State bass fishing
Each one of the three El Paso-Gridley anglers had a catch as the Titans moved from 11th place up five places to finish sixth overall at the IHSA state Bass Fishing tournament Thursday.
Pontiac reeled in one fish on Thursday after not making a catch on Wednesday in the meet held at Lake Carlyle over two wet days.
There were 64 teams in the competition with 53 recording a catch. Buffalo Grove won the team title with nine fish in two days and a total weight of 13 pounds, 7 ounces. Mahomet-Seymour was second at 10¾ pounds with five fish.
EPG was sixth with five bass for 9 pounds, 9 ounces. Pontiac tied for 41st with one fish at 2 pounds, 2 ounces.
Tucker Schlipf got the Titans off to a good start Thursday when he snared a 2 ½-pound largemouth soon after getting on the water. EPG had a long dryspell before Jarrin Landrus and Sawyer Von Hoveln each caught a bass with abouyt 10 minutes remaining. Landrus' was the heavyweight at 3½ pounds.
“It was the toughest two days in the four trips we have been here,” EPG head coach Jim Bagnell said. “It is our best finish in the four trips to Lake Carlyle.”
Pontiac's Unified team was shut out on Thursday but its three fish from Wednesday were big enough to stay in first place in that division. The Indians' Case Bear had the biggest catch in the Unified competition with a 2-pound, 15-ounce haul. PTHS finished with a count of 5 pounds, 15 ounces, which was five ounces more than runnerup Minooka.