Congratulations To Tom Kotsakis & Mark Fosterud!
Congratulations To Dennis Schultz of Taylorville!
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.
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!
|March 30||IBN Open Series Tournament||Lake Springfield|
|April 13||IBN Open Series Tournament||Lake Carlyle|
|May 4||IBN Open Series Tournament||Lake Clinton|
|May 18||IBN Open Series Tournament||Lake Springfield|
|May 31-June 1||IBN State Qualifier / Championship Tournament||Lake Carlyle|
|July 20||IBN Open Series Tournament||Lake Mississippi River, Pool 13|
|August 10||IBN Open Series Tournament||Kankakee / Des Plaines River|
|September 20||IBN Open Series Tournament Classic||Location TBD|
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Oct. 13th at 4:00 am I drove to Dwight at Interstate 55 and route 47 to the gas station. I was not going for gas but to meet up with the top 10 teams from the IBN Open Series. They were instructed to meet me at this location because they were not told where they were going to compete for the Classic Event.
Just like “A Day on The Lake”, put them on a lake that they had never fished or had any information about, give them 8 hours to figure it out and bring in fish.
We needed a good bass fishery for this to work. The Ideal place for this format was Lake Shannon, located about 2 hours southwest of Chicago. This private lake community has about 200 acres of water and 11 miles of shoreline, this was the perfect location.
At 5:00 am the caravan reached the lake and began to drop boats in. This was the first time the anglers had seen the lake. Following breakfast at the Clark City Grill, and the pretournament meeting, the anglers prepared for the takeoff. The sun came up just enough to reach safe light and the parade of boats began at 6:35. Now the anglers had till 2:30 to figure out the lake and bring fish to the scale.
While they were fishing the Midwest Outdoors film crew came out and filmed several “Tip of The Week” segments for their show with some of the IBN Jr. Bassmasters. Mike Hannon - 2013 Jr. Bassmaster State Champion, Billy Mathews – 2011 Jr. Bassmaster State Champion, Luke Jasper and Alex Ellerbrock, all are members of “Off the Hook” Jr. Bass Club, took part in filming individual segments.
At 2:25 pm the boats started to come in and the crowd for the weigh in was growing. The couple of hundred spectators had just seen the pair of anglers on the hot seats change a few times. Hot Seat holders, Bill Skowronski and Nate Bird, with just under 10 lbs and holding Big Bass just less than 3 Lbs., watched as the next team, Tom Kotsakis and Mark Fosterud came to the scale.
As the first fish came out of the bump sink and on to the scale the crowd roared. The second fish got the same reaction. Bill and Nate felt they may be in trouble. The scale stopped at 10.23 lbs. and Frank Hyla, the guest MC, announced that Tom and Mark would now occupy the Hot Seats with 4 teams left to weigh in. That bag also held Mark Fosterud’s Big Bass at 4.29 lbs.
After a few tense moments, Tom and Mark were named the IBN Open Series Classic Champions!
|Place||Team Names||Total # Fish||Total Weight||Total Winnings|
|First Place||Tom Kotsakis / Mark Fosterud||4 fish||10.23 Lbs.||$2,500.00|
|Second Place||Bill Skowronski / Nate Bird||5 fish||9.77 Lbs.||$1,500.00|
|Third Place||Jim Blumenstein / Art Mensik||5 fish||9.62 Lbs.||$1,000.00|
The first place team also received Shimano Compre Rods, Curado Reals and an assortment of baits Complements of Frank Hyla at “Time On the Water” Marina.
Second and Third Place teams also received $100 in BassPro gift cards from BassPro Shops, Bolingbrook.
A special Thank you goes out to Lake Shannon and the lake community for their support and to John at the Clark City grill located at Lake Shannon, by the beach, that provided a great breakfast for the anglers during the morning meeting.
The schedule for the 2014 IBN Open Tournaments will be out soon. Come out and be a part of this great series and earn your spot at next year’s IBN Open Series Classic Tournament.
Lake Shannon Resident
This is my last year as IBN President. That being said, the IBN membership needs to elect a new President that will represent the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation for the next 4 years.
The members of the IBN board that are eligible to be nominated for the position are:
1. Mike Daniel / V. President
2. Mike Sledden / Secretary
3. Jim Nelson / Treasurer (received a nomination and a second and accepted the nomination)
4. Allen Severance / Conservation Director
5. Jim Blumenstein / Media Director - PR
6. Rich Miller / Region 1 Director
Any club member of the IBN can submit a nomination and all nominations need to be seconded.
Please submit your nominations on the thread posted on the IBN message board. Those who are nominated, seconded and accepting the nomination do so there as well. All nominations need to be in as soon as possible so a formal election can get underway. Nominations will be closed in 30 days so an election can take place in October.
Those board members that are not interested in running for the position at this time also need to post that intent on the message board.
Frank Labanowski - President
Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation
Unique Bassmasters, along with Rayjus Outdoors and the Oak Lawn High School Spartan Fishing Team and its' sponsors, have joined
together to present the Rayjus Outdoors - Oak Lawn Community High School Bass tournament on the Kankakee / Des Plaines River,
scheduled for October 12, 2013. Schools may enter an unlimited number of boats. Space is limited to the first 50 boats registered.
Cost per boat is $40. Launch will be at the Des Plaines Conservation area; I-55 and the Wilmington Exit (241)
Weigh-ins will be conducted by the Illinois Bass Nation.
Dave Junk is the 2013 Illinois Champion and will compete in the B.A.S.S. Nationals.