Wilson Open #2 rescheduled for May 30

Hays, KS (May 6, 2020) — The Hays Bass Anglers Association has rescheduled the date for Wilson Open #2 for Saturday, May 30, 2020. The event will launch from the state park ramp and will be conducted in compliance with new tournament guidelines issued this week by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.  The tournament rules and guidelines are available with the registration form here. The event will comply with federal and state guidelines regarding events during the pandemic period. Download the tournament registration form here, sign the waiver and send in your pre-registration form to the address provided on the form along with your entry fee. The safety of the anglers and our tournament staff are our primary concern. Wilson Open #1 will be rescheduled for this fall. That date is expected to be announced soon.

Club recognizes winners at banquet

Hays, KS (Feb. 1, 2020) – The Hays Bass Anglers Association (HBAA), a local bass fishing club affiliated with the Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society (BASS), awarded the club’s top honors during their awards banquet Saturday, Feb. 1, in Hays. 

Clayton Rudeman, president of Hays Bass Anglers Association, left, is pictured with Klint VonFeldt, Hays, right, after presenting him with the Mr. Bass award, the club’s top honor at their annual banquet Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Hays.

Klint VonFeldt, Hays, received the club’s Mr. Bass award for finishing as the top angler through the club’s 2019 tournament schedule. The second honor went to Dave Heffel, Lee’s Summit, MO, who claimed the Buddy Bass award, for finishing second. VonFeldt and Heffel will move on for an opportunity to fish for a spot on Kansas Bass Nation’s (KBN) state team to represent Kansas in upcoming tournament fishing competitions along the path to the Bassmaster’s Classic.

HBAA also honored Darrel VonFeldt, Hays, with the Outstanding Service Award, for volunteerism, leadership and the work he did as the club’s youth director.

HBAA is actively involved in the community hosting an annual youth fishing adventure for children from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County, and the Kids Casting event at the annual Youth Outdoor Festival. The club is also active providing support to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for fisheries habitat projects on northwest Kansas lakes and reservoirs


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