort, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $1,602 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          Gabe Campbell, West Frankfort, Ill., four bass, 11-3, $1,602

              2nd:         Dave Dobill, Royalton, Ill., four bass, 10-12, $721

              3rd:         Amanda Black, Greenup, Ill., four bass, 9-2, $633

              4th:         Jacob Greco, Edwardsville, Ill., five bass, 8-12, $336

              5th:         Aaron Arning, Walnut Hill, Ill., three bass, 8-8, $488

              6th:         Tad Cain, La Place, Ill., three bass, 7-4, $264

              7th:         James Lang, Benton, Ill., three bass, 6-14, $240

              8th:         Drew Cress, Highland, Ill., two bass, 5-13, $216

              9th:         Eugene Kim, Lindenhurst, Ill., three bass, 5-9, $230

              9th:         Jamie Ebbert, Canton, Ill., two bass, 5-9, $230

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