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  1. Anthony Hartung is in. Thanks, Anthony! Participants, so far (This Tournament is a GO!): 1. Tony Donato 2. Frank Rink 3. Richie Ricci 4. Dave Marceau 5. Blagoja Arsov 6. Chris Reitan 7. Rumen Gundev 8. Dorin Macovei 9. Dylan Bolton 10. Anthony Hartung Cory Bohmann - maybe Robert Kraft - maybe Fred Rhodes - maybe Peter Mackowiak - out Ryan Mitchell - out Larry Seeman - out Manage
  2. In addition to the monetary awards for the top three in each tournament (total carp and Big 4) and specialty event prizes, ten medals will be awarded for the top three Total Carp and Big 4 winners and the four specialty event winners. In addition, small prizes will be awarded for the big fish captured during each hour of the event (overall biggest carp is excluded from these awards): 7-8 am: flat inline lead, spring feeder 8-9 am: two rod rests for bank sticks or pods 9-10 am: euro net spreader block 10-11 am: Fox Size 6 wide gape hooks, spring feeder 11 am-12 noon: Ozark Trail insulated stainless steel bottle 12-1 pm: Fox Size 2 wide gape hooks, spring feeder 1-2 pm: pva string 2-3 pm: Koozies, playing cards, keychain, keylight, etc, 3-4 pm: fishing gloves, writing instruments 4-5 pm: flat inline lead, spring feeder Good luck!
  3. Participants, so far (This Tournament is a GO!): 1. Tony Donato 2. Frank Rink 3. Richie Ricci 4. Dave Marceau 5. Blagoja Arsov 6. Chris Reitan 7. Rumen Gundev 8. Dorin Macovei 9. Dylan Bolton Cory Bohmann - maybe Robert Kraft - maybe Fred Rhodes - maybe Peter Mackowiak - out Ryan Mitchell - maybe Anthony Hartung - maybe Larry Seeman - maybe
  4. Dorin Macovei is in. Thanks, Dorin! Participants, so far (This Tournament is a GO!): 1. Tony Donato 2. Frank Rink 3. Richie Ricci 4. Dave Marceau 5. Blagoja Arsov 6. Chris Reitan 7. Rumen Gundev 8. Dorin Macovei Cory Bohmann - maybe Robert Kraft - maybe Fred Rhodes - maybe Dylan Bolton - maybe Peter Mackowiak - out Ryan Mitchell - maybe Anthony Hartung - maybe Larry Seeman - maybe
  5. Rumen Gundev is in! Thanks, Rumen! 1. Tony Donato 2. Dave Marceau 3. Richie Ricci 4. Frank Rink 5. Blagoja Arsov 6. Chris Reitan 7. Rumen Gundev Cory Bohmann - maybe Robert Kraft - maybe Fred Rhodes - maybe Dylan Bolton - maybe Peter Mackowiak - out Ryan Mitchell - maybe Anthony Hartung - maybe Larry Seeman - maybe
  6. Chris Reitan is in! Thanks, Chris! 1. Tony Donato 2. Dave Marceau 3. Richie Ricci 4. Frank Rink 5. Blagoja Arsov 6. Chris Reitan Cory Bohmann - maybe Robert Kraft - maybe Fred Rhodes - maybe Dylan Bolton - maybe Peter Mackowiak - maybe Ryan Mitchell - maybe Anthony Hartung - maybe Larry Seeman - maybe
  7. Participants, so far (This Tournament is a GO!): 1. Tony Donato 2. Frank Rink 3. Richie Ricci 4. Dave Marceau 5. Blagoja Arsov Cory Bohmann - maybe Robert Kraft - maybe Fred Rhodes - maybe Dylan Bolton - maybe Peter Mackowiak - maybe Ryan Mitchell - maybe Anthony Hartung - maybe
  8. Although I believe that luck is a factor in big fish catches, a Daiwa Infinity rod sleeve, to accommodate a 12 foot carp rod, will go to the angler who catches the big common or grass carp on August 4. Good luck! --Frank
  9. Basic rules for Fall-40 events (Disregard Joliet parameters for above-referenced Opeka Tournament.): Safe carp care is a must. No treble hooks are allowed. Do not gill captured fish. Unhooking mats are required. 1. The 2018 Illinois Carp Fishing News Tournament J-Town Series will feature seven separate tournaments on September 1, September 29, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 8, and December 31. Anglers may fish in all events or pick and choose which events he/she would like to attend. Sign up for these events will be on a first-come, first-served basis once sign-ups are announced and accepted (usually two weeks to one month before the event). Angler limits (number allowed) will also be announced. 2. All tournaments will be Total Carp events (number of carp caught by an angler during the tournament). There will also be an optional contest for Big 3, Big 4, Big 6, or Big 8 depending on the specific tournament. There will also be occasional Specialty Contests (first fish, last fish, etc.) with tackle/bait items as prizes. Entry fees have been reduced to $10 for the Total-Carp Tournament, and $10 for optional Big 3, 4, 6 or 8 Contest. Two-person team events will be held in December with all other events constituting individual competition. Peg choice for each session will be conducted at pegs 6-7 (Bluff and Jefferson parking lot), Bicentennial Park (South) in Joliet, Illinois. The peg draw time will vary based on the daylight hours available. If you are late, you will be at the end of the list for peg choice. Pegs/flags will be, at least, ten yards/ten paces apart. Flags will be placed by the league official(s) at the "more popular" locations PRIOR TO CHOOSING PEGS. We will choose fishing sections rather than specific pegs this year. Flags will be placed at the "more popular" pegs to determine spacing. Remaining locations are at the discretion of the angler, but please maintain at least a ten pace spacing to the next angler 3. Bicentennial Park (sections A and B), the east bank (section C and D), and Jackson Street (section E) will be available for each event. Consequently, there will be over 50 separate locations available for a tournament. 4. At each session's designated peg choice time, anglers, who are present, who have signed a 2018 waiver of liability, and who have paid their entry fees, will be part of the peg assignment process. Each tournament will feature section choices by participating anglers. At all sessions, participating anglers will be part of a drawing to determine the order for section choice. The order of this draw will be in the chronological order that anglers arrived at the venue. Section choices and fishing locations choices will be made in the numerical order of chip numbers drawn. The angler who draws the #1 chip will have first choice of sections/locations. The angler who draws the #2 chip will have second choice, and so on. If anglers choose the same section, the angler who chose that section first will have first choice of locations. Anglers are to designate their specific fishing location at the time of their section choice. Anglers arriving after the designated peg draw time will draw, using the same format as the original draw, to determine choice of whatever sections/locations remain. There are no call-in section/peg choices, nor can someone choose for you in your absence. "You snooze, you lose." 5. Tournaments will be limited to a minimum of four anglers. However, the organizer may and probably will set a maximum participation limit for each tournament in 2018. 6. Anglers may go to their sections/locations immediately after they choose their sections/pegs. All fishing locations will be along the west and east shores of the DesPlaines River at Bicentennial Park (north and/or south parks) and at the Jackson St. bridge. There is the possibility that an angler could choose a peg that is isolated from the other anglers. An isolated peg is defined as a peg that has no other anglers in your sub-section. For purposes of witnessing catches, there are nine sub-sections defined by the following peg groupings: (Section A1 - pegs 1, 2, 3, 4), (Section A2 - pegs 5, 6, 7, 8), (Section B1 - pegs 9, 10, 11, 12), (Section B2 - pegs 13, 14, 15, 16), (Section C1 - pegs 17, 18, 19), (Section C2 - pegs 20, 21, 22), (Section D - pegs 23, 24, 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 24E) (Section E1 - pegs J-1 and J-2 at Jackson St.), (Section E2- pegs J-3 through J-14 at Jackson St.). An isolated angler (no others in sub-section) may weigh his own fish on the honor system. All others must have a witness sign/initial each catch. All recordable fish must be released alive and in good condition. 7. During the preparation period, competitors may set-up their gear, test their rigs, and plumb depth. Electronic depth finders are allowed. YOU MAY NOT CHUM UNTIL THE START OF EACH TOURNAMENT. 8. Anglers must be positioned NOT farther than a 12-foot rod length to either side of their peg/flag/location if you have anglers positioned on either side of you. An angler may fish up to HALF THE DISTANCE TO THE NEXT OCCUPIED PEG on either side. If you choose pegs where there is no angler at a peg to your left or to your right, you may cast as far to the left or right as you can/wish but you must cast from a distance not more than 20 feet from your peg flag. You may also position your rods as close to the following bridge/end pegs as possible (pegs 1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 22, 23, J-1, J-2, J-14) if you wish. At any time during the day of the tournament, an angler may move to another open peg under the following conditions: A. The peg must be within sections A though E designated for the tournament venue, and it must be unoccupied. B. An angler can claim the peg by being physically at the peg and placing some kind of fishing equipment near the peg chains. First come, first served. You may not claim a new peg until you have vacated and stopped fishing at your previous peg. Unlimited peg changes are allowed over the course of the tournament. You may also return to one of your previously occupied peg if another angler has not taken it. C. This arrangement does pose the risk of someone chumming a peg prior to the tournament. We trust your honor and are confident that such prior feeding will not be the case. 9. Unless otherwise specified, anglers will be restricted to fishing with 3 poles, 3 lines, and 3 hooks at a time. As per Illinois DNR regulations, the third rod must be marked with your name and address. An angler may have as many spares set-up and ready as wanted, but he may only use three (3) at a time. Plumbing rods and electronic depth/fish finders are allowed and may be used while your three baited lines are in the water. 10. Ledger, feeder, hair-rigging, side-hooking, and float fishing are allowed. NO artificial lures such as jigs may be used. However, imitation baits are allowed: plastic corn, boilies, etc. 11. An angler MUST STRIKE and PLAY the fish UNASSISTED. In other words, if anyone other than the pegged angler touches the pole/reel with a fish on the line, that fish will not count. Netting the fish may be done by anyone. 12. All fish will be weighed in the presence of an angler who is entered in the competition, unless you are at an isolated peg (no anglers within your section), in which case you may weigh your own fish on the honor system. Each fish weighed will require the weight, time of catch, and signature/initials by the witnessing angler recorded on the score sheet, or the fish WILL NOT COUNT! A fish must be released alive and able to swim away in good shape, or the fish WILL NOT COUNT! Eligible carp are commons, mirrors, crucians, hybrids/goldfish, and koi. 13. A fish must be hooked by the ending time of each event, and fishing stops at that time! Since we will all be fishing different locations, there will be no horn or whistle, just an honor system. If a carp is hooked just prior to the ending time, it must be out of the water within 15 minutes of the ending time. Once again, the honor system applies here. Anglers are to submit their score sheets to the organizer at the conclusion of the tournament. 14. All anglers must have a valid Illinois fishing license. You wlll need a 2018 Illinois fishing license for events from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. 15. The entry fees (reduced for 2018) are $10 for the day for the Total Carp Tournament. 100% of entries will be returned as prizes at the rate of 50% for first, 30% for second, and 20% for third. There will also be optional $10 contest for the Big 3, 4, 6, or 8 event. That also features a 100% return at at the rate of 50% for first, 30% for second, and 20% for third. To "spread the wealth" among participants at the events, an angler may win in only one category per contest. For example, if one places first in the Total Carp Tournament and second in Big 4 event, prize money and related hardware will be awarded to that angler only in the Total Carp Tournament or in whatever event category pays out the most money. You must catch a fish to win a prize. If catches are not sufficient to award all entry fees, the un-won entry fees will be returned to non-winners in equal portions. Non-winners must be at the awards distribution at the conclusion of the event to qualify. 16. The session will typically be held no matter what the river conditions are. However, dangerous weather may cause suspension, postponement, or cancellation. 17. If an angler arrives at his peg, and a local angler is fishing in that peg, then he is to set up as close as he can to his assigned peg. If that puts him too close to the next assigned peg, the angler at the next assigned peg will have to adjust, also, to allow both anglers room. 18. Tie-breakers--In the case of a tie in weight, the prize will be determined by the biggest fish in the group. If there is still a tie, the prize will be determined by the second biggest fish in the group, and so on. 19. As a matter of courtesy and fairness to all, anglers and their designees are asked not to bait or fish the venue 24 hours prior to an event. Thank you. 20. For tournament results and angler recognition, please take photos of some of your catches and send them to the tournament host. 21. Have fun, be safe, and catch some fish! Good luck! --Dr. Frank Rink, Event Coordinator
  10. Sign up here to participate in the Lake Opeka "Welcome to August" Tournament" on Saturday, August 4. Lake Opeka is located just north of O'Hare International Airport on Howard Avenue. Parameters would be similar to this year's J-Town Fall 40's events: $10 fee for Total-Carp Tournament and optional $10 fee for Big 4 event (both grass and common carp count). Payout is at 50%-30%-20% for the top three in each category with participants being allowed to win only one monetary prize, thereby giving six separate anglers a chance to be "in the money." Two rods per angler are allowed. Peg draw/choice (to be determined once we get there) will be at 6:00 a.m. with fishing from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. If interested in an August 4 "Welcome to August" Tournament, please post here. Thanks. --Frank
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Hoping to put some carp on the scorecard. Ready to roll, boys! Best of luck!
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