2016 End of Year Awards Ceremony and Dinner

UPDATE: Thankfully the weather has held off, so we are still on for tonight's dinner and awards ceremony! (posted 1:18 p.m., Jan. 14)

We have reserved the Lenexa VFW for 5 p.m. on Jan. 14 and will have Johnny's BBQ catered.  Johnny's BBQ is donating the food, so please let him know that it is VERY appreciated! There will be many things to win by purchasing raffle tickets and other door prizes.
Some of the items in the raffles-
- HUK gear
- Mercury lube
- Bass Bite Jigs
- Snack Daddy Lures
- Rods
- Reels
- Many more baits that were purchased at or donated by Mondo Tackle
- Costa Sunglasses gift certificate
- Mondo Tackle gift certificate(s)
- Brown Bag Liquor items
- Smooth Reels gift certificates

Place:  Lenexa VFW
            9550 Pflumm Rd.
            Lenexa, KS  66215
5 p.m. - Social hour / Purchase raffle tickets
6 p.m. - Dinner
7 p.m. - Awards

Raffle items will be drawn randomly throughout the evening.  This a family event, so please feel free to bring everyone!  There will be a cash bar available as well.
PLEASE RSVP YES or NO via email to eastksbassmasters@gmail.com by Dec. 18 so the correct amount of food is available.

​Congratulations to Reggie & Allen
Best of luck to Reggie Hutson and Allen Bell as they travel to Guntersville to prepare for the state team regional tournament next weekend. Congratulations and thanks for representing EKB!

Winter Update

​Over the weekend of Nov. 20-22, the Kansas BASS Nation help their fall business meeting and banquet in Salina. Dale Manning, president, will share meeting notes via e-mail ASAP. After the meeting there was an awards banquet, at which the Kansas BASS Nation State Team was introduced. EKB is proud to have two great representatives on the team for 2016. Congrats to Reggie Hutson and Allen Bell, good luck at Guntersville! 

There were also awards given to the three clubs that had the most growth in 2015. 

​      3rd place - case of oil

      2nd place - Mercury stainless prop

      1st place - 109 lb thrust, 36 volt Motorguide trolling motor

EKB finished first! Thank you to everyone for supporting the club and spreading the work. Keep it up, the KBN may do this again. We can do what we wish to with the trolling motor - sell it, raffle it, auction it. We are in need of a new scale and the money from the trolling motor should cover it. There is also tournament software available that would streamline draws, weigh-ins, dues, personal information, etc. Here are links to some informative websites:

If you have other ideas about what to do with the trolling motor please tell Dale. We can also purchase Mercury props at a discount and do the same with those to raise money. 

We are also researching an online payment option for tournaments and dues for 2016. There would be a link on our website with the option to pay by PayPal, a debit card, or a credit card. More information will be available soon. The tournament software and the ability to pay online should make morning more efficient so take-offs can be earlier. 

Only a few members have paid dues. Please send $60 - $30 for BASS Nation and $30 for Kansas BASS Nation - soon to Dale's home address at 305 W. Spring Street; Spring Hill, KS 66083

Proud of EKB's Two State Team Qualifiers
Congratulations to Reggie Hutson and Allen Bell for earning spots on the Kansas Bass Nation State Team. Four EKB representatives competed at Milford Lake Sept. 25-27. Allen placed in the top nine anglers and Reggie qualified at the Mr. Bass tournament in the spring of 2015. 

Upcoming Opportunities to Support Veterans and Youth

Backlashers of KC is putting on its 5th annual Heartland Warriors Tournament. It will be held at Perry Lake Aug. 29. FIRST PRIZE IS GUARANTEED $1,000. Last year we were able to donate $6,000 to Veteran Outdoors.
Team tournament with great prizes. Big bass pot. Raffles and a chance to win a custom built AR-15. Courtesy of D-9 firearms.
We hope you can help us make this a bigger and better year!!!

From the Kansas Bass Nation Youth Director - "I am asking that you have each member bring in at least 1 brand new in the package “favorite” bait. If your member has a “go to” bait this is what we are after. We want to give these guys baits others have confidence in and know catch fish. These can be spinnerbaits, jigs, crankbaits, etc…. Some guys have donated way more than one bait and even a few rods and reels, but one is all we are asking of each member. These are then distributed at the events in grab bags or as prizes. We also put special thanks to those who donate at the bottom of each youth article on the KBN site."

Proud of EKB Representative's at KBN's Mr. Bass Tournament​

Eight EKB guys fished the Kansas Bass Nation's Mr. Bass Tournament at Melvern Lake

and four brought home placings including Reggie Hutson who won the angler side

overall. Congratulations also to Allen Bell, sixth place angler, Scott Sjogren, third place

co-angler, and Mark Byrd, sixth place co-angler. 

KBN released an article about Reggie, which you can read here: 


Congrats to everyone who fished the tournament! Sounded like a great day!


​​EKB Assists KDWPT April 26 at Hillsdale Lake

On April 26, eight EKB boats took off from the Jayhawk Ramp at Hillsdale Lake. By 3 p.m., the boats and their anglers had returned with 18 largemouth bass that had their gills and fins sampled by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism representatives. Friends and families of EKB were invited to fish and to attend, and after the sampling was complete the attendees enjoyed an informal lunch. EKB is, as always, thrilled to help with any and all endeavors that will help preserve and protect natural habitats. A sidepot for Big Bass was held, and though Steve Simpson caught the largest bass at 6.5 lbs a close second was Brian Keeney's 13-year-old daughter Abby with a 6.15 lb. bass.


Georgia Cubes Installed at Melvern Lake

On April 11 a handful of EKB members assisted state conservationists by constructing Georgia Cubes and then dropping them into Melvern Lake to provide habitats for the aquatic wildlife. Conservation always has been and always will be an EKB priority. 


EKB Supports Pledge to Pitch It

The East Kansas Bassmasters are fully supporting the Pledge to Pitch It campaign which is motivated to remove all harmful plastics from waterways. Visit pledgetopitchit.org to find out more! Follow EKB on Facebook and on Twitter for more information. 

Jesse Jordan Named KBN's Conservation Director

EKB is proud to announce that one of their own has assumed the position of Conservation Director within

the Kansas Bass Nation organization. He and club president, Dale Manning, attended the spring KBN meeting

in Pratt, Kan. on Feb. 28. As follows is the bio KBN has used to announce Jesse's new position.

Jesse worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks in High School where he began learning about the conservation of natural

resources.  He went on to serve in the Marine Corps from 2004-2006 where he earned a Purple Heart for being injured in

the line of duty.  Jesse Jordan fell in love with fishing after being injured in Iraq; being on the lake provides him with peace

and therapy that he hasn’t been able to find anywhere else.  He wants to help conserve our area lakes to make them into

better fisheries so the next generation can find joy in fishing as well. Currently he is actively involved in the East Kansas

Bass Masters fishing club and works as an Engineering Technician in the Water Division at Black & Veatch. Jesse loves to

take his wife Kelly and their dog Izzy fishing with him on the weekends.

As always, EKB is proud of the accomplishments of their members and the club as a whole, especially in terms

of conserving the beautiful natural resources Kansas has to offer. 

EKB Pairing with KDWPT in a Conservation Effort Tournament

Thanks to Brian and his efforts we will be helping out the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism with a fin clipping research project at Hillsdale Lake April 26.  This will not be an EKB tournament but will be treated as a tournament in an effort to collect bass for the KDWPT biologists to run tests on regarding their health, reproduction and population. Hillsdale needs all the help it can get!  KDWPT will have holding tanks for the fish that are caught and will be sampled and released by them as well.

Please plan to attend and spread the word so we can help out our area biologists.  There will be media there to cover the tournament possibly the KC Star and hopefully Miami County TV.
- Take-off at 6:30 a.m. or safe light
- Weigh-in at 3 p.m.
- Side pot for big bass
- Fish as a family, team or by yourself
- Plan on food afterwards so bring the family.

Standardized and Personalized Rulers Ready for the 2015 Season

Thanks to Raymond at Mondo Tackle the club has a set of EKB rulers that are all the same and have the logo on them. Every team will get one ruler at the first tournament and be responsible for it. If it is lost the team will be responsible for purchasing the replacement. 

EKB Named KBN's Club of the Month in February, 2015

Kansas Bass Nation has recognized the East Kansas Bassmasters as their club of the month which includes a nice write-up about the club on their site. Check it out here. Thank you to everyone for making our club worthy of such notable recognition. 

Looking Forward - Club Dues
It's that time of year again!
The club dues are still $25 per member and $30 per member for the Kansas BASS-Nation. This is a total of $55. Then, please join BASS on your own and send your membership number to eastksbassmasters@gmail.com so you are added to the EKB roster. Make $55 checks payable to EKB and send to -
                                Dale Manning
                                305 W. Spring Street
                                Spring Hill, KS 66083.
Do NOT make checks payable to Dale Manning.

Rule Changes & Updates for 2015
- 8 out of the 10 tournaments will be used to determine points champions (drop two)
- 100 points per tournament for one- and two-day tournaments (not 100 points per day)
- If you are not at the pre-tournament drawing meeting at the specified time you will be last during take-off in order of late arrival
- Penalty for short fish, penalty to be determined as of Jan. 10. The tournament director or individual appointed has the final say regarding fish length. 
- Take-off positions will be drawn with identical measuring boards provided by EKB which must be returned at weigh-in in order to weigh fish

EKB Participated in Conservation Efforts at Melvern Lake during the fall of 2014

At the Melvern Lake rearing pond largemouth bass of suitable size were sorted out to be stocked in Melvern Lake.

​​Opportunity from Mondo Tackle *Club Members Only*
First place team will each receive a $50 Mondo Tackle gift card if the angler and co-angler of the winning boat both have a Mondo Tackle decal on their boat or tow-vehicle. Stop by and see Raymond at Mondo or order from his website to cash in on this opportunity. This opportunity is only available for members of East Kansas Bassmasters. 

As of Feb. 28, concerns, comments, and questions can be directed to the brand new e-mail address associated with East Kansas Bassmasters. So add eastksbassmasters@gmail.com to your e-mail contacts. That way you can find it quickly and e-mails from that address won't get filtered into your spam folder.