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Taking 3 rd place Dan Niswonger from Poplar Bluff, Missouri and his brother Ron Niswonger from Cape Girardeau, Missouri weighed in a 14.30 pound five fish limit worth $607. They also caught the big bass of the tournament with a 5.65 pounder worth $350. “We were pitching jigs in the outside bushes in six to eight feet of water,” said Dan Niswonger. “We both pretty much kept that jig rod in our hands all day,” he added. They also culled two smaller fish during the day. “We had two stretches of bank in the state park that we focused on,” added Niswonger. Their total take home came to $957 plus trophies. They are sponsored by The Boat Shop Inc., Ellis Bat- tery, and Flying Fisherman Sunglasses 4 th place was captured by another familiar team, Mike Allison and Curtis Black. They had five fish that weighed 12 pounds even and earned them $428. Steve Seiter and Tim Green took 5 th place with another limit weighing 10.6 pounds and earned them $289.

limit weighed in at 16.15 pounds, congratulations guys on a great day! Rounding out the top five were the teams of Troy Hollowell and Adam Skaggs with a limit of fish that weighed 15.85 lbs. and JD Kyle and Jack Belt with a limit of fish that weighed 15.15 lbs. Special thanks go out to our sponsors: Lafayette Copier, Hinkle Construction Main Street Station, High Tech Motor Sports, The Tire Barn, Ted’s Aqua Marine, Nolley’s Fiberglass, Great Homes of Indiana, Trash Kans Inc., Westbrook Agency, Vose Engine Repair and Twin Lakes Fish & Game. The next tournament for the Indiana division will be held June 20th on Lake Freeman, and June 21st on Lake Shafer. The tournaments will launch from Dodge Camp and the Indiana Beach Campground ramp respectively.

The second event of the season for the AC Indiana trail was held on Geist Reservoir. Geist is usually one the favorite stops of the season for the guys from the north. Geist offers the opportunity to catch a very big bag of fish, seventeen to nineteen pounds has been the winning weight in several tournaments this year, so expecta- tions were running high for everyone. The weather was absolutely perfect and the weigh in was outstanding. There was nothing dis- appointing about this stop on the seven event trail. There were 23 teams that turned out to fish the event. Congratulations to Aaron Ault and Jason Herrell as they had an outstanding day. Aaron and Jason were able to cull their way through several keepers and end up with the winning weight of 19.15 lbs. Aaron and Jason are the reigning Choice Division An- glers of the Year and were coming off a tough tournament on Morse Reservoir and I just kind of thought they might just blow this one out of the water. They are outstanding fishermen and way to go guys on an outstanding day! In 2 nd place was the team of Erin McCormick and Pat Kaufman. Erin and Pat were able to bring in five awesome fish as well, coming up just short of the leaders, but weighing 17.12 lbs. Erin and Pat were able to top off their limit with the big bass of the tournament that weighed 5.40 lbs. Congratulations to Erin and Pat on a great day! In 3 rd place was the team of Chris Schultz and Jeff Denton. Chris and Jeff have rejoined the Indiana Division this year after a one year rest. They have been mainstays of the Indiana Division for several years and have even won a boat in a regional classic. Chris and Jeff’s

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The second tournament of the 2009 North Indiana Angler’s Choice (Pro Tournaments) trail was held Lake Maxinkkuckee May 16th! Registration opened at 4:45 AM. There were twenty-two teams entered! With the temperature at 48 degrees F, wind out of the NW at 5 mph at the start, the wind picked up to about 15 - 20 mph with rain most of the day and the sun came out at the 1:00 PM mark! We got the sausages cooked and had all the iced water the anglers wanted as they finished their weigh-in at 2:30PM. The Anglers started bringing their catches to the scales. First to bring their fish were our helpers Paul Hollabaugh and (sub) Don Bobay. Their five fish weighed 6.49. There were a total of 14 five fish limit weighed in! I had thought that the weigh-in would be one to remember The team of Bruce Young, Jr. and partner Ken Franks put four fish in the basket with a big 4.16 lb largemouth. The five weighed in at 7.68 lbs. Eric Foister and Jeff Geller had five fish at 9.66 pounds to get the 3 rd place check. Bill Whitaker and (sub) had five fish and they scaled out at 9.75 pounds to get second place. Father and Son Don and Brian Whitaker had five fish that weighed 11.68 pounds. Their Big Bass was 4.64 pounds for the tournament. They said their fish were eating jigs and tubes from the break near weeds to the bank. Next tournament will be June 6, 2009 at Lake Tippecanoe. We will be going out of the Tippy Dance Hall. Parking should be in the field by the trailer court. There will be a $5 ramp fee. We want to get started at 6:00 AM. We also have a $50 certificate for “FIRST OUT OF THE MON- EY” for each tournament from SHERM’S MARINE of Wabash, IN. BAILEY’S HARDWARE of Rochester is giving a certificate for one of the teams that did not win any money or the other certificate. Those team number will be placed in a draw. Team drawn will get a certificate for a rod from Bailey’s Hardware to be picked up there. Please support our Sponsors.

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Don & Brian Whitaker

George Pipala & Tom Sipolt 2nd Place 10.82 lbs

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