DeSoto’s Connor and Dylan Nimrod qualified for Bassmaster’s high school national championship thanks to one big, long day on the water.
A lot of factors go into determining whether you’ll have a successful day of fishing — barometric pressure, water clarity, temperature, time of day, even the phase of the moon all play a part in determining fish activity.
Each year, it seems like one lure or setup becomes the hot bait on the bass tournament trails.
The air may still be a bit chilly, but the fishing has been hot so far this spring.
Recently I got a chance to do some dock fishing and decided to try out some new jig heads that I ordered online. The company, B&P Jighead, advertises itself as the “Home of the Tru Set Weedless Ned Rig.” If you’ve read my columns, you know I’ve done a lot of Midwest Finesse fishing recently and have a lot of love for the Ned Rig, named after Lawrence resident Ned Kehde. One of the problems I have with Z-Man’s Finesse ShroomZ mushroom jig head, though, is that my hooks will often get tangled up in weeds or snagged on structure during retrieves.
Hayden angler Thomas Heinen and teammate Brock Bila, of Louisburg, added some more hardware on Saturday to cement their legacy among the state’s all-time most successful high school anglers as Topeka teams took a 1-2 finish in central Kansas.
Hayden’s Thomas Heinen and Gypsum resident Hunter Baird have been picked to the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-State team for Kansas, with Heinen’s teammate Brock Bila, of Louisburg, earning an honorable mention nod.
Thirty-five teams took off from the launch ramp at Big Hill Reservoir on Saturday morning with the same goal in mind — winning the third Kansas BASS Nation High School State Qualifier.
If it seems like the lineup for the 2018 Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show is all over the map, it’s because it is — by design.
“Yes, there is something at the show for all those that love Kansas outdoors,” said Phil Taunton, organizer and host of the What’s in Outdoors radio program on KVOE-AM (1400) in Emporia.
This week, I received an email from Elmer Hedrick, 82, of Shawnee.
Elmer says he gets The Topeka Capital-Journal from his sister-in-law in Emporia and read a recent column of mine on ice fishing and heated docks. He enjoys crappie fishing but didn’t much like the idea of ice fishing in the cold. However, he wanted to know if I had any tips on heated docks he could hit this winter in Kansas, preferably ones close to home.
With the end of 2017 in sight, it’s time to clear out my metaphorical mail bag with some of the emails I’ve received from hunters and anglers that I haven’t gotten around to writing about.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.