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IHSA bass fishing: Sectional notes

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Mark Gervais is a Hall of Fame wrestling coach who has been around Illinois prep sports for decades, and the experience showed as Marist hosted an outstanding first bass-fishing sectional at Wolf Lake on Friday.


I love this photo because of the people craning their necks to see the bass that Brother Rice sophomore Luke Opoka is holding. That 3.75-pounder was the biggest weighed at the Wolf Lake sectional.

And I love what Gervais said just before the weigh-in, as the rain held off until fishing ended, ``I must have a horseshoe up my . . . ''

Here's some of my thoughts and notes around Chicago outdoors in the second year of bass fishing sectionals in Illinois. Since I was at Wolf Lake, let me begin there.

WOLF LAKE: Releasing his largemouth bass back into Wolf Lake, Brian Markham's right foot slipped and he went ankle deep into the water. That's the only misstep the senior made Friday in leading De La Salle to the sectional title with three keepers weighing 6.99 pounds.

Markham only weighed three keepers, but they were enough for the Meteors' boat 2 to hold off Sandburg boat 2 (five keepers, 6.43 pounds) and Harlan (three, 6.04).

``I caught them on chartreuse and pumpkinseed lizards,'' Markham said. ``This just feels great. This is the our first year fishing.

Markham was teamed with freshman Tim Quigley and sophomore Vinny Ovalle in a boat captained by food service manager Dennis Aylward, who said, ``I never thought we could do it.''

Sandburg seniors Austin Craig and Mike Gurtowski jigged up the only limit of the day. Make that six keepers. They culled one fish, but they lacked a kicker (big anchor fish) to win it all.

``This was awesome,'' Craig said. ``There is nothing like having a fish on.''

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SHABBONA LAKE: The big bass from the Chicago area and nearly for the entire state [CORRECTED, REWORDED] came from here when St. Charles North senior Evan Chambers weighed in a 5.75-pounder.

Here's the word from Marmion coach Joe Large:

St. Charles (North) weighed in 3 keepers for a total of 8.15 pounds. They were led by senior Evan Chambers who caught the big bass of the tournament at 5.75 lbs. Evan's bass was caught on a crankbait near the campground around 9:00.

That's the second straight year SCN advanced to state.

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SKOKIE LAGOONS: Joey DiSomma's 3.14-pound bass anchored Fenwick's victory. The Friars posted the biggest team weight for the Chicago area with 15.1 pounds. Taft qualified for state for the second year.

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CHAIN O'LAKES 1: Dominick Tatone's 3.53-pound bass anchored Streamwood's sectional winner. Nice to see one of the most famous fishermen in Chicago outdoors, Jim Saric, captaining the Deerfield team that finished second.

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BUSSE: Wheaton-Warrenville South and Maine West will be making return appearances to state. Jacobs Devin Sloma caught one of the bigger bass of the day (3-14).

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CHAIN O'LAKES 2: Merrick Johansen's 2.52-pound bass anchored Lakes sectional victory. Click here for results.

HEIDECKE: Lauren Cook's 3.4-pound bass wasn't enough for Joliet Township to advance. Morris and Minooka will be making their first appearance. I was concerned that the bite might be tough here, but it looks like the kids did all right.

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LaSALLE: Jeff Perino's 4.22-pounder wasn't enough for Coal City. Bradley-Bourbonnais won and reaches state for the second straight year. Click here for results.

TAMPIER: The south suburban lake did much better this year with six teams weighing keepers. Last year only two keepers were caught. Hinsdale Central won with three keepers, but Tyler Seratt's 4-pounder lifted Westmont to second.

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Just an FYI, the big bass for the state didnt come out of Shabbona, it came out of Banner Marsh. The below link shows a 7.12 pounder that was caught at Banner Marsh.

Correct you are. Luke Stewart of Peoria Christian caught it. That was quite the sectional at Banner Marsh.

The IHSA posted the rest of the sectionals today.

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