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Letter from Tournament Director, Kenny Swint

The next Indiana Bass Federation Trail event is a Tanner’s Creek in Lawrenceburg Indiana on Sunday July 15. This will be one week before the Indiana Bass Federation State Finals. I hope this will allow some of the fishermen who will be there practicing to participate in the Trail event.  Zone Directors please forward this to your State Finals Qualifiers.

We must be aware of the dates we are allowed to be on the water for both events. The Trail participants may not be on the water Monday thru Thursday, July 9th thru 12th.  Trail participants may practice on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14.  Those participating in the State Finals may not be on the water after sundown Sunday July 15, until dawn Friday morning July 20.  That Friday is the only practice day for the State Finals that week.

A great deal of attention was brought recently to what areas will be off limits.  This started after the Hoosier Open tournament in May.

Last fall when Trail fishermen were asked about what bodies of water they would like to fish, several wanted the Trail to return to Tanners Creek. None of those people mentioned anything about off limits areas. After the locations were announced three or four guys asked about the Miami River.  I was not aware of any problems with the Miami River and I was aware that a pit area or quarry area that once was considered private was now open for all fishermen. I at that time stated the Miami River would be open to fish.  I will stand by that decision.  The area known as the “Tube” in the South Hogan Creek area will be Off Limits.

The question of Jet Boats or Aluminum Boats will not be addressed during the tournament season. We have allowed Jet drive and aluminum boats all season and there was never a question until after the Hoosier Open tournament.  I will not allow a custom constructed boat or modified boat to participate. No modified decks or extensions.

The Tournament Director for the State Finals has elected to make the entire Great Miami River off limits. If you are practicing for the State Finals you should have gotten a note from Larry Watson with specifics.

I recently participated in the WISH tournament at Patoka on Saturday June 30th.  This tournament was conducted by Jeremy Case and his crew from A2O Boating Supplies and Pro Shop.

A2O is one of our Trails greatest supporters. They put on a great tournament and raised over $3,000 for the WISH Foundation.

Congratulations to one of our Trail fishermen, Ron Eicher who along his partner placed second. If you see Jeremy please mention that he did a great job.

Several of our Trail regulars will be fishing the Federation Nation State Finals on the same weekend as Tanner’s Creek. Good Luck to all of those guys, we are going to miss you.

Remember to support those businesses that support us. Stop in tell them thanks and keep your receipts as they may be valuable.

Honored to be your Tournament Director and Friend,   Kenny