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KBN Youth Tournament Takes Place at Wilson Lake

Tournament and BB winners Almquist and WeinsSUBMITTED - After talking about it for the last couple of years, the Kansas Bass Nation Youth 2-man Tournament Trail finally made it to Wilson Lake, and from the reaction of the youth anglers, we'll be back soon.

Saturday June 22 was the official practice day and Mother Nature served up a typical western Kansas wind storm. With winds ranging from 30 to 40 mph from the south, it was interesting to listen to the youth anglers say what it felt like to be in that type of wind while fishing. It was also fun to listen to them talk about how many fish they caught! With various weather forecasts calling for less wind for the tournament day, fingers and toes were crossed (and probably some eyes too).

Tournament day, June 23, and at 4:30 and things were not looking too favorable. The winds were still blowing. But then they began to lay, and by blast-off we were blessed with a 5 to 10 mph breeze that made the first run of the day; a breeze! The light cloud cover at blast-off lifted by 10 am, and although the wind slowly built back to 20 mph, it made the 98 degree day tolerable.Eventual second place team of Fulmer and Roberts eyeing the scales

At the 1 pm weigh in the reports were the weather was nicer than the day before, and that there were lots of fish caught, unfortunately not all of them were keepers. Still, there were six limits brought to the scales out of a possible 13 teams.

The top four places automatically advanced to the KBN Youth 2-man Team Championship to be held on July 28 at Council Grove City Lake. Those four teams were:

  • Fourth place with 9.31 pounds was Connor Nimrod fishing without a partner.
  • Third place with 9.60 pounds was the team of Zach Vielhauer and Travis Eckstrom.
  • Second place with 10.31 pounds was the team of Ethan Fulmer and Dustin Roberts.
  • First place with 10.69 pounds was the team of Andrew Almquist and Daniel Weins.

The big bass award was a mixture of 40 bags of soft plastics donated by Jeff Granberg and Don Dreiling, two spools of Trilene Braid, two BASS hats, a gallon of Mercury oil, three bottles of Starbrite gas treatment and a bottle of Eagle One car and boat wax. The winners with a 3.16 pound largemouth were the team of Almquist and Weins coached by Lyle Starr.

Eckstrom and Vielhauer with a nice mixed limitSpecial thanks to Janae Talbott, Director of the Russell County Economic Development and Convention and Visitors Bureau for arranging a very nice "meet and greet" at the Elks Lodge in Russell on Saturday evening. All the youth, parents and boater/coaches were invited to the informal meeting to enjoy an assortment of vegetables, cheeses and meats.

Another big thank you goes out to members of the KBN Adult State Team. Members present who provided boats for the tournament were: Dan Basgall, Dell Metlin, Roger VanRanken, Dave Heffel, Kent Craft, Larry Brumley and Johnny Starks. Klint Vonfeldt was also a huge help with launching boats, setting up the trailer, helping with the weigh in and then helping pack up the trailer. Thanks guys, I'm not sure that this youth tournament season would be possible without you.

Once again the McPherson youth club treated the tournament staff to a lunch on Sunday consisting of hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, beans and drinks. You guys are great!

Finally, thanks to Joel Porter KBN Tournament Director for traveling with me to help with the tournament; and to all the parents and family for supporting our program.

Thanks, Brad V.

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