2014 TBFKS Youth Tournament

Sylvan, KS – Wilson Lake– Saturday May 10th The Bass Federation of Kansas (TBFKS) held its annual youth tournament out of Wilson State Park. A cool windy morning greeted our anglers, boaters and parents. The wind was blowing steadily from the south bringing warmer temperatures by the end of the day.  The anglers headed out shortly after 6:00AM after being paired with their respective boater for the day. The weigh-in started shortly after 1:00PM when all of the anglers returned to the ramp. Word was the “bite” was on. Fishing started out slow in the morning as water temperature dropped overnight. By late morning all of the youth were catching fish. This was evident by the number of fish brought to the scales which were at and above the legal length of 15” for black bass.


The tournament consisted of two age groups, ages 11-14 and 15-18. Each age group is fishing against others within the same age group. The winner of each age group is invited to the Junior World Championships held in conjunction with the prestigious Pro Bass Angler Tournament – The Forrest Wood Cup August 14th – 17th 2014 at Lake Murray SC which is located near Columbia SC. At the Junior World Championship these anglers will fish for thousands of dollars in scholarships. Boats and boat captains are provided for the youth to fish from at both events the TBFKS Youth tournament and the Junior World Championships. This is the final year of having the two age groups. Next year the youth program changes to one age group 11 – 15 year olds. The 16 years and up have the option of fishing the High School events and be involved with  the 16 and over group with opportunities to fish the State Team Qualifier, which can lead to the Central Divisional, the Nationals, the BFL All American and the coveted Forrest Wood Cup.

Cameron Pappan from Winfield KS led the 15-18 age followed closely behind by Steve Reeves from Clearwater KS. Hunter Baird from Gypsum KS led the 11-14 age group followed by Gale Backus of Herrington KS. The youth had different opportunities for the day with the ability to weigh-in bass 15” and over 15” and the opportunity to have fish from 12” to 15” count as weight also since these fish could be measured and recorded by the boater.  Weight for the 12” – 15” fish were all based upon a paper scale provided to each angler.



The results from the tournament are listed below.


15-18 Age Group                                                        11-14 Age Group

1st Place – Cameron Pappen 9.99lbs                            1st Place – Hunter Baird 9.15lbs

2nd Place – Steven Reeves 9.51lbs                               2nd Place – Gale Backus 7.94lbs

3rd Place – Christian Hamel 9.27lbs                             3rd Place – Nate Bowers 6.86lbs

4th Place – Nick Luna 8.88lbs                                      4th Place – Nick Davenport 6.04lbs

5th Place – Zach Vielhauer 8.14lbs                              5th Place – Kameran Hamel 2.78lbs

6th Place – Josh David 8.10lbs

7th Place – Coy Johnson 7.18lbs

8th Place – Andrew Glick 3.04lbs

Cameron Pappan reported he was catching his fish on a variety of baits. His main baits were a wackey rig, swim bait and jerk bait. As with much of Wilson Lake it was a clear water approach. He was fishing shallow in the range of 1ft to 5ft of water. His pattern included fishing slow as he could when the wind would let him. He would like to thank his boater and members of TBFKS for providing this opportunity and is already looking forward to future TBF events.


Hunter Baird owes his win to Nick Luna according to his dad Jason Baird. Hunter knows the lake well and after pre fishing for a couple hours on Friday seemed real confident he could catch fish with moving baits.  Saturday  the fish were not chasing baits real well so Nick and Hunter started throwing a shakey head on the same main lake and secondary points with deep water access.


Nick had a nice limit of smallies in the box and was catching fish on about every 10 casts. Hunter only had 2 keepers in the livewell and you could tell Hunter was frustrated by this so Nick offered Hunter one of his secret worms.  In the last hour of the tournament Hunter caught 3 more lake keepers to fill out his limit.

TBFKS would like to thank all of the parents who support each of these youth who fished this tournament. Without the support of the parents this tournament would not exist.


Thank you to the TBFKS State Team, members and parents who provided boats for the youth, helped setting up, providing food and drinks afterwards. Thank you to those who donated items for our youth Yamaha Outboards, MESU Bait Company, Salina Bassmasters, Crankbait Cover-Ups, Shady Creek Sales and Marina. Thanks to Russell County Economic Development/Convention and Visitors Bureau for their continued support over the past several years.

Thank you to our local and National Sponsors and Partners – The Bass Federation (TBF), FLW Outdoors, Ranger Boats, Lowrance, Cabela’s, Berkley, Chevrolet, Evinrude Etec, SolarBat Sunglasses, Yamaha Outboards, Shady Creek Sales and Marina and Fishing For Freedom. Without each one of these sponsors we could not do what we do. THANK YOU!

Upcoming events:

Kansas State High School Fishing Championship July 13th Wilson Lake

Registration and rules http://www.highschoolfishing.org/2014-state-championships

TBFKS State Team Qualifier August 2nd & 3rd Wilson Lake

16 years of age are eligible for adult membership with TBFKS and are invited to join and fish the State Team Qualifier .

Details found at www.tbfks.com

Fishing For Freedom October 11th – 12th Truman Lake Missouri

Details and registration http://fishingforfreedom.us/