Gary Hardwick, Spiceland, IN
Gary started fishing the Indiana Bass Federation in 1976 but the years from 1981 to 1994 is when he made his mark with the Federation. He was a member of the Bass Bandits of New Castle. They won the Top 6/Top 8 tournaments regularly and one point they won three years in a row. Gary really accomplished a lot in the Federation in a 13 year period from 1981 to 1994. He won the IBF State Finals ne time, fished snd twice, and finished in the Top 6 three other times. He also won Big Bass in one State Finals.
When the IBF was in the Eastern Divisional he won three times, and finished in the top 6 four other times. He also captured Big Bass twice. When the IBF moved to the Northern Divisional he won once, was 2nd once and 3rd one time., He also claimed Big Bass twice. When the Indiana State Team won the Divisional he was 2nd on the team and 7th overall.
His greatest achievement was when he qualified for the 1987 “Bass Master’s Classic”.
He qualified for the Indiana Bass Federation Invitational Trail Top 40 Classic nine times
He served as Invitational Trail Prize Chairman for four years. Many of the anglers that fished the Invitational Trail during this time remember his tireless efforts to obtain prizes for Trail competitors.
Dan Pardue, Morgantown, IN
Dan was an active member of the Martinsville Bass Ambassadors from 1979 to 2002. He served as an IBF West Zone Director from 1988 to 1992, IBF Vice President 1992 to 1996, and President 1997 to 1998. He was one of three finalists for B.A.S.S. Man of the Year in 1997. From 1999 to 2000 he was the IBF Environmental Director and 2000 to 2001 the IBF Public Relations Director. From 1997 to 2006 he ran the Adopt an Angler program which provided 2500 tackle boxes to camps throughout Indiana with tackle donated by IBF members. From 1980 to 2002 helped run the IBF booth at Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel Show. He helped organize and run the IBF CMN and WISH Charity Tournaments, He also volunteered at the Fort Vallonia Boy Scouts of America Bass Tournament and the Conservation Officer’s Youth Camp. He also helped in the early year of the IU/Purdue Old Minnow Bucket Tournaments and the first Big Ten Bass Tournament. He helped build handicap docks at Sundance Lake in the Hoosier National Forest and presented the DNR with a $10,000 check from the IBF for docks at Lake Monroe. He also represented the IBF on the Sportsman Round Table. He assisted in numerous IBF State Finals as well as Northern Divisionals Tournaments,
While help directing the IBF and volunteering he was also fishing. He fished the IBF Invitational Trail for 20 years and made the prestigious State Team in 1987 and 1991.