De Soto product Connor Nimrod wins Louisiana state bass title; Haidusek nets top 10 Crappie Master finish
De Soto product Connor Nimrod and his Louisiana-Monroe teammate Jacob Andrews came out on top March 14 during the 2021 Louisiana BASS Nation College State Championship on Caney Lake in Chatham, La.
The duo posted a 29.88-pound bag, including an 11-pound big bass, to earn a spot in the Bassmaster Series College National Championship later this year.
"We had a great pattern going into the tournament. We were fishing offshore grass with a Chatterbait," Nimrod told The Topeka Capital-Journal. "We pulled up to our first spot and immediately went to catching fish. We had a limit for 12 to 13 pounds at 9 a.m. We realized we needed to cull up a lot, so we went looking for bed fish. We culled everything we had with bed fish and it started to come down to the wire.
"It was 2 p.m. and we were due in at 3, so we went looking for one more big bite in an area I knew big ones spawned in historically. We eased back up in the pocket and there were no other boats around to both of our surprise. We looked for a little while until we finally saw her sitting on a bed in the middle of the pocket. The fish looked like a dang submarine, she was so big! We eased off her and let her set back up and I made a couple casts at her. She picked it up once so I knew she was ready to eat. The next cast I felt her tap it and my line started swimming. I reeled down and loaded into her and she immediately came straight out of the water like a missile. Jacob and I went crazy."
Nimrod said he fought the fish for almost five minutes, as he was using a small dropshot hook and 8-pound test line.
"Finally she came to the boat and Jacob lipped her and we both went crazy," Nimrod said. "I eventually looked at him and said 'Dude, we just won!' We were both so blown away by what had happened that we didn’t make another cast."
In addition to his college state title, Nimrod won the 2018 Kansas BASS Nation High School State Championship on Milford Reservoir while fishing for De Soto, teaming up with his younger brother, Dylan. He also won the YETI FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Tournament in 2019 on Lake Texoma with ULM teammate Morgan Jalaldin.
Kansan takes eighth at Grenada
North Newton’s Frank Haidusek, fishing solo, came away with a top-10 finish last weekend at a record-setting Crappie Masters national qualifier event March 12-13 on Grenada Lake.
Haidusek posted a 39.39-pound, two-day bag on the Mississippi reservoir to finish eighth, with Zeke Anderson and Dillon Hackler coming away victorious with 42.84 pounds.
Matthew and Bruce Rogers took second with a bag of 42.41 and Blake Cook and Nathan Caldwell rounded out the top three with 41.02.
Each team measures up to seven live fish each day.
The next national qualifier is slated for April 9-10 on Lakes Washington, Lee, Ferguson and Whittington in Greenville, Miss. The next Kansas Crappie Trail event, which is part of the Crappie Masters series on the state level, was set to take place this Saturday, March 20, on Clinton Reservoir. The event was originally slated for Tuttle Creek, but lake conditions made that difficult. For more info on that series, contact Dylan Faulconer at 913-416-3481 or email@example.com.