Thirty-four boats took to the Des Plaines River last Saturday out of Channahon, Illinois, to kick off the 2014 high school competitive bass fishing tournament season. The District 230 series of tournaments, sponsored by Andrew High School, are the most competitive high school bass tournaments in northern Illinois and are attended by some of the best high school fishing teams in the state. The unseasonably mild weather provided a welcome relief to typically nasty early spring fishing. Brother Rice Boat #1 with Hays and Moriarty, captained by Head Coach Ted Lowery’73, struck early with two keeper bass in the boat within the first half-hour of fishing. They rounded out the day with three additional keepers for a final bag weighing just under eight pounds. They had the only five fish limit of the tournament. Hays and Moriarty are team captains and are in their fourth year of competition high school bass fishing.
Brother Rice Boat #2 with junior Adan Magnan, sophomore Dan Malone, and freshman Pat Nielson, captained by Assistant Coach Jim Opoka, also had an excellent day and finished in fifth place. Malone and Nielson both had nice lunker bass close to three pounds each. They finished the day with three keeper bass for a final bag weight just over six pounds. They missed fourth place by just .2 ounces and third place by just three ounces.
The Crusader anglers now move on to consecutive tournaments over the next two months, including the IHSA Sectionals on April 25, also on the Des Plaines River. The team schedule with tournament information, results, and pictures can be found on the team website.
Congratulation men for a job well done!