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2011 Top 8 Tournament

The Indiana Bass Federation held it’s top 8 tournament May 14/15th.  The Connersville Bass Club conducted the event.  Although it rained throughout the event, 73 anglers caught a total of 156 fish weighing 318.08  lbs..  Eight anglers, Doug Ruster of New Palestine Bass Masters, Drew Foster of Gad-A-Bout, Brad Robinson of Whitewater Valley Bass Masters, Jerry Loveless of New Palestine Bass Massters, Deacon Cashdollar of Connersville Bass Club,  Rob Kelley of Blue River Bass Masters, John Hays of Whitewater Valley Bass Masters,  and Greg Jones ofCentral Indiana Bass Club were the top 8 Tournament team advancing to the state finals July 23/24, 2011 at  Rocky Point.  The 4 alternates for the state team are Dustin Burk of Gad-A-Bout, T.J. Edwards of Central Indiana Bass Club,  Scott Hutchings of Richmond Bass Club,  and  Ken Bortlien of Gad-A-Bout.

Team Gad-A-Bout won the team competition.  Their team consisted of  Chris Burk, Ken Bortlein, Drew Foster, Tim Maupin, Jim Clark IV, Jim Clark III, Dustin Burk, and Brian Laker.

In team competition, Gad-A-Bout was 1st, 2nd was New Palestine Bass Masters, 3rd was Connersville Bass Club, 4th was Whitewater Valley Bass Masters, 5th was  Central Indiana Bass Club, 6th was Blue River Bass Masters, 7th was Muncie Bass Cats, 8th was Richmond Bass Club, 9th was Indy Bass Hustlers, 10th was Lamb Lake Bass Masters, and 11th was Cincy Bass Club.

The average weight of the fish brought in was 2.038 lbs..  Big fish for day 1 was 5.00 lbs.  caught by Drew Foster.  The big fish for day 2 was 4.50 lbs. caught  by Ken Bortlien.

Thanks goes out to Jane Oakley, Kate Reynolds, Billy Wayson, Eldon Cornelius, Morris Shelton, Terry Dye Sr., Nathan Spires(and brother), Rob Kelley, and Tom Blair for making the event a success.  Also thanks to Central Indiana Bass Club for providing help.

A lunch of hot dogs, chips, and drinks was provided by Shirley Blair and Marlene Dye.  Alex Dye (grandson) also helped.  Morris Shelton and wife, Terry Dye Sr. and Tom Blair helped collect money and products to make the lunch a success.

Please patronize the following sponsors who made the lunch possible.

Midlake Trading Post, Dick Manly Fishing Shack, Autozone, Northside Package

Iindy Liquors,  Sportsman Bar,  Fayette Feed,  Smokers Host,  State Farm Ins.,

Walmart,  Crop Production Services,  Mike & Dave’s Marina,  US Bank, Frames Sporting Goods, Parkside Marina,  IGA, Main Street Market, Brookville Tire Mart, Advance Auto, and Gillman’s Hardware Stores.