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    I'll take a lucky peg draw over skill or bait every time

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  1. We are back for yet another series of carp fishing tournaments from September 1 through December 31, 2018 at the DesPlaines River in Joliet, Illinois! Entry fees have been reduced for this Fall 2018 Series: $15 for main tournament, $5 for optional Most-Carp Contest. I have tried to avoid any conflicts wth other Midwest events. If a conflict occurs, I will reconsider dates; but, at this point in time, I will apply for tournament approval to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for carp tournaments that are scheduled on the dates that follow. I hope you consider participation in some or all of the following tournaments, all of which are held on Saturdays (except the Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 team event at the end of the year): 1. “See you in September” Big 4 Carp Tournament - Saturday, September 1, 2018; Bicentennial Park and surrounding locations, Joliet, IL -- 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with a 6:00 a.m. peg choice. 2. “Fall is Here” Big 4 Carp Tournament - Saturday, September 29, 2018; Bicentennial Park and surrounding locations, Joliet, IL -- 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with a 6:00 a.m. peg choice. 3. “Autumn Colors” Big 4 Carp Tournament - Saturday, October 27, 2018; Bicentennial Park and surrounding locations, Joliet, IL -- 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with a 6:30 a.m. peg choice. 4. “Honor the Vets” Big 4 Carp Tournament - Saturday, November 10, 2018; Bicentennial Park and surrounding locations, Joliet, IL -- 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a 6:00 a.m. peg choice. 5. “12th Annual Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving Weekend” Big 4 Carp Tournament - Saturday, November 24, 2018; Bicentennial Park and surrounding locations, Joliet, IL -- 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a 6:00 a.m. peg choice. 6. “Sam Snow Memorial - Let it Snow” Big 8 Carp Team Tournament - Saturday, December 8, 2018; Bicentennial Park and surrounding locations, Joliet, IL -- 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with a 6:30 a.m. peg choice. 7. “Midnight Madness - CAG FFF” Big 6 Carp Team Tournament - Monday, December 31, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019; Bicentennial Park and surrounding locations, Joliet, IL -- 11:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. with a 10:00 p.m. peg choice. Hope to see you in Joliet. --Dr. Frank Rink, Event Coordinator
  2. Big thanks to Larry Seeman who always organizes an outstanding Five Bridges event. I am sure that his generosity with prizes and lunch takes several hundred dollars out of his own pocket. Thanks, Larry! - Frank Here are a few more photos from the event: 2nd place winner Andy Burnagiel with a 17+ Tr Tracy Jourdan with a mid-teen, one-eyed carp Cory Bohmann with an early 13-13 Frank Rink with a 20-7 Fish on for Cory Bohmann with an assist from Dylan Bolton. Big fish winner Jeff Conroy (22-9) also pictured. 16-7 for Frank Rink 13-12 for Frank Rink It was a slower than expected bite for mid-May, but the chilly weather and 53° water indicated that "prime time" was still a week or two away. I had a disappointing end of the tournament after retrieving my line at 4:01 after the 4:00 p.m ending signal only to learn that a carp had taken my bait earlier, but had made no run or indication that I had a fish on the line. Oh, well. That's fishing. The fish would not have changed the final standings though, as it was only 13 or 14 pounds, but it would have made the top 3 standings a bit tighter. Congrats to the winners, thanks to all participants, and thanks, again, to Larry for conducting a well-run, enjoyable tournament. --Frank
  3. Hoping to put some carp on the scorecard. Ready to roll, boys! Best of luck!
  4. Hey buddy how you doing can you give me a call at Home need to ask you a question about Joliet Tournaments,1-773-498-8300



  5. Larry--I hope Andy B. is on your participant list, because he just called me asking about time of peg draw and other questions. Best of luck to all! --Frank
  6. FJR1

    CAG Spring Big 4 2018 The RULES

    I learned early-on that this event may base the competition on varied sections of the country. However, I see no map or explanation within this forum. Could Phil, Iain, or someone post a map of these sections here, so we have a bit more clarity. Thank you! --Frank
  7. FJR1

    Fundraising fishin

    Carver-- This chilly spring has given me a cold, so I'm sorry to have to opt out of the April 22 event. However, I've donated my $25 portion of the entry fee to your fundraiser at your Go Fund Me page for your Team USA endeavors. Best of luck to all on April 22 and to Team USA in your 2018 campaign. --Frank
  8. It's never a competition, Dylan, when participants enhance the total prize package! Thanks, so much, for your generosity. --Frank
  9. In honor of Larry's fine organization of this outstanding event, I am donating a rarely used 13' Fox carp rod (with cloth sleeve) to the angler who catches the most carp at the 6th Annual Five Bridges Carp Fishing Tournament. Best of luck! --Frank
  10. FJR1

    Fundraising fishin

    Hi, Carver. It's always a pleasure to assist Team USA with its endeavors. Please add me to your list of anglers participating in your April 22 fundraising event. Thank you. --Frank Rink
  11. Also, Dylan, you don't need to be a member of CAG to participate.
  12. It's always a distinct pleasure participating in this well-organized, enjoyable event. I'm looking forward to it. Thanks, Larry!
  13. A few fish are caught in winter conditions on February 3 in Northern Illinois For an early February day in northern Illinois, south winds and temperatures in the mid-30’s were tolerable for the six anglers who participated in the February 3 “The Ice Is Slowly Melting” event at Joliet, Illinois. The carp, however, didn’t like the conditions so well as a total of only five fish saw our nets during this event. Several anglers had to back out at the last minute due to unexpected conflicts or the flu. Not many carp showed up either. Our 6:00 a.m. peg location process resulted in the following peg choices (in the order they were chosen): Chad Bettisch - peg 9 Tony Donato - peg 8 Emilio Montoya - Peg J-1/J-2 Anthony Hartung - Peg J-3 (later moved to peg J-8) Cory Bohmann - peg 1 Frank Rink - peg 16 (later moved to peg 11) Due to the last minute decrease in the number of participating anglers, we opted to make the event more like a fish-in with a lower entry fee and the provision that prizes would be more widely distributed with a single angler eligible to win only one of the three competitive categories: Big 4 Weight, Most Carp, Big Fish. Had this been a “regular” tournament, Chad Bettisch would have dominated and would have won all three categories. His three fish at 10-8, 5-1, and 4-13 totaled 20-6, and Chad chose the Big 4 category as that was the only one that included some hardware (a trophy) along with the $30 prize. Emilio Montoya coaxed a two pound, 14 ounce carp to his hook bait early in the tournament, and that was good for the Most Carp prize of $30 (although Chad caught the most fish at three). Emilio’s fish had an interesting scale pattern. Frank Rink managed a lone eight pound, six ounce carp during his nine hours of fishing to win the $30 prize for Big Fish (although Chad actually caught the big fish of the event). Keeping that fish from flopping on the mat was more difficult than landing it, but it didn't hit the mat. Unfortunately, those were the only fish captured during the event. Winter is always fickle as far as our events in Joliet are concerned. Thanks, again, to all participants for getting back out on the bank in the dead of winter and congratulations to the winners! The next Illinois Tournament Series event will be announced soon. —Frank Rink
  14. The FFF 2018 Jerome Adventure Tale Awards The FFF 2018 Jerome Adventure Tale Award. Many of you have submitted interesting FFF summaries with accompanying photos in the past. In honor of Jerome Moisand's quick wit, photography skills, way with words, and dedication to CAG and FFF, we are, again, including a prize category for the best written summaries with photographs of your 2018 FFF adventure. Those will be judged by a panel consisting of Jerome Moisand and myself. The winner will receive $25 and a downloadable, frameable certificate. The second place winner will receive $15 and a downloadable, frameable certificate. The third place winner will receive $10 and a downloadable, frameable certificate. Your award certificate can be found below. Click on the certificate to access its full size. Feel free to save and print your certificate for your personal use, or just take a look at it and know that CAG and I appreciate your involvement in the FFF 2018 event. Once I finalize all results, I will PM you for your Paypal address or mailing address, so I may send you your cash prizes. Congratulations! --Frank Rink, FFF 2018 Coordinator This was a tough one. All three stories are worthy of first place. It probably came down to the hardship/preparation experienced/put forth by each writer. So, there are three cash winners at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, but all of your stories were outstanding. Thanks for writing them. --Frank Here are our FFF 2018 "Jerome Adventure Tale" Awards 1st - Kirk Suedmeyer Click here to read Kirk's story! 2nd - Evan Cartabiano Click here to read Evan's story! 3rd - Nicholas Anderson Click here to read Nicholas' story!