Kansas high school, youth anglers compete at pair of bass tournaments in Missouri

Topeka twins Nick and Kyle Herrman hold up their five-fish limit during the weigh-in Nov. 7 for a Kansas BASS Nation high school fishing tournament on Pomme de Terre Lake in Hermitage, Mo. The siblings finished second with 10.85 pounds of fish.
Topeka twins Nick and Kyle Herrman hold up their five-fish limit during the weigh-in Nov. 7 for a Kansas BASS Nation high school fishing tournament on Pomme de Terre Lake in Hermitage, Mo. The siblings finished second with 10.85 pounds of fish.

A pair of Topeka siblings secured the runner-up spot during one of two high school bass fishing events last weekend in Missouri.

The pair of tournaments kicked off the newly introduced Big Lake Division of the Kansas BASS Nation’s high school and youth fishing circuits this season.

Grant Matthews and Wyatt Eidson, of Basehor-Linwood, took home the top prize in the first tournament of the weekend Nov. 6 on Stockton Lake in Stockton, Mo., weighing a 10.57-pound bag for the victory.

Franklin County’s Todd Crosley and Austin Curtis, representing OutCast Bass Club, finished second with 6.70 pounds, while Legacy Christian’s Ryder Mains and Mason Chapman finished third with 6.32.

Kickback Club’s Keiron Langston and Wyatt Sutton took fourth place with 5.53 pounds, while newcomers Cooper Shannon and Cayden Harmon, of Baldwin City, rounded out the top five with a 5.14-pound bag.

Louisburg’s Lucas Sheafer and Steele Smith won the second event of the weekend Nov. 7 on Pomme de Terre in Hermitage, Mo., with Topeka’s Nick and Kyle Herrman finishing second with 10.85 pounds.

“We were able to find some fish prefishing, and then we were able to relocate the fish with our electronics,” Kyle Herrman said. “I want to thank Larry Brumley for helping us with understanding the lake.”

“It was fun to fish a new lake and be successful,” added Nick Herrman, who also thanked youth director Travis Burch for putting together the weekend’s festivities. “It was tough fishing for all.“

Crosley and Curtis took third place with 9.98 pounds, picking up a pair of top-three finishes in the division during the productive weekend.

“Todd and I stayed focused on back to back tournaments,” Curtis said. “Stockton was fishing very tough, so we put our heads down and cranked as much rocks as we could.

“Pomme was a way better fishery — we pulled up to our spot in the morning and right off the bat they started biting. We caught them all on Wiggle Warts and started culling around 11.”

After the two events, Crosley and Curtis sit atop the leaderboard in the Big Lake Division with 194 points, with Mains and Chapman sitting below them in a tie with Sheafer and Smith at 190 points apiece.

Mains and Chapman, who finished fourth on Pomme de Terre with 9.97 pounds, also currently lead the Kansas Division and Open Division standings. Timber Neal and Koal Meier, of Cowley County, finished fifth Sunday with 9.33 pounds.

The Herrman twins, who finished 23rd on Stockton, are within spitting distance of first place in both the Kansas and Open division standings, sitting in third and second place, respectively.

Sheafer and Smith also finished sixth on Stockton with 5.12 pounds, giving them a third-place spot in the Big Lake Division behind Mains and Chapman.

YOUTH RESULTS

On the youth side, Anderson Mesplay and Kelby Conrady took first place Nov. 6 on Stockton with 10.19 pounds, with Landon Staines and Wesley Barkley finishing second with 1.10 pounds.

The following day on Pomme de Terre, Mesplay and Conrady won again, posting 7.71 pounds to edge out Staines and Barkley (3.30 pounds), with Cale Denney and Jonas Lawler-White finishing third with 2.59 pounds.

KBN INFO

The tournaments mark the end of the fall portion of the 2021-22 KBN high school and youth seasons, with the next tournaments slated for the spring.

For more information on the Kansas BASS Nation’s college, high school and junior fishing circuits, contact youth director Travis Burch by phone at 913-562-4660 or by email at kansasyouthbass@gmail.com.

This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas BASS Nation high school, junior results from Pomme de Terre, Stockton Lake