Randy Kafka and Nate Bontrager caught 13.56 pounds to beat out 50 teams and win the R&B Circuit tournament on the Barbee Chain.
Neither angler had been to Barbee in 2019, so they began on a weed line that produced for them years ago. Immediately they began getting bit on the inside edge with a 9K Elite Lures Chatterbug. It took just 90 minutes to get their limit.
As that bite dissipated, they moved to the outside edge and whacked them pitching a 9K Elite Lures Flipping Jig with B&N Custom Baits Kicker Jig Trailer. In all they caught 40 keepers. All fish came in a 100-yard stretch. They won $740.
Rick Kedik and Dan Linn caught the only limit in the Southwest Michigan Anglers Club (SMAC) Tuesday nighter to win at Lake of the Woods (Decatur) this week.
The winners 8.92 pounds were topped with big bass of the event, a 2.45 pounder. They used wacky worms and swim jigs in 8 to 12 feet of water.
Second place went to Hunter Bedell and Jackson Disher with four bass weighing 6.20 pounds. They used jigs.
An Indiana Bass Federation open team tournament previously set for the St. Joseph River at Maggies Landing Sept. 7 and then changed to Aug. 17 has been changed again to Aug. 18.
In addition, fliers have been distributed listing the date as Aug. 17, but that has since been changed to Aug. 18.
The change was necessary to accommodate two conflicts, one with the River Wednesday Classic on Sept. 7 and one with the LMBT circuit on Aug 17.
Entry fee is $85 per team and includes big bass pot. The tournament will pay back 80 percent of entry fees. For more information, email Mike Goins at firstname.lastname@example.org.