Madison’s Chris Myers holds up the big bass that helped him lead Team Indiana to the BASS Northern Division Championship in Minnesota last week. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison’s Chris Myers holds up the big bass that helped him lead Team Indiana to the BASS Northern Division Championship in Minnesota last week. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison’s Chris Myers and his Team Indiana squad won the BASS Nation Northern Regional Championship at Lake Vermillion, Minnesota on Aug. 28.

Team Indiana caught fish weighing a total of 402 pounds, 15 ounces to edge Team Wisconsin by just two ounces. Team Minnesota was a distant third with 391 pounds, three ounces.

The title was Indiana’s first in 15 years and although he failed to make the championship round as an individual, Myers played a large part in the team title.

Myers caught 34 keeper fish over the two days with his five-best weighing in at 25 pounds, five ounces, but it was one of his smallest fish that may have made the difference in the team title.

“With seven minutes to go I pulled-up on a row of boulders just outside of the takeoff area and boated a 2 lbs. 1 oz. smallmouth bass,” Myers recalled. “I knew it was not going to improve my catch enough to make a difference individually, but I looked into my live-well and found that I had a 1 lbs. 15 oz. smallmouth. I looked at my co-angler and said, ‘every ounce counts for the team’...as it turned out, those were two very important ounces.”

The top pro-angler from each state and the top co-angler from each state with the highest three-day total weight qualified for next year’s BASS Nation National Championship on Pickwick Lake, in Alabama. Indiana’s pro-angler to advance was Jeff Napier of Martinsville, who had a three-day total of 48 lbs., three ounces and the Indiana co-angler to advance was Kevin Mullins of Indianapolis with 26 lbs., six ounces.

“Congrats to the team and to Carey Richardson, the BASS Indiana Nation President (team captain & coach). It was his first BASS Division Championship win as a coach in 15 years (since he’s held the office),” Myers said.

This was Chris Myers’ seventh Indiana BASS state team. He’s only been on one other Indiana team to win a Division Championship and that was in the late 80’s on the Ohio River, when Indiana was the host state.

Myers, Gary Hardwick of Spiceland, Indiana and Wes Thomas of Hanover, all advanced to the BASS National Championships on Lake Tuscaloosa, in Alabama. That was the year that Myers qualified for the 1989 Bass Masters Classic by finishing in first place over all the other Northern Division team members and third overall in the event.