CIO: Catch of the Week

Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 23 - 6/19 & 6/20/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Rob Gist, of Mt. Auburn!  

 

The flathead bite on Lake Sangchris is on!!  Rob set out last weekend to find a flathead...he found a "little" 25 pounder!  Then on his last cast, he hooked into a near PB 47 pounder!  Quite a trip!

 

 

From Rob: "I set off late friday night, but had a rough time catching blue gills for bait. I did end up with a few small ones, and got my lines out and around 1130 ish. I pulled in a 25lb flathead! I only had 1 live blue gill left so I tossed it on the hook and 30 minutes later bam my pole folded and got me a 47lb flattie!!!"
 

Rob will join us this weekend to tell the story!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 22 - 6/12 & 6/13/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Travis Sanders, of Taylorville!

 

Travis set out to recently for a couple of nights of catfishing at Sangchris Lake....he was successful!!

 

One night he pulled in a 38-pound flathead, and the next he pulled in a new PB - 39-pounds!  Travis will join us this weekend to tell the story of a great weekend of fishing!

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 21 - 6/5 & 6/6/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Eric Krople, of Dwight!

 

For the past few years, Eric has been targeting Carp in central & northern Illinois waters.  He recently landed his personal best Mirror Carp!

 

 

Eric has several other big carp that he's brought in this year.....

 

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this weekend as Eric joins us to tell the story of some of these amazing catches!  He'll also give us some tips and tricks when it comes to targeting carp!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 20 - 5/29 & 5/30/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Todd Sapp, of Pekin!

 

Todd has some great nature and landscape shots he's captured at areas across central Illinois!

 

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this weekend as Todd joins us to tell the story of some of these amazing pictures!  He'll also give us some tips and tricks when it comes to catching a special moment out in nature with a camera!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 19 - 5/22 & 5/23/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Ethan Reel, of Morton!  

 

Ethan and a friend were out crappie fishing on Lake Bloomington recently when Ethan pulled in this SUPER SLAB of a black crappie!!

 

From Ethan: "I was crappie fishing with a friend on Lake Bloomington this past Sunday. We were just about to switch spots, when I caught this Black Crappie!  It was 16 1/4" long, and weighed almost 3 pounds (2.8 on a scale in tenths)! The other fish is 11" in comparison."

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this weekend as Ethan joins us to tell the story of this public lake super slab!!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 18 - 5/15 & 5/16/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Tristin Potts & Brooks Cluver - the Clinton High School Bass Fishing Team that won the IHSA Sectionals on Clinton Lake last week!  

 

 

Their winning bag of 13 pounds 15 ounces punched their ticket to the State Tournament on May 21 & 22 at Carlyle Lake!  Tristin also brought in the Big Bass of the Sectional at 4 pounds 2 ounces!

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this weekend as Tristin & Brooks join us to talk about winning the Sectional, and how they're preparing for State!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 17 - 5/8 & 5/9/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Randall Laws, of Mattoon!

 

Randall was out crappie fishing on Lake Paradise on a cold March morning when he hooked into this monster flathead catfish!!

 

From Randall:  "Crappie fishing at Lake Paradise using minnows and caught a flathead just under 30lbs. I was using just 6lb test braid and took over 30 minutes to land . Flatheads in this lake are rare and hardly ever caught on rod and reels . So to catch this one and be able to release it was special to me."

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this weekend to hear Randall tell the story of battling this monster catfish!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" For Episode 16 - 5/1 & 5/2/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Randy Brewer, of Knox County!

 

Randy was able to bag this 195+ Illinois giant on a hunt this past November! 

 

From Randy: "We were able to get only night time pics of this buck we dubbed 'Heart Stopper,' but I was lucky enough to bring him down one November evening!  The biggest buck of my life, and then right after we found him, we filmed two more bucks fighting in the same field!"  

 

Randy's video of the hunt is featured HERE.

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this weekend to hear Randy tell the story of bringing down this big buck!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 15 - 4/24 & 4/25/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Aaron Jarrell, of Bunker Hill!

 

Aaron set out by himself one night recently to target blue cats on the Mississippi River...he found this 58-pound monster!!

 

 

From Aaron:  "Went out by myself one night to try to get blue cats on the Mississippi River.  Got this 58 pound blue!  Was not easy to get in the net, but I got it!"

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this weekend to hear Aaron tell the story of hauling in this giant catfish!  (Hint:  He needs to get a bigger net!)

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

 

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 14 - 4/17 & 4/18/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from 10-year old Gunner Vandermeer, of Knox County!  

 

Gunner set out recently to get his first Spring turkey.....Mission accomplished, and he had a hunt of a lifetime in the process!

 

From Dave (Gunner's Dad): Here Is Gunner's (10 yrs old) first Turkey. What an amazing morning in the turkey blind. He was able to keep it together while 4 Toms ran around fighting and beating up the decoy. It took almost 5 min for one bird to separate away from the others far enough that he could safely shoot just one bird. Once one gave him a clean shot he dropped the hammer! Gunner is already planning out his first deer hunt next fall.

 

In addition, Dave also captured the hunt on an amazing video....click HERE to see it!

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this weekend to hear Gunner and Dave tell the story of this great hunt!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

 

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 13 - 4/10 & 4/11/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Dylan & Harry Jiles, of Sabina!

 

Dylan hooked into this estimated 46" 40-pound flathead on Clinton Lake recently while crappie fishing!!  After an hour and a half fight, they pulled it in!

 

 

From Harry: 

"Crappie fishing was pretty slow but Dylan ended our day with this beast. Caught it on a 1/16 oz jig, 6 lb line on a 7' crappie pole. 1 hour & 20 minutes later, after chasing it across the lake for over 1/2 mile, we got it in the boat. 46" long and 40 lbs. Released to be caught again. A collective effort by

Jay Jewell & me to control the boat, great rod work from Dylan and a lot of luck."

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this weekend to hear Dylan & Harry tell the epic story of this great catch!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 12 - 4/3 & 4/4/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Levi Kohl, of Edinburg! 

 

Levi hauled in this 5lb 8oz largemouth while competing in the Newton Lake ICASSTT High School event in March!

 

Levi fishes for the Edinburg High School team.  This catch was the third largest bass caught in an ICASSTT event....ever!

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this week to hear Levi tell the story of this great catch!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 11 - 3/27 & 3/28/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from 20 year old William Hughes, of Taylorville!

 

William & his father, Sam, set out to the Lake Shelbyville spillway at 2am recently, and were rewarded with this walleye of a lifetime!

 

From William:  My father and I set out for Shelbyville spillway at 2am recently to catch walleye.  After a few eaters, and several hours later, I hooked into the fish of lifetime!  It was 27 inches, 17.5 inch girth, and weighed in at 9.5 pounds!

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this week to hear William tell the story of this great catch!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 10 - 3/20 & 3/21/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from 12-year old Jett Karrick, of Petersburg! 

 

Jett caught this 6lb 2oz bucketmouth this month on Lake Petersburg!

 

 

From Jett's father, Tony: "Jett caught this 6lb 2oz beauty on a jerk bait this month out of 38 degree water on Lake Petersburg!  Jett is a fishing machine!  He fishes every day, and is active in sports & school!"

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this week to hear Jett tell the story of this great catch!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 9 - 3/13 & 3/14/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Rick Noble, of Farmer City!

 

Rick nearly lost his life chasing this buck, but perserverance, redemption, and perhaps divine intervention played a part in this amazing story....

 

 

From Rick: "So last year (2019) on Veteran’s day I took a 25’ fall out of a tree that pretty much ended my hunting season and lucky not my life. I fell putting up a stand trying to get an edge on a big deer my Granddaughter Paisley and I had seen on trail cameras.  While putting up the stand it collapsed. I had all my safety harnesses on but they were booked yes and I hit the ground. I managed to crawl 100 yards to my truck and called my daughter for help. Ended up in the hospital with cracked ribs and a collapsed lung. It could have been so worse. Well this year, one year to the day on Veteran’s day I once again pretty much ended my deer season but I won this time, and from the ground. I have watched him for 3 years, got many trail cam pics and last night was special. One year to the day. I had said all season i would like to kill a big one on my B Day (Nov 9) or the one year anniversary to my fall. He came in with a doe at 65 yards and the rest is history. Thank you to Carter Riecks for helping me find him and some sweet photographs. Now to relax and enjoy the time I want to go out with Paisley and Hank. Every hunt is special but none more then with these two. Paisley said it is her turn now. And that she did. She killed her first deer this year.  I am so proud of her!!!  I could not end this without thanking my beautiful wife Connie Noble. She gets woke up early, puts up with muddy boots and hunting mess pretty much all year and the 2 hours we were waiting and looking she is as stressed and I am (but because if I loose one I am an ass for a few days, maybe weeks) but I think she understands this is a lot of who I am. So thank you I love you very much!!!

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this week to hear Rick share even more about this amazing story!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 8 - 3/6 & 3/7/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from 19-year old, Frank Mounce, of Spaulding!

 

Frank joins us this week to tell us the story of his first ever walleye....

 

 

From Frank: "My friend, Nick, and I were targeting walleye recently at the Lake Shelbyville spillway.  My first and only walleye!  29 inches!"

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this week to hear Frank share the story, and what he was throwing!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 7 - 2/27 & 2/28/21

 

This week is a BIG week on the "Catch of the Week!"

 

We are proud to welcome Archers Alley in Decatur as our exlcusive sponsor of the CIO "Catch of the Week!"  Nathan, John, & Steve have a great facility on North 22nd in Decatur that is your home for American-made outdoors gear!   A full-service archery shop with the latest from Mathews, Ten Point, and more.  Plus, firearms, consignments, ammo, and even fishing tackle...we look forward to working with Archers Alley!

 

This week's CIO "Catch of the Week" comes from Pastor John Roberson, of Clinton!  

 

Pastor John joins us this week to tell us the story of Three Brow...

 

 

From Pastor John: "My story begins on a warm afternoon, October 31,2020. That day it was very windy 20-25 mph gusting over 30, but my oldest son Jonathan who is 28, and youngest son, Jacob 16 were set on hunting on Halloween, and to be honest I really was looking forward to going as well. When we arrive to the property we hunt I immediately knew I was not climbing into a stand with this kind of wind, so I brought my pop up "turkey" blind to sit on the edge of a field where I had seen a couple of nice bucks earlier in the week. When I got to the place where I set up on the ground, I could not believe how windy it was. I would laugh at text messages sent to me by both of my sons of how the trees they were in nearly bending over from the winds. After a couple of hours of sitting in the ridiculous wind, we included mom in this group text and decided to leave early to meet Mom, daughter-in-law Leah, and granddaughters for dinner. We decided through text we would leave at 6:00, though shooting light was not over until 6:42 that night, but we were tired of the wind. 2 minutes before 6 I had 15 does come out of nowhere, I say nowhere because I couldn't hear them for the wind. I text the group and said I will be a couple of minutes. The land owner, who was hunting over 300 yards away from me, then text our group and said big buck coming towards you. I waited with great anticipation and approximately 6-8 minutes, he appeared. I recognized him immediately as one of our target bucks "Three Brow" I was shooting the new TenPoint Viper cross bow, so I knew a 50 yard shot would be no problem. I ranged him at 52 yards and let the arrow fly. Unfortunately, I didn't take into account the "hurricane" force winds and missed him. However, the winds that cursed my shot was also a blessing because he didn't hear the shot. The does where still in the field so I reloaded, very carefully. My heart sunk as I watched the buck I have seen on camera all year walk very slowly back into the woods. My phone was vibrating text message after text message wondering if the buck was down. Afraid to move because the does were still right in front of me. There I sat on the ground behind a small turkey blind wondering how did I miss that buck. Then I saw movement to my left and there he was 20 yards working a scrape. I readied my crossbow and waited because there was a lot of brush and thicket between him and me. He continued to walk towards me and with only a three foot opening I shot him at 8 yards. The shot hit the mark and found him 40 yards away. What a day! God blessed me with a beautiful buck and got to share it with my two boys. Needless to say, we never met for dinner, but I made it up to my loving wife later. Moral of this story, I rather be lucky than good any day."

 

Tune into Central Illinois Outdoors this week to hear John share the story!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our Archers Alley "Catch of the Week!"

 

 

 

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"Catch Of The Week" For Episode 6 - 2/20 & 2/21/21

 

This week's "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Ed Cross, of Pana!

 

Ed tells us his story of perseverance in harvesting his first ever deer at the ripe old age of 37!

 

 

From Ed: "This deer was harvested on our farm on October 3rd, 2020. This was my first successful harvest. While I grew up in Central IL with ample opportunity to hunt on the family farm, my interests were elsewhere for many years. Since moving back to Illinois in 2009, I've had the itch to get into all manners of hunting, I.E. deer, turkey, upland, waterfowl, etc. I really started getting into archery hunting three years ago, and last year I did shoot and hit a buck, but was unable to locate the deer after a lengthy search. I'll admit, I was greatly disappointed as I thought I'd had a clean and ethical kill shot that day, and to come up empty handed on my first harvest on a rather large buck. Fast forward to a year later, I was able to put down a respectable first deer on the 3rd day of the season. Being able to say I finally did it, at the ripe age of 37, was a great feeling. To see my daughter's reaction to it, and to spark their interest in hunting, further added to the memory. The jerky, sausages, and timber to table cuisine since then has been a blessing as well."

 

Ed will join us this week on Central Illinois Outdoors to tell us the story!

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our "Catch of the Week!"

 

 

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"Catch Of The Week" For Episode 5 - 2/13 & 2/14/21

 

This week's "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Randall Forehand, of Logan County!

 

Randall submitted several of his nature photographs that he's taken across central Illinois.  He'll join us this week to tell us the story behind these pictures, as well as about how nature photography has been therapeutic for him!

 

 

 

 

 

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"Catch Of The Week" For Episode 4 - 2/6 & 2/2/21

 

This week's COTW comes to us from 17-year old, Dylan Esposito, of Heyworth!

 

Dylan tells us about the one and only time he went muskie fishing...and hauled in this 45 1/2" monster!!

 

 

From Dylan: "First ever Muskie, 45 1/2 inches, caught in Illinois!"

 

Well, of course, I had to find out more about this catch!  

 

Dylan joins us this week on Central Illinois Outdoors to tell us about the fight, some of his other fishing adventures, and how he's now ruined from Muskie fishing forever! 

 

Remember to submit your pic & story for our "Catch of the Week!"

 

 

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"Catch Of The Week" For Episode 3 - 1/30 & 1/31/21

CATCH OF THE WEEK

Episode 3 - 1/30 & 1/31/21

 

This week's COTW comes to us from Jonathan Roberson, of Clinton!

 

Jonathan tells us the story of this beautiful buck he calls "G2."  He took this bad boy with a crossbow in November 2020....on his wife's birthday!!

 

 

From Jonathan: "I shot this buck I called G2 on the afternoon of November 23rd. It was my wife's birthday and I promised I would take her out to eat after the hunt. I told her, even if I kill G2 I will leave and take you out and retrieve him later. Well at 4:31 he made his appearance and I was blessed to arrow him at 9 yards with my crossbow. I immediately called her and told her I shot my target buck. She was so excited for me, but I made good on my promise. I left the blind, picked her up and took her out to eat for her birthday. 3 hours later I began the track of G2- I have never seen a blood trail as good as this one. I followed it around 180 yards and it led me to my prize! A mature Illinois whitetail on the ground!"

 

We'll hear him tell the story this week on "Central Illinois Outdoors!"

 

Remember to submit your pic & story today!!

 

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"Catch Of The Week" For Episode 2 - 1/23 & 1/24/21

CATCH OF THE WEEK - 1/23 & 1/24/21

 

This week our COTW comes from Dean Martin in Logan County! 

 

Dean's showing off his love of the outdoors with this great buck, and a couple of nice crappie with his dad, Derek!

 

Tune into this week's show to hear Dean tell us all about these great pics!!

 

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This Week's "Catch of the Week"

CATCH OF THE WEEK

presented by:  _______

 

Logan (6) set out on a mission to catch his first ever trout in early December 2020.  Mission Accomplished!!!  He hit Weldon Springs State Park near Clinton on a warmer weekend morning, and was able to reel in this nice rainbow!  He was using orange trout nuggets under a bobber, and hopes this is the first of many! 

 

Nice catch, bud!  - JW

 

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