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Sign up here to participate in the October 28, 2017 Illinois Carp Fishing News J-Town Fall 40s "Autumn Colors" Big 4 Tournament in Joliet, IL.
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Date, Peg Choice, Time Parameters for Tournament, Format:  Saturday, October 28, 2017 will mark the Illinois Tournament Series' "Autumn Colors" Big 4 Carp Tournament at Joliet's DesPlaines River. This event will feature a Big 4 format.  The tournament will run from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 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. 


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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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 October 28.  Thanks for your consideration!

A few rules reminders for the series follow on the next post.

Good luck. Hope you can make it for some of this fall’s events.   —Dr. Frank Rink, Tournament organizer

 

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The Detailed Rules for the Fall 2017 Illinois Carp Fishing News Tournament Series at Joliet 

Some details may change tournament to tournament, but these are the basics:

Safe carp care is a must. No treble hooks are allowed. Do not gill captured fish. Unhooking mats are required.

1. The 2017 Illinois Carp Fishing News Tournament J-Town Series will feature several separate tournaments on October 28, November 11, November 25, and perhaps one in December.  Anglers may fish in all events or pick and choose which events he/she would like to attend.

2. Most tournaments will be Big 4 events (total of heaviest four carp caught by an angler during the tournament). There will also be an optional contest for Total Number of Fish.  There will also be Specialty Events with tackle/bait items as prizes.

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 shall be about 10-20 yards apart and will be staked out by the league official(s) and numbered PRIOR TO CHOOSING PEGS.

3. Bicentennial Park (16 pegs), the east bank (13 pegs), and Jackson Street (14 pegs) will be pegged for each event.  Consequently, there will be 43 separate pegs available for a tournament. 

4. At each sessions designated peg choice time, anglers, who are present, who have signed a 2017 waiver of liability, and who have paid their entry fees, will be part of the peg assignment process.

Each tournament will feature peg choices by participating anglers. At all sessions, 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.

Peg choices will be made in the numerical order of chip numbers drawn. 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. 

Anglers arriving after the designated peg draw time will draw, using the same format as the original 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."

5. Tournaments will be limited to a minimum of four anglers, and, usually, there will be no maximum. However, the organizer may set a maximum participation limit.

6. Anglers may go to their pegs immediately after they choose their pegs. All pegs 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 section. For purposes of witnessing catches, there are eight sections defined by the following peg groupings: (1, 2, 3, 4), (5, 6, 7, 8), (9, 10, 11, 12), (13, 14, 15, 16), (17, 18, 19), (20, 21, 22), (23, 24, 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 24E) (J-1 through J-14 at Jackson St.). An isolated angler (no others in 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 6 (six) feet to either side of their peg/flag 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. You may also position your rods as close to the bridges/ends as possible (pegs 1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24E (do not enter police parking lot), 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 one of the 43 marked/flagged pegs in 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. Only one peg change is allowed over the course of the tournament.  You may not return to your original peg.
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 2017 Illinois fishing license for events from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

15. The entry fees are $20 for the day. 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 total number of carp captured.  That also features a 100% return at 60%-40% for first and second place.  

You must catch a fish to win a prize. If nobody catches fish or if fewer than three anglers catch fish, the un-won entry fees will be returned to non-winners in equal portions.  

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 evenly split.

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!

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Anthony Hartung is in!  Thanks, Anthony!  :yourock:

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Anglers participating, so far:
Anthony Hartung 
Frank Rink

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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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Emilio Montoya is in!  Thanks, Emilio!:yourock:
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With 4+ anglers, this event is a GO!

Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Emilio Montoya
Frank Rink

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Connor Reno is in!  Thanks, Connor! :yourock:
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Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Emilio Montoya
Connor Reno

Frank Rink

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The 2017 Illinois Carp Fishing News J-Town Fall 40's Tournament  Series will feature five tournaments as follows:

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - "Welcome Back" Big 4 Tournament and optional "Most-Carp" Contest in Kewanee, IL
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - "Autumn Colors" Big 4 Tournament and optional "Most-Carp" Contest in Joliet, IL
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - "Veterans Day" Big 4 Tournament and optional "Most-Carp" Contest in Joliet, IL
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - "Paul Wells Memorial - Thanksgiving" Big 4 Tournament and opt. "Most-Carp" Contest in Joliet, IL
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - "Sam Snow Memorial - Let It Snow" Big 4 Tournament and optional "Most-Carp" Contest in Joliet, IL

p.s.  If CAG has an FFF 2018, I'll also set up a side-tournament for that evening/morning (It will run from 10:00 p.m. on 12/31/17 through 6:00 a.m. on New Years Day!).

IDNR approval will be acquired prior to each event.  Liability insurance and City of Joliet approval have already been acquired.  I hope you can make some of the events.  Good luck! - Dr. Frank Rink, Series Organizer

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IDNR had a little glitch in their system during the past few days, but today I was able to complete tournament applications 2795 (10/28/17), 2796 (11/11/17), 2797 (11/25/17), and 2798 (12/9/17) for Joliet, IL events. I fully realize that this does not coincide with everyone's schedule, but all I need are four anglers for each event. We already have seven for Joliet's "Autumn Colors" Tournament on October 28, so that event is a GO. Sign-up here if interested. Other sign-ups will be available for the fall events once we get closer to the actual dates. Best of luck!

p.s.  If CAG has an FFF 2018, I'll also set up a side-tournament for that evening/morning (It will run from 10:00 p.m. on 12/31/17 through 6:00 a.m. on New Years Day!).

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Mike Sabia is in.  Thanks, Mike! :yourock:
Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Emilio Montoya
Connor Reno
Mike Sabia

Frank Rink

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wish i could make it ill be in michigan that week but that day ill be in my brothers wedding:(

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2 hours ago, SoCalCarper said:

wish i could make it ill be in michigan that week but that day ill be in my brothers wedding:(

Welcome to the Midwest, Cristian.  Wish you could have made the October 28 tournament.  Maybe we'll see you in Austin.  Congrats to your brother and his wife! --Frank

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Frank, I won't be able to commit to this event until the Thursday prior to this event. I hope there is room if that is the case.

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1 hour ago, Blacksheep said:

Frank, I won't be able to commit to this event until the Thursday prior to this event. I hope there is room if that is the case.

I guess we'll know if there is room on Thursday prior to the event.  If not, we'll make room. 

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The October 28, 2017 "Autumn Colors" Tournament application has been approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. We are good to go!

"Your tournament application for DES PLAINES/KANKAKEE has been approved by the IDNR Division of Fisheries.

NOTE: Site specific regulations apply for length and creel limits.

NOTE: Youth tournaments have a 12 inch minimum length and a 5 bass per boat limit.

Your tournament Details: 
APPROVED: APPROVE 
ID: 7295 
Date: 10-28-2017 through 10-28-2017 
Start Time: 730 
Species: Common Carp"

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21 hours ago, FJR1 said:

Welcome to the Midwest, Cristian.  Wish you could have made the October 28 tournament.  Maybe we'll see you in Austin.  Congrats to your brother and his wife! --Frank

thank you appreciate it 

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Chuck Ferczok is in.  Thanks, Chuck! :yourock:
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Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Emilio Montoya
Connor Reno
Mike Sabia
Chuck Ferczok
Larry Seeman (maybe)

Frank Rink

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Ronnie Harding and Radu Volintor (pictured below with a toothy fish) are in.  Thank you, gentlemen! :yourock:
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Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Emilio Montoya
Connor Reno
Mike Sabia
Chuck Ferczok
Ronnie Harding
Radu Volintir
Larry Seeman (maybe)

Frank Rink

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Mike Olinger is in.  Thank you, Mike! :yourock:
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Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Emilio Montoya
Connor Reno
Mike Sabia
Chuck Ferczok
Ronnie Harding
Radu Volintir
Mike Olinger
Larry Seeman (maybe)

Frank Rink

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1 hour ago, Jeff Conroy said:

Want to sign up for the Oct 28th Carp Tourney! Thanks!

Jeff Conroy

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Great!  Thanks, Jeff.:yourock:  You're in! --Frank
Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Emilio Montoya
Connor Reno
Mike Sabia
Chuck Ferczok
Ronnie Harding
Radu Volintir
Mike Olinger
Jeff Conroy
Larry Seeman (maybe)

Frank Rink

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  • Walter Wheeler is in!  Thanks, Walter.:yourock:  
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    Participants, so far:
    Anthony Hartung
    Chad Bettisch
    Cory Bohmann
    Emilio Montoya
    Connor Reno
    Mike Sabia
    Chuck Ferczok
    Ronnie Harding
    Radu Volintir
    Mike Olinger
    Jeff Conroy
    Walter Wheeler
    Larry Seeman (maybe)

    Frank Rink

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Frank, please remove me from the list for Oct 28th. All 3 of my building permits have gotten approved, so it's going to be a while that I can fish. Thanks again.

Unless the forecast is for rain all day, them I can fish.

 

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after thought

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11 hours ago, Blacksheep said:

Frank, please remove me from the list for Oct 28th. All 3 of my building permits have gotten approved, so it's going to be a while that I can fish. Thanks again.

Unless the forecast is for rain all day, them I can fish.

 

Will do.  Thanks for letting me know.

Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Emilio Montoya
Connor Reno
Mike Sabia
Chuck Ferczok
Ronnie Harding
Radu Volintir
Mike Olinger
Jeff Conroy
Walter Wheeler

Frank Rink

 

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Michael Zemeckis is in!  Thanks, Michael! :yourock:
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Victor Zemeckis is in!  Thanks, Victor! :yourock:
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Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung
Chad Bettisch
Cory Bohmann
Emilio Montoya
Mike Sabia
Chuck Ferczok
Ronnie Harding
Radu Volintir
Mike Olinger
Jeff Conroy
Walter Wheeler
Michael Zemeckis
Victor Zemeckis

Frank Rink

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Larry Seeman and Connor Reno will be unable to attend, but that still puts us at 14. I'm going to cap this event at 16, so most have a decent shot at an end or bridge or close to it.  Pegs 1 and 2 at Jackson (slip) will be open! Two angler openings remain! Good luck!
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