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Participating Anglers, so far (13):

1 Mike Olinger
2 Blagoja Arsov
3 Anthony Hartung
4 Cory Bohmann
5 Chris Matthews
6 Chad Bettisch
7 Walter Wheeler
8 Ryan Mitchell - maybe
9 Paul Zucca-Scott 
10 Larry Seeman 
11 Justin Keaton
12 Brandon Kim
13 Frank Rink

Sign up on this thread for the Saturday, September 29, 2018 "Fall is Here" Total-Carp and Big 4 Tournaments at Joliet!
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Date, Peg Choice, Time Parameters for Tournament, Format: Saturday, September 29, 2018 will mark the Illinois Tournament Series' "Fall is Here" Total-Carp and optional Big 4 Carp Tournaments at Joliet's DesPlaines River. The tournaments will run from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with a 6:00 a.m. peg choice. (Note 3:30 p.m. end time to get you home on time for Saturday evening activities!)

Entry: Entry is $10 for the Total-Carp tournament (total number of carp) with 100% payout to winning anglers at a rate of 50% for 1st, 30% for 2nd, and 20% for 3rd. The top three anglers will also receive medals (1st, 2nd, 3rd).

Optional Contest: There will be an optional $10 contest for Big 4 carp caught (your four highest weights) with 100% payout to the top three anglers at a 50%-30% -20% split. Both events' prizes will be rounded to the nearest $10.

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.

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.
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At each session's designated peg choice time, anglers, who are present, who have signed a 2018 waiver of liability, and who have paid their entry fees, will be part of the peg assignment process.

Each tournament will feature section choices by participating anglers. At all sessions, participating anglers will be part of a drawing to determine the order for section choice. The order of this draw will be in the chronological order that anglers arrived at the venue.

Section choices and fishing locations choices will be made in the numerical order of chip numbers drawn. The angler who draws the #1 chip will have first choice of sections/locations. The angler who draws the #2 chip will have second choice, and so on. If anglers choose the same section, the angler who chose that section first will have first choice of locations. Anglers are to designate their specific fishing location at the time of their section choice. Please space yourselves at least 10 paces apart (30 feet).

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: (Section A1 - pegs 1, 2, 3, 4), (Section A2 - pegs 5, 6, 7, 8), (Section B1 - pegs 9, 10, 11, 12), (Section B2 - pegs 13, 14, 15, 16), (Section C1 - pegs 17, 18, 19), (Section C2 - pegs 20, 21, 22), (Section D - pegs 23, 24, 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 24E) (Section E1 - pegs J-1 and J-2 at Jackson St.), (Section E2- pegs J-3 through J-14 at Jackson St.). An isolated angler (no others in sub-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.
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Medals: In addition to the monetary prizes, medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place angler in each tournament. Additional specialty medals may also be awarded (announced at peg draw or before).
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Medals include 2 3/4" diameter medals in gold, silver and bronze for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in both the Total-Carp and the Big 4 events.

Permits, Approvals, Insurance, Waivers: You will be required to sign a waiver of liability prior to your participation. Insurance and approval, required by the city of Joliet, have been acquired. IDNR approval has also been received.

Moving to Different Pegs: Unlimited peg changes are allowed over the course of the tournament. You may also return to one of your previously occupied pegs if another angler has not taken it.

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 September 29, 2018. Thanks for your consideration! —Dr. Frank Rink, Tournament organizer

Please be familiar with the following rules for the 2018 series and, specifically, the September 1, 2018 event in Joliet!

The Detailed Rules for the Fall 2018 Illinois Carp Fishing News Tournament Series at Joliet
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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 2018 Illinois Carp Fishing News Tournament J-Town Series will feature seven separate tournaments on September 1, September 29, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 8, and December 31. Anglers may fish in all events or pick and choose which events he/she would like to attend.

Sign up for these events will be on a first-come, first-served basis once sign-ups are announced and accepted (usually two weeks to one month before the event). Angler limits (number allowed) will also be announced.

2. All tournaments will be Total Carp events (number of carp caught by an angler during the tournament). There will also be an optional contest for Big 3, Big 4, Big 6, or Big 8 depending on the specific tournament. There will also be occasional Specialty Contests (first fish, last fish, etc.) with tackle/bait items as prizes. Entry fees have been reduced to $10 for the Total-Carp Tournament, and $10 for optional Big 3, 4, 6 or 8 Contest.

Two-person team events will be held in December with all other events constituting individual competition.

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.

Your fishing location choices must be, at least, ten yards/ten paces apart. Flags may be placed by the league official(s) at the "more popular" end/bridge locations PRIOR TO CHOOSING PEGS, or the organizer may point out the more popular locations to anglers not accustomed to the venue; but other locations are available and subject to the ten paces rule. AGAIN, we will choose fishing sections rather than specific pegs this year. Flags may be placed at the "more popular" pegs to determine spacing. Remaining locations are at the discretion of the angler, but please maintain at least a ten pace spacing to the next angler

3. Bicentennial Park (sections A and B), the east bank (section C and D), and Jackson Street (section E) will be available for each event. Consequently, there will be well over 50 separate locations available for a tournament.

4. At each session's designated peg choice time, anglers, who are present, who have signed a 2018 waiver of liability, and who have paid their entry fees, will be part of the peg assignment process.
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Each tournament will feature section choices by participating anglers. At all sessions, participating anglers will be part of a drawing to determine the order for section choice. The order of this draw will be in the chronological order that anglers arrived at the venue.

Section choices and fishing locations choices will be made in the numerical order of chip numbers drawn. The angler who draws the #1 chip will have first choice of sections/locations. The angler who draws the #2 chip will have second choice, and so on. If anglers choose the same section, the angler who chose that section first will have first choice of locations. Anglers are to designate their specific fishing location at the time of their section choice.

Anglers arriving after the designated peg draw time will draw, using the same format as the original draw, to determine choice of whatever sections/locations remain. There are no call-in section/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. However, the organizer may and probably will set a maximum participation limit for each tournament in 2018.

6. Anglers may go to their sections/locations immediately after they choose their sections/pegs. All fishing locations 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 sub-section. For purposes of witnessing catches, there are nine sub-sections defined by the following peg groupings: (Section A1 - pegs 1, 2, 3, 4 and/or more), (Section A2 - pegs 5, 6, 7, 8 and/or more), (Section B1 - pegs 9, 10, 11, 12 and/or more), (Section B2 - pegs 13, 14, 15, 16 and/or more), (Section C1 - pegs 17, 18, 19 and/or more), (Section C2 - pegs 20, 21, 22 and/or more), (Section D - pegs 23, 24, 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 24E and/or more) (Section E1 - pegs J-1 and J-2 at Jackson St.), (Section E2- pegs J-3 through J-14 at Jackson St. and/or more). An isolated angler (no others in sub-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 less than 10 paces (about 30 feet) from the next angler if you have anglers positioned on either side of you. An angler may fish up to HALF THE DISTANCE TO THE NEXT OCCUPIED LOCATION on either side. If you choose LOCATIONS where there is no angler at a peg to your left or to your right, you may cast/position as far to the left or right as you can/wish (or halfway to the next angler if he is several "pegs" away from you). 

You may also position your rods as close to the following bridge/end pegs as possible (pegs 1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 22, 23, J-1, J-2, J-14) if you wish.  

Anglers choosing the east bank section that includes 23, 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, and 24E locations near the Joliet police station are not allowed to cast/position beyond the south edge of the sidewalk-extended that leads to (is perpendicular to) the main entrance of the  police station.  You may also not go beyond this point to play or net fish.  This alleviates any problems with police concerns about unauthorized personnel in their Joliet police car/impoundment lot.  If an angler chooses this section, the organizer will point out the southern border or post a flag designating the boundary.
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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 within sections A though E designated for 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. Unlimited peg changes are allowed over the course of the tournament. You may also return to one of your previously occupied peg if another angler has not taken it.
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 2018 Illinois fishing license for events from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.
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15. The entry fees (reduced for 2018) are $10 for the day for the Total Carp Tournament. 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 Big 3, 4, 6, or 8 event. That also features a 100% return at at the rate of 50% for first, 30% for second, and 20% for third. To "spread the wealth" among participants at the events, an angler may win in only one category per contest. For example, if one places first in the Total Carp Tournament and second in Big 4 event, prize money and related hardware will be awarded to that angler only in the Total Carp Tournament or in whatever event category pays out the most money.

You must catch a fish to win a prize. If catches are not sufficient to award all entry fees, the un-won entry fees will be returned to non-winners in equal portions. Non-winners must be at the awards distribution following the event to qualify.
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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 determined by the second biggest fish in the group, and so on.
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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.
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21. Have fun, be safe, and catch some fish! Good luck! --Dr. Frank Rink, Event Coordinator

Here is a rundown of competition categories and hardware available for the September 29, 2018 “Fall is Here” Efvents at Joliet, IL:

Gold Medal (and 50% of entries) for 1st Place - Total Number of Carp Tournament.

Gold Medal (and 50% of entries) for 1st Place - Big 4 Tournament (optional).

Silver Medal (and 30% of entries) for 2nd Place - Total Number of Carp Tournament.

Silver Medal (and 30% of entries) for 2nd Place - Big 4 Tournament (optional).

Bronze Medal (and 20% of entries) for 3rd Place - Total Number of Carp Tournament.

Bronze Medal (and 20% of entries) for 3rd Place - Big 4 Tournament (optional).

First Place Medal for Total Weight of All Carp Captured.

First Place Medal for Big Mirror or Big Catfish (if no mirrors are recorded).

First Place Medal for First Carp of the Day.

First Place Medal for Last Carp of the Day.

First Place Medal for Carp Closest to Five (5) Pounds.

First Place Medal for Carp Closest to Ten (10) Pounds.

First Place Medal for Carp Closest to 15 (15) Pounds.

Good luck!

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