On August 16th, Chris Groh and Jimmy Schmehl
of Antioch, IL backed up their July 12th
victory with another impressive conquest. Besting the
field of 40 boats, the team kept their momentum going by
nailing 15.41 lbs. of largemouth from the Fox Chain of
Lakes. Groh commented that they caught their fish all
over; mostly on the North end on some key weed patches,
before heading South for upgrades. Their fish were more
spread out this time around – catching “one here and one
there.” The team reported around 10 hrs. practice time
to locate their winning fish.
The 5 lb. bruiser Chris and Jimmy caught was a finicky
fish, biting 3 times on 3 consecutive pitches, before
making its way into their livewell. It also managed to
straighten a beefy hook which fell out promptly after
the fish was landed. It usually takes some good fortune
to beat out such a talented field of anglers – and these
two certainly still have the mojo in their boat. Their
big bass earned the team $320 and 1st place
netted $1,400 for a very profitable day of fishing.
Great job guys. The team is sponsored by: Raymond
Chevrolet, Triangle Sports,
www.utrap.com, Twin Lakes Marina Inc., The Roost on
59, B & D Landscaping, RL Burman Plumbing, Miholizich
www.stickerdude.com, Ed Kanabay Remax, JM Tickers,
Can Custom Tile and Grass Lake Landing Restaurant and
Finishing a close 2nd with 15.05 was the
father and son duo Bob and Rob Fleming of Fox Lake, IL.
This team did not practice and were counting on their
typical summer pattern to hold up for this event.
Obviously it did as they reported catching fish on the
North end all day with a total of 8 keepers. Their big
bag of fish came off weed edges, weed flats and docks.
Rob commented that their keys were sticking to the
pattern even when things got tough and finally landing
that kicker fish that had eluded them thus far this
season. Ironically, every time the Flemings would say
“let’s leave and try something else,” they would catch a
keeper! Nice work team Fleming.
Finishing 3rd were Rick Fry and Joe Marchese,
both Chain veterans that are always a threat come weigh
in time. Rick and Joe whacked a limit tipping the
scales at 13.59 lbs. to move up in the standings and
secure another top 3 finish. The team was unavailable
The next Chain tournament on the schedule is a make up
and is scheduled for September 7th. We hope
to see everybody there as the “Anglers of the Year”
contest continues to heat up as is the race to qualify
for the annual Big Bucks Championship where local
anglers fish for 3 boats! 3 teams have already
qualified by winning an event and the next ten teams by
points are positioned well to attend the fall classic.
It should be a great fight to the finish to win anglers
of the year and qualify for the classic. Where else can
you fish against 80 or 100 teams for a chance to win one
of 3 boats? Kudos to Jack and Julie Mudgett for
presenting us all with such a great opportunity.
A Side note: Jack served notice to all at the outset of
this tournament that cheating has not, is not and never
will be tolerated in this circuit. Addressing recent
rumors and reports of cheating (moving fish, etc.), Jack
laid the issue to rest with a stern warning and the
promise of a lie detector at the classic which will ask
questions about the entire season. Please be careful
with accusations, rumors and “dock talk” as nothing can
kill a circuit or the fun of tournaments faster than
unfounded gossip. If you have an issue, please bring it
up in a professional manner to the director or with that
A big thanks again goes out to; Chrome Bar and Grill for
hosting the tournament, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards,
Action Marine and Jack and Julie Mudgett for putting on
a great tournament. We’ll see everybody September 7th!