Theft of HBAA’s new club trailer under investigation

Hays, KS (Jan. 6, 2021) – Members of Hays Bass Angler’s Association (HBAA) are trying to recover from the disappointment after the theft of the club’s new trailer on the evening of Nov. 19, 2020 in Hays. The theft was caught on camera by video surveillance equipment at a nearby bank. The new trailer, which was purchased two months earlier, was stolen from a business lot in Hays where the club has historically kept its old trailer parked for years. The value of the trailer and its contents, which exceeds $5,000, contained items the club used to conduct fishing tournaments, youth events and tools used by the club for fisheries habitat and conservation projects. Most hurtful, the trailer contained more than a dozen fishing rods and reels used for an annual fishing event with children from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County. The theft also included tents, poles and targets used for the club’s Kids Casting Competition. The Kids Casting Competition is a popular event that routinely draws more than 100 participants each year at the Youth Outdoor Festival in Hays. The theft of the club’s new trailer was a painful loss as it was not yet fully insured. If you have information about the theft please contact the Hays Police Department.

The team of Myles Guadian and Brandon Hayzlett, of Garden City, won Hays Bass Angler’s Cedar Bluff Open bass tournament on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Cedar Bluff Reservoir near WaKeeney, Kan., with 15.70 pounds. Thirty anglers competed in the event.

HBAA hosts Cedar Bluff Open

Hays, KS (May 5, 2018) — Thirty anglers competed in Hays Bass Anglers Association’s Cedar Bluff Open Bass Tournament held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Cedar Bluff Reservoir located about 30 miles southwest of Hays, Kansas. The spring fishing at Cedar Bluff was excellent as the club hosted a return trip for competitive bass fishing at the lake that is rich in Kansas’ bass fishing history. Although the reservoir has been suffering through several consecutive years of drought, the lake still offered excellent quality spring bass fishing. The event featured 80% payout. Myles Guadian and Brandon Hayzlett of the Garden City Bassmasters won the event with 15.70 pounds of bass and also won big bass of the tournament with a largemouth bass weighing 3.90 pounds. Second place went to the team of Mitch Keeley and Jason Leiker, who won the high-stakes pot. HBAA’s team of Keith Harmoney and Clayton Rudman took second place in the high-stakes pot.


HBAA changes date of Big Bass Challenge 

Hays, KS (Feb. 6, 2018) — The Hays Bass Anglers Association (HBAA) decided to change the date of one of the biggest bass tournaments in the state Monday night after the club learned that Kansas Bass Nation (KBN) scheduled their own youth tournament on the same date and on the same lake as the Big Bass Challenge. HBAA is mindful to always schedule around known fishing events. In lieu of KBN’s oversight, HBAA decided Monday night to change the date of the Big Bass Challenge to Sept. 15, 2018, with respect to the participants in KBN’s youth event. At this time, the date will remain unofficial until the permit dates have been changed and approved





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