HBAA’s Keith Harmoney helps Hunter Tutak, son of Kyle and Jennifer Tutak, Hays, with his casting technique on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, during HBAA’s Bass Cast event at the Youth Outdoor Festival in Hays.

Bass Cast a success at Youth Outdoor Festival

HAYS, KS (Aug. 21, 2021) — Hays Bass Anglers Association’s welcomed youth during the Bass Cast event on Aug. 21, 2021 during the Annual Youth Outdoor Festival at the Hays City Sportsman’s Club northwest of Hays. Around 75 youth learned a variety of basic casting techniques as they competed for prize. The program, which stems from Bass Anglers Sportman Society’s (BASS’s) Casting Kids competition, has been kept alive by the HBAA under the name Bass Cast and continues to be a successful part of Hays’ Youth Outdoor Festival. Bass Cast is similar to the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition. The program, although abandoned by BASS, has remained a strong youth event in the Hays area. Youth are judged on three casting techniques and their scores are totaled to determine prizes. HBAA Club members teach the three casting techniques designed to help them develop skills that may be used on actual fishing trips.

Enter now for HBAA’s Big Bass Challenge

Hays, KS (Aug. 29, 2021) – Entries are still being accepted for Hays Bass Anglers Association’s Big Bass Challenge set for Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Lake Wilson. The 21st annual event is expected to draw a record number of entries. Download and mail in your entry forms now for the best starting position. Those starting positions are based on the order in which entries are received. Lake Wilson is one of the top bass fishing destinations in the state of Kansas with lunker-quality largemouth and smallmouth bass.  Click here to download your entry form and send it in today. In the picture above: Jack Bever, Lawrence, holds the big bass of the day, a 6.87 pound largemouth bass that was the winning fish in the 2020 Big Bass Challenge. Entry forms should be mailed to: Curt Wachs, treasurer, Hays Bass Anglers Association, 2023 Metro Lane, Hays, KS 67601.


HBAA members introduce youth to sport of fishing

Hays, Kansas (May 27, 2021) – Fifteen 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, guided these children for an afternoon of fishing. HBAA was excited to return to hosting the event after last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth activities are a very important part of the mission of the Hays Bass Anglers Association which has been coordinating this youth event for more than a decade. The trip 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 luck at catching fish. Heavy rains earlier in the week made the fishing difficult for most of the target species with the exception of catfish that were really active after the flooding rains created a feeding frenzy. Catfish were the primary species caught but young anglers also caught largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. “The kids really had a wonderful time and they caught quite a few really nice fish,” said Clayton Rudman, Youth Director for HBAA. Youth mentors from HBAA put worms on hooks, helped land the big fish and helped unhook and release fish for the youth that Big Brothers and Big Sisters staffers refer to as “kiddos.” The event was another successful trip helping HBAA fulfill its mission to continue spreading the excitement about the sport of fishing. Click here to view and purchase photos from the event.

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