The Oak Lake High School Spartan Fishing Team will host a High School Bass Fishing Tournament on October 13.
Last year the excitement was running high for over 120 high school anglers from across northern Illinois who assembled at the Des Plaines Conservation Area.
Rayjus Outdoors, Unique Bassmasters and Spartan Fishing Team, partnered together to present the 2011 Rayjus Outdoors - Oak Lawn Community High School Bass Tournament on the Kankakee/Des Plaines River at the Des Plaines Conservation Area.
Twelve schools were represented in the tournament. Participating schools included Oak Lawn, Brother Rice, Minooka, Marist, Reavis, Lemont, Midland, Providence, Senecca, DeLaSalle, Downers Grove South, and Eureka High Schools.
In an effort to allow as many kids to participate in a high school bass tournament, schools were not limited to the number of boats they could enter. Parents, coaches, and volunteers came through for the kids and entered 34 boats, giving many of these kids the opportunity to competatively bass fish for the first time! At registration, each student angler received a gift bag from Rayjus Outdoors containing a frisbee from Mercury Marine and sample baits from Dragin’ Bait Company, Bizz Baits, HylaBaits, and Lake Fork Trophy Lures. The US Air Force was also present, hosting a casting competition for the kids.
With a weight of 8.90 lbs, anglers Nick Kirkton and Nick Stuedemann of Seneca High School were this year’s winning team. “The weather was perfect, the fishing was awesome, and we were just out there having fun” said coach Andy Jackson of their experience. The duo brought five largemouth bass to the scales.
Taking second place were freshmen anglers John Neubauer and Andrew Jensen of Oak Lawn Community High School. “We were fishing a weedy flat and we were working our baits hard. It took some work and a lot of patience to get those fish to bite, but it all paid off in the end” said Jensen.
Boat driver Al Brenicky of Unique Bassmasters put the kids on some fish right from the start. On Neubauer’s second cast of the morning, he landed a 14inch bass. “Mr. Brenicky taught us a technique called a wacky rig that Andy and I have never used before. We made some long casts and worked our baits over a weed edge to catch our limit. We were determined to catch fish,” said Neubauer.
Rounding out the top three places was Lemont High School’s team of Chris Walter, Luke Jasper, and Paige Matijevich with a weight of 5.38 pounds. For a second year in a row, Chris Walter caught the big bass of the tournament weighing 2.47 pounds.
The US Air Force sponsored a casting competition for the kids. Robert Malloy of DeLaSalle High School won
Chris Kuchyt, the Fishing Team Sponsor at Oak Lawn Community High School tells me that they have teamed up with Rayjus Outdoors to host the third annual Rayjus Outdoors – Oak Lawn High School Bass Tournament at the DesPlaines Conservation Area (Wilmington, IL) on October 13, 2012.
Participation is open to all schools. Tournament Rules and Registration forms can be found at http://www.olchs.org/assets/athletics/2012%20OL%20Bass%20Tournament%20Rules%20Sheet.pdf