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Kevin Cupp and Brent Sporleder
Clinton Lake, June 23, 2007, by Carl Parks


Friday June 22nd the Central Illinois Division of Fishers of Men held their pre-tournament meeting at the Weldon Village Hall with another great meal. Italian beef  was the main course with pasta salad, baked beans, and hash brown casserole on the side. For dessert were brownies and cookies. After dinner the director Carl Parks gave the message from the word of God (The Bible) on how we should be prepared for the promise of being a Christian (Trials, Temptation, and Persecution) and how we should battle the enemy. 1 Peter Chapter 4:12-18 tells us not to be surprised when we suffer but rejoice because we are blessed. Amen! Carl also showed us how he learned spiritual warfare from the scriptures and how to stand firm against the evil one. James Chapter 4:7-8, John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8-9, and Ephesians 6:10 were all read and it was a very powerful message on how we should be self controlled and alert and to put on the full armor of God because the devil wants what we have. Afterward one person gave their life to Christ and four people rededicated their lives to the Lord. Thank you Jesus!

Saturday morning at safe light eighteen teams set out in hopes of bringing back the winning weight of Bass. The air temperatures were in the upper sixties Saturday morning and got up in the high seventies by the afternoon. The skies were cloudy and the winds were breezy which made for near perfect fishing conditions. With the 3:00 PM weigh-in just thirty minutes away the weather decided it would try to postpone our festivities by dumping 2-3 inches of rain on us. We tried to wait it out but it never stopped raining the rest of the afternoon. We decided to start weighing them in and team after team came to the scales with fish, in fact all eighteen teams had at least three bass. There were in total ten five fish limits caught. When the scales were officially closed it was the team of Kevin Cupp of Mansfield and Brent Sporleder from Fisher who had the heaviest bag of fish weighing 15.93 lbs and also the Big Bass of the tournament with a Largemouth the weighed 4.85 lbs. earning them $1,194.00 in prize money. In Second place was the team of Tim Potts of Clinton and Justin Williams from Wapella with a limit that weighed 15.54 lbs earning themselves $606.00.Third place was the team of Bryan Williams from Mahomet and Michael Sanders from Monticello with five fish that weighed 14.23 lbs. giving them $328.00 in prize money. Fourth place was the team of Terry Potts and Ian Estes with a limit weighing 13.61 lbs. Fifth place was the team of Travis Boley and John Mckinney with five fish that weighed in at 12.01 lbs. Sixth place was the team of  Steve Riddle and Clint Seaman with five bass weighing 11.40 lbs. Seventh place was the husband and wife team of Marlan and Debbie Brown with a limit weighing 10.73 lbs. Eighth place was the team of Billy and Rob Caudill  with four fish that weighed 10.52 lbs including one fish that weighed 4.63 lbs to take the second Big Bass prize of $72.00. Ninth place was the team of Jason Waldschmidt and Chris Hall with five bass weighing 9.98 lbs. Tenth place was the team of Troy Boley and Terry Adair with five fish weighing 9.97 lbs. Eleventh place Jeff Cooley / Brandon Baker three fish 9.73 lbs. Twelfth place Bryan Thrasher / Mark Mixel  five fish 9.49 lbs. Thirteenth place Tom Followell / Bobby Hawes four fish 9.17 lbs. Fourteenth place Dan Reynolds / Dale McCumsey four fish 8.57 lbs. Fifteenth place James and Jim Ferrell three fish 8.38 lbs. Sixteenth place Mark Busch / Dee Hobbs four fish 8.28 lbs. Seventeenth place Jesse and Anthony Lopez three bass 6.65 lbs. Eighteenth place Dave Blume/ Art griggs three fish 4.97 lbs. There were a total of  78 bass weighing 189.16 lbs that were caught from Clinton Lake on Saturday. Wow! Congratulations to all our anglers

Our next Team Series event will be July 28rd at Clinton Lake and the Friday night meeting July 27nd at the Weldon Village Hall 6:30 PM. Annual membership for the Team Series is $35 per angler or $70 per team and an entry fee of $150 per team per event. Pay out is one place per every five boats entered.

For more information on any of our events please contact the Central Illinois Director Carl Parks at 217-621-1386 or e-mail or visit the national web-site at

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our local sponsors for their support and donations to our ministry. Clinton Walmart, Victory Christian Center in Urbana, The City of Clinton, The Clinton IGA Food liner,  Peterson Insurance, Kathy Look with American Home Loans. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to our ministry please make checks payable to “Fishers of Men” 204 Wilsey Ln. Sidney , Illinois 61877 . Thank you and God bless.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fine companies that make Fishers of Men possible; Triton Boats, Mercury, Shakespeare, All Star Rods, Pflueger, Strike King Lure Company,  XTools, Solar Bat, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Keelshield, MotorGuide, SOSPENDERS,Marshall’s Marine Lake City SC, Kistler,  All-Terrain Tackle, Dual Pro Charger,  Lowrance, Buckeye Lures,  Stanley Jigs,  Deka Marine Master Batteries, Spike-It, Jacobs Glass, Hooah Energy Bars, Poor Boys Baits, T&H Marine BASS Rx, and Keep Alive