Mother Nature dominates at bass tourney

Mother Nature dominates at bass tourney

CARLYLE — When coaches talk about the one that got away Friday, they aren’t necessarily referring to any of the bass that populate Carlyle Lake.

“We’ve been here five of the six years the IHSA has had a (bass fishing state) tournament, and we’ve never had a complete tournament,” Monticello coach Doug Kunde said. “We’ve always, at some point, had to get off the water.”

Friday’s first round was scheduled to end at 3 p.m., but with an approaching storm, the IHSA asked all boats to leave the water immediately at 1:30.

“It was raining and really windy,” Atwood-Hammond coach Alan Hingson said. “Tough fishing if you weren’t from around the area and know how to figure things out.”

A-H has two boats in the competition. One stands 30th and the other 34th at the meet’s halfway mark. A-H’s lead boat consisted of Tyler Benedict and Austin Helfrich. Their two catches weighed in at 3 pounds, 7/16 ounces.

The area’s other two qualifiers, Monticello and Unity, are each in a tie for 38th. A total of 66 entries qualified for state, and 47 caught at least one fish during the opening round.

“(Friday) was one of those days,” Kunde said. “We hope to limit-out (Saturday) and find ourselves near the top of the leaderboard.”

Hingson said his anglers found fish during a Thursday practice round.

“They are still there,” he said. “Maybe the fish we located will be biting (Saturday).”

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