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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 many of you know, we started a team series tournament trail last year and we have just finalized the schedule for 2015.  We are looking forward to this next year and are expecting a better turn-out.  You'll find the lakes and dates listed below.   If you have questions, feel free to contact me by email at or at 260-307-3389.  Thanks, Chip Swindell

Indiana Bass Nation Team Trail

April 26, 2015 Patoka Reservoir
Newton-Stewart South 6:30-2:30

May 9, 2015 Geist Reservoir
      Olio Road Ramp 6:15-2:15 (fee not included)

July 12, 2015 Lake Wawasee
Syracuse Ramp 6:00-2:00

*Due to a conflict with the BFL Super tournament we have changed the date to:
September 19, 2015
Morse Reservoir
    6:00-2:00 Hague Road Ramp (fee not included)

$150 Entry Fee, Includes Big Bass

A few notable changes to the rules are as follows:

* Two teams (4 anglers) will be taken from the team series and advanced to the Indiana State Team

* Simplified points system

* Substitutions will be allowed (with some restrictions)

I.B.N  Releases 2015 Team Tournament Schedule, Key changes Announced
Print Entry Form and Rules
Updated February 1 2015

Greetings, I hope this letter will put some of the rumors to rest since the changes were announced at the B.A.S.S Nation Championship.

Starting next year (2016) there has been a new Pro/Am format announced by B.A.S.S. that all states must follow.

The final qualifying tournament that determines the state team must be a Pro/Am style format.

Being a Pro\Am style event. Pro's will not give up control of the boat during the fishing day. Non-boaters will no longer get half of the fishing day controlling the boat and would not be fishing against the Pros. The same rules will apply at the divisional or (Regional) which it will be called in 2016. The Am's will not be contending for a chance to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic (only the pro's) but will instead be fishing for a boat and other prizes at the new (Regional) after the second day of competition. B.A.S.S will only take three pros from the BASS Nation championship to the classic, instead of six as it is now

Indiana qualifies each state team a year in advance so this change will be in affect for the 2015 State final

The underlying goal is to get more guys fishing and increase membership. B.A.S.S will now allow a twenty man team to compete in the new regional format

In Indiana 90% of the top 8 clubs are just that top  8 clubs. And generally are boater heavy (most guys on the team have boats) To keep things as simple as possible we will allow the addition of two members to each club (5 boaters 5 co-anglers)  for a total of 10 members to fish the state final. You will still need to keep alternate(s) on your roster as well.

Most clubs I have talked to have implemented this process already. if your club has 5 boaters, have each one recruit a no-boater for the state final. This eliminates the team captain from finding co-anglers.

The I.B.N is reserving 4 (four) spots on the State Team that will go to the top two finishing teams from the I.B.N Bassmaster Team Trail additionally the top team will also qualify for the Bassmaster Team Championship and a possible birth to the Bassmasters Classic, the four state team spots will be an extra bonus for fishing the team trail, that would leave 8 Pro and 8 Am spots from the State final. 

The entry fee will remain the same, $380 per team, for the 2015 state final. The per person amount which includes state and national dues is $93.75 still pretty cheap for a chance at the Bassmaster's Classic. The side pot money $20 pp will remain the same as well and 100% pay back. We paid out $2500 to the Top club, $1000 to the state champ and $500 each day for big bass from the side pot.

It will remain a 5 bass limit for each angler.

The Top 8 state final will be held at Patoka, June 6 - 7 2015

Best Regards

Carey Richardson
Indiana B.A.S.S Nation
317 440 9103

Changes concerning Top 8 State final/Northern Divisional annouced by B.A.S.S

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