2015 Inaugural Championship

2015 Inaugural Championship

August 23, 2015 at Raccoon Lake, Rockville, IN

Four Championship Anglers qualified for the Inaugural Championship by finishing in 1st place in each of the four qualifying Inaugural Rounds along with one Championship Angler qualifying for the Inaugural Champion by winning the Wildcard Round.

The Inaugural Championship was held on Raccoon (Cecil M Harden) Lake, Rockville, IN. The conditions for the day were sunny to partly cloudy, winds 5-10mph from SSW. None of the Anglers had fished this lake in 2015 due to high water which at one time was 27 feet above normal pool. Championship day the lake was pretty much back to normal. 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.

Here are some insights about our five Championship Anglers: Carl Waddington holds the ILF record for the most fish (29) caught in a round; Josh McDermott seems to be the undisputed champion everywhere he fishes; Josh Ray the one that has everyone wondering if he could be the underdog; Mike Dove the first ILF Angler who went swimming for a 12” fish; Chip Swindell the Angler with the most ILF experience fishing a Qualifying and Wildcard round.

The first period started at 7:30am and ended at 10:00am. There were three Anglers in the race for the lead with Mike Dove leading the way with 5 fish weighing 10lbs 10ozs. Followed by Josh Ray 6 fish 10lbs 04ozs and Josh McDermott 6 fish 8lbs even. Period 2 started at 10:30am to 1:00pm and the race to lead continued. Josh McDermott got down to business and took over the first spot with 15 fish 22lbs 04ozs. Josh Ray was fighting to stay close and finished the second period with 13 fish 19lbs 07ozs. Mike Dove fell to the third spot only catching 3 additional fish with a total of 8 fish 16lbs 6ozs.

It was clear three quarters of the way through the third period that Josh McDermott was in clear control and pulled solidly away from the field finishing the period and winning the Championship with a new ILF record weight of 35lbs 08oz catching a total of 23 fish. The battle was now for second place between Josh Ray and Mike Dove. In the last 3 minutes of the period Mike Dove landed a 3lb 09oz fish to take over second place with a total 13 fish 26lbs 05ozs. Josh Ray finished third place with 16 fish weighing 25lbs 09ozs.

Josh McDermott approach: Josh mainly threw fast moving baits like crankbaits on rock or riprap shore lines and top water Spooks. He did not fish many areas of the lake but was focused on repeatedly working each area making sure all opportunities were exhausted.

Penalties: there were a total of 14 penalties issued against the Anglers all fish landing penalties

Special Thanks: to the Boat Officials for the Inaugural Championship: Ted McClintic, Dustin Kelso, Chas Messersmith, David Dorn and Lloyd Rush. Also special thanks to all the fans and family that came out and supported their favorite Angler. Also to Brian Roberts for taking on the water action videos.

Josh Weighing a Fish

ILF Inaugural Champion Josh McDermott

Raccoon, Indianapolis, IN

Runner Up Mike Dove 2nd Place

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ILF Championship Round Results

Place Angler Weight Average Biggest Fish # of Fish Penalties
1st Josh McDermott 35 lb 08 oz 1 lb 09 oz 2 lb 07 oz 23 10 minutes
2nd Mike Dove 26 lb 05 oz 2 lb 00 oz 3 lb 13 oz 13 2 minutes
3rd Josh Ray 25 lb 09 oz 1 lb 10 oz 2 lb 13 oz 16 10 minutes
4th Chip Swindell 12 lb 11 oz 1 lb 13 oz 2 lb 13 oz 7 2 minutes
5th Carl Waddington 8 lb 01 oz 1 lb 10 oz 2 lb 05 oz 5 4 minutes

How they each qualified for the Championship

Qualifying Round 1 Winner

Held May 9, 2015
Lake: Tippecanoe / James

Full Results

ILF Angler Carl Waddington

Carl Waddington

  • Competitive Fishing: 20 yrs
  • Rig: Triton 20HP
    250 Merc Pro XS
  • Favorite Angler: KVD
  • Favorite on the Water Snack: Sunflower Seeds
  • Series Fished: Bassmasters of Lafayette, Fishers of Men, Weekend Series
  • Occupation: Business Associate at Eli Lilly
  • From: Lafayette, IN

Qualifying Round 2 Winner

Held June 14, 2015
Lake: Big & Little Chapman

Full Results

Josh McDermott

Josh McDermott

  • Competitive Fishing: 20 yrs
  • Rig: Skeeter ZX
    Yamaha VMax 225
  • Favorite Angler: Jacob Wheeler
  • Favorite on the Water Snack: I just fish
  • Series Fished: White River Bassmasters, Local Jackpots
  • Occupation: Owner - CTSI, a local telecommunications contractor
  • From: Fishers, IN

Qualifying Round 3 Winner

Held June 20, 2015
Lake: Lake Manitou

Full Results

Josh Ray

Josh Ray

  • Competitive Fishing: 20 yrs
  • Rig:Bass Cat Pantera II
    Evinrude ETec 200
  • Favorite Angler: Brent Ehrler
  • Favorite on the Water Snack: Clausen Dill Pickles, PBJ Uncrustables
  • Series Fished: IBC, BFL Hoosier Division, USA Bassin (Geist, Waveland, Mill Creek)
  • Occupation: Owner - Indy Technologies
  • From: Indianapolis, IN

Qualifying Round 4 Winner

Held July 26, 2015
Lake: Lake Manitou

Full Results

Mike Dove

Mike Dove

  • Competitive Fishing: 5
  • Rig: Xpress X21
    Yamaha 250 Sho
  • Favorite Angler: Al Lindner
  • Favorite on the Water Snack: Whatever is in the boat
  • Series Fished: Anglers Choice
  • Occupation: Chief of Police - Brownsburg Police Department, Owner of Dove Fishing LLC
  • From: Brownsburg, IN

Wild Card Round Winner

August 9, 2015
Lake: Geist Reservoir

Full Results

Chip Swindell

Chip Swindell

  • Competitive Fishing: 23 yrs
  • Rig: Stratos 201 Pro XL Evinrude 225
  • Favorite Angler: Gerald Swindle
  • Favorite on the Water Snack: My wife's homemade cookies
  • Series Fished: Indiana Bass Nation, BFL, Angler's Choice, USA Bassin
  • Occupation: Detective, Bluffton Police Department
  • From: Bluffton, IN