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  1. By Steve Pescitelli, Region 2 Stream Specialist I am very sorry to report the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Robert C. Rung. Bob only recently checked into the hospital after a fishing trip on Lake Holiday. His heart condition was uncertain, but he was hopeful for a full recovery. He faded fast and finally succumbed to his condition. He will be sorely missed by the many people he has touched over the years. He was a kind and generous man and one hell of stream biologist. His energy and passion for river conservation were unmatched. Just one example, water willow is now thriving on the Fox River thanks to his tireless efforts. He was also relentless with permit reviews, and never backed down from anybody. He was a true fish nut and loved them all. If you knew Bob, you would not be surprised that he also threw himself into angling with equal energy and passion. Bob poured jigs, built rods, tied flies, and was always plotting his next fishing trip or strategy. He was well-known as one of the best jig fisherman on the Fox River. As an IDNR Technician years ago, he revised and updated electro-fishing rigs for the whole State and won the "Technician of the Year" award for many years running. He was also a long-time crusader for dam removal. Bob will be remembered for the many things he did for Illinois streams over the years, but his most memorable assets were his generous spirit, and undying love for fish and fishing. http://www.healychapel.com/sitemaker/memsol.cgi?user_id=1854273
  2. ISA Picnic Saturday, August 13 Glenwood Forest Preserve in Batavia https://goo.gl/maps/4ToMFMKj9tr Start time 10 AM but feel free to arrive earlier and fish
  3. The latest issue of Bronzeback Magazine is at the printer and will be arriving in member's mailboxes the first week in February. In order to promote the ISA and our "Bronzeback Blowout" annual fundraising event, we'd like to offer the PDF to the general public. Take a look, and see one of the many facets of our proud organization. 6.5 MB PDF http://illinoissmallmouthalliance.net/sample/ISA-Bronzeback-Magazine-Feb-Mar-2015_freebie.pdf Consider joining, or attending our fundraiser on March 7. Enjoy!
  4. Dan Basore, Featured Speaker An avid angler from age 3 with many memorable catches, Dan was invited by Ray Scott to be one of the earliest lifetime members of the Bass Angler's Sportsman Society, B.A.S.S. He served as President of the Indianapolis Bassmasters and won many tournaments including a National Bass tournament on Indianas Lake Monroe. Through this and exhibits of his Historical Fishing Display since 1968 at many sports shows, museums, the Bassmaster Classic and fishing clubs, he has met and become friends with the many including the who's-who of fishing, earning an advanced degree from them in angling. Old-time friends included Gadabout Gaddis, Buck Perry, John Husar, Len Hartman, Jim Bagley, Bill Norman, Tom Mann and Bill Cullerton who are deceased and still include Al and Ron Lindner, Billy and Bobby Murray, Bill Dance, Dan Gapen and many more. By covering the Bassmaster Classic as a writer he knows many of the current and former top sticks. He served as a field tester and was sponsored by companies including Shakespeare, Pflueger, Manns, Bagley, Bill Norman and was the first field tester for Humminbird and Shimano. Still competing in vintage tackle fishing and casting tournaments he has won more of these contests than anyone. Basore has authored hundreds of articles about fishing and its history and has been a speaker for many years with crowds as large as thousands at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum one of the first instructors for the 1,500 attendees at the original Bass University and at many sports shows and fishing clubs. He specializes in teaching kids to fish with more productive methods, having taught Cub and Girl Scouts, school fishing clubs, foster children and more. Denny Sands, Conservation Speaker Denny Sands has been a part of the Illinois outdoor scene for many years. In 2010 he was inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame. As the founding president of Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club and owner of Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, no one has done more for the quality of the Shabbona Lake fishery than Denny. As an Air Force trained cartographer, he created the map of Shabbona Lake and will be discussing rock structure and conservation.
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