CIO: Catch of the Week

Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 37 - 9/25 & 9/26/21

 

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

 

From Todd: "I was out fishing a new pond in Decatur recently when I hooked into this nice bass!   It weighed over four pounds, and even had a bluegill still in its mouth when it hit my chatterbait!  Not my PB, but still a good one!"

 

Todd will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors! 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 36 - 9/18 & 9/19/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Clint Wilson, of Macon!!

 

 

From Clint: "A buddy and I were out on Lake Decatur over Labor Day Weekend throwing around crappie baits when I hooked into this great walleye!  It put up a heck of a fight on a light crappie setup.   Then as soon as we landed him, the hook fell out of his mouth!  It was a little over 4 pounds, and over 23 inches long!"

 

Clint will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors! 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 35 - 9/11 & 9/12/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Jared Canterbury, of Petersburg, & his 5-year old son, Camden!   

 

 

From Jared:  "Camden & I were fishing on Lake Petersburg recently when he hooked into a nice bass!  He was tossing a wacky rigged worm, when we thought he was snagged....he wasn't!!  We didn't get a weight on it, but estimated it between 3-4 pounds!   One of the biggest he's ever caught!"

 

Jared & Camden both will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors! 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 34 - 9/4 & 9/5/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Joe Leidner, of Mansfield!

From Joe:  "I was out catfishing at Clinton Lake recently when I got a new PB flathead!  Unfortunately I didn't have a scale that night, but my previous PB was 38 pounds, and this fish was much bigger!  We estimated between 50-60 pounds!" 

 

Joe will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors! 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 33 - 8/28 & 8/29/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Jonathan Wise, of Waynesville, & his 5-year old daughter, Laney!

 

From Jonathan:  My daughter and I were fishing for crappie in a friend's pond, when Laney caught her fist ever catfish!  She was a little scared at first, but eventually touched it several times before we released it.

 

Jonathan will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors!  Also, Jonathan is involved with starting a new Bass Fishing Team at Olympia High School this year, so we'll discuss that as well!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 32 - 8/21 & 8/22/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Canden Hardman, of Lexington!!

 

 

From Canden: "My friends and I were fishing Lake Evergreen recently when I caught this 16" crappie!  We've caught a lot of crappie in Evergreen before, but never one like this!  By far my personal best crappie!!"

 

Canden will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 31 - 8/14 & 8/15/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Dalton Phelps, of Normal!

 

From Dalton: "My dad & I were out fishing our local neighborhood pond recently when I caught the biggest bass we've ever caught out of that pond!  We've fished it hundreds of times, and never caught anything much over three pounds.  This one went over 4 pounds!"

 

Dalton will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 30 - 8/7 & 8/8/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from 2-year old Rhyatt Ogle, of Taylorville!  

 

From Rhyatt's step dad, Chris Aure:  "We were out fishing at Lake Taylorville when Rhyatt reeled in his first bass!  I cast it out for him, but he did all the reeling.  He calls it his 'sea monster!'  A few days later we went out, and he reeled in a catfish almost as big as him!  He's a fishing machine!"

 

Chris will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 29 - 7/31 & 8/1/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Zachary Burcham, of Decatur!

 

From Zachary: "I was bass fishing from the bank on Lake Decatur near Fairies Park on Memorial Day when I caught this 17" crappie!"

 

Zachary will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 28 - 7/24 & 7/25/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Ryan Kauzlarich, of Bethany!

 

Ryan set out on a mission recently to Sangchris Lake to try and catch a monster flathead...Mission Accomplished!  Check out the story from Ryan below!

 

From Ryan: 

"Sometimes it feels as if everything is coming together and the stars have aligned. That was what tonight felt like.

We caught a mess of bluegill earlier in the day and had planned to filet them. After second thought I decided to keep them for bait instead.

I hadn’t originally planned on going flathead fishing but one of my buddies hit me up and asked if I wanted to meet him and another friend at the regular spot. When we got there he was fishing from the spot I normally cast from, so I had to cast from another location.

About thirty minutes later both of those friends had to leave and there were two of us left. There was a decent storm headed our way so I grabbed my frog togs and decided to stick around.

Not thirty minutes after they left there was a light sprinkle going. I have always heard that fishing right before a storm was good but I didn’t have this in mind!

I had my back turned and my friend yelled “Ryan!” I looked over and my 10ft heavy rod was buckled! My drag started to scream faster than I’ve ever heard before. I had already cranked the handle to set the hook and knew I had him good. Every other flathead I caught has toyed with the bait, but this biggun meant business!

What was only a couple minutes felt like an eternity as my blood pumped vigorously through my veins. My heart was pounding and when it came to the surface I couldn’t believe it. This is the third time I have broke my PB since May 2nd of this year.

I am beyond blessed to have been gifted these experiences by Mother Nature. I’ve started to have a mantra when I go out. I say “Mother nature will provide and I will be forever grateful.” We have to trust that nature will run her course and when she gives us these blessing we must remember to be grateful for them.

I am grateful for my friends and my family that are always there for me so that I can live out my dreams. They are always there to provide me with the support I need to make these outings a reality.

All of the pictures are of the same fish.

A 39lb beast with an awesome forked whisker. It was released to live another day and to hopefully grow into a 90lber so someone can once again break our state record someday.

I love to share all of my fishing experiences with the world and I hope that someone somewhere finds joy in the stories I tell. Us Kauzlarich’s have the fishing gene that’s for sure!

2021 has been a hell of a year!!"

 

Ryan will join us to tell the story this weekend on Central Illinois Outdoors!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 27 - 7/17 & 7/18/21

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Jim Kozak, of Hudson!  

 

Jim has been shooting nature photography around the Lake Bloomington & Evergreen Lake area for several years, and some of his shots are amazing!!

 

 

Jim will join us this weekend to give us some of the stories behind these awesome pictures!  Plus, he'll share some tips & tricks on how he approaches nature photography!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" For Episode 26 - 7/10 & 7/11/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from 9-year old Stone Stith, of Clinton!

 

Stone and his dad were out jugging for catfish on Clinton Lake last weekend, and they brought in a mess of catfish!   Plus, a huge 43-pound flathead!!!

 

 

Stone will join us this weekend to tell the story of bringing in this monster flathead on the end of a jug!  

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 25 - 7/3 & 7/4/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from 6-year old Henry Nichols, of Clinton, and his mom, Stacy!   Stacy was the winner of our Route 32 Jigs/Bonehead Tackle giveaway earlier this spring, and Henry has been putting them to use!

 

 

Stacy & Henry will join us this weekend to talk about some of their adventures and catches!  

 

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Archers Alley "Catch Of The Week" For Episode 24 - 6/26 & 6/27/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from BJ Matheny & his son, Hunter, of Clinton!

 

Sometimes it's not about the size of the catch, but the story behind that catch...this stringer of bluegill served a purpose...

 

 

From BJ: "About 2 years ago my elderly father was put under hospice care. One of his final requests was 'fried fish.' My son, Hunter, and I fished for 2 days at local lakes with no luck. We knew that our time was running short and that's when a friend of the family invited us to 'fill a stringer' out of their farm pond. In less than 3 hours, Hunter and I had filled that stringer full of bluegill. Our hearts were happy, our bellies were full and my father had his last wish granted!"

 

BJ will join us this weekend to tell the story!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!)

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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