2015 Boater / Non Boater Series

2015 Boater / Non Boater Series

October 17, 2015 Morse Reservoir Noblesville, IN

Ten Boater Anglers and ten Non Boater Anglers competed in our 2015 Boater / Non Boater Series, Boaters competing against Boaters and Non Boaters competing against Non Boaters. Due to a high demand from co-anglers IFL wanted to find a way to involve the weekend anglers who do not own a boat but are big fans of the Major League Fishing format to have the opportunity to experience this format. It turned out to be a great success.

The 2015 Boater / Non Boater Championship was held on Morse Reservoir, Noblesville, IN. The conditions for the day partly cloudy to sun at times, a cold front came in with starting temperature of 28 degrees warming up to about 53 by the end. Winds were out of the NNW predicted to be 5 – 10mph but turned out to be more 15 – 20mph, water temperature range mid – high 50’s. This did not stop the bite however. The lake was not zoned so our Anglers had full access to fish the entire lake. Periods for the Champion round were increased to 2 ½ hours. Anglers were given a 15 minute ride around to familiarize themselves with the lake and pick a starting spot.

The first period started at 8:30am and ended at 11:00am. Nine Boaters had caught fish in the first period and field was pretty tight making it anyone’s game. Austin Spain, Garry Kincaid and Aaron Hochstedler led the way all within ounces of each other around 7lbs. On the Non Boater side six anglers caught fish in the first period with David Doran at 6lbs 5ozs including a 3 pounder followed by Rush Lloyd at 4lbs 7ozs and Steve Bowcock and John Pridemore around 3lbs. Total fish caught in the first period: Boaters 30; Non Boaters 14.

The second period started at 11:30am to 2pm. The Boaters found out that the lead changes quickly and often and now all 10 Boaters are on the ScoreTracker. Aaron Hochstedler clearly has a pattern working for him leading the way with 15lbs 12ozs and 13 fish. There is clearly a race for second place with 5 Boaters (Jeff Pontius, Garry Kincaid, Ray Turner Jr, Brian Roberts and Tony Goff) ranging from 12lbs to 9lbs with nobody out of it. On the Non Boater side there are now 8 anglers on the ScoreTracker. David Doran continues to lead with 7lbs 11ozs, followed by Lloyd Rush 7lbs 4ozs and John Pridemore 5lbs 15ozs with clearly a tight race. Total fish caught in the second period: Boaters 34; Non Boaters 8.

The third period started at 2:30pm to 5pm. Aaron Hochstedler now takes a commanding lead with the Boater winning weight of 26lbs 8ozs and adding 9 more fish to his total of 22. The race continued to be very exciting for the 2nd place finish with Jeff Pontius and Brian Roberts changing the lead several times however Jeff Pontius won out catching a 1lb 15oz in the last few minutes winning 2nd place with 17lbs 12ozs and 14 fish. On the Non Boaters side David Doran catches a fish in the final minutes to clinch the lead at 9lbs with a total of 5 fish. Steve Bowcock comes from behind in the last few minutes to capture 2nd place over taking Lloyd Rush winning 2nd by only 10ozs with a total of 7lbs 14ozs. Total fish caught in the second period: Boaters 32; Non Boaters 8.

Aaron Hochstedler approach: Aaron mainly stayed on the main lake fishing rock shores and docks with a Bandit 1.5 crankbait. Stuck to his game plan all day and paid off with a 1st place finish.

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ILF 2015 Boater Champion
Aaron Hochstedler

ILF 2015 Non Boater Champion
David Doran

ILF 2015 Boater Results

Place Angler Weight Average Biggest Fish # of Fish
1st Aaron Hochstedler 26 lb 08 oz 1 lb 03 oz 2 lb 08 oz 22
2nd Jeff Pontius 17 lb 12 oz 1 lb 04 oz 1 lb 15 oz 14
3rd Brain Roberts 16 lb 05 oz 1 lb 03 oz 2 lb 05 oz 14
4th Garry Kincaid 14 lb 00 oz 1 lb 03 oz 2 lb 01 oz 12
5th Tony Goff 12 lb 01 oz 1 lb 08 oz 3 lb 05 oz 8
6th Austin Spain 11 lb 03 oz 1 lb 06 oz 2 lb 07 oz 8
7th Ray Turner Jr 10 lb 15 oz 1 lb 09 oz 2 lb 04 oz 7
8th Wayne Wells 7 lb 11 oz 1 lb 09 oz 2 lb 14 oz 5
9th Gary Straber 3 lb 15 oz 1 lb 05 oz 3 lb 10 oz 3
10th Ted McClintick 3 lb 09 oz 1 lb 03 oz 1 lb 06 oz 3

ILF 2015 Non Boater Results

Place Angler Weight Average Biggest Fish # of Fish
1st David Doran 9 lb 00 oz 1 lb 13 oz 3 lb 00 oz 5
2nd Steve Bowcock 7 lb 14 oz 1 lb 16 oz 2 lb 11 oz 4
3rd Lloyd Rush 7 lb 04 oz 1 lb 03 oz 1 lb 09 oz 6
4th Ethan Shaw 6 lb 11 oz 1 lb 11 oz 2 lb 02 oz 4
5th John Pridemore 6 lb 10 oz 1 lb 05 oz 2 lb 13 oz 5
6th Russ Chargulaf 2 lb 09 oz 0 lb 14 oz 1 lb 00 oz 3
7th Jason Yocum 1 lb 03 oz 1 lb 03 oz 1 lb 03 oz 1
8th Carl Davis 1 lb 03 oz 1 lb 03 oz 1 lb 03 oz 1
9th Joel Wesseling 1 lb 01 oz 1 lb 01 oz 1 lb 01 oz 1
10th Gary Bowen 0 lb 00 oz 0 lb 00 oz 0 lb 00 oz 0

Boater / Non Boater Series