Indianapolis, The Indiana B.A.S.S Nation announced the formation of a new Team Tournament trail that will begin in 2014. The IBNTT will consist of four tournaments starting in June at Geist resevoir. This will be a great opportunity for Indiana anglers as it gives them another shot at qualifing for the Bassmasters Classic. Chip Swindell the tournament Director said that one team will qualify for the National championship.
The championship will be held in late fall of 2014 at a date and location to be announced later. Teams from across the country will compete for the Team Championship crown. Following the team portion of the event, the Top 3 pairs of fishermen will be split up and will compete individually, from separate boats, for a berth in the Classic, The format is similar to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series championship, which has qualified a collegiate angler to the Classic for the past three years.
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 ever Tournament at Geist
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
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
IBN has set a tentative schedule for the 2017 State Finals and the 2017 Team Tournament Trail.
*Tentative Schedule - Pending DNR Approval*
Monroe - June 24th & 25th
Team Tournament Trail
Patoka - March 18th
Ohio River - April 22nd (Jeffersonville, Duffy's Landing)
Geist - May 20th
Wawassee - June 18th
The IBN sets "Tentative" schedule for 2017 Team Trail and State Final
The IBN would like to announce the addition of four new Angler's that will complete our 2016/2017 State team. They qualified through the IBN/BASS Team tournament trail by competing in four qualifying tournaments and also the super tournament at Wawasee. They are co-Angler's Michael Thompson and Mike Combs. Boaters Tim Cooper and Matt McCoy. I want to also give a big thanks to Chip Swindell he has ran the team tournament trail for the last 3 years and has done an outstanding job. Congratulations to all
Four Anglers Qualify for State Team through IBN Team Trail