Kansas BASS Nation youth director Richard Heflin unveiled more details to The Topeka Capital-Journal about the first-ever Kansas College State Championship last weekend during the Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show.
A boaters meeting will take place at 6 a.m. at the Rock Creek State Park boat ramp near the marina prior to takeoff.
Heflin said the registration process is fairly straight-forward for college fishing clubs looking to compete in the state qualifier.
“There’s three steps that have to be done,” Heflin told The Topeka Capital-Journal in November. “First, they have to be a BASS member, then they have to be a member of BASS Nation, which both of those can be done through Bassmaster.com. And then they have to affiliate with the state, and they can do that through contacting me.”
Teams need to make sure they are in good standing with BASS, BASS Nation and the KBN in order to participate in the state championship. For details or to check your status, contact Heflin by phone at (785) 246-0243 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the state championship, college anglers are able to compete in any and all of the four Bassmaster College Series tour events. The first of those events, the Central Tour Event, took place Jan. 25-27 at Toledo Bend Reservoir in Many, La. Hunter DeSplinter and Conner Choate, of Wisconsin-Platteville, won it with a two-day total of 41 pounds, 6 ounces after the third day of competition was canceled because of fog, marking the school’s first Bassmaster tournament win in a crowded field of 248 teams.
The Southern Tour Event will be April 19-21 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. The Eastern Tour Event runs May 10-12 at Cherokee Lake in Jefferson City, Tenn., and the Western Tour Event will be May 23-25 at Clear Lake in Lakeport, Calif.
The Bassmaster High School Series also has three Open qualifiers remaining for the 2018 high school national championship, which will take place at an undisclosed location later this year. Six Kansas teams competed in last year’s national championship tournament on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn., led by Zach Vielhauer and Remington Wagner, who placed 58th with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 12 ounces. Vielhauer and Wagner qualified by placing second in last year’s Midwest Open behind fellow Kansans Trevor Whisenant and Brett Lasley. DeSoto brothers Connor and Dylan Nimrod also placed sixth in the Central Open in 2017 to qualify, while the rest of the Kansas delegation got in through the Kansas BASS Nation high school qualifiers.
This year’s Southern Open is slated for March 24 at Lay Lake in Shelby County, Ala., followed by the April 14 Eastern Open on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C., and the May 26 Western Open on Clear Lake.