Lumberton’s Bailey Bridges & Tyler Ford champion final qualifying event

By Patty Lenderman

Get outta my seat!  That seemed to be the theme chant at the final qualifying round of the Southeast Texas High School Association tournament on Sam Rayburn April 13, 2014.  With over 30 schools represented in a tournament average participation per event of 240 teams, the competition was fierce for individual and school representation.  Several teams got to sit in the hot seats as leaders of the tournament, only to be told “Get outta my seat!” by others who caught more weight in bass.  In the end, it was Lumberton’s Bailey Bridges & Tyler Ford who won the final qualifying tournament with over 19 lbs.HS-041314-1st-Fish

Each team is paired with a boat captain who runs the boat for them throughout the day.  Fishing conditions were optimum, with overcast skies and temperatures that rose from the upper 60′s to mid 70′s.  By mid afternoon, the wind started picking up as impending storms headed their way.  Scads of volunteers were at every station from parking to weigh in to coordinate a smooth weigh in.  John Salamone kept everyone entertained with his on stage antics while Ray Beck tallied each sack.

Kade Morgan and Brandon Payne of Silsbee were the first to occupy the Gopher Hot Seats with their weight of 13.49 lbs.  They were knocked out by Colton Sonnier & Cayson Beal of Kountze having a 16.12 lb limit.  Weights continued to climb, as they had to give up their seats to the Corrigan Camden team of Wyatt Frankens and Clay Nash having 18.13 lbs.  Nash and Frankens heard the final orders to get out of those seats when Bailey Bridges and Tyler Ford of Lumberton High School came in with their 19.20 lb limit to win the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Dugger Brothers Win Grand Lake Open

High School Fishing LogoJake and Josh Dugger were torn with a decision to either play in a local basketball tournament or fish the TBF/FLW Grand Lake Open on Saturday in Grove Oklahoma. They decided to enjoy the spring weather and fish and it was probably one of the best decisions they could have made. The identical twins and their Boat Captain, who is also the Superintendent of schools as well as being their dad, made the trip from their River Valley Bass Club in Northwest Arkansas across state lines into Oklahoma. They were the first to leave the dock in the morning as they led the 29 boat field out of the Wolf Creek Launch Ramp marina and they never looked back as they put together a terrific 5 fish limit of 20lbs. 1 oz. to win the event as well as securing a qualifying spot in the TBF/FLW Southern Conference Regional Championship in October.dugger bros

Also having a banner day was Cameron Pappan from Winfield High School in Kansas who also ventured south into Oklahoma and put together a terrific 5 fish limit that we weighed in at 16lb. 15oz to finish second and also pick up one of the three qualifying spots available in the event.

Rounding out the top three were Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum who also brought in a very respectable 5 fish limit that tipped the scales at 13 lbs 9oz.

top 3With all of the anglers fishing in the wake of the TBF Adult National Championship which was held the three previous days as well as a stiff southwest wind, the conditions were less than ideal.

“We kind of just stumbled into them stated” the Duggers. “The amazing thing is that we probably caught as least three limits of fish today and all of them would have been over 15 lb. bags” stated the grinning pair. “It was just one of those days”!

The TBF/FLW High School State Championship is now in full swing with events happening every weekend in some particular state added the winning team.

To view the upcoming schedule contact Highschoolfishing.org and then scroll down to your state.

Results

2014 KHSAA State Championship Kentucky Lake, Gilbertsville, KY April 24-26

KHSAADarren Bilberry, Assistant Commissioner
859-333-5411
dbilberry@khsaa.org

Mark Gintert, Tournament Director
580.716.4251 cell or 330.993.0014 cell
mark@bassfederation.com

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Competition Waters:

Practice:

  • Competition waters are open for practice until 12 p.m. April 24.
  • The purchasing of, or bartering for, information or the hiring of fishing guide services will not be permitted after April 9.

 

Boat Operation:

  • Contestants are not permitted to drive the boat when the combustion engine is in operation. Each boat will be driven by a coach or volunteer driver. Contestants may operate the trolling motor. Coaches and volunteers may provide assistance, including information about locating and catching fish, but are not permitted to fish.

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Arkansas High School Angler Looking for Partner

High School Fishing LogoAnyone looking for a partner for the upcoming Arkansas SAF High School State Championship coming up in May please contact Mark Gintert at mark@bassfederation.com.

This angler does not have a boat but does have tournament experience and is looking for a partner.

Preston Franke and Andrew Zeigler bring Havoc on Lake Austin

Preston Franke and Andrew Zeigler bring Havoc on Lake Austin with a 5 fish limit weighing 20.10 including a 7.97 pound “kicker” bass and win the “Let There be Havoc” on Lake Austin April 5th

Every fisherman/woman has dreams of catching a double digit bass, and landing a personal best during a tournament. It is something that you remember for a lifetime.

Bringing the second event of the FAN High School Series to Lake Austin in April delivered both experiences to some very happy anglers.

Eighty-eight anglers with their captains launched their boats into the 1600 acre lake on the Colorado River system in the heart of Austin. You could see the excitement of the high school anglers that traveled from as far away as Sugar Land from the South, and Era TX. to the north.

We prayed as the cool cloudy day displayed its early morning light, The National Anthem played, and then the anglers were off to test their strategies and make memories.

The clouds stayed with us throughout the day. However, that did not keep the parents and fans from the Austin 360 Bridge Park to root on their high school and favorite anglers.

With the crowd cheering, the anglers made their way to the stage to share their catches with the fans and supporters and to see how they would compare to the other competitors.

Setting a new FAN High School Fishing Series weight record with, 20.10 pounds was the FAN High School Bass Team of Preston Franke and Andrew Zeigler, including a 7.97 pound “kicker fish” . They fished the mid lake area not traveling far from the launch area, working docs with  TX rigged craws, and the A-Rigged swim baits. Preston and Andrew’s win included each an Abu Garcia ProMax casting reel paired up to a Abu Garcia Varitas 7’ Medium Heavy action rod, and an impressive first place trophy. This win places them in the lead for Anglers of the Year race. Read the rest of this entry »

Illinois SAF State Championship

ill winnersJohn Baileschki and Zack Hingson of Attwood Hammond High School won the Illinois SAF State Championship last weekend at Clinton Lake.

The two anglers brought in 4 fish that weighed 9lbs 4oz to claim the title and advance on to the Central Conference Regional event next fall.

Joining the pair will be Anthony Fazio and Daniel Degraff from Minooka Community School who brought in 6 bass that weighed in at 9lbs even.

The 2014 SAF event was run in conjunction with the Argenta/ Oriena Open event. We would like to offer a special thanks to Jason Parsons and his team anglers for hosting the event.

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Georgia High School Angler looking for a Partner

High School Fishing LogoWe have a High School Angler in the State of Georgia who is looking for a partner for the upcoming High School State Championship which will be held on May 3 at Lake Lanier.

The event will launch out of Laurel Park in the city of Gainesville. The angler has good tournament experience and is looking for someone to fish with.

If a member of your team needs a partner please contact Mark Gintert at:

mark@bassfederation.com

2014 Michigan High School Fishing State Championship

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 Monroe Michigan to Host 2014 Michigan High School State Championship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PONCA CITY, Okla. (April 2, 2014) – The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW is pleased to host the 2014 Student Angler Federation (SAF) MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP on Sunday, June 22 at Hellenberg Park in the city of Monroe Michigan.

The state championship is a two person team event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their “coach,” who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Check-in is 3-4:30pm EST on Saturday, June 21 at the weigh in trailer at Hellenberg Park located at, 1319 E Front St. Monroe, MI 48161 with a mandatory rules briefing to follow. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.

“Hellenberg Park and the City of Monroe are a terrific place for a High School Fishing Tournament” stated Tournament Director Doug Scott. “Weather permitting we will fish the legendary waters of Lake Erie and in the event of rough water we will fish the Monroe river for the day” added Scott.

“State championships allow every SAF member in North America the opportunity to fish in a championship tournament setting,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. “This year, with the help of our partners at FLW, we’re expanding the program again by offering more advancement opportunities based on field size. In 2014, the top 10% of the field will advance. This rewards areas of the country working hard to grow the sport of high school fishing.”

Students and parents can go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation (SAF) and to sign up. Cost is only $25/ year.  Membership includes full TBF and FLW benefits, FLW Magazine e-Edition and insurance coverage for clubs and students. The top 10% of each SAF state championship and the top 3 teams from any SAF National OPEN event will advance to an FLW/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship. The top 10% of each conference championship will advance to the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held spring of 2015 in conjunction with a major TBF or FLW event. The National Champions win a $5,000 college scholarship to the school or their choice. All SAF members nationwide and all open and state championship participants automatically qualify for the largest event in high school fishing, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals. At the 2013 World Finals, over $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.  As with all SAF national events, there is no entry fee to this come one, come all, family vacation event that gives every high school team a shot at thousands in scholarships and prizes.

If you’re not a 2014 SAF member, there’s a one-time $25/per angler fee.  This includes full TBF & FLW membership for the year, as well as, free entry to ALL National SAF events!

A unique SAF event feature is the “angler testing” component. It’s not “just about fishing” but also about education. This year’s angler testing will come from TBF’s new on-line education format with Faculty of Fishing. Anglers can go to highschoolfishing.org and click on “Online Education” then type in their SAF number and zip code to access the FOF site. They have a host of chapters covering a wide variety of topics. “Angler testing and education is an industry first by TBF,” Gintert said. “We built education into the foundation of the entire program when we began, and our partnership with FLW provides even more benefits and opportunities for them to take advantage of,” Gintert continued.  “For only $25 per year these young anglers and have opportunities unlike anything the industry has ever seen.”

Event Details:

Sign-up: PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at HighSchoolFishing.org or a $25 late registration fee applies to those registering onsite. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org.

 

Mandatory Check-in: Saturday, June 21 at Hellenberg Park Located at 1319 E. Front Street In Monroe Michigan. 3-4:30 pm with the rules meeting immediately following.

 

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, June 22 at Hellenberg Park. Take-off at safe light.  Weigh-in at 3pm.  Questions? 580-765-9031

 

Tournament Waters: Lake Erie and its tributaries weather permitting. In the event of bad weather the tournament waters will be the Monroe river.

 

About FLW

 

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 231 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 is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

 

About The Bass Federation

 

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing organization there is. 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 a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF started the Student Angler Federation and the national High School Fishing program in 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org

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2014 High School Fishing World Finals Returns to Lake Dardanelle

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2014 High School Fishing World Finals

Returns to Lake Dardanelle

 

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PONCA CITY (March 11, 2014) – The Bass Federation (TBF), is pleased to announce that the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals  will once again return to legendary Lake Dardanelle and the city of Russellville, Ark. The event dates are July 15-19 at Lake Dardanelle State Park.

“We are thrilled to host this event again in the city of Russellville,” Executive Director of Tourism for Russellville, Christie Graham, stated. “This event continues to grow every year and has become a terrific family destination for high school anglers across the country. Our community loves bringing this group in as it allows us to showcase our entire area as a family vacation destination.”

 “Our expanded format last year built a lot of excitement for this event,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, said. “Adding the semi-final and consolation rounds as well as another full day of fishing was well received by our anglers and their families. Combine that with the expansion of Saturday’s final to 20 teams and we had a lot of final day excitement,” Gintert added. “To spruce things up this year we’ll be expanding tournament waters to allow locking into the rest of the Arkansas River system so our teams will have more water to fish and some additional strategies to contend with.”

‘The High School Fishing World Finals has done more to grow high school fishing nationwide than any other event,” TBF President, Robert Cartlidge, stated.  “Several states that now have high school fishing teams and programs can trace their roots back to teams participating in this event,” Cartlidge added. “Our staff works very hard to make this a showcase event for high school fishing and at the same time keep it exciting for our anglers and their families.  The staff and facilities at Lake Dardanelle State Park are absolutely top-notch and it’s central US location right on I-40 make it a great family vacation.”

As always, the HSFWF is open to all high school anglers in the country. For active SAF members there are no entry fees.  For non-SAF members the $25/yr membership can be purchased online at the time of registration.  All anglers can register in advance at highschoolfishing.org by clicking on HSFWF on the homepage.

Official practice begins Sunday, July 13.  The check-in and rules meeting banquet will be Tuesday, July 15 at Russellville High School starting at 3:30pm with the rules meeting and dinner to follow at 6pm.

This year’s format will once again have the top two teams from each state or country advancing to Friday’s semi-final round of competition. Those not making the semi-final round will have a chance to fish their way back into Saturday’s top 20 final through the consolation round.  For Saturday’s final round the top 20 weights will compete (the top 10 from the semi-final round and the next 10 highest weights overall).

A host of scholarships and prizes await the winners, as well as, advancement to the prestigious Boat US Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship where they can compete against the top college teams in the country. The winners at that event could also advance to fish for a chance at the Forrest Wood Cup and the TBF “Living the Dream” package, which has the potential to launch a professional fishing career.

The event will be televised on Federation Angler TV series on NBC Sports next fall.

Event Details:

Sign-up: PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at HighSchoolFishing.org or a $25 late registration fee applies to those registering onsite. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org.

 

Mandatory Check-in: Tuesday, July 15 at Russellville High School. Check in starts at 3:30pm with the rules meeting and dinner to start at 6pm CST.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Wednesday, July 16 at Lake Dardenelle State Park. Take-off at safe light.  Weigh-in at 3pm.  Questions? 580-765-9031

 

Tournament Waters: Lake Dardenelle (Locking is permitted at our own risk to other pools of the Arkansas River)

About The Bass Federation

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing organization there is. 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 a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF started the Student Angler Federation and the national High School Fishing program in 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org

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WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

High School Fishing LogoWASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BASS TEAM
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP May 17th, 2014
***No Entry Fee Tournament ***

READ THE ENTRY RULES & REQUIREMENTS
OPEN TO ALL: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
(Students must become a SAF member ($25.00)

You need to join the TBF/ Student Angler Federation (SAF) ($25.00)

  1. Go to www.wabass.org   Click on youth heading.
  2. Click on (for the high school page heading).
  3. Click on join a Washington SAF high school club.
  4. Fill out the form and mail with check as directed.
  5. You must be in High School & not registered for college.
  6. Team members must be from Washington.
  7. Then register your team online.

TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM:

  1. Go to (www.highschoolfishing.org)
  2. Select register for Tournament heading
  3. Select State Championships (2014)
  4. Follow the directions.
  5. If you have question contact: State Youth Director 206-919-4933

 

Where: Lake Chelan, Chelan WA.
Launch:  Old Mill Park Boat Launch 200 Mill Rd, Manson, WA.
Check-in & registration:  Friday May 16TH—6pm to 7:30pm @ Old Mill Boat Launch
Camping:  City Park 509-682-8023 /State Park 509-687-3710 /Wapato Camp 509-687-6037

1. Boat inspection at registration Friday May 16, 2014 @ Old Mill Boat Launch
2. Mandatory meeting with rules and draw to immediately follow registration. Launch time and weigh–in to be announced at that time.
3. READ THE ENTRY RULES & REQUIREMENTS

Contact: State Youth Director
David Bruggman
206-919-4933
(ibfishin4bass@frontier.com)
Web: (www.wabass.org)

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