Theft of HBAA’s new club trailer under investigation

Hays, KS (Jan. 6, 2021) – Members of Hays Bass Angler’s Association (HBAA) are trying to recover from the disappointment after the theft of the club’s new trailer on the evening of Nov. 19, 2020 in Hays. The theft was caught on camera by video surveillance equipment at a nearby bank. The new trailer, which was purchased two months earlier, was stolen from a business lot in Hays where the club has historically kept its old trailer parked for years. The value of the trailer and its contents, which exceeds $5,000, contained items the club used to conduct fishing tournaments, youth events and tools used by the club for fisheries habitat and conservation projects. Most hurtful, the trailer contained more than a dozen fishing rods and reels used for an annual fishing event with children from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County. The theft also included tents, poles and targets used for the club’s Kids Casting Competition. The Kids Casting Competition is a popular event that routinely draws more than 100 participants each year at the Youth Outdoor Festival in Hays. The theft of the club’s new trailer was a painful loss as it was not yet fully insured. If you have information about the theft please contact the Hays Police Department.

HBAA sets date for 2021 Big Bass Challenge

Hays, KS (Nov. 2, 2020) – Hays Bass Angler’s Association has set the date for the 2021 Big Bass Challenge during the club’s virtual monthly meeting through Zoom. Mark your calendars now for Sept. 11, 2021, at Lake Wilson for the Big Bass Challenge. The date will be official when permits are officially issued in January of 2021 by the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism. 

Jack Bever, Lawrence, holds the big bass of the event, a 6.87 lb. largemouth bass during the 20th annual Big Bass Challenge on Sept. 12, 2020, at Lake Wilson.

Father/son team win 2020 Big Bass Challenge 

Wilson, KS (Sept. 12, 2020) — Saddened after loosing a big smallmouth during an early morning mishap, the bass fishing team of Jim Bever, Hutchinson, and his son, Jack, of Lawrence, decided to make a big move and return to a place they called Lucky Cove. That big move to the opposite end of the lake helped them win the 20th Annual Big Bass Challenge hauling in a 6.87 lb. largemouth bass Saturday at Lake Wilson. “It almost didn’t happen as the fish were short-striking the bait and after Jack briefly paused his retrieve, the bass hit it again,” Jim said. The two have fished in nearly a dozen of Hays Bass Anglers Association’s (HBAA) Big Bass Challenges over the last 20 years. The 2010 Big Bass Challenge was the most memorable for them until this year. That year Jack, a high school sophomore, came in second loosing by just a few ounces. That was the year the father and son team named their spot, Lucky Cove. Returning to their aptly-named spot ten years later, armed again with a buzzbait, was the winning formula for this year’s The Big Bass Challenge. More than 100 anglers in 55 boats participated in the annual event put on by HBAA. “I was impressed with the number of quality fish brought in,” said Dan Basgall, weigh-master for the event and a club member of HBAA. “The fish were healthy and the weights were impressive for the time of year,” Basgall added. Six-pounders won the 9 a.m. and the 10 a.m. time slots, while it took five-pounders to win the remaining time slots.  Hourly winners received checks for first and second place during the awards celebration which followed the tournament on Saturday afternoon. See the slideshow for more pictures. HBAA wants to thank all anglers and sponsors who helped make this year’s event a success.


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