Frank Stong Tournament!!

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I can sum up the 3rd Annual Frank Stong Memorial Scholarship Tournament at Bighill Lake in one word. WOW!!! Wow for the beautiful weather! Wow, for all 41 teams that showed up to honor a great man! Wow, for all the great sponsors who donated items for the raffle. And WOW, $1,700.00 was raised for the Kansas Bass Nation Frank Stong Scholarship Fund!!!!!

We had 41 teams bringing 156 fish to the scale for a total weight of 341.22 pounds. That’s a 2.18 pound average per fish. It looks like Bighill is still proving to be a great Kansas fishery.

After the scales closed, Rick Muhl and Jeff Nolte claimed victory with a weight of 13.86 pounds. They won 2- Lifetime B.A.S.S. Membership sponsored by Bass Nation. They both were awarded 2- 1st place plaques and the Annual Travling Cup Trophy. Great job guys and Congratulations!!!! In 2nd place was Kenny Turpin and Travis Swift with 13.80 pounds. They just missed first place by .07 of a pound!

Big Bass of the tournament goes to KBN President Joel Porter and First Lady Lynette Porter. Joel didn’t pay his big bass fee so he forfeited the $390. So, 1st paid big bass went to Jake Kelly and Justin Kemp with bass weighing 5.98 pounds.

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to come out and fish this event. I’d also like to thank Jon Stewart and Bass Nation for all their donations for the raffle. Also Mercury, Skeeter Boats, Heartland Outdoors, Twin Rivers Bass Club, Sandhills Bass Club and Flint Hills Bass Club. Thanks to my staff and Danny Barrett for emceeing the weigh-in and KBN President Joel Porter for helping pass out raffle prizes as they were raffled off.

This was my first tournament as Director. Thanks for your patience and support to make this 3rd Annual event a huge success!! Last, I’d like to thank everyone who showed up to honor a great man, Frank Stong. I never knew him, but always heard great things. You can definitely tell he had a positive impact on a lot of people!!

Evan Hartnett











No one could have predicted that the 106 fishermen competing in Ray Scott’s first tournament in 1967 would one day turn into a membership organization more than half a million strong. It would have been just as impossible to predict that the B.A.S.S. newsletter, first distributed in 1968, would evolve into Bassmaster Magazine, the bible of today’s bass fisherman — but it happened.

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