HBAA accepting entries for Big Bass Challenge

Hays, KS (July 13, 2021) – Members of The Hays Bass Angler’s Association are now accepting entries for the 2021 Big Bass Challenge. The 21st annual event will be held on Sept. 11, 2021, at Lake Wilson. 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.

HBAA to host its final open tournament at Wilson

Hays, KS (May29, 2021) – Hays Bass Anglers’s Association (HBAA) is excited to host its final open bass tournament this spring at Lake Wilson, located near Russell, Kan. Lake Wilson is one of the top back bass fishing destinations in Kansas for quality largemouth and smallmouth bass. HBAA will host its final of three open tournaments there on June 12, 2021 with Wilson Open #3. The final tournament will also be launching from the Hell Creek Boat Ramp located in the state park at safe light. All three events have been sponsored by Whitetail Properties this year. The added sponsorship will help boost prize money and help the club recover from the theft of their trailer back in Nov. of 2020. Download the tournament entry form here for Wilson Open #3 on June 12, 2021

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