The Leavenworth Bass Club held a tournament at Mozingo Lake on April 17 for members of the Northwest Missouri State University Bass Club. The purpose of the tournament was to strengthen the connection between the two clubs, provide the university students some coaching by experienced bass anglers and just have some fun.
For the tournament, each of the five university students were paired with a member of the Leavenworth Bass Club. The students who participated were Brian Boggess, Chris Echele, Richard Etter, Tanner Walker, and Cole Williams. Rodney Bledsoe, Larry Stoafer, Bill Horvath, Ken Hackworth and Steve Read of the Leavenworth Bass Club provided the boats and the “on the water” coaching.
Each team was allowed to bring in five fish to the weigh-in, but the students had to catch three of the five bass weighed. The students were the only anglers allowed to compete for the honor of having the tournament's big bass. These rules ensured that the Leavenworth Bass Club members would spend most of the tournament sharing their knowledge of how to catch fish on Mozingo Lake and placing their student where he would have the best chance of catching a big one.
Larry Stoafer and Chris Echele comprised the team that took first place in the tournament. Their five fish weighed 21.83 pounds. Not only did they take first place, but Echele caught the biggest bass of the tournament and according to him, the biggest bass he has ever caught. His big bass weighed a whopping 7.70 pounds.
Rounding out the rest of the field was the team of Rodney Bledsoe and Brian Boggess with four fish totaling 13.8 pounds. Ken Hackworth and Cole Williams weighed four fish for 12.79 pounds. Bill Horvath and Tanner Walker brought in three fish that weighed 10.01 pounds. The team of Steve Read and Richard Etter caught two fish for a total weight of 4.78 pounds.
The angles released all fish back into the lake unharmed. Members of the Leavenworth Bass Club hope the success of this year's tournament will cause more students to participate in next year's tournament.