Indiana Kayak Anglers has a breezy start to the 2017 Tournament Series

On April 15, the Indiana Kayak Anglers 2017 Sun Valley Sports Tournament Series started the year off in dramatic fashion with a record-breaking turnout on the Lake James chain in Northeast Indiana. Despite predicted winds in excess of 20 mph, 71 anglers showed up to take on the bass and the conditions on Lake James, Jimmerson Lake, Snow Lake, Big Otter Lake, Little Otter Lake, and Marsh Lake. The bluebird skies and strong winds made the fishing tough for most of the day for many of the anglers with only 23 anglers finding their 3 fish limit and 30 anglers failing to score a single fish.

In the end, the victory went to Eric Stansberry of Lafayette with a total of 44 inches, including a 19.75 inch largemouth that took big bass honors. For his effort, Eric turned his $40 entry fee into $1000 for first place plus the $355 big bass pot as well as a $50 gift card from Sun Valley Sports. Eric battled the winds on Snow and Big Otter catching his winning limit with Keitech swimbaits and KVD jerkbaits.

In second place was Mike Densel of Fort Wayne who caught his limit in the last few hours of the tournament on Lake James using crankbaits in 10-15 foot of water. He spent most of his morning fishing soft plastics on Jimmerson with little luck, but successfully pivoted his plan to take home $490 cash as well as a $50 Sun Valley Sports gift card for being the top finishing angler in a Hobie kayak.

Third place went to Jaxton Orr, a 14 year old angler from the Fort Wayne area fishing in his first season out of a kayak. Jaxton got out to a hot start on Marsh Lake, catching his first two fish in the first hour of the event and rounding out his limit before 10:00 AM. Jaxton’s green pumpkin Chatterbait netted him $375 cash.

Overall, $2580 in cash and prizes were distributed to anglers at the event, representing 100% payback thanks to the sponsorship from Sun Valley Sports.  Full results can be found here.

The next event in the series is May 13 on Morse Reservoir in Noblesville. Anglers can find out more information about the event at indianakayakanglers.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IndianaKayakAnglers.

Lake James Results

Place Angler AOY PTS Fish 1 Fish 2 Fish 3 TOTAL
1 Eric Stansberry 100 19.75″ 12.50″ 11.75″ 44.00″
2 Mike Densel 99 14.50″ 11.50″ 17.75″ 43.75″
3 Jaxton Orr 98 15.75″ 12.75″ 12.75″ 41.25″
4 Alex Roberts 97 13.75″ 12.75″ 14.75″ 41.25″
5 Aidan Darlington 96 13.25″ 12.00″ 14.75″ 40.00″
6 Nathan Pickering 95 12.25″ 14.75″ 12.50″ 39.50″
7 James Olekszyk 94 13.25″ 13.25″ 12.25″ 38.75″
8 Reed Nicholson 93 12.50″ 13.25″ 12.25″ 38.00″
9 Paul Van Hyfte 92 12.25″ 12.75″ 12.50″ 37.50″
10 basil romanovich 91 13.00″ 12.25″ 12.00″ 37.25″
11 John McLaren 90 13.75″ 11.75″ 11.50″ 37.00″
12 Nick Matthews 89 13.25″ 11.50″ 11.75″ 36.50″
13 Ivan France 88 11.50″ 13.50″ 11.25″ 36.25″
14 Kyle Shoemaker 87 12.00″ 11.25″ 11.75″ 35.00″
15 Justin Flatter 86 11.25″ 11.25″ 12.25″ 34.75″
16 Anthony Burress 85 11.50″ 11.25″ 11.75″ 34.50″
17 Jerry Mitchell 84 8.75″ 12.50″ 12.25″ 33.50″
18 Salvador Chavez 83 10.25″ 11.00″ 12.00″ 33.25″
19 Robert Ogletree 82 11.25″ 10.75″ 11.25″ 33.25″
20 Brad Groves 81 11.50″ 10.25″ 11.25″ 33.00″
21 Alan Reed 80 11.25″ 11.75″ 8.75″ 31.75″
22 Andrew Rediker 79 9.50″ 11.25″ 11.00″ 31.75″
23 Joe Gentry 78 14.25″ 17.25″ 0″ 31.50″
24 Chris Cook 77 9.25″ 10.50″ 11.50″ 31.25″
25 Joel Walter 76 13.75″ 13.50″ 0″ 27.25″
26 Rich Allen 75 12.50″ 12.25″ 0″ 24.75″
27 Jim Orr 74 12.25″ 12.00″ 0″ 24.25″
28 Joe Ruwoldt 73 14.25″ 0″ 0″ 14.25″
29 Dan Herrmann 72 14.25″ 0″ 0″ 14.25″
30 Ron Irwin 71 13.50″ 0″ 0″ 13.50″
31 Jason Bowersock 70 13.50″ 0″ 0″ 13.50″
32 Jason Young 69 12.50″ 0″ 0″ 12.50″
33 Nick Swan 68 12.25″ 0″ 0″ 12.25″
34 Manny Avila 67 12.00″ 0″ 0″ 12.00″
35 Shawn Mickelson 66 11.25″ 0″ 0″ 11.25″
36 Joe Armstrong 65 11.25″ 0″ 0″ 11.25″
37 Joshua Kennedy 64 11.00″ 0″ 0″ 11.00″
38 Matt Gibson 63 10.75″ 0″ 0″ 10.75″
39 Jeff Gulachek 62 10.75″ 0″ 0″ 10.75″
40 Levi Johnson 61 10.50″ 0″ 0″ 10.50″
41 Joseph Wulitich 60 10.00″ 0″ 0″ 10.00″
42 Tyler Bailey 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
43 Nic Beery 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
44 Mike Berger 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
45 Jake DeMink 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
46 Scott Doering 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
47 Ryan Farrar 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
48 Cole Garland 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
49 Zac Gibbs 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
50 Tommy Ginder 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
51 Lane Harris 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
52 John Howard 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
53 Michael Matthews 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
54 Andrew McCullough 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
55 JJ Merimonti 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
56 Brett Meyer 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
57 Eric Nicholson 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
58 Tyler Perdue 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
59 Andrew Piesyk Jr. 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
60 Andrew Piesyk Sr. 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
61 Alex Smallman 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
62 Brandon Smith 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
63 Carter Summey 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
64 sonny swartz 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
65 Ryan Sweat 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
66 Jeremiah Thompson 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
67 Todd Voreis 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
68 Aaron Wilson 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
69 Terry Wright 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
70 Nate Wright 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″
71 Clint Zehr 0 0″ 0″ 0″ 0″

IKA vs CMKF Border War Results

Place AOY Pts Name Fish 1 Fish 2 Fish 3 Fish 4 Total
1 100 Russell Wilson 15 14.25 14.75 14 58
2 99 Nathan Pickering 15 12 14 14.75 55.75
3 98 Ivan France 14 13.75 12.5 12.75 53
4 97 Nick Matthews 21 13.75 16.25 51
5 96 Matt Gibson 9.75 12.75 12.25 14.25 49
6 95 Connor Clark 14 16 16.25 46.25
7 94 Mike Densel 13.25 14.25 17.5 45
8 93 Aidan Darlington 10.25 14.25 15.5 40
9 92 Brian Duncan 12.75 12 13.5 38.25
10 91 Andrew Piesyk Jr. 12.75 10.75 13.75 37.25
11 90 Eric Stansberry 11.5 11.25 13.25 36
12 89 Jeff Fader 13 11 11.75 35.75
13 88 Justin Long 16.75 12.25 29
14 87 Basil Romanovich 12.25 13.75 26
15 86 Jason Young 15.25 10.25 25.5
16 85 James Olekszyk 15.5 9.75 25.25
17 84 Michael Kelly 12 13.25 25.25
18 83 Andrew Piesyk Sr. 12.25 13 25.25
19 82 Zac Gibbs 12.25 12.25
20 Brent Blackwell 0
21 Jonathan Hines 0
22 Michael Matthews 0
23 Nic Beery 0
24 Nick Swan 0
25 Reid Yoder 0
26 Stacy Burkey 0
27 Terry Wright 0

White River Indy Results

Place AOY Pts Name Fish 1 Fish 2 Fish 3 Total
1 100 Ivan France 16.5 18.75 19 54.25
2 99 Tyler Perdue 16.75 20 16 52.75
3 98 Kerry Bullerdick 15.75 17.25 18.75 51.75
4 97 Aidan Darlington 15.75 16 18 49.75
5 96 Shawn Mickelson 17 15 16 48
6 95 Justin Long 15 16 16.25 47.25
7 94 Chris Cook 14.75 17.25 14.75 46.75
8 93 Aaron Wilson 16.5 15.5 14.5 46.5
9 92 Jeremiah Thompson 15.75 15 14.25 45
10 91 Don Steinmetz 13.75 11.25 18 43
11 90 Nathan Pickering 12.75 14 15.25 42
12 89 Keenan James 12.75 16 13 41.75
13 88 Rich Allen 12 13 16.5 41.5
14 87 Eric Stansberry 11.75 13.75 14.5 40
15 86 Nick Matthews 11.75 14.5 13.25 39.5
16 85 Joe Armstrong 15.75 11.5 12 39.25
17 84 Brian Garringer 11.75 11.5 15.5 38.75
18 83 James Olekszyk 15 11.25 12.5 38.75
19 82 Cole Garland 10.75 14.5 13.25 38.5
20 81 Michael Sturgill 8.5 13.25 16.5 38.25
21 80 Tyler Bailey 12 11.5 14.25 37.75
22 79 Brandon Smith 10.5 11.5 15.25 37.25
23 78 Ryan Sweat 12.5 12.75 11.75 37
24 77 Andrew Piesyk Sr. 19 16 35
25 76 Evan James 12 12.5 10 34.5
26 75 Joe Ruwoldt 11.5 12.25 10.25 34
27 74 Jason Kolb 12.25 11 10.5 33.75
28 73 Dustin Hatzell 10.75 10.5 11.25 32.5
29 72 Andrew Piesyk Jr. 11.5 11.25 9.5 32.25
30 71 Matt Gibson 9.5 11.75 10.5 31.75
31 70 Dexter Hatzell 11 10.5 9.5 31
32 69 Levi Johnson 10.75 10.5 8.5 29.75
33 68 Terry Wright 16.25 11 27.25
34 67 Lee Edwards 11.75 14.25 26
35 66 Sam Robertson 11.5 14.5 26
36 65 Steven Bailey 9.25 13 22.25
37 64 Michael Kelly 10.75 9.5 20.25
38 63 Basil Romanovich 12.25 8 20.25
39 62 Carl Jones 11.5 8 19.5
40 61 John Neibold 14 14
41 60 Chuck Jones 13.75 13.75
42 59 Ron Irwin 13.5 13.5
43 58 Shane Schmidt 11.5 11.5
44 57 Mike Berger 11 11
45 56 Brenen Mosley 11 11
46 55 Bri Richter 10.5 10.5
47 54 Scott Drescher 8.5 8.5
48 0 Brian Crossen 0
49 0 Chris James 0
50 0 Dwight Martin 0
51 0 Hunter Harrison 0
52 0 John Howard 0
53 0 John McLaren 0
54 0 Kevin Van Horn 0
55 0 Matthew Thomas 0
56 0 Michael Matthews 0
57 0 Mike Densel 0
58 0 Nathan Hammons 0
59 0 Nick Swan 0
60 0 Russ Slinn 0
61 0 Scott Noel 0
62 0 Sean Morgan 0
63 0 Shaun Pryor 0
64 0 Zac Gibbs 0

Three Rivers Results

Place AOY Pts Name Fish 1 Fish 2 Fish 3 River Monster Total Bass
1 100 Ivan France 14.25 14.5 17 45.75
2 99 Dwight Martin 15.5 15.25 14.25 19.25 Catfish 45
3 98 Mike Densel 15.75 15.25 13.25 21.5 Walleye 44.25
4 97 Aidan Darlington 13 13.75 15 16 Drum 41.75
5 96 Justin Long 14.25 13.5 13.5 41.25
6 95 Nick Matthews 10.75 13.75 14 38.5
7 94 John Howard 12.5 14 11.5 38
8 93 Kyle Hammond 11.25 12 11 28.5 Pike 34.25
9 92 Nathan Pickering 8.5 14.75 9.25 32.5
10 91 Matt Gibson 14.75 14.5 18.75 Drum 29.25
11 90 Tommy Ginder 13 11.25 24.25
12 89 Jason Young 9.5 13.5 23
13 88 Tyler Bailey 8.75 13 21.75
14 87 Steven Bailey 9.25 12.25 21.5
15 86 Chris Cook 15.5 15.5
16 85 Jon Stoops 15 18.5 Drum 15
17 84 Nick Swan 14.25 14.25
18 83 Joe Armstrong 14 19 Drum 14
19 82 Brandon Smith 12.5 12.5
20 81 Jeremiah Thompson 10.25 10.25
21 80 James Olekszyk 7.25 16.75 Drum 7.25
22 Mike Matthews 24.5 Flathead 0
23 Andrew Piesyk Jr 23.5 Pike 0