Everyone who fishes knows that Guido Hibdon can catch bass at Lake of the Ozarks.
But can he make a putt? That’s the question.
Hibdon, a legendary bass fisherman who lives on the big lake, will join 19 other pros including his son Dion and grandsons Payden and Lawson, for a unique tournament in which participants will have to swing a fishing rod and a golf club. The event, which will take place Oct. 29-31, will be based at the Old Kinderhook Resort and Golf Club in Camdenton, Mo.
The Hibdons will be joined by other top fishermen such as BASS pros Casey Scanlon and James Watson, FLW All-American winners Marcus Sykora and Brian Maloney, former BASS fisherman Chad Brauer and local guides and tournament fishermen.
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The event will start with a banquet and a live auction where amateur fishermen can bid to fish and golf with the four national champions — Guido and Dion Hibdon, Sykora and Maloney — and silent auction for spots with the 16 remaining fishermen.
The field will start fishing at 7 a.m. Oct. 30, with a drive-through weigh-in at 1 p.m. at Old Kinderhook.
Then, the fishermen will be paired with local PGA pros for nine holes of scramble-style golf at 3 p.m. The tournament will conclude Oct. 31 with another fishing session starting at 7 a.m.
Places in the tournament will be determined by a points system in which both fishing and golf performances will be rewarded. The weight of each team’s two-day catch and points earned for pars, birdies,and eagles will determine top placers.
The payout will include a guaranteed top prize of $5,000, and paybacks to the top four teams, big bass winners, and closest to the pin.
The event is being run by Old Kinderhook, the Bassing Bob website, and Sykora. The opening-night dinner is open to the public at a cost of $40 per person. For tickets, email email@example.com or go to the online store at bassingbob.com. Amateur fishermen can compete in the event and attend all the festivities for $500 while spots are open.
More access in Missouri
The Missouri Department of Conservation has started a new program targeted at providing hunters, wildlife watchers and fishermen with more access.
The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program will compensate landowners who agree to provide the public with recreational access to their land. It is starting this year with a pilot program in Adair, Macon, Monroe and Shelby counties in northeast Missouri. Funding for the pilot will come from the Department of Conservation.
Officials hope to expand the program to statewide next year, when the program will utilize matching funds from the federal government and the Department of Conservation.
Landowner enrollment in the program started Oct. 1, and program manager Jeff Esely said that acreage enrolled in the program will be open to hunters this fall. Landowners have four options: all access to hunting and fishing, small-game hunting, youth hunting and fishing, or wildlife viewing.
No fees will be charged sportsmen, and land enrolled in the program will be marked with signs. The Department of Conservation hopes to enroll 1,200 acres of land this year and up to 10,000 acres next year.
The compensation to landowners will be as high as $20 per acre, with additional payouts for improving or creating wildlife habitat. Interested landowners in the pilot counties can contact their private land conservationist. To fnd those Department of Conservation employees, go to the website mdc.mo.gov and access the section called “local contacts.”
Smithville Lake fish habitat
Smithville Lake has some new fish cover, thanks to work crews with the Department of Conservation.
Earlier this month, crews cut more than 500 trees growing along the banks in coves in the Rock Creek, Linn and Roberts branches of the lake and let them fall into the water. They conducted a similar project at other locations in the lake three years ago, and fisheries biologists found that bass utilized the new cover for spawning and that fry used the cover to escape from predators..
Shooting clinic planned
Youth will be able to prepare for the upcoming hunting season by participating in a free shotgun and archery shooting and safety clinic Oct. 24 at Council Grove Lake in Kansas.
The event is part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s Pass It On program, but several other organizations will be joining to put on the program. Youngster ages 12 to 16 will be eligible to participate. Students are not required to have completed a hunter education course, but it is preferred.
All gear and supplies, including shotguns, shells, bows and arrows, will be provided by Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The event will start at noon and the Corps of Engineers-managed area between Marina Cove and Neosho Park. Instruction will begin at 12:30 and will run until 4 p.m.
To register, contact Brent Konen, Council Grove area manager, at 620-767-5900.
Brent Frazee: 816-234-4319.