Anglers from three Kansas bass fishing clubs kicked off  the fishing season on Sunday, March 30, 2014, during the second annual Versus Tournament on Lake Wilson. The three clubs, each sporting five, two-person teams, competed against each other for a traveling trophy. Clubs from Hays, Salina and Hutchinson competed in the event. (Photo by Steven Hausler)

Kansas clubs square off at Versus Tourney

Lake Wilson, Kan., (March 30, 2014) - Three Kansas bass fishing clubs competed for a traveling trophy during the second Versus Tournament on a cold, windy Sunday at LakeHBAAversus3 Wilson. Representative anglers from the Salina, Hutchinson and Hays bass fishing clubs each sported five, two-person teams. With cold water temperatures below 50 degrees and strong south winds gusting over 45 m.p.h., anglers struggled catching bass. None of the teams were able to weigh in a limit of bass. Salina Bassmasters took home the trophy as their top anglers weighed in a bag totaling just under 10 pounds.


Big Bass Challenge set for Sept. 2o, 2014

Hays, Kan., (Dec. 13, 2013) — The 14th Annual Big Bass Challenge will be held on Sept. 20, 2014 at Lake Wilson. Hays Bass Anglers Association secured the official permitting for the event this week. The challenge has historically been one of the most popular bass fishing tournaments in Kansas. Wilson State Park facilities are verified and secured for the event. HBAA’s newly-elected president, Dave Heffel, announced the details of the event date. E-mails have been sent to anglers who have fished the event in previous years. HBAA members are looking forward to hosting this special event again in the Fall of 2014.


Winners list from last year’s Big Bass Challenge

Big Bass — Steve and Nick Davenport (3.70 lb largemouth bass)
8:00 a.m. hour
1st Fish & Srajer 2.75 lbs, 2nd Baird & Baird 2.57 lbs, 3rd Basgall & Heffel 2.42 lbs
9:00 a.m. hour
1st Devine & Roach 3.56 lbs, 2nd Skala & Skala 2.13 lbs, 3rd Baird & Baird 2.07 lbs
10:00 a.m. hour
1st Davenport & Davenport 3.70 lbs, 2nd Watson & Kneuppel 2.43 lbs-, 3rd Skala & Skala 2.34 lbs
11:00 a.m. hour
1st Newell & Newell 2.22 lbs, 2nd Klenda & Barney 2.18 lbs, 3rd Smith & Landerville 2.08 lbs
12:00 p.m. hour
1st Watson & Kneuppel 2.34 lbs, 2nd Pfannenstiel & Lyne 2.11 lbs, 3rd Murphy & Rineman 2.07 lbs
1:00 p.m. hour
1st Helm & Halper 2.44 lbs, 2nd Riffey & Wenrich 2.32 lbs, 3rd Watson & Kneuppel 2.18 lbs
2:00 p.m. hour
1st Mettlen & Dineen 2.26 lbs,  2nd Helm & Halper 2.21 lbs, 3rd Riffey & Wenrich 2.12 lbs
3:00 p.m. hour
1st Glick & Witt 2.50 lbs, 2nd Herrman & Taylor 2.50 lbs, 3rd Byquist & Scherbring 2.31 lbs


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