Shaw Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Shelbyville

Shaw Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Shelbyville Wayne Shaw won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (June 10, 2019) – Boater Wayne Shaw of Urbana, Illinois, weighed five bass Saturday totaling 13 pounds, 7 ounces, to win FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville. Shaw pocketed $4,071 for his day on the water.


“The morning started off slow. My co-angler had four keepers in the boat and I didn’t have any until around 11 [a.m.],” said Shaw, who earned his third career win in BFL competition – second on Lake Shelbyville. “I switched from a jig to a worm, and that’s what caught all five of them. It was like someone turned on a light switch.”


Shaw said he targeted fisheon deeper points on the south end of the lake in 12 to 15 feet of water. He used a 10-inch, Texas rigged plum-colored Berkley PowerBait Power Worm and caught six keepers total.


“I was dragging it slow along the bottom,” said Shaw. “I fished five to seven different spots, hitting anything that had a good drop close to the main-river channel.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Wayne Shaw, Urbana, Ill., five bass, 13-7, $4,071

               2nd:         Clay Reeves, Lane, Ill., five bass, 13-4, $1,735

               3rd:          Travis Wilson, La Harpe, Ill., three bass, 12-9, $1,024

               4th:          Robert Neff, Roodhouse, Ill., four bass, 12-7, $816

               5th:          Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., five bass, 12-6, $738

               5th:          Jeremy Mull, Pawnee, Ill., five bass, 12-6, $838

               7th:          Bobby McMullin, Pevely, Mo., five bass, 12-3, $512

               8th:          Shane Haslett, Beecher City, Ill., five bass, 12-1, $435

               8th:          Ray Arning Jr., Walnut Hill, Ill., five bass, 12-1, $435

               10th:        Luke Budde, St. Louis, Mo., four bass, 12-0, $358 

Greg James of Carterville, Illinois, caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $360. Mike Swetland of Tamaroa, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $1,885 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Mike Swetland, Tamaroa, Ill., five bass, 12-8, $1,885

               2nd:         Andrew Blunier, Roanoke, Ill., five bass, 10-15, $768

               3rd:         Mario Rossi Jr., Granite City, Ill., five bass, 10-6, $563

               4th:          Adam Kunkel, Red Bud, Ill., four bass, 9-3, $358

               5th:          Luke Epplin, Collinsville, Ill., four bass, 9-2, $307

               6th:          Scott Bradley, Greenup, Ill., five bass, 9-0, $381

               7th:          Drew Cress, Highland, Ill., five bass, 8-8, $256

               8th:          James Jarvis, West Frankfort, Ill., three bass, 8-6, $230

               9th:          Jacob Greco, Edwardsville, Ill., four bass, 7-2, $205

               10th:        Floyd Carder, Litchfield, Ill., three bass, 6-10, $179

David Workman of Harrisburg, Illinois, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $180.

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