The Fighting Illini Bass Club won the the 2009 Big Ten Classic, the third time in the last four years the Illini have taken the championship.
It was fished on Brookville Lake, a reservoir in Indiana, on April 26. Kerry Ryan, a senior in integrative biology from Ingleside, sent the update. Most of the team is from the Chicago area.
Here are the details from Ryan:
I am very pleased to write you once again to inform you of the Fighting Illini's Championship at the 2009 Big Ten Classic! This is the 3rd time in the past four years the FIBC has won, recovering it from last year's winners, Purdue. This year, 9 schools attended at Brookville Lake, Indiana.
The fishing proved tough for a large, reservoir lake on April 26th in 80+ degree weather. However, the Illini literally blew the competition out of the water by coming in with a total weight of 16.46lb, nearly 11lbs more than the 2nd place team, Iowa with 5.74 lbs.
The team consisted of some new and old faces from past Big Ten Classic events: Matthew 'Vandy' VanLandeghem (Batavia, IL), Carlos Sandoval (Chicago, IL), Omar Sinno (Chicago, IL), Matthew Widtmann (Lake Zurich), Marshall Lachecki (Orland Park, IL), Daniel' D.J.' Homann (Farmer City, IL) , Kate Schroeder (Grant Park, IL), T.J. Lane (Momence, IL), Kerry Ryan (Ingleside, IL) and Leo Kim (Gurnee, IL). T.J. and Kate brought in the days only limit of 9.22lbs!
The team credits its success to its cooperation, and dynamic approach. Having different teams fish different techniques in different waters.
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