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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 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
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.
IBN Team Series - Monroe
State Final Tournament Crowns 2016 State Team
June 20, 2016
The Indiana Bass Nation Team Series held it's 3rd tournament of the series Saturday at Lake Monroe. Temperatures soared into the mid 90's but that didn't stop Bill Buckner and Kevin Reece from winning their 2nd tournament of the series. Buckner and Reece weighed 5 fish for 18.57 lbs to take the top spot. Matt McCoy and Dennis Davis took 2nd with 16.36 lbs and 3rd place and Big Bass went to Ed Bauer and Matt Bishop with 15.87 lbs and 5.48 lbs respectively.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all that participated!

The last tournament will be held at Lake Wawasee in July. We'll name the teams headed to the BASS Team Championship and add four members to the Indiana State Team.

We'll look forward to seeing you all at Wawasee.

June 11, 2016
Bill Buckner and Kevin Reece
The Indiana Bass Nation held their annual State Final on the Ohio River June 18 - 19 2016. With 123 boats and 246 boaters and co-anglers competing for a spot, the tournament was a huge success. Sixteen anglers eight boaters and eight co-anglers now advance to the Central Regional to be held in early 2017 at a location TBA. They will be joined by four additional anglers that will qualify through the Indiana BASS Nation Team trail when we hold the Super tournament on Lake Wawasee Sunday July 10th. We want to thank our volunteers who help make this tournament run smoothly, Mike Vertesch Curt Hughes, Chris Cook, Brenda Fernandes, Stacey Richardson, Dwight Clunie and Troy Gorham all made sacrificesduring the weekend and we cannot thank them enough. We also want to thank Perry Marine and Ralph Harding in Rocky Point for Hosting the event. Ralph was generous enough to donate the launch fee back to the state champions in each divisions. We also want to thank Rocky Point restaurant for opening early each day and offering breakfast for our fisherman. And finally to our anglers that made this event a success.
In no particular order - Boaters Kurt Denning, Tom Forrester, Chris Wilkinson, Allen Boyd, Aaron Ault, Mike Seal, Scott Bateman,Rob Kelley and first alt Brad Stogsdill. Co Anglers Tom Ehrlers, Kevin Mullins, Jon Dybel, Jim Miller, Jill Knies, Eric Camden, Jacob Whit, Joey Gorham and first alt. Pat Nowakowski.
The Shallow Minded Angler's led by State Champion Kurt Denning are back on top of the Club championship standings. The Angler's weighed in an impressive 88.76 pounds of Ohio River bass. Shown are Bob Bayless, Dave Goodman, Mike Vertesch, Kurt Denning, Griffin Fernandes and Curt Hughes. Not shown are Pat Nowakowski, Jason Roberts, Travis Dunn and David Hoffman. The Stump Jumpers were Second with a total of 59.86 while the Hoosier Bass Hookers were third with 58.11 pounds. We had over 1100 pounds of bass weighed in for the two day tournament, and returned to the Ohio River. Fish care was the number one priority and all the anglers did a great job.

Shallow Minded Anglers Win Club Title
Napier and Camden Take Big Bass Prize
Jeff Napier (left) with Get 5 Bassmasters and Eric Camden (right) with Just Fish took the Big Bass prize at the I.B.N State Final. Napier had big bass for Saturday with a nice 4.56 largemouth while Camden won Sunday's big bass pot with a 4.83 Ohio River Bass.

Each year after the State Finals, I kinda reflect (some claim I overly-dwell) on what I could have done better to make the team, help my club’s total weight or just help me become a better fisherman in general. I try to learn from my mistakes and I listen closely to what others are doing to be successful.
This year my reflections will also include what the Indiana Bass Nation can do to make the BASS State Finals a bigger, better-run and more enjoyable tournament. Why bother you ask? It’s simple. Carey Richardson is not only the President of IBN; he has also been a member of my club for the past couple of years. He may have actually been able to fish one of the State Finals in the past 6 or seven years; at least I think he did.
Last year he hoped to have enough money to pay a quality group of people to run the tournament so he could fish it. That didn’t come to fruition, so he, his wife, Stacey, and kids had to once again plan and run the tournament for the benefit of us. The same thing happened again this year. He called me about ten days prior to the tournament; told me that his kids couldn’t be there to help; that he was short-handed and asked me if I would volunteer to come in a half hour early each to help with the weigh-in. Naturally, I told him “Hell No, I need every minute I can get on the water to compete with those guys!” He took it pretty well; most likely because he knows that I’m not that good and an extra half an hour each day in the State Finals might just make a big difference.
I got thinking about all of the benefits I have received when I was on a few BASS State Teams over the past years and felt sorta guilty, so I changed my mind the next day and called him to tell him I would help him out. He was able to also talk Chris Cook, Dwight Clunie and Curt Hughes from last year’s team into helping as well as Youth Director, Troy Gorham, and Griffin Fernandez’s mom, Brenda Fernandez, to help out. A number of others pitched in a hand when they could. Helping out, you start to realize just how much work goes into putting on one of these events!
All in all, I would have to say that things went pretty smoothly considering the heat and the small fish we were dealing with. Several of you took the time to say thanks and I think that I speak for all of the volunteers to say thanks. We have already talked about how to tally the team scores in real time to save us an extra hour next year. Hopefully we will have enough money to pay a professional crew to handle all of this next year so Carey can fish for a change; but if not and Carey calls upon any of you 2016 or past State Team members to help out, please try your best to give a little time back to the organization and your fellow competitors. Thanks Guys!

Mike Vertesch