The Belleville South Bassmasters concluded their 2012 season Oct. 26 with a dual tournament at Lake Egypt.
The event saw the fishermen angling to win the year-end event -- that was rescheduled from Carlyle Lake for safety concerns --and the 2012 Classic Championship. Anglers faced clear to stained water that was 2 feet low and 58- to 65-degree water temperatures.
Dan England, of O'Fallon, brought in 14.34 pounds of fish, which included a Big Bass of 4.47 pounds, to win the makeup event and the 2012 Classic Championship.
Second place went to Denny Feurer, of Freeburg, with 7.37 pounds and Adam Gross, of Belleville, was third with 6.62.
At the conclusion of the event, Dustin Gross, of Belleville, was named the Mr. Bass for 2012 with 89.25 pounds and 97.56 points for the year.
Second in the points race went to Steve Rhodes, of Mascoutah, with 86.92 points. Darren Gross, of Belleville, was third with 69.51 points. Tom Westerheide, of Belleville, took fourth with 69.49 and Denny Feurer, of Freeburg, finished in 5th with 64.83.
Big Bass of the Year went to Mac MacIntire, of Litchfield, with a Kentucky Lake fish that weighed in at 5.58 pounds.
The Belleville South Bassmasters will honor Dustin Gross as their Mr. Bass at the Annual Awards Banquet Jan. 26 at Bel Air Banquet Facilities in Belleville.
Also scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 10 is the annual organizational meeting and luncheon at Shennanigan's in Belleville.
Prospective members are welcome to attend. For membership information, contact Randy Gibbs, 618-345-3739; Richard Kasson, 618-939-7912 or Tom Westerheide, 618-980-3482.
Spring youth turkey hunt
Those interested in this spring's youth turkey hunt can begin obtaining a license to participate.
The Illinois Recreational Access Program is accepting applications for more than 100 private land hunting sites in 22 counties throughout Illinois. Eligible hunters must be under age 16 and have passed a hunter safety course. They must obtain an Illinois Department of Natural Resources turkey permit.
The application deadline is Feb. 28. There may be a lottery if there are more applicants than sites in a county.