Catch of the week
Kent Schnakenberg got a two-for-one deal when he fished a farm pond on his land in Lyon County in east-central Kansas last weekend.
He got a 6-pound pull — but not from a single bass. When he pulled in his catch, he was surprised to see two keeper largemouths attached to the same lure.
“I was retrieving a Baby Minus One crankbait over the top of a brush pile and I felt a strong hit,” Schnakenberg said. “It was fighting a little erratically, but I didn’t think anything of it.
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“I just thought I had a big bass.”
Instead, he had one largemouth that he estimated at 4 pounds, another he thought weighed 2 pounds.
“That’s never happened to me before,” Schnakenberg said. “I had one on the front treble hook, the other on the back treble.
“They both must have been in that brush pile and decided they both wanted it. The two of them together put up quite a fight.”
FLW Forrest Wood Cup
This is a big week for Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Mo.
Back in June, Sykora, one of the best fishermen at the Lake of the Ozarks, won the Bass Fishing League All-American tournament, featuring some of the nation’s top weekend bass fishermen at Wilson Lake in Alabama. That earned him a berth in the FLW Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray in South Carolina this week, competing against 45 pros for one of bass fishing’s most prestigious titles. The winner will earn $500,000.
“For someone like me, who has a full-time job and just competes mostly on the weekends, this is a dream come true,” Sykora said. “To be competing against some of the pros I’ve always heard about, that’s the ultimate.
“I’m going to put everything I have into this. You never know, this might be a once-in-a-lifetime thing for me.”
Sykora caught only one fish Thursday and was in 32nd place after the first day. David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., was in first. The tournament runs through Sunday.
Calling all ducks — and callers
Hunters are tuning up for the granddaddy of Kansas City-area waterfowl calling contests, The Grand Slam Waterfowl Weekend.
The event, which will at the Bass Pro Shops in Olathe, will begin Aug. 23 with the Missouri State contest at 9:30 a.m., the Kansas State at 10:15 a.m., the Eastern Kansas Open Regional at 11 a.m. and the Western Missouri Regional Open immediately following the Eastern Kansas contest.
On Aug. 24, the Four Rivers Regional will be at 10 a.m., with the Show-Me Regional immediately following.
Winners of the regional contests will win $500. For more information, contact Graham Giblin at 913-706-0695.
Youth dove hunt
Youngsters ages 16 and under are eligible for a special opportunity on opening day of the Kansas dove season.
The Jayhawk Chapter of the national Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will sponsor their seventh annual youth dove hunt on Sept. 1, opening day of the Kansas season.
The hunt will be at the Clinton Wildlife Area near Lawrence in a field reserved for youth on opening day. Hunt organizers will provide shotgun shells (and loaner shotguns if needed), water and mentors if parents are unable to attend.
To reserve a spot, contact John Hill, chairman of the Jayhawk Chapter, by emailing email@example.com or by calling 785-550-5657.
Kansas waterfowl seasons to be set
If you have a strong opinion about how the Kansas waterfowl seasons should be set, you might want to circle Aug. 21 on your calendar.
That’s the date the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will set the state’s duck and goose seasons. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE Kansas Highway 156, Great Bend.
The season-setting meetings have been contentious in recent years, with commissioners disagreeing with staff recommendations for duck- and goose-season dates.
Missouri seasons also to be announced
With far less drama expected, Missouri is expected to quietly set its waterfowl season Aug. 22.
That’s the next meeting of the Missouri Conservation Commission in Cape Girardeau.
The meeting will be at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, and will begin at 9 a.m. Anyone who would like to address the commission about a specific agenda item must make a written request to director Bob Ziehmer at least four calendar days prior to the meeting.
In the past, season-setting meetings in Missouri have been fairly routine, with commission members rarely disagreeing with staff recommendations.
We want to tell your story
So you caught a big fish this summer? Here’s your chance to show off.
The Kansas City Star publishes a Catch of the Week segment in the Outdoors Digest, featuring an everyday fishermen.
If you have a photo showing the big one that didn’t get away, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You might end up in the paper.
To reach outdoors editor Brent Frazee, call 816-234-4319 or send email to email@example.com.