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"Paul Wells Memorial Thanksgiving Carp Tournament"
Saturday, November 26, 2016 
Bicentennial Park - Joliet, IL

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In memory and in honor of Paul Wells who was our first Thanksgiving Tournament winner in 2007 and a winner again in 2010, our annual Thanksgiving weekend contest is now called the "Paul Wells Memorial Thanksgiving Carp Tournament"!  This November 26, 2016 tournament will be the fourth year the event is named in honor of Paul, who passed away in September 2013.  This is also the tenth consecutive year the Thanksgiving weekend event has taken place (started by Sam Snow in 2007 and continued by Frank Rink in 2010).

Prior winners have been:
2007: Paul Wells
2008: Mike Olinger
2009: Frank Rink
2010: Paul Wells
2011: Frank Rink
2012: Jim Rink
2013: Mike Woodworth (a.m.) and Cory Bohmann (p.m.)
2014: Chad Bettisch (a.m.) and Frank Rink (p.m.)
2015: Mike Olinger

Sign up on this thread for the Saturday, November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Tournament at Joliet!

Date, Peg Choice, Time Parameters for Tournament, Format:  Saturday, November 26, 2016 will mark the Illinois Tournament Series' "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet's DesPlaines River. This event will feature a Big 4 format.  Because daylight savings time will have ended, we will still have decent light in the morning, but sunset arrives early.  Therefore, the tournament will run from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a 6:30 a.m. peg choice.

Entry:  Entry is $20 for the tournament with 100% payout to winning anglers at a rate of 50% for 1st, 30% for 2nd, and 20% for 3rd for the Big 4 event.  The top three anglers will also receive medals.

Optional Contest:  There will be an optional $10 contest for most carp caught with 100% payout to the top two anglers at a 60%-40% split. 

CAG Membership to highest placing Non-CAG Member:  $25 for a CAG membership will be awarded to the top finishing angler who has never been a CAG member!


Peg Choice Time and Place:  Peg choice will take place at 6:30 a.m. sharp at the parking lot just south of the Jefferson St. bridge.  If possible, please arrive a few minutes early for fee payment, waiver signature, scorecard distribution, meet and greet, etc.
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Number of rods:  Please note that three rods per angler will be allowed.  IDNR requires that the third rod is marked with your name and address.

Peg draw/choice procedures:  At  6:30 a.m. sharp, participating anglers will be part of a drawing to determine the order for peg choice. The order of this draw will be in the chronological order that anglers arrived at the venue.

The angler who draws the #1 chip will have first choice of pegs. The angler who draws the #2 chip will have second choice, and so on. Peg choices will be made in the order of chip numbers drawn.

Anglers arriving after 6:30 a.m. will draw, using the same format as the 6:30 a.m. draw, to determine choice of whatever pegs remain. There are no call-in peg choices, nor can someone choose for you in your absence. "You snooze, you lose."

Available pegs:  Sixteen Bicentennial Park pegs on the west side of the river (1 through 16), 13 pegs on the east bank (17 through 24E), and 14 Jackson St. pegs (J1 through J 14) will be available.  That's 43 pegs from which to choose.  All pegs will be marked with numbered flags.  Be prepared to choose a peg at the peg choice procedure.  
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Medals:  In addition to the monetary prizes, medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place angler, to the top two "Total Number of Carp" winners, and to a "specialty" category winner. The "specialty" category will be announced at peg draw.

Medals for this event are pictured below.  They include 2 3/4" diameter medals in gold, silver, and bronze for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the Big 4 event.  Recipents will also receive 50%-30%-20% of the entry fees for their accomplishments. (Click on the images for a larger view)
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Two inch medals will be awarded to the top two anglers in the optional Total Number of Carp contest at the tournament ($10 entry).  Recipients will also receive 60%-40% of the contest pot for their accomplishments.
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A two-inch "Specialty Event" medal will be awarded to the angler at this event who comes closest to fulfilling the specialty event criteria (announced at peg choice).  For this tournament, the "specialty event" winner will also receive a small bait or tackle prize.
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Free CAG Membership:  In addition, I will offer a check or paypal payment of $25 at each event to cover the cost of a CAG membership to the highest placing angler who has never been a CAG member.  Once you become a CAG member, PM (CAG Personal Messenger) me through this CAG forum system at FJR1, and I will ask  you for a mailing address to which I will send a $25 CAG membership reimbursement check, or I will ask for an e-mail address to which I will send a $25 CAG membership reimbursement Paypal payment.  It's your choice. 

Permits, Approvals, Insurance, Waivers:   You will be required to sign a waiver of liability prior to your participation.

Moving to Different Pegs:  Due to the length of this tournament, movement to an unoccupied peg may be made at anytime during the event (first come, first served).  However, only one move may be made during the duration of the tournament, and you may not return to your original peg.  

Fair Play, Witnessing Catches:  I am allowing weigh-ins on the buddy system and honor system.   An isolated angler (the only one in a section) may weigh his own fish on the honor system. All other catches (with two or more anglers in your section) must have a witness sign/initial the scorecard for each catch.  If you turn in a scorecard without witness' initials, the fish will not count.  All recordable fish must be released alive and in good condition.

Sign up on this thread if interested in participating on November 26.  Thanks for your consideration! —Dr. Frank Rink, Tournament organizer

Based on responses at the November 12 event, Chad Bettisch, Cory Bohmann, Cory Bohmann, Jr., Chuck Ferczok, Dave Marceau, Mike Olinger, and Frank Rink are currently committed to the November 26 event.  Post here if you wish to be included on the list of participants.  Thank you!

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Chad Bettisch is in!  Thanks, Chad!  :yourock:
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Cory Bohmann is in!  Thanks, Cory!  :yourock:
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Cory Bohmann, Jr. is in!  Thanks, Boo!  :yourock:
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Chuck Ferczok is in!  Thanks, Chuck!  :yourock:
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Dave Marceau is in!  Thanks, Dave!  :yourock:
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Mike Olinger is in!  Thanks, Mike!  :yourock:
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Frank Rink is in!
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There are seven (7) anglers participating, so far, in the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet:
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Cory Bohmann, Jr.
Chuck Ferczok
Dave Marceau
Mike Olinger
Frank Rink

This tournament is a GO!  Sign up here if you want in!  Thanks!
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Victor Zemeckis, Michael Zemeckis, and Mike Sabia are in!  Thank you, gentlemen! :yourock:
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There are ten (10) anglers participating, so far, in the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet:
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Cory Bohmann, Jr.
Chuck Ferczok
Dave Marceau
Mike Olinger
Victor Zemeckis
Michael Zemeckis
Mike Sabia
Frank Rink

This tournament is a GO!  Sign up here if you want in!  Thanks!
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Anthony Hartung is in!  Thanks, Anthony! :yourock:

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There are eleven (11) anglers participating, so far, in the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet:
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Cory Bohmann, Jr.
Chuck Ferczok
Dave Marceau
Mike Olinger
Victor Zemeckis
Michael Zemeckis
Mike Sabia
Anthony Hartung
Frank Rink

This tournament is a GO!  Sign up here if you want in!  Thanks!
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18 hours ago, JPR1 said:

I'm in.

 

Jim Rink

Thanks, Jim! :yourock:

Jim Rink is in!
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There are twelve (12) anglers participating, so far, in the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet:
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Cory Bohmann, Jr.
Chuck Ferczok
Dave Marceau
Mike Olinger
Victor Zemeckis
Michael Zemeckis
Mike Sabia
Anthony Hartung
Jim Rink
Frank Rink

This tournament is a GO!  Sign up here if you want in!  Thanks!
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Connor Reno is in!  Thanks, Connor! :yourock:

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There are thirteen (13) anglers participating, so far, in the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet:
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Cory Bohmann, Jr.
Chuck Ferczok
Dave Marceau
Mike Olinger
Victor Zemeckis
Michael Zemeckis
Mike Sabia
Anthony Hartung
Jim Rink
Connor Reno
Frank Rink

This tournament is a GO!  Sign up here if you want in!  Thanks!
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We are just over a week away from the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet.  Accuweather is calling for cloudy skies (with a couple showers possible) and a high of 49° with a 10 mph south wind (gusts to 24 mph).

There are twelve (12) anglers participating, so far, in the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet:
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Cory Bohmann, Jr.
Chuck Ferczok
Dave Marceau
Mike Olinger
Victor Zemeckis
Michael Zemeckis
Anthony Hartung
Jim Rink
Connor Reno
Frank Rink

This tournament is a GO!  Sign up here if you want in!  Thanks!
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On 11/23/2016 at 7:18 AM, getdanet said:

please sign fred rhodes up for paul wells memorial tourney

Thank you, Fred! :yourock:

Fred Rhodes is in!
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There are twelve (12) anglers participating, so far, in the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet:
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Cory Bohmann, Jr.
Chuck Ferczok
Dave Marceau
Mike Olinger
Victor Zemeckis
Michael Zemeckis
Jim Rink
Connor Reno
Fred Rhodes
Frank Rink

This tournament is a GO!  Sign up here if you want in!  Thanks!
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A few reminders for Saturday, November 26 (Tournament parameters are the same as the November 12 tournament):

1. 6:30 a.m. peg choice at parking lot near pegs 6-7.

2.  Fishing from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  No chumming prior to 7:30 a.m.

3.  $20 entry for Big 4 tournament.  Optional $10 entry for most carp tournament.

4.  You may move once during the course of the event to an unoccupied peg.

5.  Three rods are allowed (mark the 3rd with your name and address).

6.  50%, 30%, 20% payout to top 3 in Big 4 event.  60%-40% payout to top 2 in optional total number of carp event.  Small bait prize to winner of specialty event.  CAG membership to top placing non-CAG member (never been a member).  Medals to top 3 in Big 4 event, to top 2 in optional total numbers event, and to winner of specialty event.

7.  Bring your own beverages and food.  There is no break for lunch.

8.  If you are in a section with other anglers, a witness must sign-off on your fish.  If you are alone, the honor system will be in place.  Try to photograph catches and send to organizer for posting of results and verification of catches.

9.  Practice carp safety techniques (unhooking mat, quick release, no treble hooks).

10.  Return to lot near pegs 6-7 at the end of the event for awards.  Please bring your scorecards and peg flags.

Best of luck. --Frank

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The Specialty Event tomorrow will feature a Fox Throwing Stick to the 4th place angler in the Big 4 event.  Since the value of the stick may exceed the cash payout for higher places, an angler in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd may claim the stick instead of the cash.  The prizes will then slide down to the next angler in line.  Best of luck!  

Joliet's weather tomorrow will have a high of 49° with partly sunny skies and a sw wind of 6-8 mph.  Drive safely.  Peg choice will be in the dark at 6:30 a.m. --Frank

There are twelve (12) anglers participating, so far, in the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet:
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Cory Bohmann, Jr.
Chuck Ferczok
Dave Marceau
Mike Olinger
Victor Zemeckis
Michael Zemeckis
Jim Rink
Connor Reno
Fred Rhodes
Frank Rink

This tournament is a GO!  Sign up here if you want in!  Thanks!
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2 hours ago, bailybird said:

Sorry guys we out I got called in double time I'm taking it good luck all

No problem, Cory.  We are at ten anglers for Saturday--still a decent number.  As long as we have four participants, this event is a GO!  In fact, I'll try to round up enough prizes so all ten get something tomorrow. --Frank

There are nine (9) anglers participating, so far, in the November 26, 2016 "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet:
Chad Bettisch
Chuck Ferczok
Dave Marceau
Victor Zemeckis
Michael Zemeckis
Jim Rink
Connor Reno
Fred Rhodes
Frank Rink

This tournament is a GO!  Sign up here if you want in!  Thanks!
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All anglers will win something at tomorrow's Paul Wells Memorial Thanksgiving Tournament.  Here's a brief summary of available prizes:

50% of entries to 1st place angler
30% of entries to 2nd place angler
20% of entries to 3rd place angler
Fox Throwing Stick
Bass Pro Softside Tackle Box (used but all zippers and pockets are in good working order)
Marukyu Soft Hooking Pellets
Assorted Hooklinks
Assorted Hooks
Assorted Leads
Soft artificial baits
Lead Clips and Tail Rubbers

Best of luck!

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Hey Frank, I have 4 bags of WCB groundbait, assorted flavors, for the carp weighing closest to 11lbs 8oz

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3 hours ago, carphammer said:

Hey Frank, I have 4 bags of WCB groundbait, assorted flavors, for the carp weighing closest to 11lbs 8oz

Thanks, Dave, for your kind generosity.  Much appreciated! --Frank

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