Oklahoma’s Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum win the Southern Conference Regional in Shreveport Louisiana

1st place Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum

1st place Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum

Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum put together a nice five bass limit that weighed 12llbs even to win the TBF/FLW Southern Conference Regional Championship on the Red River in Shreveport over the weekend. The win propelled the Oklahoma duo to the TBF/FLW High School National Championship next spring at Grand Lake in their home state of Oklahoma.

Thirty Four teams representing 7 states qualified for the event which launched out of the beautiful facilities of Red River South Marina which has also hosted numerous other prestigious events like the Forrest Wood Cup in years past. Although the bite on the historic river was less than perfect, the young anglers from across the south central part of the country managed to catch fish when many adult events in the area were struggling to produce a single limit of fish.

2nd place Chase Meyers and Cole Swede

2nd place Chase Meyers and Cole Swede

Finishing second and also advancing on to the National Championship was the team of Chase Meyers and Cole Swede from Arkansas who also caught a five fish limit that weighed 11lbs 13oz. They were able to outdistance Kansas angler Cameron Pappan who competed by himself to finish third with a limit of Red River bass that weighed 10lbs 10oz to grab the final qualifying spot.

3rd place Cameron Pappan

3rd place Cameron Pappan

The top 10% of the field from five conference Regional events have now advanced on the High School National Championship at Oklahoma’s always productive Grand Lake. The event will be run in conjunction with the TBF Adult National Championship where the top weekend anglers in the country will be vying for a shot at the Forrest Wood Cup and the TBF “Living the Dream Package” which puts an amateur angler on the FLW Pro Tour for one year to test their skills against the best in the world in the sport of fishing.

Stay tuned to an upcoming article highlighting the ten teams who have qualified for the National Championship.

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Czosnyka and Cundiff Win Western Conference Championship

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In a very closely contested tournament on Clear Lake out of Lakeport, California the Colorado team of Bradley Czosnyka and Josh Cundiff won the 2014 SAF Western Conference Championship.  The Colorado teammates landed 4 fish weighing 12 pounds 14 ounces.  Right behind them in 2nd place was the team from California of Luke Johns and Brandon Burkey with a 5 fish limit weighing 12 pounds 13 ounces.  The Idaho team of Loren Torok and Kyler Fugate had 5 fish weighing 12 pounds 10 ounces for 3rd place, Carl Jackson and Brodie Trapp from Oregon finished 4th with 12 pounds 9 ounces, Shane Edgar and Hunter Rackley finished in 5th with 11 pounds 5 ounces and Logan Degree and Isaac Steigman were in 6th place with 9 pounds 12 ounces.

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Vermont Senior Ben Seaman is dedicated to fishing!


Ben SeamanColchester High School Senior Ben Seaman showed his SAF Team spirit by having his senior pictures taken wearing his Bass Fishing Team Jersey!  Ben helped found the Colchester High School fishing team in Vermont and he showed is dedication to the sport by posing on the shores of Lake Champlain in his team jersey.  Great work Ben!



Watch the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals on NBC Sports

The 2014 High School Fishing World Finals are set to air at the following times.

Tuesday Oct. 14th at 1:00pmHSFWF Promo

Tuesday Nov. 11th at 1:00pm

Set your DVR’s for all the action!

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KJ Queen and Tyler Black Conquer Lake Nickajack to win the SE Conference Regional Championship

1stKJ Queen and his partner Tyler Black put on an impressive display of fishing as they conquered a very tough 41 boat field as well as a very stingy Lake Nickajack with a 5 bass limit that weighed 17lb 8oz to win the SE Conference Regional Championship and a qualifying berth in the 2015 High School National Championship. Fishing directly after the Tennessee TBF Adult Eastern State Championship which saw well over 130 of the top adults in the state struggle for two days, Queen and Black put together a winning strategy that found them throwing a lightly weighted brown worm and fishing it slow to medium speed through the grass to catch their impressive sack. “It was just a grind all day” stated Queen who is in his freshman year at Bethel University. “We probably caught 25 fish today and we caught them all day long. We just had to weed through the small ones and find the right size” added the smiling angler who is no stranger to winning regional championships having won two years ago with his sister Chelsea who is also on the fishing team at Bethel University. “We caught our last fish across the bay from the check-in point with about 30 minutes to go and we are really excited to be advancing on” cited Black who is a junior at Bandys High School in North Carolina. “When this is over I have to go back to school and find a new partner and it’s certainly not going to be easy to find one to replace KJ”.

2ndFinishing second with a very respectable 5 fish sack that weighed 15lb 3oz was the talented due of Ryan Shields and Zeke Gossett from Alabama. These two veteran anglers who have fished about every possible circuit a pair of young anglers could fish this year also brought in a limit that would have also toppled the adult field of the previous two days. “We fished hard all day stated Shields and we are really happy to be advancing on”.

The top 10% from each of five regional championships advance on to the TBF/FLW High School National Championship April 25th and 26th at Grand Lake Oklahoma.

3rdFinishing third and advancing on to the Oklahoma Championship from the home State of Tennessee was Triston Crowder and Saxton Long who also had five nice Nickajack bass that weighed 12lb 6oz. “It was tough” stated the smiling pair! “We were just happy to get the bites we got today and get the chance to advance” added the duo.

The battle for the fourth qualifying spot was about as close as it could get as Jake Lee and Corey Brooks from the Karns Fishing Team edged out Luke Slayton and Branson Marks of Georgia by one ounce to finish fourth. The pair also had a 5 fish limit that weighed 11lb 11oz to claim the final spot.4th

“This was just an incredible field of young anglers” stated TBF Youth Director Mark Gintert.  Each of these 41 teams were excellent anglers and I felt that with the right decisions and a little luck any of the teams here could have taken the crown” added GIntert. High School Fishing has come a long way in the last 4 years and these anglers represented themselves and their schools very well”.

With only the Southern and Western Conference Championships left, all qualifying teams will be turning their attention to the National Championship which will be run in conjunction with the TBF Adult National Championship in April at the always productive Grand Lake in NE Oklahoma. Good luck to all of the qualifying teams!

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*LIVE at 3:00pm EST* TBF/FLW Central Conference High School Championship

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PONCA CITY, Okla. (Sept 25, 2014) – The Bass Federation, FLW and the Student Angler Federation announced today that the Grand Lake Association and Grove, Okla., will host the TBF Federation National Championship for a third consecutive year. Additionally, the TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship will be added to this event.

Both events will be held on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees April 23-26, 2015, launching out of Wolf Creek Park in Grove and will be held in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour event being held just across the state line on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark.


“Without a doubt there is not a better facility to host these events in the country today,” said TBF national president Robert Cartlidge. “It was by the anglers’ choice from our survey information from past years that led us back to Grand Lake for an unprecedented third year. Grand Lake is an awesome fishery with something for every type of angler, so it truly is anyone’s event to win.”


The TBF championship is the culmination of more than two years of competition against tens of thousands of members in TBF clubs across the United States and Canada. Only top anglers from each state federation, the Association of Collegiate Anglers national champions and the Canadian champions earn slots. Anglers will compete for more than $250,000 in cash and prizes.


High School Fishing National Championship qualifiers have fished through a state championship and one of five conference championships to earn the opportunity to compete for $10,000 in college scholarships.


The TBF National Championship will consist of three competition days, held April 23-25. The entire field will compete Thursday and Friday, with weigh-ins lakeside at Wolf Creek Park. The final day field will then be cut to the top boater and co-angler from each of the seven TBF divisions. The final weigh-in will be held at the FLW Expo at the John Q Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Ark. High School championship anglers will fish two days. The full field will fish on Saturday, April 25, and the field will be cut for Sunday’s final round,with the finalists being presented on stage at the FLW Tour event.


TBF National Championship anglers will compete for 16 berths in two of the sport’s most coveted events – the Forrest Wood Cup and the BFL All-American. The top boater and co-angler from each of the seven TBF divisions will advance to the 2015 BFL All-American. The TBF Federation National Champion boater and co-angler will also advance to the world championship of bass fishing, the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, for a shot at winning the biggest payday in bass fishing – $500,000.


The winning boater also will receive the $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package to include a prize check, fully paid entry fees on the 2016 FLW Tour as a pro, travel expense stipends for each event, and use of a “Living the Dream” wrapped Chevy truck and Ranger boat for the year. The top co-angler will receive fully paid entry fees into the Rayovac FLW Series division of choice.


Coverage of the TBF National Championship will be broadcast in high-definition on the NBC Sports Network and streamed live on bassfederation.com.


For more information about The Bass Federation, visit bassfederation.com, or call 580-765-9031. Look for TBF on facebook at Facebook.com/thebassfederation and on twitter at Twitter.com/bassfederation.


For more information about the Grand Lake area contact Rodney Ray, Grand Lake Association, 918-786-2289.



About TBF

The Bass Federation Inc. is the oldest and largest, organized grassroots angling organization in America. TBF is 100 percent owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year, and have provided the foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for nearly 45 years.


About FLW

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLWFishing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

TBF/FLW High School Fishing Northern Conference Championship

Delawares Nanicoke and Wicomico Rivers was host to the Northern Conference High School Championship today with teams from Vermont, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey attending. Overall the fishing was good for the anglers as many limits were caught. Finishing at the top and winning the title of Conference Champions and advancing to the April 2015 TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship was the team of Kyle Harnak and Matthew Christopulos from New Jersey.

HS Conf winners

They weighed in 5 fish for 11-01 and while all wins are special, this one was the stuff that fish tales are made of! The second place team of Brandon Wells and Ethan Johnson from St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers High School in Vermont weighed in 5 fish for 9-02 and held the lead for most of the weigh in. But when it is your turn to win, it is your turn to win and while almost every boat in the event fished right past the weigh in trailer at some point in the day, the eventual winners, Harnak and Christopulos, was fishing right in front of the trailer with only 5 minutes left to go in the day and a crowd had gathered to watch all the kids finish out the day when Harnak and Christopolus set the hook and a brief battle yielded a fish of well over 3 pounds, enough to upgrade and cull a small 12 inch fish and give them the win as the gathered crowd applauded, cheered and actually watched them catch the winning fish! You could not have scripted it any better!


Congratulations to all the teams!


Standings Northern HS Conference Championship


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High School Fishing World Finals Champions Honored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Brandon Branch and Hunter McPherson

Brandon Branch and Hunter McPherson from Eagle Creek High School near Clearwater Florida were recently honored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for having won the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals. The Commission presented the two anglers with a nice plaque highlighting their accomplishments.

Both of these anglers will be back in action at the SAF Southeastern Conference Regional Championship in Kimball, Tenn. In September.

Deep East Texas High School Fishing Series

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