Wilson Lake Locals Claim 5 of the 6 State Team Positions

Sylvan, KS – Wilson Lake– August 2nd & 3rd 2014

Boaters for 2015 starting on the left are Scott Hamel (1st Place), Dave Heffel (2nd Place) and Jayce Newell (3rd Place). Non Boaters are Justin Russell (4th Place), Jason Baird (5th Place) and Dell Mettlen Jr (6th Place). Pictured in the center is TBFKS President Larry Freesemann.
Boaters for 2015 starting on the left are Scott Hamel (1st Place), Dave Heffel (2nd Place) and Jayce Newell (3rd Place). Non Boaters are Justin Russell (4th Place), Jason Baird (5th Place) and Dell Mettlen Jr (6th Place). Pictured in the center is TBFKS President Larry Freesemann.

The Bass Federation of Kansas (TBFKS) (www.tbfks.com) held it State Team Summer Qualifying Tournament out of Wilson State Park. The 2015 State Team is being qualified differently than in years past to accommodate more of our members and provide an additional opportunity to qualify. TBFKS is holding a summer tournament and a spring tournament. Each tournament will qualify 6 team members. Those anglers who fished Wilson will have the opportunity to fish Lake Mozingo also. The alternate will be decided by the heaviest combined weight of the two tournaments of those who do not qualify as a boater or non-boater. Our spring tournament will be held in April 2015 at Lake Mozingo near Maryville MO.

The tournament started with Wilson Lake’s lake level was almost 7 feet below normal pool. Most of the normal vegetation in the lake was high and dry. Weed beds were still growing in the lake but were thinner than normal. Pre-fishing indicated the fish were of keeper size and lacking in weight.

Big Bass - Left is Larry Stoafer, Big Bass on Saturday, on the right Dave Heffel Big Bass on Sunday. Pictured in the center is TBFKS President Larry Freesemann
Big Bass – Left is Larry Stoafer, Big Bass on Saturday, on the right Dave Heffel Big Bass on Sunday. Pictured in the center is TBFKS President Larry Freesemann

Saturday morning greeted our anglers with little to no wind and cool temperatures for the dog days of August. The wind lay low most of the day with anglers wishing the wind would blow some. By the end of the day the heat had returned into the low 90’s. Dave Heffel from Hays KS was leading on day one with 9.5lbs with a limit of fish. Scott Hamel of Stockton KS was just under a half a pound behind Dave with 9.02lbs.

Ranger Cup - Larry Stoafer and Justin Russell were our Ranger Cup Winners. Justin finished 4th overall and Larry finished 9th.
Ranger Cup – Larry Stoafer and Justin Russell were our Ranger Cup Winners. Justin finished 4th overall and Larry finished 9th.

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Sunday morning brought clouds, wind and warmer temperatures along with humidity. Scott Hamel continued to catch fish alluding to fishing a Pop’R both days. He was fishing main lake point along with flatter points in the dam area of the lake. Dave Heffel was fishing wood in the mid lake area. He only managed 4 keepers on Sunday which cost him the lead and the overall win. Scott Hamel was our overall two day winner with 17.78lbs. Scott was the only fisherman to weigh in a limit both days of competition. Dave Heffel finished with 9 fish for 17lbs even. Word after the tournament was most of the fish were caught on top-water throughout the day. You may catch 2 or 3 then go for awhile and not catch any and the cycle may repeat itself.

These 6 fishermen were on the first leg of a journey which could take one of them to the Forrest Wood Cup. The next stop for this team is a divisional tournament consisting of 7 other states and their teams. Each state will bring a 12 person team. This division championship tournament will be held in the state of Mississippi and hosted by the Mississippi Bass Federation in June 2015.

The top two from each state will advance to the TBF Federation National Championship in the spring of 2015. The first place angler from each state qualifies as a boater and the second place team from each state as a co-angler. The Nationals the format changes the game since they are now qualifying for the BFL All-American. At the National Championship the Angler controls the boat and water and the Co-angler fishes from the back of the boat. At the National Championship the top angler and co angler from each of the 7 TBF divisions advance to the BFL All-American. Just last year (2012) TBF angler Brian Maloney from Missouri won the 2012 BFL All-American and the $100,000.00 cash top prize!

The Federation National Champion Angler (boater) wins the TBF Living the Dream package, which consists of fully paid entry fees as a tour pro to fish the FLW tour, use of a custom wrapped Ranger boat and Chevy tow vehicles for the year and travel stipends. The Co-angler National Champion also wins a Living the Dream package to fish to fish their choice of any Ray-O-Vac Division either as a boater or a co-angler, (their choice).

FULL RESULTS

Weigh-In Area
Weigh-In Area

A special thanks to our partners and sponsors:

Russell County Economic Development & CVB www.russellcoks.com

National Sponsors: The Bass Federation (TBF), FLW Outdoors, Ranger Boats, Lowrance, Evinrude Etec, Chevrolet, Berkley, SolarBat Sunglasses, Cabela’s

TBFKS State sponsors: Yamaha, Shady Creek Marine, Fishing for Freedom

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF), is the oldest and largest, organized grassroots angling organization in America. TBF is 100% owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year, and have provided the foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for nearly 45 years.