2012 Big Bass Challenge

Anglers Brian Penning, Wichita, at left, and Todd Winzel, Norwich, right,  fish a point in front of a bank of fog during the 12th Annual Big Bass Challenge at Lake Wilson. (Photo by Steven Hausler)

Big Bass Challenge in the record books for 2012

 LAKE WILSON, Kan., (Sept 15, 2012) — Big Bass Tournament News – Salina anglers Dell Mettlen and Jeremy Deneen walked away with the top prize after weighing in a 5.29 pound largemouth bass on Saturday at the Hays Bass Anglers Association’s 12th Annual Big Bass Challenge at Lake Wilson. Sixty boats and nearly 120 anglers participated in the event, which featured hourly weigh-ins. The late summer tournament was held just a week before the first official day of Fall, as the central Kansas weather was kind to anglers with calm winds and cool temperatures. According to HBAA officials, the event was a big success. Anglers were treated to a free barbecue at a gathering following the tournament where prize money was awarded to anglers weighing in the three biggest bass in each hour of the tournament. Sponsors also donated door prizes including a rod and reel combo and more. The Challenge, one of the more popular tournaments in the Midwest, was again part of Skeeter Boats’ Real Money Program.  Wilson lived up to its expectations again this year as one of the best Kansas bass fishing destinations. 

Big Bass — Dell Mettlen & Jeremy Deneen (5.29 lb largemouth bass)
8:00 a.m. hour
1st Hamel & Hamel 3.27 lbs, 2nd Smith & Landervill 3.24 lbs, 3rd Klenda & Barney 3.15 lbs
9:00 a.m. hour
1st Baird & Baird 3.81 lbs, 2nd Fish & Fish 3.54 lbs, 3rd Richardson & Richardson 2.94 lbs
10:00 a.m. hour
1st Lyne & Lanoue 3.70 lbs, 2nd Baird & Baird 3.51 lbs-, 3rd Bever & Hinnen 3.10 lbs
11:00 a.m. hour
1st Mettlen & Dineen 5.29 lbs, 2nd Bever & Hinnen 3.32 lbs, 3rd Gowith & Gowith 3.22 lbs
12:00 p.m. hour
1st Baird & Baird 3.79 lbs, 2nd Gowith & Gowith 3.27 lbs, 3rd Bricker & Hamel 3.10 lbs
1:00 p.m. hour
1st Lyne & Lanoue 3.87 lbs, 2nd Worthey & Rypma 3.35 lbs, 3rd Glick & Witt 3.20 lbs
2:00 p.m. hour
1st Cochrane & Collins 3.98 lbs,  2nd Brown & Brown 3.45 lbs, 3rd Stahl & Stahl 3.39 lbs
3:00 p.m. hour
1st Jerome & Gilpin 3.49 lbs, 2nd Herber & Harman 3.30 lbs, 3rd Bengston & Regier 3.27 lbs

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