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HBAA’s Keith Harmoney, assists Annie Humphrey as she learns casting techniques during the Kids Casting Challenge at the Youth Outdoor Festival in Hays.

Kids Casting Challenge a big success

HAYS (Aug. 21, 2017) — The Kids Casting Challenge was again a successful part of the the Youth Outdoor Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the Hays City Sportsmans Club. Eighty youth learned a variety of basic casting techniques as they competed for prizes during the event sponsored by the Hays Bass Anglers Association. The program, kept alive by the club, continues to be a successful part of the popular Youth Outdoor Festival, which is now in its 20th year. The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society first created the Casting Kids program, 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, primarily due to the popularity of the Youth Outdoor Festival. HBAA club members changed the name of the event and kept the essence of the program alive in Hays. Youth are judged on their ability to flip, pitch and cast. HBAA Club members teach the three casting techniques designed to help them develop skills that may be used later on actual fishing trips. Winners in the under age 7 category are: 1st Place — Barrett Pianalto, 2nd Place — Nolan Brown and 3rd Place Sean Ryan. Winners in the age 7-10 category are: 1st Place — Brett Luetters. 2nd Place — Trent Ryan and 3rd Place — Isaac Moreno. Winners in the age 10-14 category are: 1st Place — Bo West, 2nd Place — Miles Keller and 3rd Place — Hunter Flax.

 

Mark Hladek of the Hays Bass Anglers Association, right, helps Alex Loving during the Kids Bass Casting competition on Aug. 20, 2016, at the Youth Outdoor Festival in Hays.

Mark Hladek of the Hays Bass Anglers Association, right, helps Alex Loving during the Kids Bass Casting competition on Aug. 20, 2016, at the Youth Outdoor Festival in Hays.

Kids Casting Challenge draws crowd at festival

HAYS (Aug. 20, 2016) — The Kids Casting Challenge attracted big numbers of participants again at the Youth Outdoor Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at the Hays City Sportsmans Club. More than 100 youth learned basic casting techniques as theyHBAA CK 3 competed for prizes during the event sponsored by the Hays Bass Anglers Association. The
program kept alive by the club is a favorite part of the outdoor festival which is now in its 19th year. The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society first created the Casting Kids program, similar to the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition. The program has remained a strong youth event over the last several years. HBAA club members changed the name of the event and kept the program alive in Hays. Youth are judged on their ability to flip, pitch and cast. HBAA Club members teach the three casting techniques designed to help them develop skills that may be used later on actual fishing trips. The winners in the casting competition for children under 7 years old: 1st – Kenneth Walker, 2nd – Noah Kaiser, 3rd Jace Herbers. Alternates are Austin Katina and Noylan Brown. Winners in the 7-10 year old division: 1st Trenton Staley, 2nd Ryder Wertz, 3rd Carson Schartz. Alternates are Gunner Weigel, Owen Kaiser and Bryce Werth. Winners in the 11-14 year old division: Kaley Logue, Hoylan Klaus and Caden Ryan. Alternates are Austin McGuire and Christian Wellbrock.

 

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Hays Bass Anglers Association’s Clayton Rudman holds a nice fish caught by Little Sister Adalynn during a fishing adventure conducted by HBAA member for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County.

HBAA members take kids fishing

HAYS – KS (May 12, 2016) — Members of the Hays Bass Anglers Association guided youth from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County as 16 youth enjoyed a fun-filledHBAA BigBroBigSis 3b
fishing trip at a farm pond, owned by Daryl Augustine, of Hays. “The kids really caught a lot of fish and had all of the volunteers running around like crazy helping the kids with their catches,” said Darrel VonFeldt, HBAA’s co-director of youth programs. Using worms and even some artificial baits, the kids enjoyed catching catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill.”It was a blast as we saw one of the largest turnouts we’ve ever had for the event,” VonFeldt said. Club members grilled hotdogs for the kids before heading down to the pond to go fishing. The youth fishing program is an annual event for the club. At right: Little Brother Kyle is pictured holding a nice bass he caught at the event.

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