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"I spent $80 in tournament fees last year, and now Im competing for a half-million dollars. I don't know why everybody isn't in the B.A.S.S Nation"  Matt McCoy Bassmasrters Classic Qualifier and a member of the IBFN

DECATUR, Ala - Indiana's Mark Dove for won the 2012 Federation Nation Championship. Mark weighed in a three day total of 39.00 pounds even and won a new Skeeter ZX200 He also advances to the 2013 Bassmasters Classic on Grand Lake Feb. 22, 2013, in Tulsa, Okla.

Mark qualified in the IBFN's fall tournament held at Patoka in 2011, he finished second overall in the Northern Divisional and first for Indiana to advance to the Fed Nation Championship.This will be Mark's second time to fish the Classic, he also qualified in 1997. This will be Indiana's fourth classic qualifier in the past six years, Terry McWilliams "07, Dave Watson '11, Matt McCoy '12 and now Dove '13
Dove Wins B.A.S.S Federation Nation Championship
Oct 29, 2012

Mark Dove hoisting Bryan Kerchal trophy
Arnold Worthington accepts a certificate for the state of Indiana because it was the highest-finishing B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Alliance state. The Indiana B.A.S.S. Federation Nation won a Triton 21XS boat with a Mercury 250 Pro XS motor, Lowrance electronics and MotorGuide trolling motor. Michelle Kilburn of Mercury and Adam Adkisson of Triton present the award.
Indiana B.A.S.S Nation Crowns 2014 State Champion
Syracuse, Indiana...The Indiana B.A.S.S Nation held the Top 8 State final at Wawasee June 29 - 30 with 178 fishermen representing twenty five clubs. Vying for a chance to make the IBN state team for 2014. Kenny French of St Leon, Indiana won the two day event after weighing in a two day total of 21.54 pounds. Greg Silberg of Auburn, Indiana (20.64) the day one leader finished second followed by Brian Whitaker(18.94) of Warsaw, indiana. This state team will represent their home state when Indiana will host the B.A.S.S Northern Divisional in 2014.
2014 Indiana state team in no particular order; Kenny French, Greg Silberg, Brian Whitaker, Ron Moses, Ed Rounsaville, Rod Keel, Stacy Moore, Jesse Schultz, Mark Lester, Andy Jenkins, Steve Roth, Aaron Hochstetler, Chris Lemon, Kenneth Reed

Stump Jumpers Bass Club Repeat as Top 8 Club
Syracuse In. The Stump Jumpers repeated as the top club for the second year in a row. The eight member team weighed in a combined weight of 78.55 pounds edging out second place team Indiana Adult/Junior club by two pounds. The Shallow Minded Anglers finished third with 74.72 pounds. The Stump Jumpers also placed two members on the 2014 Indiana State team Rod Keel and Kenneth Reed.

The Stump Jumpers Bass Club - Nathan Gray, Brad Stogsdill, Rod Keel, Kenneth Reed, Tom Forrrester, Scott Bowling, Merlin Hammer, Dave Sanders

Day One Big Bass winner - Stacy Moore 5.94 pounds
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Team Indiana's Nathan Gray advances to the B.A.S.S Nation Championship
Chamberlin, South Dakota - Indiana advanced one angler to the B.A.S.S Nation Championship. Nathan Gray was the top angler from Indiana barely edging out teammate Ron Eicher by one ounce that will go on to compete on Lake Dardanelle, in Russellville, Arkansas in October. Gray and Team Indiana competed  in the B.A.S.S Northern Divisional on Lake Francis Case in Chamberlin, South Dakota.  As a team, Indiana finished seventh overall out of the eight states competing. Nathan will now join fellow Indiana angler and defending B.A.S.S Nation champion and two time Classic qualifer Mark Dove at the championship.
Indiana's Mark Dove Qualifies for his third Bassmasters Classic
For the second year in a row and the third time in his fishing career. Mark Dove from Columbus Indiana has qualified for the Bassmasters Classic. Dove won the Northern Division championship on Lake Dardanelle in  Russellville, AR, Oct 24 - 26, 2013 Dove was also the defending B.A.S.S Nation Champion having won that event in 2012. Mark will now compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, AL, Feb 21 - 23, 2014

Dove has qualified in 1997, 2012, 2013 he is also the fifth angler from Indiana to qualify and the fourth in the last seven years to represent Indiana and the Northern Division. The other anglers are as follows and the year they qualified.

Kenny French - 1996
Mark Dove - 1997
Terry McWilliams - 2007
Dave Watson - 2010
Matt McCoy - 2011
Mark Dove - 2012
Mark Dove - 2013

Archive - Past articles and pictures
The Indiana Bass Nation Team Tournament Trail kicked off the Memorial Day Weekend at Geist Reservoir with their first Team Trail event of the season.    All but one team brought in a limit and the average size bass weighed in was 2.33 lbs.  First place went to Evertt Ailes and Brad Ray with 16.62 lbs.  John Pridemore and Greg Sullivan finished second with 13.40 lbs., anchored by Big Bass of the day which weighed in at 4.64 pounds. And third place went to Matt McCoy and Dennis Davis with 12.54 lbs.  Ailes and Ray said they won the tournament by casting tubes to shallow water and working them back to the boat.

The next stop for the series will be June 28th at Brookville Reservoir. This was the first of a four tournament series aimed at sending at least one team to the Bassmaster Team Championship at Lake Degray in Arkansas in December
Indiana B.A.S.S Nation Team Tournament Trail Holds first Tournament at Geist
May 24, 2014
Evertt Ailes and Brad Ray
IBN Top 8 State finals Held at Tanners Creek....
The IBN Top 8 State Final was held June 14 -15 at Tanners Creek in Lawrenceburg Indiana. Dave Watson was the overall individual winner and The Indy Mud Slingers were the Top 8 club champions. Watson a former B.A.S.S Masters Classic qualifier in 2011 brought in a two day total of 14.32 pounds. Dave Hedge with the Indy Mudslingers was second with 12.97 pounds and Shon Nelson of the River Cities Bass Club was third with 12.28 pounds.The newly crowned team will now travel to Minnesota in 2015 to compete in the B.A.S.S Northern DIvisional. Indiana is the host state for the Northern Divisional in 2014 at Lake Monroe. The Northern DIvisional will be held at  Fourwinds Resort with Launch and weigh in August 13 - 15
Dave Watson -  2015 State Champ
2015 State team that will compete in Minnesota... in no particular order Dave Watson, Dave Hedge, Shon Nelson, Wes Thomas, Marvin Parton, Dave Schneider Jr, Chris Wilkinson, Brian Hensley, Eric Hardesty, Zach Grounds, Chad Starrett, Tim Maupin
Indy Mud Slinger 2015 Top 8 Club Champions
The Indy Mud Slingers - Dave Hedge, Aaron Ault, Steve Quiggins, Mike Bracken, Dave Schneider Sr.,  Dave Schneider Jr, Robert Henslee and Stewart Schuler. The Mud Slingers brought in a two day total of 49.22 pounds. The Artesian  Anglers were second with 39.47 pounds. Both teams placed members on the state team Hedge, Schneider jr, Eric Hardesty and Chris Wilkinson.
Denning missed out on the early morning light because he had to take a 1 1/2-hour ride each day through the idle zone up lake. Maybe the fish were there at daybreak but of course I couldn't be said Denning, who caught four keepers the first day.

After talking to Day 1 leader Stacy Moore, who also fished on the upper lake the first day, Denning decided to take the slow ride again on Day 2 and fish submerged stumps. Luckily enough on Day 2 I got one good bite (a 4-pound 4-ounce bass) and kind of figured where I thought they had gone.”

He decided to return to his primary area again Friday, even though he only caught the one keeper the second day there. “I caught a couple of short fish right out of the gate and I thought they were biting a little better,” Denning said. “Then I also stuck a good one in about my first 15 minutes of fishing, but then I fished and fished and my partner caught two. So I just went fishing then and I got lucky enough to stick another one.” Denning then got lucky enough to stick two more keepers and clinch his first divisional title.

Winning the divisional and finishing as the top angler on his state team also earned Denning a berth in the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship (BNC) to be held on the Ouachita River in Louisiana Nov. 6-8. Other state winners qualifying for the BNC are Ian MacDonald of Illinois; JJ Patton, Iowa; Jesse Weener, Michigan; Rich Lindgren, Minnesota; Danny Ryan, Ohio; Troy Diede, South Dakota; and Randy Burch, Wisconsin.

Minnesota won the team championship for the second straight year with 104-14 while the host Indiana squad finished second with 94 pounds.

By John Neporadny Jr.
Aug 15, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—The fishing was extremely tough during the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Divisional at Monroe Lake so Kurt Denning took the slow route to victory.

There was only one bait for me and I was fishing it brutally slow,” said Denning, a 38-year-old high school teacher from St. Meinrad, Ind. “I fished a Yamamoto Senko (green pumpkin or green pumpkin/watermelon) between 4 and 16 feet of water and let it fall straight to the bottom. If they didn’t hit it I would pick it up and throw it again. I did a little shaking with it on the bottom but not moving it a good distance.”

Denning Wins B.A.S.S Northern Divisional on Lake Monroe
The fishing was so tough at Monroe that no one in the entire field caught a limit during the three competition days. Denning won the event with only seven keepers weighing 17 pounds, 12 ounces.

The Shallow Minded Anglers club member targeted stump rows to catch his fish each day. “In practice the fish were up on the stumps I could visually see,” he said. “But when the sun came out and the tournament started they disappeared up there.”

As one might expect, the first Team Series event at Patoka on Sunday was greeted with less than favorable weather and water conditions.  A cold front and high water made it tough on many teams.  There were only two limits brought in but Mark Nies and Gordon Lamb put together a great bag of fish and won the tournament with 16.57 lbs.  They also had big bass at 5.91 lbs.  Congratulations to you both!

I wanted to thank everyone for showing up.  We had several teams that didn't fish but we have definitely improved our numbers over last year.  Our next event is at Geist on Saturday May 9th.  I look forward to seeing you all there.  I'll send out an email closer to the 9th with tournament info... Chip
Nies and Lamb Win I.B.N Team Tournament Trail at Patoka
April 26, 2015
Mark Nies and Gordon Lamb 16.57 pounds
Indiana B.A.S.S Nation Crowns State Team Under New Pro/Am Format
The IBN crowned a new state team under the new pro/am style format announced late last year by B.A.S.S during the B.A.S.S Nation Championship. The sixteen member team will be joined later this year by the four overall winners from the B.A.S.S Team Trail super tournament and will complete the 20 man I.B.N State team. This team will compete in the redesigned regional tournament in 2016 the tournament site has not been announced.
The two day event held at Patoka lake, drew twenty nine teams from around the state for the first step in qualifying for the Bassmasters Classic.
Fred Felix from New Castle representing The Angling Addicts and Aaron Ault from Delphi representing the Indy Mudslingers, were the overall winners. Felix had at two day total of 30.13 on the Pro side while Ault had a two day total weighing 21.90 pounds for the Amateur or co-angler side. Big Bass on day one was weighed in by Phil Hunt 6.44 pounds while Carl Pieper's Big Bass on day two weighed 6.43 pounds.
The team competion was won by the Stump Jumpers from Bloomington with a team total 113.32 pounds. The Cataract Hawg Stickers #2 were second with 98.44 pounds and the Indiana Bass Junkies were third with 93.34 pounds.
. The I.B.N would also like to thank all of our clubs for showing patience and understanding during registration as we worked through problems that were unfortunately beyond our control. As most of you witnessed we are in need of additional board members and volunteers that would sacrifice a weekend of fishing to continue making this tournament a success. If you are interested in either volunteering or becoming a board member, please contact the IBN President for more info. Without your continued support this could not happen.

Full tournament results will be posted soon
1. Fred Felix 30.13
2. Gordon Lamb 27.82
3. Dennis Davis 26.99
4. Nathan Gray 24.84
5. Brody McWilliams 24.62
6. Mark Nies 22.88
7. Brandon McDonald 22.20
8. Wes Thomas 21.90
9. Scott Sims 1st Alt 21.54

1. Aaron Ault 21.90
2. Griffin Fernandes 17.62
3. Carl Pieper 15.73
4. Gilbert Hendrup 14.95
5. Dwight Clunie 14.30
6. Ruben Moyà 12.90
7. Chris Cook 11.26
8. Curt Hughes 11.12
9. Jeff Wickham 1st Alt. 11.09
Carl Pieper (right) and his day two Big Bass 6.43 pounds
September 19, 2015

               Long-time friends and bass tournament partners, Keith Baird and Michael Thompson, have accomplished a first in Indiana BASS Nation history.  The pair competed in the Indiana BASS Nation Team Trail Series this year and dual qualified for both the BASS Team Championship held this December on Lake Guntersville and the 2016 Indiana State Team, which will be competing next April at a location to be announced.  Both avenues give amateur anglers a chance at qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic.

                Baird and Thompson, both from southern Indiana, participated in the four tournament team series that visited Lake Patoka, Geist Reservoir, Lake Wawasee and Morse Reservoir.  They tied for first place team points for the year and then both qualified for state team spots during the one-day Super Tournament held at Morse Reservoir.  Baird and Thompson complete the twenty-man Indiana State Team  roster for 2016.

                Indiana Bass Nation President, Carey Richardson, mentioned the opportunity for dual qualification for Indiana anglers in 2014 when the new team format was announced.  In just our second year with this format, Baird and Thompson have shown it's possible and we look forward to following them, and our other qualifiers, throughout the upcoming months.

According to Baird and Thompson, "Indiana's new BASS Nation Team Tournament Trail is an absolute must fish series for anyone serious about the sport.  This circuit has opened doors for us that seemed like more of a dream just a couple years prior.  I wouldn't be surprised to see the field double or even triple in the next couple of years."   

The Indiana Bass Nation has worked hard to bring new opportunities to Indiana anglers and we couldn't be happier with this year's results.  Each year, we look forward to putting our best anglers from around the state in a national spotlight and we've certainly succeeded.  Congratulations and good luck to Keith and Michael and all of our team series and state team qualifiers!

Chip Swindell

Indiana BASS Nation Tournament Director
Baird and Thompson dual qualify for the I.B.N State Team and the B.A.S.S Team Championship
The Indiana B.A.S.S Nation State Final To be held at Rocky Point
The IBN will hold its state team qualifier at Rocky Point June 18 - 19 2016. The deadline for entries will be March 31st.
The IBN would like to congratulate all four teams that represented the Indiana Bass Nation Team tournament trail. A special shout out to Keith Baird and Michael Thompson. The duo weighed in an impressive two day total of 39-2 for eight bass and finished 11th overall out of 198 teams. The teams of Matt McCoy/ Dennis Davis, Michael Thompson/Keith Baird, JD Kyle/Jack Belt and Ed Bauer/Matt Bishop were competing for a chance to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. Each team qualified by fishing the IBN Team tournament trail in 2015. The Indiana Bass Nation has three opportunities for Indiana fisherman to potentially qualify for the classic. Join a club and fish the State final and earn a spot on the state team. Compete in the Team Tournament trail with a partner and qualify for the team championship. Additionally we also reserve four spots from the TTT to qualify for the state team through that series. Baird and Thompson took advantage of this opportunity and qualified for both the state team and team championship. Watch for more info on the 2016 season coming soon.

Four teams represent the Indiana BASS Nation at the B.A.S.S Team Tournament Championship
   If you have questions, feel free to contact me by email at or at 260-307-3389.  Thanks, Chip

Indiana Bass Nation Team Tournament Trail

April 9th Patoka Lake - Newton-Stewart South Ramp

May 15th Geist Reservoir
Olio Rd. Ramp - Ramp fee not Included

June 11th Monroe - Cutwright ramp

July 10th Lake Wawasee - Wawasee Ramp
Note the date and ramp change for Wawasee

$150 Entry Fee, Includes Big Bass

4 anglers will be taken from the team series and advanced to the Indiana State Team

* Substitutions will be allowed (with some restrictions)

I.B.N  Releases 2016 Team Tournament Schedule
Reminder the State dues and State Final Entries are Due March 31st
National Dues - 2016

BASS - $ 30.00 Payable to BASS per member. Club President or Secretary must log on to BASS website for registration process

IBN Dues - Note The Dues Price Change for the 2016 Season

Club Reg.              $ 50.00 Payable to the IBN - IBN Registration Form - Due March 31, 2016  
Each Mem.            $ 15.00  Payable to the IBN
Top 8 Entry            $ 500.00 Payable to the IBN - 2015 Top 8 Entry Form Due - March 31, 2016

IBN Team Series, Championship location Announced

Our first tournament of the year is quickly approaching.  It'll be held at Patoka on April 9th.  I'll be at the ramp a couple hours early to collect fees and get everyone registered.  We'll launch at safe light so plan accordingly.  There's been a lot more interest this year and I'm expecting a much larger field.  I look forward to seeing you all there.  Feel free to call or text or email with any questions or concerns.
Also, BASS just announced that the 2016 Championship will be held on Kentucky Lake, November 30th thru December 3rd.  We plan on sending at least the same number of teams as last year.  I think this will be a great location for Indiana qualifiers due to it's location.  I'll have more information as the season progresses.
We will kick off the season at Patoka this Saturday, April 9th.  We'll launch from Newton-Stewart South.  I'll be at the ramp by 5:00am to register teams and collect entry fees.  We'll start at safe light (Approx. 7am) and fish until 3:00pm.  There is another tournament launching from the same ramp.  I've spoken to the director and we'll work together to make it a smooth morning for everyone involved.  Be prepared to fill out a registration sheet if you don't already have one completed.  Boat draw numbers will be selected at random by the computer, as in past years, and will be announced after the rules meeting
Look for the Bass Championship banner at the pavilion as we'll being sharing the area with USA Bassin.

$150.00 entry fee (cash only), plus a one time BASS fee of $20.00 per team.

Please launch your boat and park it near the pavilion or docks as USA Bassin will hold there teams in the lot until closer to launch.

Livewell checks will be done on the water as you idle by me
We'll fish 8 hours and check-in at 3:00pm before USA Bassin comes in.  Do NOT trailer your boat before weighing in.

Off Limits:  From the idle buoys back to the ramp and all water in between.

If you are fishing USA Bassin, as well as the team series, keep in mind you'll have to leave, fish and check-in according to our rules.  You are free to weigh in with USA Bassin after you've weighed in with us if you wish.  It'll be up to you to coordinate with the other director.

Any questions or concerns, please call or text at 260-307-3389.
IBN Team Series - Patoka