CARTERVILLE - Every ounce of bass mattered Sunday for Ryne Sanders and Justin Lamb.
The team caught a modest three fish for 9.15 pounds Sunday, totaling eight for 28.11 to win the two-day Boy Scout Tournament at Crab Orchard Lake. Their haul was good enough to edge out Kirby Cottrell and Louis Viol's 28.05 pounds.
"Numbers were down a little bit and we didn't really get the rain we needed," Sanders said. "But it was nice to get the win."
Sanders, from Herrin, and Lamb, from Carterville, walked away with a plaque and $1,556 apiece. They began Sunday in second place, less than a pound behind Cottrell and Viol.
"It's a really good cause and it's awesome to win," Lamb said. "The money is nice but it's more about bragging rights and helping the boy scouts."
Carterville's Kevin Finney and Herrin's Ken Finney finished in third place with 23.71 pounds. Jack Doan and Ben Doan, both of De Soto, caught 18.55 of their 23.42 pounds Sunday to finish in fourth. Mitch Gosha (Carterville) and Steve Powers (Murphysboro) rounded out the top five at 22.78.
"Saturday's bites were a lot better," said tournament chairman Rodney Calcaterra. "But that's just your typical tournament. The second day is always tougher than the first day."
Ninety-eight teams competed in the event, down from 99 last year and 116 two years ago.
"I appreciate the bass fishermen who have stuck with us," Calcaterra said. "Times are tough right now and this tournament really helps the scouts. We know they need this."
The total number of caught fish dropped from 148 on Saturday to 93 on Sunday. The average weight improved from 3.23 to 3.44 pounds.
"For the amount of teams we had I think we had really good numbers with the catch totals and the total weight," Calcaterra said. The 36th annual tournament raised $3,675 for Southern Illinois boy scouts.
"This really helps fund a lot of our activities and supports our program, specifically our Egyptian district," said Thomas Foley, district director for the scouts. "It means a lot to see so many people involved and supporting us, especially considering how the economy is."
Dustin Rametta brought in a 5.99 pounder to win Sunday's big bass honors.