Shoraga Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Rend Lake

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

WHITTINGTON, Ill. (April 29, 2019) – Boater Dan Shoraga of West Frankfort, Illinois, brought five bass to the weigh-in stage Saturday totaling 12 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake. For his victory, Shoraga pocketed $6,185.


“I decided to stay on the south end of the lake and had one primary spot that I stayed in pretty much all day – the Sandusky area,” said Shoraga, who earned his third win in BFL competition. “I’d found the fish a week before. The water came up about 10 inches so they’d pulled a little bit, but I was able to still get about eight bites, including five keepers.”


Shoraga said he flipped shallow willow trees, with the fish coming from about 2 feet of water. He caught four he weighed on a Texas-rigged black and blue- or black neon-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver with a 3/8-ounce weight, and one on a 3/8-ounce homemade white and chartreuse spinnerbait. He said he preferred the black neon Sweet Beaver for dirtier water.


“My Power-Poles were a big part of my day,” said Shoraga. “I knew some of the fish were on beds even though you couldn’t see them, and sometimes times it’d take three or four bites before I’d hook them. I had to sit there with the poles down knowing that they’d bite after a few tries.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Dan Shoraga, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 12-5, $4,185 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Brad Porter, Bluford, Ill., four bass, 10-8, $1,593

               3rd:          Jake Hurst, New Athens, Ill., three bass, 9-10, $994

               4th:          Derek Jenkel, Pinckneyville, Ill., four bass, 9-5, $947

               5th:          Chad Diedrich, Nashville, Ill., five bass, 9-2, $597

               6th:          Jeremy Mull, Pawnee, Ill., four bass, 8-11, $547

               7th:          William Walker, Mulkeytown, Ill., three bass, 8-7, $798

               8th:          Tim Davis, East Alton, Ill., three bass, 7-10, $448

               9th:          Luke Budde, St. Louis, Mo., three bass, 7-5, $548

               10th:        Greg Mullins, Mount Vernon, Ill., three bass, 7-0, $348 

Cliff Pass of Lenzburg, Illinois, caught a 5-pound, 12-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $350. Jacob Greco of Edwardsville, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $1,493 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce. 


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Jacob Greco, Edwardsville, Ill., four bass, 9-1, $1,493

               2nd:         Jason Piper, Collinsville, Ill., three bass, 7-8, $746

               3rd:          Kim Sapetti, Chatham, Ill., three bass, 6-12, $597

               4th:          Mario Rossi Jr., Granite City, Ill., two bass, 5-12, $398

               5th:          Sheldon Ayers, Goreville, Ill., one bass, 5-6, $474

               6th:          David Duzan, Oakland, Ill., one bass, 4-10, $274

               7th:          Drew Coleman, Jackson, Mo., two bass, 4-9, $249

               8th:          Brandon Depew, Odin, Ill., two bass, 4-8, $224

               9th:          Mike Swetland, Tamaroa, Ill., two bass, 4-4, $199

               10th:        Aaron Wetzel, Chester, Ill., two bass, 4-0, $174

Ayers caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $175.

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