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Im in, no matter what the weather!

Glad to hear it, Larry. At least 4 will be there.

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see yas there ...............................

Glad to hear it, Cory! At least 5 will be there.

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Carp quality and quantity were left wanting at our April 21st tournament as a wicked cold front passed through the area yesterday and continued today. Nevertheless, 11 hardy anglers faced the windchils in the 20's this morning and a cold northeast wind all day to participate in our contest. It seems as if we have been snakebitten in recent years with cold weather and turned-off fish on the days of our rowing lagoon tournaments. I am hoping things warm up for the May 5th event that features a full house of 20 participants.

Today's 11 angers captured 18 fish among themselves, although most were only in the 8-10 pound range--an aberration for the lagoon where the average weight is typically in the teens.

Fourteen-year-old Lintaro Kajiwara took the 3rd place medal/money for the big three event with two fish at 26+ pounds, including a nice 19-5.

Mike Olinger was 2nd with his 3 fish at about 30 pounds. Mike also won the side pot for total weight with 7 fish at 62 pounds. His high total weight also won the Chub Bait Bucket donated by Jim Donlan and Westside Bait and Tackle.

Frank Rink won the event with his big 3 at about 42 pounds. He also took the big fish pot/medal with a 21-11.

More details and pics will be posted soon.

Thanks to all who participated and faced some tough weather and a tougher bite: Cory Bohmann, Lintaro Kajiwara, Munenori Kajiwara, Adam Charns, Darren Calver, Mike Olinger, Larry Seeman, Jason Towne, Dan Ramir, Tracy Jourdan, and Frank Rink.--Frank

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Final Results and a Few Photos

"Maybe They Will Bite" Carp Tournament

Lincoln Park Rowing Lagoon, Chicago, IL

April 21, 2012

Carp quality and quantity were left wanting at our April 21st tournament as a wicked cold front passed through the area on April 20th and continued on April 21st. Nevertheless, 11 hardy anglers faced the windchills in the 20's on the morning of our tournament and braved a cold northeast wind all day to participate in our contest.

It seems as if we have been snakebitten in recent years with cold weather and turned-off fish on the days of our rowing lagoon tournaments. I am hoping things warm up for the May 5th event that features a full house of 20 participants.

The 11 angers captured 18 fish among themselves totaling 181 pounds, 1 ounce. Most fish were only in the 8-10 pound range--an aberration for the lagoon where the average weight is typically in the teens.

The contest featured a big 3 format; that is, the total weight of the each angler's biggest three captured carp determined final placement in the standings.

Fourteen-year-old Lintaro Kajiwara took the 3rd place medal/money for the big three event with two fish at 26-13, including a nice 19-5.

Mike Olinger was 2nd with his 3 fish at 30-10. Mike also won the side pot for total weight with 7 fish at 63-3 . His high total weight also won the Chub Bait Bucket donated by Jim Donlan and Westside Bait and Tackle.

Frank Rink won the event with his big 3 at 43-1. He also took the big fish pot/medal with a 21-11.

Thanks to all who participated and faced some tough weather and a tougher bite: Cory Bohmann, Lintaro Kajiwara, Munenori Kajiwara, Adam Charns, Darren Calver, Mike Olinger, Larry Seeman, Jason Towne, Dan Ramir, Tracy Jourdan, and Frank Rink.--Frank Rink

The venue looked inviting, but the northeast winds had windchills in the 40's all day.

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Tracy Jourdan had first fish of the day--a nine pounder.

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Adam Charns and Darren Calver are prepared for the elements

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Lintaro Kajiwara with his excellent 19-5

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Jason Towne and Mike Olinger getting ready to land a carpmaybe2012_jason_mike.jpg

Tracy Jourdan at peg 2

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18 fish were netted--not many, but not bad considering the conditions

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Third place winner Lintaro Kajiwara

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Second place winner Mike Olinger

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Mike also won the total weight side pot and a Chub Bait Bucket donated by Jim Donlan (Thanks, Jim!)

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Tournament winner Frank Rink with a 12-2

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Big Fish winner Frank Rink (21-11)

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"Top 5" stats:

"Top 5" Big 3 Totals

Frank Rink - 43-1

Mike Olinger - 30-10

Lintaro Kajiwara - 26-13

Dan Ramir - 24-12

Tracy Jourdan - 9-0

"Top 5" Big Fish

Frank Rink - 21-11

Lintaro Kajiwara - 19-5

Frank Rink - 12-2

Mike Olinger - 10-9

Mike Olinger - 10-8

"Top 5" Total Weight

Mike Olinger - 7 fish - 63-3

Frank Rink - 5 fish - 57-5

Lintaro Kajiwara - 2 fish - 26-13

Dan Ramir - 3 fish - 24-12

Tracy Jourdan - 1 fish - 9-0

Thanks to the following who took and/or submitted photos: Larry Seeman, Munenori Kajiwara, Tracy Jourdan.

Good luck to these who will fish the May 5th Cinco de Mayo Pig Hunt at the rowing lagoon.--Frank

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Smooth Frank, very smooth. The sighn of a true gentleman. Hats off.

Tom.

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Smooth Frank, very smooth. The sighn of a true gentleman. Hats off.

Tom.

Thank you, Tom. I wish you could join us at one of these events someday.--Frank

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Hello Tracy here. Thanks for holding a great event, Mr. Rink. :hi501: Always enjoy time spent carp fishing down next to the zoo. It was chilly but about par for April on Chicago's lakefront. It was nice to see the guys after a long winter of tying rigs. Not all of us fish thru the winter. The tournament season has begun. Good luck guys. later

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Hello Tracy here. Thanks for holding a great event, Mr. Rink. :hi501: Always enjoy time spent carp fishing down next to the zoo. It was chilly but about par for April on Chicago's lakefront. It was nice to see the guys after a long winter of tying rigs. Not all of us fish thru the winter. The tournament season has begun. Good luck guys. later

Thanks, Tracy. I only hope it warms up for 5/5, but the long range forecast calls for another day in the 50's. We'll see. --Frank

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