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JIM DONLAN

2011 Hctt Top Ten Tournament Championship

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Tournament Recap:

The 2011 Hoosier carpers Tournament trail "Top Ten Tournament" took Place today on the White River in Downtown Indianapolis. It was a beautiful fall day with temps in the low 60s with decent amount of sun. Most of the top 10 have been baiting their pegs the last several days. The Tournament kicked off at 11 am and went until 5 pm. We had our first weigh in around 2:00 pm. The first peg we weighed was Peg #1 with Jathan Imhausen of Plainfield IN. Jathan weighed in a nice bag with 70lbs. at the halfway mark. As we went down through the line of competitors Frank Rink of IL weighed in about 20 lbs. of fish several other were between 10- 15 lbs. We Finally reached Peg ten with Mike Olinger of IL on peg #10. Mike had a nice keepsack of fish weighing in at just over 62 lbs. with a big fish at 15-8 that would hold on to win Big Fish Honors. With 2 hours to go Jathan held onto a slight lead. This tournament was coming down to two anglers.

As the second weigh in approached several anglers added a few fish, however noone was able to reach Jathan or Mike. Jathans second weigh in was done first as he added another nice bag of fish totaling over 50 lbs. to bring his total to 121-10.

Mike Olinger's was last up with 2 decent keepsack's full of fish to add to his previous weight of 61-7. He would need 60 lbs. 4 ozs. to take over first place and Claim the Championship Trophy, $225 Cash and a Prize Package valued at over $750. Mike added 67-4 to to his total to put him at 128-11. Congratulations to Mike and the rest of the top 10 competitors for a great tournament. There will be a video of the tournament coming out this week.

Here is a list of the the other weights:

1st. M. Olinger IL 128-11

2nd. J. Imhausen IN 121-10

3rd. Frank Rink Il 34-12

4th. Paul Scott IL 26-1

5th. Jack Byrum IN 25-9

6th. Amos Behanna IN 24-14

7th. Scott Britton IN 6-5

8th. Steven Brandenburg IN 4-15

9th. Gruia Oltean OH 4-11

10th Ryan Ballou IN (No Fish)

A Big Shout out to Frank Rink of IL who picked up his Trophy today for winning the 2011 HCTT Championship. Frank if you have the photos please post them here.

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Edited by JIM DONLAN

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Jim--You are truly the king of the organizers! This event, as is the case with all of your events, was run with class and generosity, making it a joy to fish! Thanks, so much, to Jim and the HCTT for allowing the Illinois "interlopers" to participate. It is appreciated. We often refer to your series of events when talking about models of success!

Congrats to Mike Olinger for a well deserved victory and to Jathan Imhausen for making it very interesting. Both of you did extremely well! The rest of us didn't compete at your level, but the tournament was enjoyable, nonetheless.

Special thanks to my brother, Jim Rink, for his generous help today with netting, unhooking, and sacking and for his baiting work through the prior week.

By the way, on the way home, there was a big truck fire on I-65 north just south of Lafayette. I was able to get off on some back roads and get back on I-65 a bit north of the fire, only to find that I had miles and miles of open road all to myself. Mike and John weren't so lucky. As I was pulling into my driveway, they informed me that they were still at a standstill on I-65 still in the Lafayette area. I hope they get home before midnight.

Great work, everyone. It was a pleasure.--Frank

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A Big Shout out to Frank Rink of IL who picked up his Trophy today for winning the 2011 HCTT Championship. Frank if you have the photos please post them here.

Jim--I wouldn't have any photos of myself accepting the trophy.

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you guys/gals are doing some GREAT stuff,,,,,,,,,proud of ya

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Big Congrats to Frank, Mike, Jathan, and the rest of the carpers who participated. :yourock: Also a big kudos to Jim and all the hard working others that put on quality events ALWAYS! ;) later

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Some more photos:

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Congratulations!--Frank

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Good Job guys. Looked like fun :) . I see "Greenhorn" came out of hidding, alive and well. :P

Yep, Greenhorn was drafted at about 11:00 pm the night before the tournament B)

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Mike looks sick in the last picture, ate to many boilies I think :P

Nah, not sick, just tired. 5 minutes before that picture, I had just finished carrying 80 lbs of gear about a 1/4 mile and up a hill to the vehicle. Greenhorn had the other 60 lbs of gear or I would have expired :lol:

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