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WE HAVE A FULL FIELD OF 20 ANGLERS FOR THE NOVEMBER 11 "HONOR THE VETS" TOURNAMENT!

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Sign up on this thread for the Saturday, November 11, 2017 "Honor the Vets" Big 4 Tournament at Joliet!
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Date, Peg Choice, Time Parameters for Tournament, Format:  Saturday, November 11, 2017 will mark the Illinois Tournament Series' "Honor the Vets" 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 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a 6:00 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 6:00 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  6:00 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 6:00 a.m. will draw, using the same format as the 6:00 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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Trophy and Medals:  In addition to the monetary prizes, a trophy standing over two feet tall will be awarded to the Big 4 Champion on November 11!
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In addition, medals will be awarded to the 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 include 2 3/4" diameter medals in gold, silver, and bronze for 1st (will be inserted on the trophy topper), 2nd, 3rd in the Big 4 event.  Recipients will also receive 50%-30%-20% of the entry fees for their accomplishments. 
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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.  Approval for the tournament has already been acquired by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and by the City of Joliet.  Required insurance is also in place.

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 in this annual Fall event that occurs around Veterans Day.  Some of the "regular" participants will be at another fishing adventure, so this is a special opportunity for newcomers to join us.  You are most welcome!

Good luck. Hope you can make it for some of this fall’s events:

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 optional "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
Sunday, December 31, 2017-Monday, January 1, 2018 - "Pre-FFF" Big 4 Tournament and optional "Most-Carp" Contest in Joliet, IL (10 pm on 12/31 through 8am on 1/1/18). —Dr. Frank Rink, Tournament organizer

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WE ARE FULL!

Participants (20):

Anthony Hartung 

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Chuck Ferczok 
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Cory Bohmann 
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Emilio Montoya 
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Walter Wheeler 
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Mike Olinger 
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Chad Bettisch
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Ronnie Harding
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Justin Keaton
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Chris Matthews

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Fred Rhodes
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Jeff Conroy
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Tony Stout
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Radu Volintir
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Brett Du Preez

Mike Tylka

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Mark Hubbard
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Jimmy Sneed
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Ryan Miller
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Frank Rink
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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, December 9, and December 31/January 1.  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 (except for the Dec. 31 event, which will be held at the Jackson St. pegs). 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 cast 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, but you must cast from a position of no more than 20 feet from your peg flag. You may also position your rods as close to the bridges/ends as possible, but within 20 feet of the peg flag (pegs 1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24E, J-1, J-2, J-3, J-14).

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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Chad Bettisch is in!  Thanks, Chad! :yourock:

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Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Frank Rink

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Ronnie Harding is in!  Thanks, Ronnie! :yourock:
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Justin Keaton is in!  Thanks, Justin! :yourock:
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Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Connor Reno
Ronnie Harding
Justin Keaton
Frank Rink

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Chris Matthews is in!  Thanks, Chris! :yourock:
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Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Connor Reno
Ronnie Harding
Justin Keaton
Chris Matthews
Frank Rink

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Fred Rhodes is in!  Thanks, Fred!  :yourock:
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Participants, so far:
Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Ronnie Harding
Justin Keaton
Chris Matthews 
Fred Rhodes
Frank Rink

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Jeff Conroy is in!  Thanks, Jeff! :yourock:
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Participants, so far (13):

Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Ronnie Harding
Justin Keaton
Chris Matthews 
Fred Rhodes
Jeff Conroy
Frank Rink

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Tony Stout is in!  Thanks, Tony! :yourock:

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Participants, so far (14):

Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Ronnie Harding
Justin Keaton
Chris Matthews 
Fred Rhodes
Jeff Conroy
Tony Stout 
Frank Rink

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Radu Volintir is in for November 11's "Honor the Vets" Tournament!  Thanks, Radu! :yourock:
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Participants, so far (15):

Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Ronnie Harding
Justin Keaton
Chris Matthews 
Fred Rhodes
Jeff Conroy
Tony Stout 
Radu Volintir
Frank Rink

 

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Brett Du Preez is in!  Thanks, Brett! :yourock:

Participants, so far (16):

Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Ronnie Harding
Justin Keaton
Chris Matthews 
Fred Rhodes
Jeff Conroy
Tony Stout 
Radu Volintir
Brett Du Preez
Frank Rink

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5 hours ago, Blacksheep said:

$50 Visa gift card to the fish angler to catch a carp over 20# on Nov. 11th,

 

 

Thanks, so much, Larry! :yourock:

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Mike Tylka is in!  Thanks, Mike! :yourock:
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Mark Hubbard is in!  Thanks, Mark! :yourock:
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Participants, so far (19):

Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Ronnie Harding
Justin Keaton
Chris Matthews 
Fred Rhodes
Jeff Conroy
Tony Stout 
Radu Volintir
Brett Du Preez 
Larry Seeman 
Mike Tylka 
Mark Hubbard 
Frank Rink

JUST ONE OPENING REMAINS!

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We are just five days out from the November 11 "Honor the Vets" Tournament at Joliet.  Here are a few reminders:
 

1.  The weather forecast indicates a high in the mid-40's with a passing snow-shower or rain-shower in the morning.  Be prepared!

2.  Peg choice is at 6:00 a.m. sharp at the lot just SW of the Jefferson St. Bridge.  Try to get there a bit earlier for waiver signatures, entry fees, etc.  Fishing is from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  There is no chumming/feeding prior to 7:00 a.m.

3.  You will choose a peg based on the number you draw at 6:00 a.m.  I'll have some maps for those who might want to peruse one.

4.  Three rods will be allowed as long as the third rod is marked with your name and address.  Proper carp care (unhooking mat, knotless net, no treble hooks, quick catch, weigh, photograph, release) is expected.

5.  Entry fee is $20 for the Big 4 tournament.  All entry fees will be part of the monetary awards.  An optional Most-Carp contest is also available with an entry fee of $10.  A trophy for 1st and medals will also be awarded (2nd-3rd in Big 4 event, 1st-2nd in most carp event, 1st in specialty event).

6.  Best of luck.  If you are unable to make it, please let me know asap.  Thanks. --Frank

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Participants, so far (19):
Anthony Hartung 
Chuck Ferczok 

Cory Bohmann 
Emilio Montoya 
Walter Wheeler 
Mike Olinger 
Chad Bettisch 
Ronnie Harding
Justin Keaton
Chris Matthews 
Fred Rhodes
Jeff Conroy
Tony Stout 
Radu Volintir
Brett Du Preez 
Larry Seeman 
Mike Tylka 
Mark Hubbard 
Frank Rink

JUST ONE OPENING REMAINS!

 

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If the weather is decent, I'm hoping to drive down to watch and learn. I've never been to this type of tournament.

 

Edit: It seems my post count was reset for some reason.

Edited by Tater

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4 hours ago, Tater said:

If the weather is decent, I'm hoping to drive down to watch and learn. I've never been to this type of tournament.

 

Edit: It seems my post count was reset for some reason.

Experience is the best teacher.  You are welcome to join us as either as a spectator or as a participant.  Thanks for your interest. -- Frank

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Thanks FJR. Even though I joined this forum a few years ago, but I'm still a rookie. Had major health issues and haven't fished much at all. Would definitely like to see you guys in action one of these days.

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Jimmy Sneed is in!  Thank you, Jimmy! :yourock:
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Ryan Miller is in!  Thanks, Ryan!  :yourock:
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WE NOW HAVE A FULL FIELD OF 21 ANGLERS FOR THE NOVEMBER 11 "HONOR THE VETS" TOURNAMENT! 

Thanks and good luck to all!

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Participants:
1 Anthony Hartung 
2 Chuck Ferczok 
3 Cory Bohmann 
4 Emilio Montoya 
5 Walter Wheeler 
6 Mike Olinger 
7 Chad Bettisch 
8 Ronnie Harding 
9 Justin Keaton 
10 Chris Matthews 
11 Fred Rhodes 
12 Jeff Conroy 
13 Tony Stout 
14 Radu Volintir 
15 Brett Du Preez 
16 Larry Seeman 
17 Mike Tylka 
18 Mark Hubbard 
19 Jimmy Sneed 
20 Ryan Miller 
21 Frank Rink

 

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Frank, sorry but I have to be the first angler to back out for Saturday. Something came up. The prize for fist carp over 20# still stands, I will deliver it at the peg draw Saturday morning.

If the 20# carp prize isn't won It is to be awarded to Frank Rink for all his work organizing all of these events.

Just wanted to give you the common courtesy to let you know that I wont be there on Saturday, ----- LARRY. 

Edited by Blacksheep

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13 hours ago, Blacksheep said:

Frank, sorry but I have to be the first angler to back out for Saturday. Something came up. The prize for fist carp over 20# still stands, I will deliver it at the peg draw Saturday morning.

If the 20# carp prize isn't won It is to be awarded to Frank Rink for all his work organizing all of these events.

Just wanted to give you the common courtesy to let you know that I wont be there on Saturday, ----- LARRY. 

Larry--No problem on being unable to attend.

In regard to the prize, I appreciate the gracious generosity, but if a 20# carp isn't captured, I prefer that you take the prize back and perhaps award it at another time.  Thanks. --Frank

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