Wilson Open #1 postponed due to COVID-19

Hays, KS (April 6, 2020) — The Hays Bass Anglers Association has postponed the first of two open bass fishing tournaments in the spring of 2020. The first event Wilson Open #1, scheduled for April 25, 2020, has been postponed due to stay-at-home orders in the state surrounding escalating concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The event will be rescheduled for this fall. The club will monitor and re-evaluate the situation regarding its second open tournament,  Wilson Open #2, scheduled for May 16 and will follow the advice of the medical and public health officials. The club is still hopeful regarding Wilson Open #2 and the status of the event will be re-evaluated during the club’s meeting on May 4. The safety of the anglers and our tournament staff are our primary concern.  We appreciate your understanding in the matter and we will release the new date as soon as it is available.

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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