Black Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at Lake Shelbyville

Black Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at Lake Shelbyville Michael Black won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division event at Lake Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (May 21, 2018) – Boater Michael Black of Toledo, Illinois, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division event at Lake Shelbyville. For his victory, Wood brought home $6,879.


“I’m 65 years old, and anytime that I can get a win these days is just that much more of a plus,” said Black, who earned his eighth career win in BFL competition. “The best fisherman in the state of Illinois compete in these tournaments, and to get a win against anglers of this caliber is an honor.”


Black said he spent the day fishing shallow flats back in the Lithia Springs area. He said that one of the keys was that the fish had to be on a flat, near a drop.


“I figured out the pattern right near the end of practice, and I didn’t really have time to practice it but I had a little time Friday night to think about it,” Black said. “I have some experience on this lake, so I targeted areas where I thought I could duplicate it – a shallow flat with a drop right by it. It didn’t have to be a 30-foot drop – but a 6-foot or so drop nearby.”


Black said that he managed to catch 25 to 30 fish throughout the day, with 8 keepers. He caught his fish on a Wicked Lures In-Line Spinner and a Carolina-rigged watermelon seed-colored Zoom Baby Brush Hog with chartreuse on the tail.


“I don’t normally fish a Carolina Rig – I’m a jig fisherman. But, the bass were in pre-spawn and spawn mode and you had to give them something subtle.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., five bass, 14-12, $4,879 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

              2nd:         Shane Haslett, Beecher City, Ill., five bass, 13-0, $1,940

              3rd:         Travis Wilson, La Harpe, Ill., five bass, 11-13, $1,225

              4th:         Wayne Shaw, Urbana, Ill., four bass, 11-2, $859

              5th:         Bobby McMullin, Pevely, Mo., five bass, 10-14, $736

              6th:         Luke Budde, St. Louis, Mo., four bass, 10-12, $675

              7th:         Mike Quinlin, Mooresville, Ind., five bass, 10-8, $613

              8th:         Riley Walk, Neoga, Ill., five bass, 10-7, $552

              9th:         Dan Shoraga, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 10-4, $491

              10th:       Mike Barnes, Mackinaw, Ill., five bass, 9-8, $729


Scott Shaw of Mount Vernon, Illinois, caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the Boater’s Big Bass award of $480. JoJo Johnson of Benton, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 10 ounces. Johnson earned $1,840 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

              1st:          JoJo Johnson, Benton, Ill., five bass, 13-10, $1,840

              2nd:         Bobby McNeil, Crest Hill, Ill., five bass, 10-6, $920

              3rd:         Drew Coleman, Jackson, Mo., three bass, 7-3, $612

              4th:         Dale Renth, Mascoutah, Ill., three bass, 6-9, $429

              5th:         Terry Holsapple, Greenup, Ill., three bass, 5-8, $468

              6th:         Aaron Arning, Walnut Hill, Ill., two bass, 5-7, $387

              7th:         Roger Richardson, Belleville, Ill., three bass, 5-5, $307

              8th:         Scott McCleery, Winchester, Ill., two bass, 5-4, $276

              9th:         Chad Jackson, Indianapolis, Ind., two bass, 4-13, $245

              10th:       Ryan Murphy, Paris, Ill., two bass, 4-6, $215

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