Sectional lakes set for Illinois high school fishing
Carlyle, Ill. — High school fishermen getting ready for next month’s sectional competitions need only to look toward Jimmy Morrow for inspiration.
Better yet, they should turn to him for a lesson on how to handle angling adversity.
Morrow, a junior at Northwestern University, is currently preparing to compete at the College National Championships. But back in 2009, as a founding member of the Hersey High fishing team, Morrow, of Arlington Heights, competed in Illinois’ inaugural bass fishing championships. During that sectional, Morrow had landed bass large enough to put his team in the winner’s circle. Unfortunately, the team’s boat motor failed and they were unable to make it back to the weigh-in on time.
Penalty points dropped the team in the standings, and they didn’t’ qualify for the finals at Carlyle Lake.
Later, as a freshman at Northwestern, Morrow shook off the high school disappointment and helped form NU’s first fishing club. He and teammate Matthew Kestufskie, of Evanston, won the College Fishing Central Regional Championship on Kinkaid Lake back in October, qualifying them for the college finals, set for April 13-15 on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C.
“It was one of the coolest moments of my life,” Morrow, who grew up bass fishing in suburban Chicago ponds, said. “We get to fish for the national championship. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
In an interview last month, Morrow said he plans to be on hand at Chain O’ Lakes April 20 to watch the Hersey team compete in the 2012 sectionals.
Sectional assignments for this year’s Illinois’ High School Bass Fishing Tournament Series were officially announced earlier this month. The sectionals will be held April 20 at 18 lakes up and down the state.
Two sectionals will be held at Chain O’ Lakes, meaning there are a total of 19 sectionals.
Only one lake change has been made this year: Tampier Lake will be replaced by Braidwood Lake.
The state championships will be held May 4-5 on Carlyle Lake.
As of March 12, there were 238 teams registered for the sectionals: