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RESULTS - October 15 "Autumn Colors" Events at Kewanee, IL

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High hopes, but few fish at Kewanee's October 15 "Autumn Colors" events. Frank Rink and Larry Seeman place 1-2 in Big 4 and Total Numbers Tournaments. Dave Marceau wins third in Big 4 event.

Ah, the uncertainty of carp fishing! A full, harvest moon; solunar tables indicating that October 15 was the best fishing day of the month; a south wind with temperatures reaching 70 degrees; and cloudy skies had all of us dreaming of a “haul-fest” as we drove through the pre-dawn darkness to Kewanee’s Johnson - Sauk Trail Lake.
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Those dreams, for most of us, just didn’t come to fruition as we drove home in the post-sunset darkness following a puzzling day at the venue.

October 15 saw only five of 13 participating anglers with carp on our scoresheets as we pondered why the bite wasn’t better. Perhaps it was the 57° water temperatures. Perhaps it was the wind that was more blustery than pleasant. Perhaps it was the weeds that have yet to dissipate despite the mid-October date. No matter what the reason, we went home wondering why the fishing was a challenge at the “Autumn Colors” events.  To add insult to injury, the autumn colors haven't even arrived yet.

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As is always the case, we still had some winners, as a few fickle fish were captured at the events.
 

Frank Rink had a lucky peg at the Tecumseh Picnic Area and took the first place medal and 50% of the entry fees with a Big 4 total of 70 pounds, one ounce (21-4, 18-1, 16-0, 14-12).
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Frank also won the optional Total-Number-of-Carp event with eight carp recorded for the day (9-5, 9-12, 10-6, 13-8, 14-12, 16-0, 18-1, 21-4) totaling 113-0.
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Larry Seeman, fishing for the second event in a row at the picnic table/concrete walk near the dam, put his knowledge of that peg to good use as he finished second in the Big 4 event (medal and 30% of entries) with a 47 pounds, 14 ounces total and catches of 20-6, 12-2, 10-2, and 5-4.
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In addition, Larry placed second in the Total Carp Contest with those four fish on his scoresheet.
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Dave Marceau battled weeds at the “point peg” between the Singing Bird and Blackhawk Areas, but still netted three fish that totaled 32-12, good for third place money (20% of entries) and a medal (14-6, 10-4, 8-2) in the Big 4 event.
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Eddie Cobb was just a fish shy of being “in the money.” His 17-8 and 13-3 totaled 30-11, placing Eddie fourth in the competition. Eddie was located in the Tecumseh Picnic Area.
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Chad Bettisch stayed at the south end of the lake, where fishing through weeds made it difficult. However, Chad still managed a seven-pounder at 10:45 a.m. from the Keokuk Area to capture fifth place in the Big 4 event.
 

In the specialty contests, Larry Seeman captured the big catfish of the day at 6-8 and won a headlamp and medal for his efforts.
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Dave Marceau pulled in the last carp of the day at 2:30 p.m. to win a medal and some hooks and feeders.
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Dave Marceau also caught the fish closest to 10-15 (10-4) and won the charcoal and PVA bags donated by Clorox and Cory Bohmann.
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In addition, Dave won the “Surprise Bucket” donated by Larry Seeman by drawing chip #7 at the morning’s peg draw.

As always, it was a nice day to be carp fishing despite the high expectations and disappointing results. We finished with 18 carp weighing 231-5.
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Big thanks to all thirteen anglers who attended!
Chad Bettisch
Frank Rink
Larry Seeman 
Anthony Hartung 
Victor Zemeckis 
Michael Zemeckis 
Fred Rhodes
Eddie Cobb
Tony Donato 
Cory Bohmann 
Cory Bohmann, Jr. 
Jim Snyder 
Dave Marceau



Our next Illinois Carp Fishing Series Event will be the “Honor the Veterans” Big 4 Tournament (with a total numbers optional contest) on Saturday, November 12 at Joliet’s DesPlaines River. 

Sign up will be available early in the coming week. Hope you can make it. —Frank Rink

 



A few more photos from October 15 follow:

Always the gentleman, Tony Donato explains the nuances of carp fishing to some interested spectators.

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Cory Bohmann at a usually productive spot that was better suited for napping on October 15.
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Eddie Cobb with a fish on at his Tecumseh Area peg.
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Anthony Hartung worked hard from his Tecumseh peg all day.
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Frank Rink had a lucky peg at Tecumseh.
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Fred Rhodes with outstanding patience looking for that 20+ he caught at the same place just a couple weeks earlier.
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Dave Marceau waits for the bite at his Blackhawk point peg.
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Larry Seeman knows this peg well, and it showed on October 15.
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Fred Rhodes checking on the competition.
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Tony Donato and Larry Seeman sharing notes on method mixes.
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Other than this single boat, we had the lake to ourselves, due, probably, to a stiff south wind.  Unfortunately, the gentleman in the life jacket took a nasty fall later, resulting in a bloodied forehead.
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Once again you out did your self Frank. Thanks again. I will pay you back by having the 5 Bridges tournament once again. So you can just fish and relax.

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