Ottawa High angler finishes sixth in national tournament

Ottawa High angler finishes sixth at national bass fishing event in Idaho

Ottawa High School freshman Brock Wadkins just made it official — Kansas has a streak going.

Wadkins is now one of two top-10 finishers from the Sunflower State in the brief history of Bill Siemantel’s Big Bass Zone Jr. Championship, which took place for just its second year last week in Idaho.

The Kansan finished sixth Oct. 3 out of 52 competitors ages 13-19, weighing a big bass of 3.16 pounds on the Pend Oreille River and marking back-to-back years that Kansas has placed a top-10 finisher at the national event. Not only that, but Wadkins even won a Humminbird 12-inch Helix SI fish finder for his efforts.

As fate would have it, Wadkins posted a nearly identical finish to last year’s top Kansas representative, placing just 0.08 pounds behind recent Shawnee Heights graduate Parker Still’s fifth-place mark in the inaugural event in 2019. Still, who got into the first tournament on a second-chance drawing, posted a slightly larger big fish of 3.24 pounds in 2019 — though his was a smallmouth while Wadkins’ was a largemouth. Wamego’s Cody Stegman was the other Kansas representative last year after winning the statewide tournament to get in….Full Story