On August 10th the final IBN Team Series tournament was held on the Kankakee and DesPlaines rivers. This was the last series tournament for 2014 and it was a tough one for the anglers. Most of the teams competing were trying to hold on to a top 20 position in the points standings. Doing so would guarantee them a spot at the IBN Team Series Classic which will be held on Lake Sara on September 20th and 21st. This Classic will be the biggest payout of the season for the anglers and the only two day tournament for the series.
The winners of each event during the season secure a spot at the IBN Series Classic as long as they enter the remaining tournaments following their win. Tom Ondras had not fished any of the Team Series events and the only way he would get to the classic was to win. He also found out the night before that his partner Brian Vobroucek, was not going to make the event and he would have to fish solo.
After seeing the weights from the High School Tournament the day before, the anglers knew it would be a tough day. Ondras said before take-off: “If I could just bring in a few it may be enough.”
And he did just that. Ondras brought 4 to the scale, a big bass at 3.05 pounds and a total weight of 9.17 pounds and took 1st place. 2nd Place went to Jim Blumenstein and Art Mensik with 4.80 pounds and in 3rd place with 3.9 pounds were Brad Norris and Ryan Robinson.
Ondras and co-angler Vobroucek are now set to compete in the IBN Team Series Classic on Lake Sara, September 20 and 21st.
For more information about the IBN Team Series and the Bassmaster Team Championship, vist www.illinoisbassnation.com.