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Kevin Cupp and Brent Sporleder
Clinton Lake, July 28, 2007, by Carl Parks


The Friday night pre-tournament meeting was held at the Weldon Village Hall on July 27th with a wonderful feast of beef brisket and pork shoulder provided by Black Kettle. Ted Reva and his wife from Lane , Illinois are competition BBQer’s and it is GOOOOD! Thanks again Ted. We also had some sides of potato salad, baked beans, green beans, and chips with chocolate cake for dessert. Are you full yet? After dinner we were blessed with a special performance by The Brown Family Southern Gospel Singers. Tony Brown and three of his ten children (Tony, Marlan, and Samantha) sang gospel songs to us and Tony gave us the message. The kids do a lot of street witnessing. They are truly an example of a strong Christian family. They will go anywhere anytime. If you would like to schedule them for a visit call (815) 476-9811 or .

Saturday morning was muggy and calm but there was significant cloud cover. You could see the moisture in the air in the fog above the surface of the water. Once the visibility was good we launched the seventeen teams off into the morning haze and would anticipate their return in the afternoon. With the hot weather and prior tournaments on the lake some were expecting it to be a tough bite but when God is involved in something and we ask him to provide a bountiful catch there are always plenty of fish brought to the scales at the 3:00 pm weigh-in. Out of the seventeen teams there were six limits of five bass weighed in and every boat brought fish. 

It was last months winners Brent Sporleder from Fisher and Kevin Cupp from Mansfield who would continue there streak with the heaviest five fish limit by only three tenths of a pound with 13.56 lbs. They also caught the second largest bass of the day with a largemouth that weighed 3.45 lbs. Total winnings for the team was $1,133.00. 

The team of Jack Peplow and Bob Nelson both from Danville finished just shy of first with five fish weighing 13.53 lbs. They also caught the big bass of the day with a largemouth weighing 4.47 lbs. earning them a total of $699.00. 

Third place was the team of Bryan Williams from Mahomet and Michael Sanders from Monticello with a five fish limit theat weighed 11.93 lbs. to finish in our final money spot earning them $318.00. 

Fourth place was Bryan Thrasher and Jeff Henson with five fish weighing 10.74 lbs. Fifth place was Art Griggs and Dave Blume with a limit that weighed 10.60 lbs. Sixth place was the father and son team of James and Jim Ferrell with five bass weighing 9.92 lbs. Seventh place was Travis Boley and John Mckinney with four fish that weighed 9.13 lbs. Eighth place was Bobby Hawes and Tom Followell with three bass weighing 7.13 lbs. Ninth place was Mark Busch and Dee Hobbs with four fish weighing 6.94 lbs. Tenth place was the husband and wife team of Marlan and Debbie Brown with three fish weighing 6.93 lbs. Eleventh place- Terry Potts / Ian Estes 6.77 lbs. Twelfth place- Jay Peterson / Mike Barnes 6.41 lbs. Thirteenth place- Jason Waldshmidt / Chris Hall 3.75 lbs. Fourteenth place- Troy Boley / Terry Adair 3.64 lbs. Fifteenth place- Billy Caudill / Rob Caudill 3.19 lbs. Sixteenth place- Toby Hart / Lito Veliz 2.08 lbs. Seventeenth place- Tim Potts / Justin Williams 2.04 lbs.

Our final event on Clinton Lake is August 11th. Nearing the end of our season we have a very tight race for points. This final event will decide who will be our 2007 Central Illinois Division Champions. The winners will receive the points pot (cash), Jackets, special plaques from the National office, and also an automatic berth in the National Championship to fish for a Triton TR-20X with a 200HP Mercury outboard.

Our next Team Series event will be August 11th  at Clinton Lake and the Friday night meeting August 10th  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