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2013 IBN Classic Winners

2013 State Team

Congratulations To Tom Kotsakis & Mark Fosterud!

Make-A-Wish Raffle Winner

2013 State Team

Congratulations To Dennis Schultz of Taylorville!

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Robinson and Norris take Team Series at Carlyle - Lake Carlyle Team Series Results

It was a cool morning and the breeze started to pick up at launch time. The day was very overcast and by noon coming out of the south was 20 to 30 mile an hour winds. The lake looked like chocolate milk and the anglers were fighting to hold the boat on their spots. At weigh in time we heard about the speared waves and lost gear that flew over the side. But with all these distractions the competitors were able to bring in fish to the scale.

The Team of Ryan Robinson and Brad Norris took the top honors with a limit at 13.15 lbs. along with the Big Bass for the event at 3.69 lbs.. In second place was Mel Hedrick and Ed Trevino and in third Josh Bluogh and Jimmy Velino.

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Lake Springfield Team Series Results

Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship

Dec 9-13, on DeGray Lake out of DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge and Convention Center in Bismarck, Ark.

Through this new event, one angler will qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell out of Greenville, S.C. In addition, one two-angler team will emerge as the national champion.

The teams will qualify for the championship through various B.A.S.S.-sanctioned team trails across the country operated independently of B.A.S.S. (For a list of sanctioned trails, go to

After two days of team competition on DeGray Lake, and the crowning of the inaugural Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Champion, the Top 3 teams will be split up. Those six anglers will return to the water to compete for the one Bassmaster Classic spot.

“As we do with the B.A.S.S. Nation program, with this new event we’re reaching grass-roots anglers and giving them a shot at being a Bassmaster Classic competitor,” Stewart said. “Not every angler has the opportunity to turn pro, but this event gives one amateur a shot at competing against top pros in the world championship.”

For more information go to or contact IBN Tournament DirectorFrank Labanowski at

Bassmaster High School Invitational

This event will qualify eight high school teams to compete in the 2015 Bassmaster High School Classic held in conjunction with the pro-level 2015 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 20-22, in Greenville, S.C.

Any high school club registered with B.A.S.S. can send teams to the Bassmaster High School Invitational. Competition will be on Douglas Lake; weigh-ins will be at the Point Resort in Dandridge.

“Based on the interest in last year’s inaugural High School Invitational, we expect hundreds of boats in the 2014 event,” Stewart said. “This will be a fun event for the anglers and their families. We will have a huge barbecue the night before the tournament, and the anglers can meet other anglers from all over the country with the same passion for bass fishing.”

For information on Registering with B.A.S.S. and competing for this opportunity go to .

Bassmaster High School National Championship

July 16-19, in Tennessee on Kentucky Lake and Carroll County Reservoir. Hosts are Henry and Carroll counties, Bethel University and the Village of Paris, Tenn.

In this event, 96 of the best high school teams in the nation will compete for scholarships and merchandise as well as the first National Championship trophy.

The teams will qualify through individual state B.A.S.S. Nation organizations. Each B.A.S.S. Nation state will send its best two high school teams.

“This is really kicking up the B.A.S.S. high school initiative,” said Jon Stewart, director, B.A.S.S. Nation. “With the competition later aired on ESPNU, the growing high school sport of bass fishing will be showcased like never before.”

The first two days of competition will be on Kentucky Lake with weigh-ins at Paris Landing out of Paris, Tenn. The finalists will compete for two days on Carroll County Reservoir and weigh their catches on the campus of Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn.

Besides earning the title of national champion, the winning team will receive a share of $21,000 in scholarships from B.A.S.S. as well as merchandise provided by sponsors. In addition, Bethel University will award $40,000 in scholarships; $5,000 a year for four years will go to the Top 2 finishing anglers provided they are either a junior or senior in high school and use the scholarship to attend Bethel University and become a part of the Bethel University Wildcats bass fishing team.

For information on Registering with B.A.S.S. and competing for this opportunity, contact the IBN Tournament Director Frank Labanowski at

B.A.S.S. Launches National Championship For Team Tournament Anglers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Many of today’s top professional anglers cut their competitive teeth in team tournaments. But to compete at a higher level, they had to leave their fishing buddies behind and strike out on one of the many draw or pro-am circuits.

With the introduction of the Toyota Bassmaster Team Championship, America’s most successful fishing teams will soon be able to prove their skills against competition from throughout the nation.

Read The Full Press Release Here

IBN 2014 Annual Club Presidents Conference

The IBN Board of Directors is gearing up for the annual IBN Club Presidents Conference to be held on January 25th at the Best Western in Schaumburg, IL. This is a mandatory meeting and requires representation from all of the clubs in the IBN. Each club should have two representatives, either their club President and VP or two appointed members.

We are going to have a one day format for the Presidents Conference this year. The conference meetings will be held in the Conference Room. We will begin club check in at 8:00 AM

The agenda for the meeting is stacked with many topics for discussion and information regarding the 2014 fishing season events and tournaments as well as guest speakers and should adjourn by 4:00 PM.

Best Western, Schaumburg has a block of rooms set aside for any members participating in the 2014 Presidents Conference.

IBN Tournament Series leads to the Bassmaster Classic

The Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation has teamed up with B.A.S.S. and the Bassmaster Team Championship.

By fishing the IBN Open Tournament Series you have a chance to get to the Bassmaster Classic. During the 2014 season the top teams, yes teams, will be headed to a national tournament called the Bassmaster Team Championship. At that event a National Champion will move on to compete at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

The entry forms for the tournaments, overview and requirements to participate will be available on the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation web site very soon. The tournament schedule for 2014 is now available and we hope to see you at our IBN Open Tournament events.

It’s going to be a great season!

Mike Sledden / IBN President

During the IBN Board meeting the election results were announced. Congratulations to:

Mike Sledden – President
Mike Daniel - V. President
Ralph Sweat - Region 1 Director
Joe Cupp - Region 3 Director

Also, Gerald Sobkowiak (Flic) was appointed and approved by the board to be the interim Region 2 Director.

Junk / Maisenbacher Switch for B.A.S.S. Nationals

While getting his boat ready for the B.A.S.S. National tournament Dave Junk slipped off the boat and wrenched his back. Having had back issues in the past Dave knew that he probably would not be able to compete at the tournament. Following a special appointment on Sunday with his doctor Dave called and confirmed that this would not be his year for a shot at the Bassmaster Classic.

Jamie Maisenbacher weighing in at B.A.S.S. Northern Divisional Tournament

After confirming with B.A.S.S. on the rules concerning substitutions I placed a call to Jamie Maisenbacher. Jamie was the second place contender for Illinois at the Northern Divisional and is next in line to fill Dave’s spot. I explained the situation to Jamie and the decision was his. A little later Sunday evening he called and said he was in and 6 hours later he was on his way to Russellville Arkansas and Lake Dardanelle.

Jamie Maisenbacher weighing in at B.A.S.S.
Northern Divisional Tournament

2012 Make-A-Wish Raffle Winner Announced!

2013 State Team

The winner of the boat is Dennis Schultz of Taylorville, IL. Dennis is a great dad, as he gave the boat to his son Anthony!

The winner of the $500 gift card is Mike Cass of Bloomington Il.
Mike Cass has until December 31st to contact the IBN to claim his prize.

Congratulations to Dave Junk!

Dave Junk is the 2013 Illinois Champion and will compete in the B.A.S.S. Nationals.

Photo Slide Show - Divisional Team Day 3 - Francis Case

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Photo Slide Show - Divisional Team Day 2 - Francis Case

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Photo Slide Show - Divisional Team Day 1 - Francis Case

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Des Plaines Open Results