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RESULTS - Nov. 26 Paul Wells Memorial Thanksgiving Tournament at Joliet

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Chad Bettisch, Jim Rink, Chuck Ferczok place 1-2-3 at November 26 Paul Wells Memorial Thanksgiving Big 4 Carp Tournament; Chad Bettisch and Jim Rink go 1-2 in numbers contest!


During the Thanksgiving weekend, it was “feast” for the top four participants and “famine” for the remaining six anglers at the November 26 Paul Wells Memorial Thanksgiving Carp Tournament.  The top four contestants caught 24 carp while the rest of us captured just two collectively (Connor Reno and Larry Seeman each caught one carp).


Chad Bettisch made peg one the top producing peg for two events in a row with a Big 4 victory and a Big 4 weight of 57 pounds, two ounces (16-6, 15-7, 15-5, 10-0).  This is the second time that Chad has won the tournament over its ten-year run.


Chad also won the Most Carp event and related prizes with eight fish recorded.


Jim Rink caught five carp in the first two hours of the tournament and rode that fast start at peg 8 to a second place finish in the Big 4 event with 39-4 (12-5, 9-9, 9-0, 8-6).


Jim’s total of seven carp took home the second place prizes in the Most Carp event.


Chuck Ferczok made it a tightly contested tournament with four carp at his Jackson Street, peg 7 location for a 38-14 total (16-6, 9-8, 8-8, 4-8).  Chuck finished in third place in the Big 4 contest.  Chuck also won a free CAG membership as the highest placing non-CAG member in the competition.  Welcome to CAG, Chuck!


Dave Marceau’s 35-2 Big 4 total from peg 9 was good for 4th place and the related medal and throwing stick.


Jim Rink won the World Classic Baits method mixes donated by Dave Marceau for the carp closest to 11-8 (12-5).


Dave Marceau won a shirt donated by Chuck Ferczok for first fish of the day, a catfish at 7:43 a.m.


Chad Bettisch won another shirt donated by Chuck Ferczok for last fish of the day, a 15-7 carp netted at 3:54 p.m.


Everyone at the awards presentation went home with some kind of bait or tackle prize.


Big thanks to all ten participating anglers, and congratulations to the winners!


Our next and last event of 2016 will be the December 10 “Sam Snow Memorial - Holiday” Big 4 Tournament at Joliet, IL.  Sign up opportunities will be made available soon.  Hope you can make it. —Frank Rink

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Updated listing of Joliet Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament Champions (event now in its tenth year):

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

2016: Chad Bettisch

One-time champions:  Jim Rink (2012), Mike Woodworth (2013), Cory Bohmann (2013)
Two-time champions:  Paul Wells (2007, 2010), Mike Olinger (2008, 2015), Chad Bettisch (2014, 2016)
Three-time champion:  Frank Rink (2009, 2011, 2014) 

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