Adam Galardini caught the big bass Sunday to help Batavia win a 17-boat, eight-school high school bass tournament on Shabbona Lake.
That's Galardini on the left in the photo above. Marmion's Andy Oesterlin (right) caught the other legal bass.
Garlardini already owns a piece of IHSA bass fishing history from last October. Click here for a refresher on that feat.
Congrats to the winning Batavia team.
Here's details from Marmion's Joe Large:
Here are the results of the high school fishing tournament today at Shabbona. We had a total of 17 boats from 8 schools. Everything went smoothly, except for the fishing of course. The bass were active, but not entirely cooperative. We only managed two keeper bass (14+ in) for the tournament. The final totals are:
1. Batavia High School, 1 Fish, 2 pounds 15 ounces (16.5 in)
2. Marmion Academy, 1 Fish, 1 pound 15 ounces (15 in)
The winning fish was caught by Adam Galardini of Batavia on a brown/green plastic texas-rigged Gary Yamamoto Senko bait off the east shoreline about 10:30am. Regarding the fish, Adam said, "I caught a short fish on the third cast of the morning, and we had expectations of a great day. Unfortunately, the fish weren't as active as we had hoped. When I got this fish, we were fishing a sharp drop-off and the fish hit hard. Compared to last year, the weather was warmer, but the fishing was about the same ... slow." The Batavia team is coached by Brian Drendel.
The runner-up fish was caught by Andy Oesterlin of Marmion Academy on a white spinnerbait on a main lake point on the west shoreline at 9:45am. Andy reported that "We had started in the No-Motor Area, but couldn't find any bites there, so we moved out to the main lake. There, I was working the spinnerbait for about 40 minutes before I caught this fish. I had confidence that it was the right lure for the situation, and it worked out well. The fish hit light at first, and then took off." Andy was fishing with his dad, Scott Oesterlin who is an assistant coach for Marmion's team. The Marmion team is coached by Joe Large.
Several other bass were spotted. One of the students in my boat had a nice fish (about 4 pounds) blow up on a frog, but got off in the weeds. Other anglers reported action on topwaters in the weeds also. In addition, there was a report of an angler outside the tournament who caught a 6-pound largemouth in the East Bay. Also, we saw a big catfish swimming in the NE Bay with a panfish stuck halfway in its mouth ... very strange sight. Overall, it was a great day. The students had a good time, and Shabbona was beautiful as always.