Wilson KS – TBFKS held its annual state qualifying tournament at Wilson Lake Saturday August 27th and Sunday 28th. They had 31 contestants participating to become members of the 2012 State Team. This State Team will represent Kansas in the Central Divisional to be hosted by Louisiana TBF in June of 2012.
The Lake had been off-limits to the anglers for the last two weeks. Friday was the only practice day. Everyone was anticipating the largemouth bite as the case when with Central Divisional was held here in June. Well things change and they sure did change. Anglers were saying they could not get the largemouth to bite and those that did said the bites were few and far between. Several of the anglers switched to chasing in June what were called the elusive smallmouth. They showed themselves to be healthy and full of spunk. The only problem was getting hooked up. Allot of bites or blowup on top-water baits but hook-ups were still hard to come by.
Anglers were paired on Friday evening by a computerized drawing boaters paired with non-boater/co-angler. Each angler fished for their own weight. Due to the no-cull rule the anglers were allowed to weigh-in a 4 fish limit.
Saturday morning came with clear skies and bright skies. AS the day progressed the wind blew and bites were hard to come by for some who did have success on Friday. The four fish limit well, even those were hard to come at the end of day one. Scott Hamel, Skip Hutchinson and Travis Perret managed this all weighing over 9lbs of fish each. Scott and Skip fished from the same boat throwing top-water bait. While Travis a co-angler fished from the back of the boat using a drop shot. Several other anglers followed closely behind. It was anybody’s game, come Sunday.
Sunday morning came and all of the anglers headed out again with confidence into the sunrise each paired with a different angler than the day before. Top-water bite was good for some other it just wouldn’t materialize. At weigh-in it seemed like everyone lost fish or the blow-up saga continued. I for a fact and relate to the blow-up saga. Consistency was the name of the game. Those who caught limits on Saturday did not necessarily catch them on Sunday. Those who managed to catch some both days managed to do well. My partner was able to put together a limit of 4 fish while I had two in the box early. He proceeded to let me run the front of the boat the rest of the day. It paid off. We went back where we started and I boated a 3lb smallmouth which lead to big bass for Sunday.
The weigh-in: As weigh-in started the wind picked up from where I don’t know, but it roared in with a vengeance creating havoc on the water and with the weigh-in site. Our Tournament-Pro Series scales stood up to the challenge and performed well. Allot of fish were weighed in. At the end of the day
1stPlace Drew Blackwood 14lbs 15oz
2ndplace was Larry Freesemann 12lbs oz
3rdplace was . Scott Hamel
4thplace Tyler Garver
7th Larry Stoafer
11th Eric Riedel
13thPlace Justin Bengstun – Alternate
The first 6 places will be our designated boaters and 7th-12thwill be co-anglers at the Central Divisional in June 2012.
Ranger Cup Winner: Ed Berends
Big Bass for Sunday Larry Freeseman
Big Bass for Saturday Ed Berends
Cabela’s Anglers Cash – Larry Freesemann
State Team 2012
Front Row L to R: Tyler Garver, Justin Bengstun, Drew BlacKwood, Eric Riedel, Klint VonFeldt, Ed Berends
Back Row L to Right: Skip Hutchinson, Travis Perret, Larry Stoafer, David Heffel, Larry Freesemann, Scott Hamel, Don Glick
Ranger Cup Winner – Ed Berends
Cabela’s Angler’s Cash Winner and Tournament Big Bass– Larry Freesemann
Wilson Lake proved once again it is a viable fishery and is ever changing. Keep up the good work Tommy Berger and Kansas Wildlife and Parks!
I would like to thank all of the members of TBFKS for participating and those who assisted in helping set up and tear down the weigh-in site, banners etc. A special thanks to Skip Hutchinson for measuring all of the fish and Kyle Klein’s fiancé Amber Durler for assisting at the weigh-in.
Special Thanks to all of our sponsors and partners: The Bass Federation, FLW Outdoors, The National Guard, Ranger Boats, Lowrance, Chevy, Solar Bat Sunglasses,Cabela’s, Cabela’s Angler Cash, Evinrude E-Tec, and Berkely.