The Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation
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MacDonald Takes Top Honors

Illinois Divisional Champ

Congratulations Ian on taking the top spot on the Illinois Team at the BASS Nation Northern Divisional!

2013 IBN Classic Winners

2013 State Team

Congratulations To Tom Kotsakis & Mark Fosterud!

2014 Make-A-Wish Raffle Winner

Make A Wish Raffle Winner

Congrats To Bob Pyzyna from Arlington Heights!

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Recent News

Semenik and Lundstrom Take Team Series Opener

At take-off it was a cold 31 degrees and the winds were blowing around 20 mph. The forecast for the day said we would see wind gusts up to 40 mph. but the temps would also rise into the lower 50’s. The Ice just came off Lake Springfield a week or so before the tournament date and the lake was just getting into the upper 40’s. For a cooling lake it is unusual to hold ice for that long but we had a cold winter.

As the boats returned for the weigh-in we heard that some nice fish were sitting in the live wells.

As the weigh-in progressed the leaders changed several times. Big Bass seemed to change hands with each team that came up. Then Brad Norris and Ryan Robinson came up with a Big Bass at 7.33 lbs. and a total weight of 13.19 that moved them to 1st place, but only for a short while. The team of Todd Semenik and Brent Lundstrom followed with a limit and a total weight of 13.51 lbs. to take over the lead.

Congratulations to Todd and Brent on their win at the season opener!

Place Names Weight
1st Todd Semenik, Brent Lundstrom 13.51
2nd Brad Norris, Ryan Robinson 13.19
3rd Jim Blumenstein, Art Mensik 10.73
4th Tony Cook, Sean Cook 10.62
5th Allen Williford, Austin Moore 10.09

The next IBN Team Series event will be at Lake Clinton on April 26TH at the Clinton Marina Launch. For the event and Team point standings, visit the Tournaments page! See you at Clinton.

~ By Frank Labanowski IBN Tournament Director - Youth Director

On Saturday March 28th the IBN High School Series kicked off the season for 2015 at Lake Springfield. The weather did not cooperate very well and the temps were in the upper 20’s at take-off. By the time the anglers were returning to the ramp it was still cold and windy.

As the anglers came to the scales with their fish they heard that Blake Fuller and Christian Allmon from Moline High School were the only ones with 4 fish. Some of them were not worried because 3 teams each had a big bass close to 4 lbs.

The hot seats changed owners several times during the weigh in. After bringing 8.85 Lbs. to the scale and a big bass of 3.85 Lbs. Joliet Central’s Sean Cook and Tom Zobel had the seats with 2 teams to weigh in. Sam Milazzo and Nick Martins from Maine South stepped up with a Big Bass of 3.98 Lbs. and a total weight of 7.95 which, for the time being, gave them the second place spot. With one team left to weigh in, Fuller and Allmon from Moline with 4 fish, it looked like the hot seat owners would be changing again. When the scale stopped Moline had 8.30 Lbs. and took over the second place spot putting Joliet Central’s Cook and Zobal in the winner’s circle.

Congratulations to Sean and Tom from Joliet Central and all of the teams that qualified for the IBN High School State Championship this coming June.

Place School Names Weight
1st Joliet Central Sean Cook,
Tommy Zobel
8.85
2nd Moline Blake Fuller,
Christian Allmon
8.30
3rd Maine South Sam Milazzo,
Nick Martens
7.95
4th Seneca Bryson Evans,
Colin Griffin
4.25
5th ABC Bass John Hoakstra,
Gary Langkamp
2.60
6th Atwood Kirk Herschberger,
Colton Romine
2.41

All 6 teams have qualified to compete in the IBN State Championship on June 14th at Lake Springfield. The next High School Series event will be on April 25th at Clinton Lake.

~ By Frank Labanowski IBN Tournament Director - Youth Director

2015 IBN High School Team / Angler registration

Each season you need to register your team / anglers with the IBN to compete in our High School Series of tournaments. The cost to register is $20 per angler. These funds are used to provide financial assistance to the families of the teams that move on to the Bassmaster High School Nationals. To register your High School Team / Anglers with the Illinois BASS Nation go to our web site at illinoisbassnation.com.

Registration forms can be found here

Bassmaster High School Open

On May 17th high school teams from across Illinois and other state will converge on Springfield Illinois to compete in the Midwest Bassmaster High School Open tournament. This event is the third in a series that leads to the Bassmaster High School National Championship. The Southern Open was held at Lake Martin, Alabama on Feb 14th. The Central Open will take place on Toledo Bend in Louisiana on March 15th and the Midwest Open right here at Lake Springfield. For the high school anglers this means a berth to the National Championship.

– For fields up to 50 boats, there will be 5 berths.

– For every 10 boats over 50, we will increase the national championship berths by 1.
Example: 100 boat field — top 10 invited to National Championship!

All participating schools must be affiliated with Bassmaster High School Nation and their State Nation to be eligible. Competitors may sign up onsite at various tournaments.

For more information, visit http://Bassmaster.com/high-school

~ By Frank Labanowski IBN Tournament Director - Youth Director

2015 Team Series - Pre-register for the tournaments and hold your launch position

Preregistration for the 2015 season is now open! You can preregister for as many or all of the tournaments and hold your launch position. The standard entry fee for a tournament is $150. If you send in your entry form with a $50 preregistration fee, per tournament that you want to compete in, you can secure your launch position for those events. The entries received will be on a first in first out basis.

For example; If you sent in $300 to preregister for all of the events and are the first entry received you will secure the first out launch position for all of the events. You can preregister for all or some of the events and secure a better launch position. Then on the day of the events you will pay the remaining $100 of the entry fee.

This is the best way to go! We are anticipating a very big year for the Team Series and expect the participation to exceed 50 boats per event. We all know as anglers that launch position is very important in tournaments this size and can give you the advantage.

The preregistration fee is nonrefundable and insures that the payout always remains as high as possible.

These tournaments are open to all two angler teams and membership to the IBN is not required.

Just like last year we will send the highest placed teams by points to the Bassmaster Team Championship to compete for a seat in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. The more teams that participate in the series the more teams we will send.

We will also hold our Illinois Team Series Classic for the top 20 teams at the end of the season. If your team wins an event you will get an invite to the classic. The remaining 14 spots will be filled by the team’s point’s position in the final standings. The IBN is looking forward to another great year for our IBN Illinois Team Series Tournaments. For more information regarding the Team Series visit us on Facebook or go to www.bassmaster.com.

by Frank Labanowski, Tournament Director

Mystery Tacklebox signs on for 2015 sponsorship!

Back for another season as a sponsor for the Team Series and High School Series is Mystery Tackle Box. If you have been at any of the events last year you have seen their Banner and product at our weigh-in sites. For the 2015 season we will again be giving out Mystery Tackle Boxes at our events. A Big Thanks to our sponsor and check them out on the web at www.MysteryTackleBox.com or Facebook.com/MysteryTackleBox and Twitter.com/MysteryTackleBx .

2015 IBN Presidents conference announced for Feb 21st in Streator

The 2015 IBN Presidents conferenced will be hosted Saturday, February 21st at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Streator, IL. Check-in will begin at 8am, and the meeting will come to order at 9am. Rooms have been blocked at the Town & Country Inn at $60 / night (plus applicable tax). Club presidents who are in town Friday are invited to an open bar with appetizers from 8-10pm at the Knights of Columbus hall. Doughnuts, coffee and juice will be served for the Saturday morning session, and lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there and kicking off another great season!

Town & Country Inn
2110 N. Bloomington St
Streator, IL 61364
815-672-8400

Knights of Columbus Hall
806 Oakley Ave
Streator, IL 61364

2015 Team Roster sheet available for download

Ian McDonald – B.A.S.S. Nation Championship

Ian McDonald, a member of the Prairie State Bassmasters, represented the IBN at the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship in Monroe Louisiana on the Ouachita River.

It was not easy for Ian to get there. During last year’s season he competed in his club to qualify for the IBN State Championship and Divisional Team Qualifier. He needed to be one of the top anglers in his club to qualify. From that event he placed in the top 12 and became one of the anglers on the 2014 IBN Divisional Team. From there he competed at the B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Divisional Championship on Lake Monroe in Indiana. At that event Ian was shooting for a spot at the National Championship to compete for a seat in the super bowl of bass fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.

Ian took first place for the team and was on his way to Louisiana on the Ouachita River.

Although Ian brought over 12 lbs of fish to the scale, with 2 limits, the tournament result was not what he was hoping for.

Ian McDonald was just a few fish away from competing in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

Over 20,000 B.A.S.S. Nation anglers competed throughout the year to get to that tournament and the Illinois Bass Nation along with all of the members want to congratulate Ian for this accomplishment.

2014 Make A Wish Raffle Winners Announced!

The results are in for the Make A Wish drawing. Bob Pyzynafrom Arlington Heights won a first prize of $3,000.00. 2nd prize went Stephanie Beamer from the Champagne-Urbana area, worth $1,500.00. 3rd place went to Ryan Robinson, who earned a 500.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card. Now get ready for 2015. Don't forget to get your ticket for that drawing!

2014 IBN Team Series Classic

On September 20th and 21st the IBN held the 2014 Team Series Classic at Lake Sara. The top 20 teams for the season were invited to compete at this event. Anthony Acres was the tournament headquarters and location for the weigh in and all of the anglers that competed stayed at Anthony Acres and what a great event it was.

At the end of day one John Czajkoski and Kevin Rebouche took the lead with 15.31 lbs and had Big Bass for the day as well at 4.98 lbs. In second place, three and a half pounds behind the leaders, were Clay Reeves and Dan Weikle and in 3rd place sat Alex Peric and Steve Mui.

That evening everyone participated in a barbeque followed by an awards presentation. As part of the Bassmaster Team Series our trail will be sending our top 2 teams to the Bassmaster Team Championship. At the Championship they will compete for a seat at the Bassmaster Classic in February.

We took time out to present the two teams, Mel Hedrick and Ed Trevino, Bob Blumenstein and Eric Powley, with plaques commemorating their efforts for the year.

Sunday began with a storm passing through just before take-off and everyone was anticipating a different bite.

As the boats came in the anticipation was right, the bite had changed. Many of the teams that caught fish the first day did not do so well on day two. It came down to making the right adjustments.

Josh Robey and Brent Lundstrom sat in 10th place with 4.64 lbs. at take-off and made a charge weighing in 12.58 lbs for a total of 17.22 lbs. putting them on the hot seats. They sat there for some time and then there were 2 more teams to weigh in. Alex Peric and Steve Mui weighed in 11.30 Lbs for a total weight of 21.10 Lbs. and took over the hot seats. The only team left was the day one leaders, John Czajkoski and Kevin Rebouche and they needed close to 6 lbs to take over the lead. Well they made the right adjustments to the bite and brought 14.82 lbs to the scale and taking big bass at 4 53 lbs. as well. Congratulations to John and Kevin as they weighed in 30.13 lbs for the two day event.

The IBN would like to thank Anthony Acres fort their warm hospitality and great accommodations. Give Tony a call at 217-868-2950 or email: info@anthonyacres.com to set up your get away weekend.