Hays, Kansas (May 30, 2019) – Eleven youth from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County gathered at Darrell Augustine’s farm pond on the outskirts of Hays, Kan., as members of the Hays Bass Anglers Association (HBAA), acting as youth mentors, introduced these youngsters to the joys of the sport of fishing.
Youth activities are a big part of the mission of the Hays Bass Anglers Association which has been coordinating this youth event for more than a decade.
The event began with a hot dog feed for the kids and shortly after each was given a fishing pole and a container of night crawlers as they headed to the pond to try their hand at catching fish.
With recent rains and water flowing into the pond, the fish were quite active as every angler caught fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish.
“We really look forward to this event every year and the reward for me is seeing the look on the faces of these kids when they reel in a fish,” said Darrel VonFeldt, Youth Director for HBAA.
For nearly two hours, youth mentors put worms on hooks, tied on countless artificial lures and helped unhook and release fish for the youth that Big Brothers and Big Sisters staffers refer to as “kiddos.”
As the evening came to a close and it was time to leave, a faint voice from a kiddo on the other side of the cove could be heard saying “wait… I caught another one.”
Hays, KS (May 4, 2019) — The Hays Bass Anglers Association set the date for the 2019 Big Bass Challenge for Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Lake Wilson. Mark your calendars now to reserve the date for this year’s event. Entry forms for the event can be downloaded here and will be accepted after June 9th. Download BBC Entry Form.