Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation

Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation

IMG_1402ILBassShieldClubs across the country have joined the Pitch It campaign and are sharing the message of “Release Fish – Not Lures” with their members.

During the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation’s state qualifier on the Illinois River in Morris, IL, over 160 anglers competed to go on to The B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Tournament.  But largemouth bass weren’t the only things being weighed-in for big payouts. In addition to tournament fishing, there was a challenge to all clubs in Illinois to collect all their soft plastic baits to help KeepAmericaFishing’s Pitch It campaign.

After collecting all of the worn-out soft baits, the weight totaled over 90 pounds. According to Ralph Sweat, Regional Director of Illinois Bass Nation, “It was an awesome event. The top two participating clubs weighed in at 32 pounds and 29 pounds.”  The pile of baits was donated to be recycled.

jackalldecal4501-300x290Two prizes, donated by Jackall Lures and worth more than $500, were presented to the top clubs.

Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation also has big plans for the future. They are working alongside of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Conservation to install recycling stations at each lake in the state for all fishermen to use.  “Not just the tournament fisherman but all fishermen can participate in keeping our lakes free of litter,” Ralph says.