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The Illinois Walleye Trail resumed the 2008 schedule on Sunday 3-16-2008 at Spring Valley, IL. 45 teams from Indiania, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois participated. The river conditions continue to improve with record high water levels over the winter months. The fishermen found the saugers had moved out of the deeper holes and up onto the current breaks in preparation for the spring spawning run. Three basic presentations caught fish, crankbaits, pulling floaters, and with the old true method jig and minnow as the winning technique. Placing first were Max Actis and Mike Stuckert from Spring Valley, IL with a 5 fish basket weighing 14.18 lbs, earning them $1595.00. Also compliments of Hennepin Marine and Lunds Boats they received a $250.00 bonus check as the first Lund boat owner in the standings. Placing second, were Chris and John Perez from Crestwood, IL with a 6 fish limit weighing 14.17 lbs earning them $800.00. Third place honors went to Jason Wrosch from Melrose Park, IL and John Smith from Monmouth, IL with 5 fish weighing 11.13 lbs earning them $490.00. Big Fish honors went to Mark Michael and Manny Marques from Princeton, IL with a 3.81 sauger for $430.00. Hennepin Marine provided a gift certificate to the second Lund owner in the standings valued at $100.00. Guy Lopez and Paul Dimock were the recipients.

The next Illinois Walleye trail tornament is scheduled for April 6, 2008 at Spring Valley. Again Hennepin Marine and Lund Boats will be awarding $250.00 bonus money to a Lund boat owner. Complete results and information can be located at www.prairielandeyes.com. The annual Angler Young Angler (AYA) tornament is scheduled for June 1, 2008 at Hennepin, IL. This tournament is limited to 50 teams and is approaching that limit. Information can also be found on the above website or www.hennepinmarine.com .

We want to thank our fine sponsors, Hennepin Marine, Lund Boats, Mercury Marine, and Cabelas.
 

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Great work again bob. Very nice seeing the results so quickly posted.

Give those computer squirrels a couple more nuts... :-D
 

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Hats off to you regulars. That was a tough gig. Had a blast. Nice setup and some good guys out there. Mark, John , Jason.

Thanks again for the good times Stepman. That was a hoot.
 

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the fishing should only get better if the river holds up. missed a few hogs that would have placed us higher if they didnt come unhooked. we found the fish in deeper water . it was nice meeting labman! hope you had a good time! see you out there again in the future! :)2 congrats to john and jason on a great finish. see you guys out there for the naxt tourney.
 

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i think the bad karma started out for team komo when his partner almost went in the drink getting in the boat sunday morning. that was a close one!
 

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Labman. Are you hooked on handlineing now that you caught big fish for the tourney? Nice job!!!!!!!!! Just keep that secret bait under your hat. :eek:
 

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Mark, made me look the other way before he would tie on that lure.

Handlining, Eh? I see how it gets its nickname now.

And yes, Hooked for sure. Im searching gear now.
 

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Yep, it was a tough go. We found fish deeper too. But guess what, a barge grinds our breakline from side to side. We scrambled after that.

Nope no bass.............................................ever.

Yep, congrats to john and jason. nice work. And great job on the big fish mark.
 
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