All nine Chicago-area sectionals for Illinois' ground-breaking state championship for high school bass fishing were postponed by flooding on Friday; five were fished today with tough results with cold and often dirty water.
Before we get down to the nuts and bolts, I was much impressed with how far sectionals have come from the first year.
At Braidwood, the first boat, Bradley-Bourbonnais 1 went off at 7:28, the 20th and final boat, Providence 1, went at 7:33. That's impressive. Very smooth, very cool.
Fishing, well, that was another matter. It has been an cold, late spring, and it showed today.
BRAIDWOOD LAKE: As expected, the cooling lake had by far the best results of the area sectionals.
Providence Catholic 1, despite being the last boat out, advanced to the state championship for bass fishing for the second straight year, winning with 9.44 pounds.
Sophomore Matt Bomba, making his second trip to state, and junior Matt Harrington caught the only five-fish limit. That was the only limit at any Chicago-area sectional.
Bishop McNamara (4, 6.60) and Coal City (3, 5.88) also advanced to state.
Coal City sophomore Tyler Sanders caught the big fish of the day (3.17 pounds) with an Omega Custom Tackle flipping jig on the cold side.
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WOLF LAKE: Second best sectional and that was with only seven keepers caught by five schools. St. Laurence won with two weighing 4 pounds. Also advancing were Oak Lawn (1, 2.10) and Brother Rice (2, 2.08). Oak Lawn's John Neubauer caught the big fish (2.10).
BUSSE LAKE: Only four keepers were caught but three schools advanced: Elk Grove (3-12), Naperville North (1, 2-8) and Wheaton-Warrenville South (1, 1-2). Naperville North's Matt Regovic caught the big fish of the day (2-8).
HEIDECKE LAKE: Brutal day with cold water. Sophomore Darren Gabel's 2.2-pound bass was the only keeper as only Plainfield South advanced.
SHABBONA LAKE: Just tough with dirty and cold water. Only two fish were caught, only one keeper (1.90) by junior Garrison Govig as only Indian Creek advanced to state.
SKOKIE LAGOONS: Rescheduled for Friday.
[UPDATE 2]DES PLAINES CONSERVATION AREA: Rescheduled for Friday, but now moved to Braidwood Lake. Considering how high the rivers remain, I think that is a good call.
[UPDATED]CHAIN O'LAKES 1 & 2: Both sectionals are rescheduled for Busse on Thursday.