When James Reed told me he was starting a high school bass club I wanted to get my girlfriend’s son Quentin Hadan involved. I thought he could be on a team with a kid from Holdrege that bass fishes the park pretty hard. Quentin asked him and he wasn’t interested. I thought Quentin could just ride along and the other kid would catch all the fish. Between my work and Q’s baseball schedule I figured we wouldn’t have time for him to learn to bass fish. He fished with his grandpa a lot but used live bait mostly. After his grandpa inquired about the tournament I signed up Q thinking it would look good on a college resume. I took him to the park on my little aluminum boat one morning after I got off work. After I put a four pounder in the boat I asked Q if he was ready to put down his ugly stick and try the baitcaster. After a few minutes he had this
We had never met Ian Coffey, the partner James picked for us. On the S.V. practice day at Harlan Q’s grandpa Rob brought his boat and we took the boys out. Ian had two push button reels and asked “so you can’t use bait?” then he remarked “that’s all I’ve ever used!” I started working with Ian using an open face reel and Quentin proceeded to throw all the lures I gave him into the trees. I should have just dumped out my tackle box overboard and gone back to shore to practice casting. We never even got one bite and all four of us tried everything we had.
Tragedy struck and Ian broke his collar bone in a freak tubing accident.
The weekend before the tournament we got a call from Jim Williams, our boat driver and coach. He took the boys out on his sweet bass boat from 6am till 3. Quentin caught this one bass
The Friday before the tournament, when I got off work Q had all his stuff laid out in the living room. I helped him go through and streamline some of his soft baits, mostly donated by madtom2 and hotrod. We went through his divider boxes and loaded them with wide gap hooks, bullet weights and jigs from my tackle box. I had a bassmasters I recorded playing on the tv and Brandon Palaniuk was fishing. I stopped to tell Q how awesome Brandon is and then I remembered the new wiggle wart I bought from Tall Tales. I dumped out Q’s divider box that was full of bobbers and filled it up with crankbaits from my tackle box. Then his grandpa picked him up to go stay in the fifth wheel at Harlan.
I didn’t have very high hopes for the boys and then on my four thirty am break I saw this
It stopped raining sometime around the rules meeting
When I got home from work James Reed was posting pics from Harlan on the S.V. Eagles fishing club facebook. I saw these and went to bed.
Ready for blast off
Heres a picture of the boys on the boat with Jim
At nine o’clock my girlfriend woke me up and showed me this message from Jim
My hopes for the boys completely changed and with no possible hope for sleeping any more we headed for Harlan. We could see the boys from the dam and we got another text from Jim that said they had four fish. Needles to say we were pretty excited about the weigh in.
The boys did an outstanding job weighing 4 fish for 14.9 pounds. Some of the bigger bags came off buzzbaits and spinnerbaits but the big story of the day was cranking the rocks. It’s just ridiculous I threw all those baits in his tackle box at the last minute. Ian and Q got into the pattern almost immediately and stayed with it for the whole day. They both caught fish, Ian landing a five pounder that he could barely hold the rod up with his broken collar bone. I’m not sure but it’s probably the biggest largemouth he’s ever caught. The boys ended up in a spectacular second place finish behind Gretna who had five fish for 15 pounds even.
Daryl and Larry presenting the boys with the awards
With the coach Jim Williams from Fort Kearny Bassmasters
Quentin and me picture for facebook, number 2
Second place can be sweet with an ice cream cake
They ran the picture in the Holdrege Citizen newspaper
Christine Boggy even did a story on the NTV news
Congratulations to the team from Gretna, they were the better team and I’m glad they will be representing us at Texoma. It was a great day and a great event. Thank you to all of the game and parks employees, the nefga members, all the volunteers and sponsors, parents and grandparents and especially James Reed, Jim Williams, Quentin Hadan, and Ian Coffey