2015 Inaugural Wildcard Round

2015 Inaugural Wildcard Round

August 9, 2015 at Geist Reservoir,
Indianapolis, IN

Four Wildcard Anglers qualified for the Wildcard by finishing in 2nd place in each of the four qualifying Inaugural Rounds. The winner Chip Swindell now moves to the Championship Round while the three other Anglers are eliminated.

The Wildcard round was held on Geist Reservoir, Indianapolis, IN. The day was very overcast threatening rain most of the day but it never materialized. Winds were mostly calm. There was a 30 lb. cut winning weight however this turned out to be unreachable as the bite was very slow. The lake was zoned the first period making any area East of Olio road ramp off limits. Period 2 and 3 all areas of the lake were open to the Anglers.

Chip Swindell got off to a fast start catching 6 fish in the first period weighing 7 lbs. Chip held the lead through period 2 however only caught 1 fish for a total weight of 8 lbs 2oz. Tony Goff made a great run in the 2nd period catching 4 fish giving him a total weight at the end of period 2 of 7 lbs 1oz. Now we have a race. Period 3 went back and forth between Chip and Tony, Tony taking over Chip during the 3rd period by 2 ounces. However in the last 6 minutes of the 3rd period Chip caught two fish winning the Wildcard with a total weight of 13 lbs 08oz.

Penalties: there were a total of 4 penalties issued against the Anglers: 3 fish landing penalties and 1 release penalty.

Special thanks to the Boat Officials for the Wildcard: Ted McClintic, Dustin Kelso, Chas Messersmith and David Dorn

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Geist Reservoir, Indianapolis, IN

ILF Wildcard Round Results

Place Angler Weight Average Biggest Fish # of Fish Penalties
1st Chip Swindell 13 lb 08 oz 1 lb 06 oz 2 lb 00 oz 10 0 minutes
2nd Tony Goff 10 lb 15 oz 1 lb 02 oz 1 lb 09 oz 10 4 minutes
3rd Brian Roberts 3 lb 09 oz 1 lb 03 oz 2 lb 06 oz 3 0 minutes
4th Herb Robinson 3 lb 02 oz 1 lb 01 oz 1 lb 04 oz 3 4 minutes

All Qualifying

How they each qualified for the Wildcard

Qualifying Round #4
2nd Place

Held July 26, 2015
Lake: Lake Manitou

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

Qualifying Round #1
2nd Place

Held May 9, 2015
Lake: Tippecanoe / James

Full Results

ILF Angler Tony Goff

Tony Goff

  • Competitive Fishing: 30 yrs
  • Rig: Trition 19
    Mercury 200
  • Favorite Angler: Denny Brauer
  • Favorite on the Water Snack: PB Crackers & Gatorade
  • Series Fished:
  • Occupation: Retired - Indianapolis Firefighter
  • From: Fortville, IN

Qualifying Round #2
2nd Place

Held June 14, 2015
Lake: Big & Little Chapman

Full Results


Brian Roberts

  • Competitive Fishing: 28 yrs
  • Rig:Skeeter 2X
    Yamaha 200
  • Favorite Angler: Larry Nixon
  • Favorite on the Water Snack: Beef Jerky and Grape Propel
  • Series Fished: BFL, IBF, Fishers on Men, Angler's Choice, Purdue Bass Club, Lafayette Bassmasters
  • Occupation: Machinist at Oerlikon Fairfield, Associate Broker for Bershire Hathaway HomeServices and Brian Roberts Outdoors
  • From: Mulberry, IN

Qualifying Round #3
2nd Place

Held June 20, 2015
Lake: Lake Manitou

Full Results


Herb Robinson

  • Competitive Fishing: 20+ yrs
  • Rig: Skeeter ZX
    Yamaha 225
  • Favorite Angler: Jimmy Houston
  • Favorite on the Water Snack: PB Crackers & Gatorade
  • Series Fished: BFL, B.A.S.S. Nation Top 8
  • Occupation: Law Enforcement
  • From: Lafayette, IN