Aaron McManaway Wins Illini Division Super Tournament

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Published on October 1 2013 9:11 am
Last Updated on October 1 2013 9:11 am
Written by Millie Lange

SHELBYVILLE -- Aaron McManaway of Altamont, weighed in a two-day total of seven bass totaling 20 pounds, 13 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division Super Tournament on Lake Shelbyville. For his victory, McManaway earned $6,840.

McManaway kept an open mind and changed with the conditions to pick up his first BFL win since 2006 by nearly three pounds.
 
“I was fishing a shallow windblown pattern,” said McManaway. “I was basically chasing shad on shallow flats. It worked pretty good Saturday because we had low pressure and a little bit of cloud cover, but I knew Sunday I was probably in trouble.
 
“Everybody struggled Sunday,” said McManaway. “I’m lucky I had what I had. I had to go a little deeper Sunday; they backed off and set up on some deeper cover. I didn’t catch much, but I caught enough. Fishing the conditions was the key to winning. I just went with my gut and it worked.”
 
McManaway said he fished a Spro Aruku Shad in less than three feet of water on the first day and flipped a Berkley Chigger Craw in six feet of water on the second day.
 
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
 
Second -- Marion Cordes, Sullivan, Ill., 10 bass, 18-0, $2,270

Third -- Brian Futch, Vienna, Ill., eight bass, 17-10, $1,515

Fourth -- Leroy McDuffie, McLeansboro, Ill., six bass, 17-8, $1,059 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

Fifth -- Michael Black, Toledo, Ill., six bass, 15-3, $908

Sixth -- Kyle Danhausen, Kanakee, Ill., eight bass, 14-9, $832

Seventh -- Toby Corn, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 14-5, $757

Eighth -- Mike Barnes, Mackinaw, Ill., seven bass, 13-13, $681

Ninth -- Brent Ausbrook, Olney, Ill., five bass, 13-7, $605

10th -- Allen Williford, West Frankfort, Ill., six bass, 13-2, $530
 
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
 
Dany Danhausen of Kanakee, Ill., weighed in a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 17 pounds, 8 ounces Sunday to win $2,270 in the co-angler division.
 
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

Second -- Bob Rask, Dahinda, Ill., five bass, 12-13, $1,135

Third -- Tony Westjohn, Montrose, Ill., six bass, 11-9, $757

Fourth -- J.D. Walker, Noble, Ill., five bass, 10-9, $530

Fifth -- Roy Bradford, Bushnell, Ill., five bass, 9-15, $454

Sixth -- Jacob Collins, Hillsboro, Ill., five bass, 9-13, $416

Seventh -- Patrick Odell, Windsor, Ill., four bass, 9-5, $378

Eighth -- Jimmy Null, Bethalto, Ill., four bass, 7-8, $341

Ninth -- Joe Seiber, Red Bud, Ill., five bass, 7-6, $303

10th -- Bill Higgins, Albers, Ill., three bass, 6-9, $265
 
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
 
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.