The Bass Federation of Kansas (TBFKS), in partnership with the Russell County Economic Development Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the 2013 Youth Tournament on Saturday, May 18th. It was held at Wilson Lake at Sylvan KS with two age groups. Both winners will move on to the Junior World Championship near Shreveport LA in August.
Saturday’s weather started out foggy and misty as take-off was approaching. The anglers were more than eager to hit the water. As the day progressed the fog and mist left the area leaving cloudy skies which turned partly sunny and set the stage for storms that evening. Water temperatures were close to that magic spring time spawn. All anglers reported catching fish shallow and lots of them. Reports of 50+ fish per boat and several fish per boat were in the 40’s. I would say the bite was on. Tournament hours were safe light with a 1:00pm weigh-in. All of the youth, boaters and parents were provided lunch by TBFKS when the arrived back at the ramp.
In the 11 – 14 Age Group, Zach Vielhauer, pictured on the left above, from Shawnee KS, was 1st place with a limit of 5 fish and a total of 1534 points. 2nd place was Hunter Baird, pictured on the right above, from Gypsum KS, with a limit of 5 fish and a total of 1460 points.
All of the participants in the age group 11-14, Pictured left to right: Zach Vielhauer, Hunter Baird, Larry Freesemann (TBFKS President), Nick Davenport and Tristen Rojas.
In the 15 – 18 Age Group, Christian Hamel, pictured on the left above, from Stockton KS, took 1st place with a limit of 5 fish and a total of 1296 points. Larry FreesemannTBFKS President (center), 2nd place went to Steven Reeves, pictured on the right above, from Clearwater KS with 5 fish and a total of 1242 points.
Participants in the 15-18 age group: Josh David, Daniel Wiens, Christian Hamel, Steven Reeves, Holden Jones and Cameron Pappan.
TBFKS would like to thank Shady Creek Sales in El Dorado Kansas for sponsoring all of the trophies and plaques for our two age groups. If you are in the El Dorado area stop in and say hello to Justin Russell talk fishing or Ranger boats with him. Cabela’s for providing Gift cards. We would also like to thank Russell County Economic Development Convention and Visitors Bureau for their support also. Of course this event would not be possible without our National Partners and Sponsors: The Bass Federation (TBF), FLW Outdoors, Ranger Boats, Cabela’s, Cabela’s Angler Cash, Chevrolet, Evinrude Etec, SolarBat Sunglasses, Berkley, Lowrance, FishIDy and Yamaha Marine. Continue to support them as they do us.