2016 TBF/FLW High School National Championship to run alongside TBF’s Federation National Championship and FLW Tour event for second year in a row

Queen and BlackPONCA CITY, Okla. (Nov. 19, 2015) – The Bass Federation, FLW and the Student Angler Federation are pleased to announce the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce and Kimberling City, Mo., will host the 2016 High School Fishing National Championship on April 16-17.

“We’re thrilled The Bass Federation, FLW and the Student Angler Federation have chosen Kimberling City on Table Rock Lake to host its National Championship events,” Executive Director of Table Rock Chamber of Commerce, Sheila Thomas, stated. “Our community is very excited to welcome these great organizations and all of their anglers next April.”

The High School National Championship is two full days of competition between the top twelve qualified high school anglers in the country and will run alongside two of the industry’s premier events. The full field will fish on Saturday, April 16 and the weigh in will be on the same stage as the final day of the largest grassroots fishing event in the nation, the 2016 TBF Federation National Championship. Both events will be held on Table Rock Lake launching out of Port of Kimberling in downtown Kimberling City. Then, the field will be cut for Sunday’s final round. The finalist will share the stage with the top pros in the nation at the nearby Walmart FLW Tour event and weigh-in at the FLW Expo at Prairie Creek Recreation Area in Rogers, Ark.

“Table Rock is unique in that it has something for everyone no matter what part of the US they call home,” TBF National President, Robert Cartlidge, said. “The nearby attractions are second to none; it’s a great place to host these championship events.”

High School Fishing National Championship qualifiers have fished through a state championship and one of five conference regional championships to earn the opportunity to compete for a $10,000 college scholarship. Last year was the first year to harness the excitement, glitz and glamour of the TBF’s Federation National Championship, an FLW Tour event and the High School National Championship all at once and it was a great success.

“We’re very excited to once again be partnering with FLW and Ranger boats to provide our SAF anglers with a unequaled and terrific championship event,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, said. “Our success with last years’ event was unprecedented as all of our championship high school teams were provided matching Ranger boats to fish from and weighed in alongside two world class events. That’s something a high school angler could have only dreamed about a few short years ago!”

For more information about the Student Angler Federation, (SAF), visit highschoolfishing.org or call 580-765-9031. Look for SAF on Facebook at Facebook.com/hsfishing and on twitter at @hsfishing

For more information about the Table Rock area, contact Sheila Thomas, Table Rock Chamber, 417-739-2564. If you plan to travel in the months leading up to the event to practice, visit visittablerocklake.com for accommodation info. More information will be provided by TBF on lodging for the event itself.


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. For more information about TBF or High School Fishing visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and look for us on Facebook and YouTube.

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 2015 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 FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

2015 Future Fisherman Auction to include legendary Forrest L. Wood, Forrest Wood Cup Winner, Scott Suggs, and Classic Champion, Casey Ashley

SuggsPONCA CITY, Okla. (November 17, 2015) – The Future Fisherman Foundation announced today its annual online auction is scheduled for November 30-December 7. The auction will once again boast an impressive lineup of outdoor products and guided fresh and saltwater fishing trips.

This year’s event is headlined by a half day fishing trip with Forrest Wood Cup $Million Dollar Winner, Scott Suggs and reigning Classic Champion and Quantum Pro, Casey Ashley, plus lunch with Ranger Boats founder, Forrest L. Wood. They all offered to support the event that powers programs like Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, and now interested bidders have a chance at once in a lifetime trips with fishing royalty!ashley_casey_1

“The number and quality of fishing trips from across the country on this year’s list are amazing, with many being hosted by top professional anglers and fishing celebrities,” Future Fisherman’s, Mark Gintert, said. “The thought of winning a trip with reigning Scott Suggs or Casey Ashley is unbelievable. Add in a potential lunch date with Forrest Wood and you have the making of a very special event for the F3 Foundation,” Gintert added.

The important fundraiser for the non-profit organization is managed on eBay and helps support Future Fisherman’s
“Ensuring the Future of Fishing” mission.

The auction opens at 8am CST, November 30. Participation is easy; visit www.futurefisherman.org and click on the “F3 Auctions” tab. Then, follow the links to the eBay non-profit auction site for viewing and bidding on the items.

The Future Fisherman auction closes at 5pm CST, December 7. The prizes are awarded after the auction’s end so those who have purchased them as gifts will have them in time for Christmas.

woodThe Foundation is still accepting donations for the auction. Those interested in providing fishing trips, products and memorabilia or who have questions can email info@futurefisherman.org or call 580-765-9031.

All proceeds from the auction help the Future Fisherman Foundation’s efforts to engage today’s youth in positive lifestyle activities like fishing and the great outdoors.

Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups and youth organizations.

Although youth focused, the efforts help people of all ages have safe and enjoyable fishing experiences while also fostering conservation ethics.

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The Future Fisherman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization

Berkley High School Fishing Club! Sign up today!

IT’S time to get your fish on with the Berkley High School Fishing Club.

Run to the nearest computer or cell phone and sign up today.
All junior and senior high students, ages 13 to 19, are invited to join. You do not have to be on a fishing team.
Here is your chance to participate in an online interactive fishing program, earn points and redeem for great rewards.
The prizes are bigger and better this year including .

Student Angler of the Year: (Student who earns most individual points) win $500 in fishing product from Berkley® and/or Abu Garcia®
Senior Angler Scholarship: $500 college scholarship from Berkley® to the top graduating senior
Best Student Angler (per region): The student with the most individual points in their region will win a Custom Berkley® Jersey with your name on it from Gemini Sports.
Student Angler of the Month: Each month the student with the most individual points will earn an Abu Garcia® Revo Toro® Reel.
Best Recruiter: One Berkley® Spinning or Casting Rod – The student in each region who brings the most new members (referrals) to the program will win the Berkley E-Motion spinning or casting rod.

Coaches – we have not left you out. You can earn rewards for your team AND for yourself.
Let the Berkley High School Fishing Challenge begin.

To Get Started CLICK HERE

Berkley HS fishing club


Baylor Hall and Wyatt Haschke with South Texas Bass Commanders take the win on Lake LBJ with 13.76 including a 6lb kicker largemouth bass

FAN logoAfter an intense rain storm Friday and early Saturday morning the skies cleared up and graced us with a beautiful fall day for FAN’s second qualifying tournament at the City of Granit Shoals Bluebriar Park.
Inching closer to the Berkley AOY points and qualifying for the Championship with over $6,000 in Scholarship Funds, and the Skeeter Super Six Invitational. With a solid 7th place finish to go with their win on Lake Belton, Ben Marczynski and Jason Duvall, from Hyde Park are still leading by 3 points over the student anglers, Cody Barchenger and Ethan Ochoa, from Thrall HS.

Fishing their first FAN HS Tournament and representing the South Texas Bass Commanders of San Antonio were Baylor Hall and Wyatt Haschke with Captain Efrem Dicochea.
Here are Baylor’s comments and teams winning strategy.
Being new to the FAN trail my partner and were not expecting to do as well as we did. My partner Wyatt Haschke had never been on the lake in his life and I hadn’t been for about a year. Even our new boat captain Efrem Dicochea hadn’t been real familiar with the lake. The day before the tournament I was worried about the quickly changing weather patterns not knowing that all of this rain would help us do the way we did. We launched at a different boat ramp than Blue Brier where the tournament was and we arrived to Bluebrier Park, paid, got signed in, and proceeded to get ready for takeoff. Our boat captain and I had debated on where to go first so I finally decided on a cove off the southern end of the lake that had some good grass and docks to fish. We made our way to the back of the cove where we had some good grass marked when we noticed a white water current coming out of a drainage ditch from a nearby neighborhood and I was intrigued by it. The water was very stained and had debris scattered along the surface. I had to change our game plan completely switching to chartreuse colors and top water lures. My partner Wyatt caught our first keeper on a white buzz bait on the inside grass line. Transitioning into our next spot (the next cove over) we had a few bites on docks but nothing to make us stay. Coming into the mouth of our next cove I threw a chartreuse chatter bait on the grass line outside the docks to catch our second keeper. After catching that fish I had changed my trailer from a 3 inch yum money minnow to a 6 inch because of the water clarity. As we made our way out of the cove there was an old grey stoned house in the water. The 4th cast with the new set up I caught that 6.00 pounder that definitely got us the win that day. So with 3 bass for about 9 pounds we felt good. In the back of the next cove there was some good bank cover with flooded grass. Wyatt caught a good keeper again on the buzz bait to give us 4 fish early. It had been 2 hours without a bite so we went to a grass flat that Efrem had suggested. We got set up in about 12 feet with the wind to our backs and started throwing into the grass. I put on a Carolina rig with a 6 inch watermelon red paddle tail worm to catch our last keeper and give us a limit just an hour before weigh in. With having 13 pounds in the boat we still didn’t think we had enough to win. Frantically fishing for a final big bite to cull we had to get to the weigh in by 2:00 pm. When we got to weigh in the big bass was 6.44 and the top weight was 13.04 so we knew it would be close. As we went up on stage and saw those scales passing 13.04 to 13.76 we were overwhelmed with joy. We had just done it! It was a great feeling. The trophies where exceptional but the fact that we went in to the tournament blind and used our skills to figure the fish out to win and beat all of the local anglers was the best feeling of all. Well said, Baylor.

Baylor and Wyatt each received a beautiful trophy and Abu Garcia Vendetta casting rod with an Abu Garcia Black Max reel – Captain Efrem won the Academy Captain Incentive award of a $100 Academy Gift Card – GREAT JOB GUYS….

Earning the second place spot was the team of Cody Barchenger and Ethan Ochoa from Thrall High School with a 13.04 pound limit with Captian Kevin Barchenger.

“I practiced for LBJ the weekend before the tournament and found spots with grass,” Barchenger said. “On the day of the tournament we threw wacky and Texas rigs along grass lines and docks to put in several keeper fish. Around 11:30 I picked up a topwater bait and threw it over an isolated grass patch to catch our 5.11 pound kicker fish.

The FAN tournament trail has done an awesome job organizing these tournaments and we appreciate the time they take to run this series,” Barchenger continued. “I would like to thank Rick Smith and the rest of the staff at Marine Outlet in Temple, Custom Angle Rods, and everyone else who has supported the Thrall Fishing Team.”

They each took home a Abu Garcia Orra SX Low Profile Casting Rod and Reel Combo and a second place trophy.

Wrapping up the third place position was the team of Nathan Wright and Zachary Washburn representing Rouse High School with 12.13 pound’s with Captain Dale Reed.

They each won a large Berkley PowerBait Tackle Bag and a pair of third place trophies.

Taking the Kistler Custom Rods Big Bass honors of the tournament was Clayton Green with Cen-Tex Bass Hunters with this 6.44 Big Bass. Nice bass Clayton.

Wrapping up the top 10 teams:
4 Collin Lansdale Sheldon Allamon TxBA 11.68
5 Cameron Carter – Zach Knowles – Magnolia 10.67
6 Cody Crabb – Garrett Crabb – Thrall 8.59
7 Ben Marczynski – Jason Duvall – Hyde Park 8.47
8 Tyler Easley – Keller Munroe – CenTex 8.37
9 Will Davenport – Brenham Burgess 8.34
10 Cameron Clouse – Clayton Green CenTex 8.15
You can see all the results and photos in the tournament section here

Catch statistics:
Total Teams: 48
Total Fish: 116
Ave. Fish per Team: 2.4
Ave. Weight per Team: 5.0

This event would not be possible without the volunteers and staff that put everything together, from helping check in, set up, cook hotdogs, launch boats, park trucks, merchandizing and getting it all back into the trailer. Thank you sincerely: Justin Rieger, Skeet Freeman, John Hyndman, Mary Anderson, Ruth Hale, Stephanie Cook, and the many others that jumped in to assist.

Captain Incentives and Awards
Captains are essential to the success of our High School Fishing program and we are honored to be able to recognize them with some great sponsor products and incentives.

Winning the Academy Sports and Outdoors Captain Drawing $100 gift card was Allen Gass with Lake Travis HS.

Winning the Berkley Captain Drawing for a Berkley Power Battery– $49 value pack – Ray Buerkle with Round Rock HS.

Winning the SuperNova Captain Drawing for a SuperNova Nav Kit – $89 value- was Shawn Uschan with Cen-Tex Bass Hunters Youth.
We would like to thank all of our 2015/16 Sponsors and Supporters and ask that you give them a chance to earn your business when the opportunity arises.
Faith Angler Network is a 501©3 non-profit organization serving the Central Texas Area with Youth Fishing Events/ Charity Events/ Military Supported and Awareness Events/ Professional Run Bass Tournaments. For more information please visit our Website or Facebook


Delta Teen Team of Oakley, CA is hosting a tournament on the California Delta for JUNIOR ANGLERS and STUDENT ANGLERS

Where: Russo’s Marina, Bethel Island, CA
Tournament Date: November 22, 2015
Check In: 5am at Russo’s
Weigh In: Starts at 1pm

Picnic Lunch for Boaters and Anglers after the weigh in
Award Ceremony to follow

All anglers must be current active Junior or Student Anglers with TBF/FLW membership. You must have your membership numbers. Anglers can compete as Junior Anglers (individual 5 fish limit) OR as Student Anglers (High School Teams, 5 fish limit per team)

Registration Fee is $25 per angler includes launch fee, awards, and lunch for anglers and boaters. You must register by 8pm Friday, November 20 if you have proof of membership. If you do not have your membership card you must register earlier so that I can verify active membership or you will not be able to fish.

Call or email for Registration Forms and information:
Barry Sterud
email: s2bsterud@aol.com

Bandy’s Senior and 2015 High School National Champion, Tyler Black, to join fishing partner on scholarship at Bethel University

DSC_0203 (2)The Brandy Trojan’s senior recently signed with Bethel University and is excited to be the third Trojan, following siblings and past partners, KJ and Chelsey Queen, to sign to the university.

Black is a two-time high school state champion and regional high school champion. Most recently, he added the 2015 High School National Champion title to his resume, a title Black proudly shares with his fishing partner and soon to be fellow Bethel University underclassmen, KJ Queen.

“It’s a great honor to get to fish in the SAF as the events helped me get noticed by Bethel where my partner (Queen) is attending right now,” Black said. “I’ve always been an avid fisherman and just started competition 2  years ago, but now it’s my life.  I can’t wait to pursue a Criminal Justice degree at the best college fishing university, Bethel.”

Black is a Senior at Bandy’s High School in Catawba, N.C. and will be attending Bethel in fall of 2016.

“I would like to thank my partner, KJ Queen, his dad, Jeff Queen and his grandpa, Carroll Queen,” Black continued. “They also helped me get noticed by Coach Mason at Bethel in Tennessee. Everything I’ve learned is because of them.”

Gardendale High School’s Laura Ann Foshee signs with Savannah College of Art and Design to help form first All-Female Collegiate Fishing Team

Laura Ann Foshee Picture (2)High School fishing has once again proven to be the catalyst that has lead one of our SAF anglers on to college as Gardendale High School’s, Laura Ann Foshee, joins the Savanah College of Art and Design as part of their fishing team in the fall in 2016. The unique and exciting thing about the Savanah College of Art and Design’s team is that this will be the first all-female collegiate team.

“I’m very excited to be joining the SCAD team next fall,” Foshee said. “I was planning on going to college anyway but was undecided as to where I would go. So, when I met SCAD Coach Isaac Payne on social media that really got things started,” Foshee continued.

“Then, when I attended the Southeastern Conference Regional Tournament in Gainesville, Georgia he was actually a speaker for the event. The rest is history I guess.”

Foshee is a senior this year at Gardendale, as well as, the founder and president of her school fishing team.

SCAD coach Isaac Payne is equally impressed with Laura Ann. “She’s one of the most accomplished female anglers I’ve ever met,” Payne stated.

Payne is planning on quickly building both a men’s and women’s team at the Savanah Georgia School. “Our school is about 70% female so it only makes sense we try to build the first all-female team to compete at the collegiate level,” Payne continued. “Our president, Ms. Paula Wallace, is behind our team 100 percent. So, we’re excited to get started and have Laura Ann be one of the building blocks of the team.”

Foshee, who plans to major in art with a minor in photography, says the school is a perfect fit for her and the fact they help with direct scholarship money is a big plus. “My mom and I started the team at my high school and we’re now up to 18 members in just 3 years,” the well-spoken senior added. “So, being one of the first members of the team to help build the program doesn’t bother me a bit; in fact, I welcome the challenge.”

When asked to recall one of her favorite moments of her high school fishing career Laura Ann quickly recalled last year’s SAF Eufaula Open, which also served as the state championship for the anglers from Alabama. My cousin Abigail Montgomery and her partner finished first and my partner DJ Barber and I finished second just a few ounces behind. It was a very special day for our family and I will never forget it”!

Bartow High School Yellow Jackets Fishing Team Hosting 5th Annual Bobby Lane Cup!


Bartow High School Yellow Jackets Fishing Team
Hosting 5th Annual Bobby Lane Cup!
Join teams from Florida, Kentucky and across the south to this terrific event on Legendary lake Toho!

Event Date: December 5th
Location: Kissimmee Chain of Lakes – Camp Mack River Resort

Open to all high school anglers. Two-student team format plus adult boat captain/ coach.
Must be (SAF) Student Angler Federation members to fish. If you are not a member, please call the TBF National Office at (580) 765-9031. Membership fee is $25 per student.

Registration and pre-tournament meeting – Dec 4th from 6pm – 8pm (EST) at DB’s Bait & Tackle, 640 S. Orange Ave, Bartow FL 33830. Contact Derek Boswell BHS Jackets Tournament Director (863) 513-8877 or e-mail bboswell4@yahoo.com

Torok and Fugate from Lake City Idaho Advance to the High School National Championship

High School Fishing LogoLoren Torok and Kyler Fugate from the Lake City Bass club in Utah claimed the final spot in the TBF/FLW High School National Championship with a five fish limit that weighed in at 19lb 9oz to win the Western Conference Regional Championship at Clear Lake in California. The winning sack was anchored by a 4lb 14oz toad that propelled the pair to the prestigious event, which will be held in April with the TBF adult National Championship. The pair will join 10 other teams from across the country that will be trying to capture National Championship bragging rights and a $10,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.

Finishing second with a fine effort was the team of Ronnie Rivers and Roy Asi from the Delta Teen Angler team who also had a five fish limit that weighed in at 15lb 4oz to claim the runner-up spot.

Rounding out the top three was the team of Brandon Devincenzi and Josh Shapland from Liberty HS/East Co Bass club who weighed in a limit that tipped the scales at 10lbs even.

The Western Conference Regional brought together teams from across the western half of the United States who had qualified from their respective state championships to the Konocti Resort in Lakeport, Calif. The event had originally been scheduled for the middle of September but had to be delayed due to the wildfires, which wreaked havoc on the area in September.


Full Results Here

Chase Meyers and Cole Swede win Southern Conference Regional Championship Pair Return to the High School National Championship

In any sport it is hard to repeat any kind of championship effort from a previous year. However Cole Swede and Chase Meyers must not have read that old adage as they put together a solid five fish limit that weighed 16lbs 14oz to win the Southern Conference Regional Championship and advance once again to the High School National Championship. The event was sponsored by the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau on the Arkansas River at the scenic Jefferson County Park.

The pair, who represents the Anvil Jaw Bass Club in Arkansas, found a home in the backwaters of the Arkansas River seeking out old pilings and eddy’s after plowing through some very shallow water to get there. “Once we got through there the water dropped off a little deeper and that’s where the bigger fish were hanging out” commented Meyers. “We saw about thirty Blue Herons when we first got in there and they were feeding on a giant school of gizzard shad” added Swede. “At that point we kind of knew we were in the right spot” cited a smiling Meyers! “It was on from there”!






Finishing in second place and also earning a trip to the spring National Championship was the duo from Benton High School also had a five fish limit that tipped in at a very respectable 12lb 15oz to claim the runner-up spot. James Ingram and Chase Galloway from Heber Springs High School rounded out the top three Championship qualifier’s with a five fish limit that scaled in at 10lb 6oz to finish third.

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Thirty seven teams from seven states qualified for the Southern Regional event through the TBF/FLW State Championship series or one of five National Open events. From there teams nationwide advanced to one of five regional competitions with the hope of advancing on to the High School National Championship and a shot at a $10,000 scholarship to the winning team.

For Complete Standings CLICK HERE

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