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SIC Brenner Memorial Bass Tournament is June 3

First place winners of last year’s 2016 Rodney J. Brenner Memorial Bass Tournament were (l-r) Steve Sanders and Greg Gorden of Vienna. Sanders and Gorden won the team competition and a check for $2,318 by catching five fish totaling 17.67 pounds. The duo also won the Big Bass competition by landing a 5.17 pound large-mouth, garnering them an additional $552.

The Rodney J. Brenner Memorial Buddy Bass Tournament, sponsored by the Southeastern Illinois College Foundation, will be held on the Ohio River’s Smithland Pool in Golconda on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

The five-fish limit tournament will have an 80 percent guaranteed payout of money collected from entry fees, minus the big bass portion of the fee which will pay back 100 percent. The entry fee for a two-person team is $150, which includes use of the Foundation’s bass-release boat.

Weigh-in will be at the Golconda Marina on the Ohio River at 3 p.m.  Boats will start from the marina at safe light on Saturday morning, June 3.

A pre-tournament meeting will be held on Friday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sweetwater Saloon, Main Street, Golconda.

The SIC Brenner Memorial Bass Tournament was established in remembrance of Mr. Rodney J. Brenner to raise funds for scholarships to provide to incoming SIC students from the college district. Brenner was a charter member of the Southeastern Illinois College Board of Trustees and was very instrumental in pursuing Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) funding for the development of the Golconda Marina.

Brenner was editor of the Herald-Enterprise in Golconda, served on IDNR’s advisory board for a number of years, and actively promoted tourism and economic development in Pope County and Southern Illinois.

For information and tournament entry forms, call 618-252-5400, ext. 2106, or toll free 866-338-2742, or visit