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17th Street Bar and Grill

Kinkaid Lake, May 6, 2007, by FutureBass

Weather: Cloudy turning Sunny
Water Temp 67-72

The 17th Street Bar and Grill held its annual event on May 6th. The event is always an area favorite with tons of prizes being awarded at weigh-in and free BBQ and beverages compliments of 17th Street bar and Grill. 

69 boats launch at 6am to weather conditions consisting of clouds and light fog. The morning hours remained cloudy and didn't break until about 10:30am and then quickly became sunny. Fishing conditions were tough as fish were in multiple stages of spawn, post spawn and even a few pre-spawn fish. Even with the tough conditions the event always draws a strong field of accomplished anglers and respectable weights were brought to the scales.

The first place team of Paul Estel from Chester, IL. and Keith Gale of Ava, IL. had a slow start to the day but found a good mid day bite and hooked the largest fish of the day just before weigh-in. The team was using plastics in water depths ranging from 2 to 6 feet. They reported they were not looking at their fish but they may have been on beds. They had a five fish limit with a total weight of 15.36 lbs and the bag was anchored by the second biggest bass of they day weighing in at 4.59 lbs. They took home checks totaling $2,000.00 for the place plus an additional $180.00 for second big bass.

The second place team of Ryan Panke and Brian Cole reported a slow start to the day also. The team moved around quite a bit and developed a pattern later in the day. They reported catching their fish on shallow diving crankbaits in water depths of 2-5 feet over and around beds. They had a total weight of 14.45 lbs and earned checks totaling $1,150.00 for the place.

The third place team of Ron Reeder from Murphysboro, IL. and Don Porter of Cape Giardeau, MO. had a good start to the day reporting boating their first fish within the first 15 minutes. They had about 8 primary spots they had found in practice but the east winds killed 3 of them by with muddy water. They were catching their fish in about 6 to 10 feet of water using light line and plastics. They had a total weight of 11.14 lbs and earned $900.00 for the place.

Big Bass of the day went to the team of Scott Struense and Jon Hopt. They caught the big fish off a bed in 4 to 6 feet of water using tubes. The big fish weighed in at 4.81 lbs and earned the team $500.00 on the day. The team is sponsored by Dupo Marine, BassCat Boats and B&R Outlaw Rods.

4th                SULLIVAN AND LaMASTER  4 FISH, 10.23, $650.00
5th & BB        STRUENSE/HOUPT             3 Fish, 10.07, $950.00
6th                BENNETT/BENNETT            4 Fish, 9.71, $350
7th                SCHNEISER/HUBLER           3 Fish, 9.35, $200
8th                EHLERS/TOPE                    4 Fish, 9.19, $150
9th                BYRNES/SPRADLEY             3 Fish, 8.78, $100
10th              POERS/BURNSIDE               3 Fish, 8.55, 2 Rod Reel Combo's
11th              PHILLIPS/ASHBURY             2 Fish, 6.68, 2 Rods

17th Street Bar and Grill