*Photo Credits - Danny Barrett - Kansas Bass Nation - Social Media Director
After four days of qualifying the final field of nine was set and the $10,000 First Place Wilson Lake World Fishing Tour Champions are Klint VonFeldt and Chris Unruh. They weighed in #14.62 which was just one eighth of a pound more than than the second place team of Dennis Hamel and Scott Hamel who weighed in #14.50
Finishing 3rd with #14.12 and for the second year in a row was Joshua Bauer who had a new teammate in Jacob Fish. Who also made Championship Day of this event last season.
4th place was no strangers to Championship Days at Wilson. Which was the team of Chad Schmidt and Maverick Mosiman which had the big fish of Championship Day weighing in #5.02 which they said they caught in the first 5 minutes of the day. The just couldn't get rid of the #1.88 largemouth before the end of the day. Their total weight was #13.79
5th place was last year's Champs from this event of Hunter Baird and Jason Baird who weighed in #12.52 today. Hunter is the has the most cashes on the World Fishing Tour with three in just three events fished. Hunter said "this is the best format in fishing and can't wait to fish more now that he's graduated college".
Only once has the same team made two Championship days in the same season and finishing in 6th place today was the first team to ever do it. Matt Wright and Tommy Abel weighed in #10.81 not only are they the first team to ever do that. They did it out of the "sea squirrel" a bass tracker 175 with a 50hp Honda outboard. That just proves it can be done. So for all the youth kids getting into fishing. Time on the water is often times more important than the vessel.
7th place was Gale and Darrell Brown who made Championship Day two years in a row on Wilson as well. Yet another amazing accomplishment. 8th place was Brent Lanoue and Jody Phannenstiel who had two nice limits on qualifying days but only was able to bring in three fish today. One thing about this sport is it will humble you so fast. Jake Calkin and Wes Proctor finished out Championship Day with a 9th place finish for $600.
We appreciate everyone that came out to support World Fishing Tour this week in beautiful Russell County Kansas at Wilson Lake. Want The World Fishing Tour to come back to Wilson or a lake near you make sure you reach out to your local Chambers or Economic Development Centers. We'd love to bring our first of it's kind and very unique multi day tournament championship series to a lake near you. Not only is it great return on investment for our anglers with the huge paydays compared to cost. It also brings in a ton of local revenue and publicity for future revenues.