CIO: Catch of the Week

Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" For Episode 46 - 11/27 & 11/28/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Casey Lyon, of Illiopolis!

 

 

From Casey: "The story of 'Tyson' is truly one for the ages. November 7th at 5:05p, this buck of a lifetime walked by me at 25 yards, and I still cannot really believe it. I have known this deer for 3 years, and have pursued him for 2.  From a nice 3 1/2 year old, to a 170 inch 4 1/2 year old, and finally a 184 inch 5 1/2 year old, this buck has taught me many new concepts of hunting. I watched this buck on the morning of Halloween both tend and  breed a doe and capture it on camera, which is a once in a lifetime event in itself.  Little did I know, a week later, I would be sitting behind this magnificent animal. Chasing whitetails is a humbling experience, and I have without a doubt been humbled by this one. It’s an amazing honor to have had the opportunity to pursue a deer of this caliber. I am forever grateful.  Thank you Tyson, for everything.  Thank you Alena for the harvest photos."

 

Casey will join us this weekend to tell the story! 

 

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

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" For Episode 45 - 11/20 & 11/21/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Aaron Fidler, of Canton!

 

From Aaron:  "Not long after Powerton opened for boats this season, my friend Paul and I were dagging baits late morning when this 50.24lb blue bit. Made such a hard run that while backing off the drag, he spun my spool creating a huge birds nest. I had to get the line as cleaned up as possible with this monster on to avoid any mishaps because as we all know, this is when they will happen. I managed to stop the spool, burning the pad clean off my thumb, but was able to get it together for Paul to net and land for me.  A new PB blue!"

 

Aaron will join us this weekend to tell the story! 

 

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

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" For Episode 44 - 11/13 & 11/14/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Jake Cutler, of Pana!

 

From Jake: "180# field dressed 10 pt, shot 11/1/21 at 6pm, Shelby County. He was chasing a doe."

 

Jake will join us this weekend to tell the story of the hunt! 

 

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

 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" For Episode 43 - 11/6 & 11/7/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Amy Schilling & Brad Koester, of Teutopolis!!

 

From Brad: "Had the privilege to take our foreign exchange student, Amy, out hunting with a youth season tag. She was able to shoot an 8 point buck! She does not get this privilege in her home country."

 

Amy is a foreign exchange student from Germany.  Not only did she get this nice buck her first time out, but actually had to learn all of the fundamentals of shooting to get ready for the season!   Looks like she had a good teacher!

 

 Amy & Brad will join us this weekend to tell this great story! 

 

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Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" for Episode 42 - 10/30 & 10/31/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Shaun Long, of Lincoln!

 

 

From Shaun: "At the end of September, we were out fishing on Powerton for big cats.  It was just getting dark, and not long before the lake closed for the night, when I landed my new PB on rod & reel!!   This big blue weighed in at 34 pounds, and put up a great fight!"

 

Shaun will join us this weekend to tell the story of this great catch!  Plus, he'll share how he just relatively recently got into chasing big catfish, and more!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" For Episode 41 - 10/23 & 10/24/21

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from 10-year old Crawford Schnierle, of Bloomington!

 

From Crawford's dad, Ryan: "My son and a friend were out fishing a neighborhood pond in Bloomington, when Crawford caught one "hook" of a bass!"

 

Crawford now has a new personal best Largemouth!  He and Ryan will join us this weekend to tell the story of Crawford's new PB; talk fishing; and more!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" For Episode 40 - 10/16 & 10/17/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Jared Gibbs, of Chillicothe! 

 

 

Jared spends a lot of time fishing the Illinois River, and its backwaters.  These Bowfin are some of the better ones he's caught this summer.  These native Illinois fish are often mis-identified, and misunderstood, but have been swimming our waters for eons!  Jared will share the story of some of these catches, plus we'll talk river fishing, and much more!

 

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Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" For Episode 39 - 10/9 & 10/10/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from 10-year old Karson Massey, of Clinton!

 

 

From Karson's mom, Morgan:  "My 10-year old got a nice DeWitt County 8-point buck with her crossbow on opening weekend!!" 

 

It turns out that this is Karson's second buck, and the biggest so far!  Her dad, Brad, calls her "a hunting machine!"   Karson says she loves to hunt, and is still working toward a goal this season!

 

Karson, Morgan & Brad 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 38 - 10/2 & 10/3/21

 

This week's Archers Alley "Catch of the Week" comes to us from Frank Reliford, of Mackinaw!

 

From Frankie:  "I got my first musky today! This has been my dream fish to catch since I was a kid, the adrenaline of catching it was insane! It was 36 inches and released in good health! I’ll link the video of me catching it if anyone cares to see. Definitely one of the most epic moments of my life! Huge shoutout to my wife, Chelsea, for the picture, she drove out just to take it for me!"

 

Link to Frankie's video:

https://youtu.be/obeHZrUKUPg

 

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

 

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 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! 

 

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 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!

 

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 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!

 

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 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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