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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


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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.  We are still working on securing additional sponsors.  We hope to have the official flyer and rules available in the next few weeks.  We were able to send two teams to the BASS Team Championship this year.  Those teams, McCoy / Davis and Hochstedler / Ellis, will be competing in the championship next week on Lake DeGray in Arkansas.  Please wish them good luck and follow the tournament at www.bassmaster.com.  If you have questions, feel free to contact me by email at chip_swindell@hotmail.com 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

September 12, 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 ....Here
Dec 5, 2014

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 (2015) there has been a new format announced by B.A.S.S. that all states must follow.

The underlying goal is to get more guys fishing and increase membership. In order to keep our club dues the same as we have in the past, we need a total of 10 paying members on the national and state roster due to the fact that B.A.S.S will now charge $300 across the board no matter if you have 2 guys or ten, so the magic number for national dues is ten members $30 X 10 = 300 Of course after the first ten members, it will be an additional $30 per member

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 (1 boater 1 co-anglers)  for a total of 10 members to fish the state final. You will still need to keep an alternate(s) on your roster as well.
Most clubs I have talked to have implemented this process. 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.

B.A.S.S national dues are not changing they will still remain $30 per member

The biggest change in my mind is in regard to the State Finals. It must be a Pro\Am style event. In other words the Am's cannot control the boat (which is a topic expressed by boaters for years) Am's 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.

The State Team will be 10 Pros and 10 Am's plus two alternates The I.B.N is reserving 4 (four) spots on the State Team that will go to the top two finishing teams from the IBN 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 format for the state final will change as stated (pro's against pro's and am's against am's) and will still be a 5 bass limit for each angler.

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.

The new format will be the major topic at the IBN state meeting which will be held in mid-December or early January depending on how quickly B.A.S.S gets the final draft out to the states. I will send out an email and post on the web site a date, time and place for the state meeting.

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


Best Regards

Carey Richardson
President
Indiana B.A.S.S Nation
317 440 9103
creyrich@comcast.net

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