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State Bass Fishing: Brother Rice duo in 12th place after Day 1

Brendan Moriarty Joe Hayes have Brother Rice 12th place going inDay 2 State Bass Fishing Championships Carlyle Lake. | Dale

Brendan Moriarty and Joe Hayes have Brother Rice in 12th place going into Day 2 State Bass Fishing Championships on Carlyle Lake. | Dale Bowman/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 10, 2014 6:14PM



CARLYLE, Ill. — They don’t get any bigger than the 7-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass Robinson’s Connor Griffin weighed in Friday.

At least not on Carlyle Lake.

With that as their anchor fish, Griffin and Logan Miller weighed in 16 pounds, 2 ounces — one of the biggest one-day bags in the six years of the IHSA State Bass Fishing Championships — to lead after day 1.

But Brother Rice’s Joe Hays and Brendan Moriarty are within range of a trophy in 12th with 8-13.

Moline was second with 14-9. Grant was third with 13-3.

Brother Rice advanced both boats with the most hope riding with the tournament-tested duo of Hays and Moriarty.

And the Crusaders had the advantage of drawing boat No. 1 for takeout the first day. The order for the 66-boat field is reversed on the second day.

Being the first boat sent out Friday gave them a favored position and they were first to reach a favored spot to fish docks.

“We were the first ones there and pulled out three bass while fighting eight other boats,’’ Moriarty said. “We only had five bites all day and we caught them.’’

The goal each day is to catch the five heaviest bass, 12 inches or longer.

Providence had high hopes for the Bomba brothers. Matt, a junior, was making his third straight appearance at state. He was fishing with his brother, Tyler, a freshman.

The plan had been for their dad, Paul, to be the driver in the family Skeeter. But they busted the trolling motor prefishing and Paul spent Friday getting it fixed.

Each qualifying boat has an adult driver and two fishermen, who may be subbed out as needed.

So coach Vince Ramirez ran his boat with the Bomba brothers, who weighed two fish at 3-10 to be in 28th. They expect to fish with their dad Saturday.

Weather has been a factor all six years at state and this year was no exception.

IHSA staff ordered a halt to the tournament at 1:30 p.m. because of lightning and ordered all boats to safe harbor.

Saturday conditions look fine for weather.

But Griffin’s bass, the first 7-pounder in the state finals, was the story.

Veteran fisheries biologist Barry Newman said, “I have been here since 1993 and managing it since 2001 and that is the biggest bass.’’

And it came down to a good net job by Miller.

“He about went into the water when he went to net it and it went under the boat,’’ Griffin said.



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