The Bass Federation of Kansas – TBFKS McKinley Dick and Christian Hamel are Champions!


2009 State Junior Championship Results

Tournament Site:           Olathe Lake – Olathe Kansas

Date:                            May 9th, 2009

Tournament Hours:       Safelight to 1pm

Water Temp:                66 degrees

Air Temp:                     60 degrees

Age groups:                  11-14 and15-18

What a great event again this year!  Just like last year the rains came again, the day before the event and murked up the water, but not nearly enough.  The bass were shallow and they were biting!


      “Champion McKinley shows off his new Rod/Reel and Trophy”

          In the 15-18 age groups: 2009 State Champion is McKinley Dick, 16, from Baldwin City, KS.  McKinley caught his fish on a black Berkley Power worm using shaky jig head technique, along rocky banks near the dam.  His FIVE fish limit was anchored with a 17.25” lunker bass worth a whopping 298 points!  (Congratulations! Biggest Bass of the Event) McKinley also caught 10 fish the most of anyone during the event!  In the boat with McKinley was 2 time, 11-14 age groups, past Champion Kash Kruep.  The Boat owner was Mr. Ed Berends who brought the boys safely through the event in his 519 Ranger Bass Boat.


“Sponsor’s Winner’s Circle”

            This age group was a tight race with 4 limits brought in and every angler caught fish.

2nd Place:          Brady Sherman            600 points

3rd Place:          Chandler Young           573 points

4th Place:          Sam Starr                     373 points

5th Place:          Victoria Kirk                130 points


“Champion Hamel can’t smile hard enough with his new rod/reel and trophy”

            11-14 age group:  A battle of the “Brothers” – 2009 State Champion is Christian Hamel, of Stockton, Kansas made the most of the nearly 6 hour drive to participate, in his 2nd Championship.  Christian caught his fish on a Sinking Minnow style bait, Texas rigged with his Revo Reel and Techna AV rod.  He also was using a green pumpkin Jig to catch fish.  His winning points totaled 232 points! (Way to Go Christian!)

Christian was paired up with 2 time TBF Jr. Champion, Chandler Young.  The Boat owner was Mr. Kerry Kruep who also showed the young men a great time in his Ranger Z20.


“2007/2008 Returning Champion, Kash Kruep shows off one of his fish”


2nd Place:          Ethan Hamel                 229 points

3rd Place:          Justin Niccum               228 points

4th Place:          Kash Kruep                 152 points


Each State Champion will be headed to Pittsburg, PA July/August for the National Guard JR. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!

We have a lot of people to thank, for helping with this event and sponsors!  Berkley, Ranger Boats, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Wal mart, Castrol, Chevy, Lowrance, Yamaha, National Guard, TBF and FLW.


“Contenders and Boaters”

Special Thanks: 

Roger Kruep – great job again on cooking all the food and having it ready as the anglers came off the water.

Roger Kruep cooking up some Dogs



Key fish for Christian!

Boaters: 2009 TBFKS Adult State Team and TBF Members for Volunteering their time and boats!

Matt King – Olathe Kansas      State Team

Kerry Kruep – Paola, Kansas   State Team

Bob Garver – Olathe, Kansas Youth Director

Ed Berends – Osage, Kansas   State Team

Scott Hamel – Stockton, Kansas          State Team and Tournament Director


Returning 2007/2008 Champion Chandler Young found a back water through the culvert pipe