Indiana B.A.S.S Nation
2010 Top 8 Tournament
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Cannelton, Indiana. The Indiana Federation Nation crowned a new state champion along with naming our 2010 Indiana State team Sunday at Rocky Point on the Ohio river. Dave Hedge of the Shallow Minded Anglers won the two day event with 21.35 pounds to claim the title. Dave weighed in a five bass limit both days of the event, Saturday he brought in 9.72 pounds,  good enough for second place overall. Sunday he bag another limit weighing 11.63 lbs to edge day one leader Terry McWilliams by a mere four ounces to claim the IBFN State championship. McWilliams had a two day total of 20.95 pounds which included big bass both days, to claim the second spot and secure his place on the state team.
Hedge edges field to win 2010 IBFN Top 8 State Championship

State team will now compete in the B.A.S.S Northern Divisional
The State team now advances to the BASS Northern divisional to be held at Little Bay De Noc, in Escanaba, Michigan. August 9 - 13.
Dave Hedge of the Shallow Minded Anglers won The 2010 IBFN Top 8 State Finals
June 6, 2010
Cannelton, Indiana - The 2010 Top 8 club championship went to Mid Indiana Anglers. Their eight man team managed to claim the title by two tenths of an ounce over the Cataract Hawg Stickers Mid Indiana also advanced three of their members to the State team. They were Marvin Parton, Scott Dieterman and Mat Temme. Mid Indiana brought in an impressive 61.59 pounds. Included on the team were Roger Eubank, Aaron Hochstedler, Ron Huff, Matt Jones and Brian Butcher

Mid Indiana Anglers win Top 8 Club Championship at Rocky Point
June 6, 2010
Top 8 Club Results...Here !
Top 8 Individual Results....Here !

IBFN State Team Competes in B.A.S.S Northern Divisional
Dave Watson of the Strip Pit Basser's advances to the Federation Nation Championship

Escanaba, Michigan - The 12 man Indiana State team traveled to Little Bay De Noc in Escanaba, Michigan for the B.A.S.S Northern Divisional. Little Bay de Noc is quickly becoming one of the finest smallmouth fisheries in the country as witnessed by the Indiana team members. Brad Stogsdill one of the boaters on the team, pulled up on a shoal while practicing with Dave Hedge, said "there were so many smallmouth you didn't know where to cast first, and they  scattered like ants there were just so many fish, which is nothing like were used to in Indiana".

The team got off to a rocky start by being penalized prior to the event that left them twelve pounds in the hole before the first line was cast in competition. The team quickly bounced back on day one with several limits weighed in. Dave Hedge lead the team and sat tenth overall with his first days catch of twenty pounds fourteen ounces. After penalties he had to settle with a final day 1 weight of eighteen pounds fourteen ounces.

Day two started with nearly perfect weather conditions as the competitors headed out into Little Bay de Noc. This time with no penalties being assessed at weigh in, the angler's again brought in limits of bass with Hedge moving up to second place overall with a total weight of thirty seven pounds eleven ounces.. And the Indiana team moving up to fifth place with a combined weight of three hundred six pounds and nine ounces.

Day three brought a different scenario. It was the Junior State Champions Brody McWilliams and Ryan Mikels turn at competition. But, with the wind blowing at 20 mph on the final day BASS tournament director Jon Stewart made a decision to limit the adult anglers to the Bay area and have the juniors fish inside the harbor due to unsafe conditions. The adult team went out with disappointing results as only half of the team brought in bass to the scales. Dave Watson of the Strip Pit Bassers brought in the only limit for the Indiana team, which propelled him into the team lead and advanced to the Federation Nation Championship. Dave had a combined three day total of forty two pounds ten ounces. Good enough for fifth place overall. Junior state champ Ryan Mikels brought in the only bass caught by the IBFN jr. team.
L - R Brody McWilliams, Brad Stogsdill, Marvin Parton, Dave Hedge, Deacon Cashdollar, Clem Schmidt,Terry McWilliams, Chris Lemon, Mat Temme, Ed Rounsaville, Don Haggenjos, Dave Watson, Barry Grider and Scott Dieterman
All in all this team proved through adversity you can take a group of complete strangers, and bring them together as a team. The IBFN is proud of the way the 2010 State team represented Indiana.
Dave Hedge and Dave Watson being interviewed on stage by Jon Stewart
Dave Watson now moves on to compete in the Federation Nation Championship on the Red River in Shreveport La, October 25 - 29

Deacon Cashdollar with a couple of nice smallmouth

I.B.F.N Top 8 State Finals Held at Patoka

Mark Banks of the Eastside Bassmasters Wins IBFN State Championship

April 16 - 17 Patoka Lake - On a cold, windy, rainy day, The Indiana B.A.S.S Federation Nation held its annual Top 8 State Finals at Patoka Lake. Looking to crown a new State Team to compete in the B.A.S.S Northern divisional, . 

   Mark Banks a twenty four year member of the Eastside Bassmasters lead the event after day one. Fishing in the Lick Fork area of Patoka, Mark used crank baits in shallow water to catch four quality bass weighing nineteen pounds four ounces. Sunday brought  different weather conditions for the 190 anglers as they were greeted with clear skies, the bite was a bit tougher. With about fifteen minutes to go before weigh-in and no bass, Mark stopped in a small cut outside the Newton-Stewart ramp area, and caught one single three plus pound fish that proved to be enough to seal the victory. Giving him a two day total weight of 23.19 pounds. This is Mark's first time qualifying for the State team.

Mark Nies of the Indiana Bass Junkies placed second with a weight of 22.26 pounds. The weather conditions were definitely in the anglers favor as more than 1100 pounds of bass were brought to the scales over the two day tournament.

The twelve man state team and two alternates will now compete in the B.A.S.S Northern Divisional on the Mississippi River,  August 7 - 12 The Iowa B.A.S.S Federation Nation is the host state for this tournament 

The Shallow Minded Anglers reclaimed the Top Club award with a combined team weight of 78.26 pounds. and placing two of its members (Mike Vertesch and Dave Hedge) on the State Team..
IBFN President Arnold Worthington (L) with 2011 State Champion Mark Banks
Winning Team - The Shallow minded Anglers. Mike Vertesch, Dave Hedge, Dave Schneider Jr., Bob Bayless, Dave Goodman, Dave Campbell, Curt Hughes, Mark Dove

2011 IBFN State Team
In no particular order - Mark Banks, Mark Nies, Mike Vertesh, Fred Felix,  Jacob Wheeler, Matt McCoy, Gordon Lamb, Mike Lytle, James Berry, Dave Hedge, Dave Watson, Calvin Davidson, Harvey Page, Lee Singleton

McCoy Leads Northern Divisional after day one !
Mississippi River, Ft Madison, Iowa - After the first official day of competition at the B.A.S.S Northern Divisional. The Indiana State team sits in fifth place overall with team member Matt McCoy leading after day one. McCoy brought in five bass weighing eleven pounds fourteen ounces. Wisconsin angler Brian Christianson is second with 11 pounds 4 ounces. The Indiana team as well as the seven other states, struggled with falling water levels and fishing pressure causing the the river to fish rather small. The three day tourney will take off Thursday at 6am with weigh-in at 1pm central time, and broadcast live on
Jon Stewart left The BASS tournament director with Day one leader Matt McCoy.
Photo by Carey Richardson

The Bite gets tough on the Mississippi !
Mississippi River - Ft Madison, IA . Day two of the B.A.S.S Northern Divisional is now in the books. The Indiana team although consistent still sits in fifth place overall but is slowly moving up the standings. The bite proved a lot tougher as expected and it showed during weigh-in. Matt McCoy the day one leader brought three Mississippi river bass to the scales but dropped in the overall standings. McCoy slipped to seventh and still leads the Indiana team standings.with 17 pounds ten ounces.
    The final day will get underway at 6am Friday morning. The Indiana Junior state champions Greg Zellers and Blake Albertson will get their chance to compete against other Junior state champs and will have the opportunity to add to the overall team total and advance one or both to the Junior federation championship

Individual Standings

7th  Matt McCoy
21st Dave Watson
25th Calvin Davidson
37th Gordon Lamb
41st Mark Nies
51st Dave Hedge
52nd James Berry
60th  Mark Banks
61st Mike Vertesch
63rd Mike Lytle
80th Fred Felix
106th Harvey Page

Indiana team members in blue/white shirts Matt McCoy (L) and Dave Watson (R)
Team Indiana Finishes Fourth Overall in Northern Divisional !
Mississippi River - Ft Madison, IA.  On the final day of competition. Team Indiana found themselves sitting in seventh place overall after a tough second day. But a last day rally by the entire team moved them up the leader board to finish the three day tournament in fourth place.  Lead by team captain Dave Hedge. Hedge started the rally by bringing in the first five bass limit of the day that weighed seven pounds twelve ounces and capped by Matt McCoy's five bass limit that advanced Matt to the Federation Nation Championship that weighed in at nine pounds three ounces. McCoy finished in fourth place with a three day total of 26-13,  He will now head to the Ouachita River in Monroe, LA, Nov 3 - 5, for the B.A.S.S Federation Nation Championship the top finisher from each division will advance to the Bassmasters Classic
Back Row - Gordon Lamb, Mark Nies, Mike Lytle, Mark Banks, Calvin Davidson, Fred Felix and Youth Director John Albertson Middle Row - Jim Berry, Harvey Page, Mike Vertesch, Dave Hedge, Matt McCoy, Dave Watson. Front - Blake Albertson, Greg Zellers

Day 3 Photo Gallery
2010 State Finals
Indiana BASS Federation Nation State Team Crowned !
L - R,  Brian Hensley, Jeff Davidson, James McKinney, Terry McWilliams,Joe Powell, Stacy Moore, Greg Raider, Duane Toney, Ed Rounsaville, Calvin Davidson, Russ Zoeller, John Grimm, Not Shown 1st Alternate John Cook

Brian Hensley is the 2009 Top 8 State Champion
May 30 - 31 Brookville Lake -  Brookville, Indiana
The 2009 IBFN Top 8 State Finals were held May 30 - 31 at Brookville Lake. Boaters and Non- Boaters from 26 Bass clubs from around the state were competing for the individual prize of Top 8 State Champion. Brian Hensley of the Shallow Minded Anglers won the crown for the second consecutive year, and will be representing Indiana as the top angler.

Hensley's two day total of nine bass weighed 19.35 lbs. Jeff Davidson the day one leader from Set the Hook Bass Club dropped one spot to finish second with 18.15 pounds.  James McKinney from the Whitewater River Bassmasters moved up one spot on Sunday to finish third with 15.05 pounds and Terry McWilliams the 2007 Northern Division representative at the Bassmasters Classic fell one spot on Sunday to finish fourth with 13 pounds 1 ounce. Rounding out the top six boaters that will represent Indiana are Joe Powell and Stacy Moore

Shallow Minded Anglers take Top Club honors at the 2009 Top 8 State Finals !
Shallow Minded Anglers team members in no particular order. Brian Hensley, Mike Vertesch, Russ Zoeller, Dave Goodman, Dave Hedge, Dave Campbell, Robert Bayless, Curt Hughes.
The Shallow Minded Anglers were the top finishing club with the highest weight from 26 teams at the Top 8 State Finals held at Brookville Lake May 30th - 31st. The team had a total weight of 56 pounds .75 ounces to easily win the top honor. The team is also anchored by the 2009 IBFN State Champ Brian Hensley. Set The Hook Bass Club took second with 42.70 pounds and third place went to Cataract Hawg Stickers with 40.05 pounds.
    Club Finals    Total Weight
2    SET THE HOOK BASS CLUB    42.7000
5    JASPER BASSMASTERS    37.1000
7    STRIP PIT BASSERS    27.5500
9    PREMIER ANGLERS TOP 8    20.2000
10    OUTCASTS BASS CLUB    20.2000
12    INDIANA ADULT & JR CLUB    19.3500
13    MID INDIANA ANGLERS #2    18.1500
15    BIG SACKS BASS CLUB    16.9500
17    BAUGO BASSMASTERS    15.8500
18    WEST INDY BASS CLUB    15.2500
19    JUST FISH    14.8000
23    WESTSIDE BAD BOYS    9.0500
24    FOUR SEASONS BASS CLUB    7.9000

Complete results Click Here

The newly crowned state team will be competing August 10-14 Little Bay de Noc, Escanaba, MI

The IBFN would like to thank the Brookville Lake Bassmasters for hosting this event. They did a fantastic job ! And a special thanks to Lesley Rasnick and her staff for handling everything from pairings to registration and weigh-in's.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Top 8 experience contact a Bass club near you. The season is still young, so join a club or form a new club to qualify for the 2010 Top 8 State finals.

Thank You
Carey Richardson
IBFN Secretary
Big Bass Winners !
Rick Hawkins of the Jasper Bassmasters claimed Saturday's Big Bass award. Weighing 5.05 pounds and winning $450.00 for his bass.
James McKinney of the Whitewater River Bassmasters won the day two Big Bass award and also winning $450.00. James bass weighed 3.50 pounds

Team Indiana's Brian Hensley advances to the Federation Nation Championship

Escanaba, Mich.

The weigh-in's have concluded on the three day BASS Northern Divisional. Team Indiana's Brian Hensley has earned yet another berth to the Federation Nation Championship. Hensley's three day catch of  thirty nine pounds nine ounces was good enough to lock in the state winner by five pounds over Indiana team member John Grimm. Grimm's three day total was thirty four pounds five ounces and thought to be enough to advance before Hensley took the stage. Team Indiana unfortunately finished last in the eight team field with a total weight of two hundred twenty pounds and two ounces. Wes Haney of Baldwin, Wisc. won the event with 52 pounds even.  The BASS Federation Nation Championship will be held in October on Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes. The top six anglers from each division will advance to the Bassmasters Classic. For complete results..... Click Here

Left - right, Dave Hedge, Terry McWilliams, Brad Stogsdill, Deacon Cashdollar, Chris Lemon, Marvin Parton, Clem Schmidt, Tom Forrester, Mat Temme, Jeff Thompson, Scott Dieterman, Dave Watson and alternates Barry Grider and Don Haggenjos.
Finishes fourteenth overall and first for Indiana
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

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