This came in from the Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail...
Veach Knows Shelbyville Muskie
Two weeks ago Andy Veach and his partner John Phillips were the only team to capture measurable muskie at the Lake Shelbyville Muskie Club tournament, held on Lake Shelbyville. They got three of them, while all other teams were shut out. This week at the IMTT Fall Classic, again on Lake Shelbyville, Andy Veach fished as a single, against twenty-four other two-man teams. He landed one fish on Saturday, and with about twenty minutes of fishing time left, he got his second muskie on Sunday, to pull out first place again. An impressive performance.
The weekend featured wet, colder, windy, and changing weather, but the determined IMTT muskie fisherman were able to coax ten muskie into their nets. Five each day.Five of the ten fish caught were 39 inches or better. All were released back into the lake healthy and active. Things look promising for future muskie catches on Lake Shelbyville.
The following were the place winners.
1st - Andy Veach ( 30.5", 38")
2nd - Randy Hilger and Kyle Hilger ( 30", 30.5" )
3rd - John Forsyth ( 44") and Don Forsyth
4th - Robert Taylor ( 40" ) and Keith Johnson
Others cathching muskie wwere:
· Tony Carswell ( 39.5" )
· James Pustz ( 39.5" )
· Duane Landmeier ( 39" )
· Robert Kerans ( 31" )
The IMTT opted for larger entry fees this year, hoping for larger prizes to attract more fishermen, and more dollars to aid the Illinois fishery. The changes have apparently. worked well . To date, the IMTT has paid out for $6500 in prizes, while contributing over $3000 to Illinois fisher needs. This week, thanks to canned food donations by participants, they were also able to donate over $300 in canned food to the Shelbyville Food Pantry. If these trends continue, the IMTT will be able to offer over $3500 in prize awards at their Sate Tournament in November.
The remaining 2010 IMTT schedule is as follows:
Tourneys in CAPS are IMTT sponsored (15 points each), lower case are club tourneys that are eligible for IMTT points (10 pts ea.)
- OCT 16 - GREG TICHACEK MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT - LAKE. EVERGREEN
- Oct 23 & 24 - Shawnee M. H. Fall Brawl - Lake. Kinkaid.
- Oct. 30 - Fox River Valley Tournament - Chain of Lakes
- NOV. 6 & 7 -- 2010 IMTT ILLINOIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS**
on LAKE KINKAID**
Tourney Lake Contacts:
Lake Evergreen - Bob Taylor; 309 262-9720
Fox River Valley - Rich Gallagher; 847 374-1723
Shawnee Muskie Hunters (2) - Manuel Santa Cruz; 618 610-5003
2010 IMTT Illinois. State Championship - Manuel Santa Cruz; 618 610-5003
(More details & entry forms can be found at the IMTT website, www.illmuskie.com )