FLW FOUNDATION OFFERING GRANTS TO FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL FISHING CLUBS

FLW_Logo_Red_485CFunds help establish new or expand existing High School Fishing clubs

MINNEAPOLIS (May 20, 2016) – The Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Foundation has announced the availability of grants to Student Angler Federation (SAF)-affiliated high school fishing clubs in Florida of up to $500 per school to establish new or expand existing clubs. The grants are offered via a two-year initiative with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The grants can be used by school teams/clubs to pay SAF dues for participating students, cover the cost of running team-sponsored tournaments, purchase student jerseys or other club costs. The initiative will help recruit new anglers, retain existing anglers during a critical developmental period, and reactivate lapsed anglers, including parents and grandparents, eager to support fishing as a high school sport.

Florida High School Fishing clubs that have at least 10 SAF members or are interested in becoming an SAF-affiliated club are eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants.

“High School Fishing in the most impactful recruitment tool that our industry has,” FLW Foundation Director Dave Washburn said. “Studies conducted by the Illinois High School Association show that 60 percent of High School Fishing participants do not participate in other school-sponsored sports. This means that participating schools are reaching a whole new segment of the student body, giving them an incentive to make good grades and a sense of school pride that they may not previously have had.”

The program will increase sales of youth and regular fishing licenses among high school students and recruit new anglers to the sport. Many youth demonstrate less interest in fishing as they enter high school. This program intends to retain these younger anglers and create lifelong avid anglers who have a strong conservation appreciation.

Funding provided by RBFF will be administered by the FLW Foundation. Additional requirements include completion of aquatic education and/or boater safety courses and a conservation project. All Florida high schools and members of the Home School Cooperative are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to schools that include novice anglers in their club roster.

The Florida High School Fishing Grant Application is available at FLWFishing.com/Foundation. Applications are generally reviewed within three to five business days, but may be as long as four weeks. Applicants are encouraged to begin applying as soon as possible.

More information on the FLW Foundation is available at FLWFishing.com/Foundation. Questions from the public should be directed to Dave Washburn by emailing dave.washburn@flwfishing.com or calling 270-252-1607. Please note that this is not a toll-free number.

About Fishing League Worldwide (FLW)

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Periscope: @FLWFishing.

About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)

RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns to create awareness around boating, fishing and conservation, and educate people about the benefits of participation. Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites, TakeMeFishing.org, and VamosAPescar.org, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.

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Berkeley High Open Fishing Team Tournament

Lakes Marion and Moultrie at

Rocks Pond Campground & Marina

Date and Time:  Saturday, June 4, 2016

6:30 AM – 2:30 pm weigh-in

Rules Meeting:  6:15 AM at the landing

Location: Rocks Pond Campground and Marina, Eutawville, SC

Located at: 108 Campground Rd., Eutawville, SC 29048

803-492-7711 – office

Awards:

  • 1st – 3rd Place

  • Big Fish

    For full details click HERE!

 

Brumnett Brothers Lead Wagoner Bulldogs to Grand Lake Open Title

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Oklahoma 1st PlaceEli and Tate Brumnett put together a solid five bass limit of fish weighing 17lbs 3oz to be named Grand Lake Open Champions.  The win also secured their slots in the Southern Conference Regional to be held in Shreveport, La., in October.

The event was originally scheduled for early April but it was postponed due to extremely high winds.  It was re-scheduled to coincide with the BFL Okie Division event, which ran the day before at the Wolf Creek Launch Ramp in Grove, Okla.

Coming in second and representing the Inola Longhorns Bass Team was the duo of Ty Crutchfield and Kyle Burks who had a limit of Grand Lake Bass weighing 14lbs 5oz.  They claimed the runner-up spot and also a spot in the fall regional event.

Finishing in third and also advancing was the team of Brodey White and Dakota Rawlings from the Braggs Wildcats fishing team.  They had a limit that weighed 13lbs 9oz to claim the third and final qualifying position.

Rounding out the top five were the teams of Tyler Hemphill and David Winters from the Quapaw Wildcats with a limit weighing 13lbs 4oz and Alec Murphy and Hunter Nixon with four fish weighing 12lbs 15oz.

Special thanks goes out to Mark McWha and his BFL staff, as well as, Brent Davis and those at the Grand Lake Dam Authority.

For full results click  HERE!

Oklahoma top 5

 

Tyngsboro High School Wins Massachusetts and Tri-State Championship Titles

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1aMax McQuaide and Ryan Richardson from Tyngsboro High School brought in a five bass limit of fish that carried a net weight of 18lbs 7oz to outdistance the field and win the Massachusetts State Bass Fishing title.  The win overall also names them the Tri-State Champions.

Coming in second overall and also winning the Connecticut State Championship with four fish that weighed 10lbs 6oz was the team of Ryan Kuzmit and Lucas Baksay from Fairfield Prep.

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Coming in third overall and winning the Rhode Island State Championship was the team of Tyler Conde and Cameron Rhodes who had three fish good for 6lbs 10oz.

All three teams will advance on to the Northern Conference Regional Championship in September on Lake Champlain.

Special thanks goes out to Erik Kaplan and the Massachusetts TBF for helping to run the event.

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Osceola Anglers High School Fishing Team and South Creek Middle School Team up For Annual Fishing Day

os1The Osceola Anglers High School fishing team under the direction of Mr. Lamar Chisolm recently assisted the South Creek Middle School near Orlando, Florida for their annual “Fishing Day” at the pond located next to the school. Approximately 200 middle school students participate in the schools “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” program under the direction of Ms. Trina Romberg and her staff.  The students and staff enjoyed a great day with the help of the Osceola team.

osceolaThe group caught a lot of bass and pan fish throughout the day including several very nice largemouth bass.

The collaboration of the Osceola Team with the South Creek Students will hopefully spur that group on to forming another central Florida High School team in the near future!

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Westside Bassmasters Take the 2016 Oregon High School State Championship

IMG_6593[1]Oregon SAF anglers battled tough weather conditions and highly pressured waters after TBF’s Northwest Divisional anglers fished for over a week on the Columbia River near Cascade Locks, Oregon. The state championship tailed TBF’s tournament and conditions worsened for the young anglers.  The air temperature dropped nearly 20 degrees with a high temperature of only 58 degrees and high winds were forecasted for the day.

Despite conditions, Lane Olsen and CJ Couch from the Westside Bassmasters put it together out there to bring 10.83lbs to the scales.  The pair walked away the 2016 Oregon State Champions and secured a slot in the regional championship event to be held in September.

Olsen and Couch focused on spawning coves off the main body of the Columbia River using soft plastic tube baits and drop shoting custom baits. The fish were not biting very well due to the pressure and weather change but patience paid off for these young anglers.

In second, were Caden Slaughter and Kevin Sullivan from the North Valley Bass Club and McMinvelle High School Grizzlies with 6.80lbs.

The state championship series continues next weekend as it heads to California to qualify more anglers for regionals in hopes of advancing to the 2017 High School National Championship.

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Fort Payne High School Wins Alabama State Championship/Wheeler Lake Open

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Alabama Top three teamsBrody and Grant Robison from the Ft. Payne High School Fishing Team put together a limit of Wheeler Lake bass weighing 13lbs 15oz to capture the 2016 Alabama State Championship and the overall Wheeler Lake Open.  Their bag was anchored by a 4lb 1oz Wheeler Lake beauty.

Coming in second, was the Gardendale High School team of Laure Ann Foshee and Reid Conner who also had a nice limit that weighed 13lbs to take the runner-up honors. Taking the number three spot was the tandem of Kade Griffith and Will Batey of the Sylvania High School Bass Team with a limit that tipped in at 10lbs 10oz. Their bag held a 4lb 8oz toad that tied for the day’s biggest bass.  Noah Bently and Dustin Teat from Brockwood High School had the other 4lb 8oz bass.

Coming in fourth was the team of Parker Davis and Aaron Stephens for Mortimore Jordan High School. They had a limit that weighed 9lbs 9oz to outdistance the number five team of Tyler Wagnon and Delano Green from East Limestone High School with a limit weighing 9lbs 1oz to round out the top five teams.

Special thanks to Ron and Joan Lappin from FLW, also Jim Sparrow and Stan Blevins from the Alabama Bass Federation who helped host the event at Joe Wheeler State Park near Florence, Ala.

Student Angler Federation Adds Northern Open to 2016 Schedule

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PONCA CITY, Okla. (May 17, 2016) – The Bass Federation (TBF), with our “Partner in Fishing” at FLW, announce the addition of a sixth National High School Open to its no-entry fee event lineup.  The “Northern Open” will be held on Sunday, August 14 in conjunction with the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit event on Mille Lacs Lake in Isle, Minnesota.

“We are always looking for opportunities to add more no-entry fee events to our schedule,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, said. “The chance to work with our partners at Cabela’s and the North American Bass Circuit creates a winning situation for everyone, especially the growing base of high school anglers in the North.”

Registration will be on-line at highschoolfishing.org.  Teams will check-in from 5-6pm Saturday, August 13 at the NABC trailer at Mac’s Twin Bay Resort located at 434 Vista Road, Isle, MN 56342. The rules meeting will immediately follow the check-in.

Take off will be at Mac’s Twin Bay Resort at 7am Sunday, August 14. Weigh-in will start at 3pm.

The event is open to all SAF anglers in the country.  The top three teams will advance to the Central Conference Regional Championship in Lawrenceburg, Ind., in September with hopes of moving on to the High School National Championship the following spring.

Registration is Open, click HERE!

2016 Missouri High School State Championship June 25 on Truman Lake

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PONCA CITY, Okla. (May 17, 2016) – The Bass Federation (TBF), with our “Partner in Fishing” at FLW, announces the 2016 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Missouri High School State Championship on Saturday, June 25 at the Bucksaw Marina near Clinton, Mo.

The state championship is a two person event for students in grades 9-12. Each team can have one member in 7th or 8th grade, if needed. All teams should pre-register online for high school events at HighSchoolFishing.org to avoid onsite late fees. Each team and their “coach,” who provides the boat they compete in, will need to check in at 5:30pm-7pm CST on June 24 at the TBF Trailer at Bucksaw Marina. A rules briefing will immediately follow. Take off is at 6am and the weigh-in will begin at 2pm .

“TBF and our partners in fishing at FLW are the only organizations to offer a state championship in every state and Canada,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. “There’s no question our State Championship Series provides the foundation to make SAF the largest high school fishing organization in North America.”

The top 10% of each 2016 State Championship event advances to a FLW/TBF Conference Regional Championship. The top 10% from the Conference Regional events advance to the FLW/TBF High School National Championship to compete for the top team prize of a $10,000 scholarship. As an added bonus, national championship teams will compete out of new Ranger Boats provided for them, along with paid hotel accommodations and other perks. The final day weigh-in will take place on the FLW main stage in front of a live FLW Tour stop!

Go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation and to sign up for events. If you’re not a 2016 SAF member, annual cost is $25 year. Pay in advance or register for an event online and pay then. There are no entry fees as long as you enter your active/paid SAF membership number at the time of registration! SAF membership includes full TBF and FLW competitor membership benefits, FLW Magazine e- Edition, online training programs and full insurance coverage for clubs, officers and student members.

In addition to State Championships, SAF National OPENs and other events held across the nation will advance the top 3 teams to their Conference Regional Championships. All SAF members automatically qualify to compete in the pinnacle of all high school events, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes each year. The World Finals format allows anglers to test their skills against high school anglers from across the nation at a week-long family vacation event, which will be held in Florence, Alabama on Pickwick Reservoir, June 28-July 2. This no entry fee, come one, come all mega event gives every high school team a shot at the sports top prizes and honors.

State Championship Event Details:

Pre-register online at HighSchoolFishing.org or a $25 late registration fee can apply to those registering onsite. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org. Just enter your active SAF membership number during online SAF event registration.

Mandatory Check-in: Friday, June 24 at 5:30pm-7pm at the TBF Trailer Bucksaw Marina near Clinton, Mo.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Saturday, June 25 at Bucksaw Marina. Take-off at 6am with weigh-in at 2pm. Questions? 580-765-9031

Tournament Waters: Truman Lake

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.

About The Bass Federation: The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2007 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and “LIKE US” on Facebook!

2016 Idaho High School State Championship June 26 on Cascade Lake

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PONCA CITY, Okla. (May 17, 2016) – The Bass Federation (TBF), with our “Partner in Fishing” at FLW, announce the 2016 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Idaho High School State Championship on Sunday, June 26 at the Sugarloaf Boat Ramp at Cascade Lake, Idaho.

The state championship is a two person event for students in grades 9-12.  Each team can have one member in 7th or 8th grade, if needed. All teams should pre-register online for high school events at HighSchoolFishing.org to avoid onsite late fees.  Each team and their “coach,” who provides the boat they compete in, will need to check in at 6am MST on June 26 at the Sugarloaf Boat Ramp at Cascade Lake, Idaho.  A rules briefing will immediately follow.  Take off is at 6:30am and the weigh-in will begin at 2:30pm.

“TBF and our partners in fishing at FLW are the only organizations to offer a state championship in every state and Canada,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. “There’s no question our State Championship Series provides the foundation to make SAF the largest high school fishing organization in North America.”

The top 10% of each 2016 State Championship event advances to a FLW/TBF Conference Regional Championship.  The top 10% from the Conference Regional events advance to the FLW/TBF High School National Championship to compete for the top team prize of a $10,000 scholarship. As an added bonus, national championship teams will compete out of new Ranger Boats provided for them, along with paid hotel accommodations and other perks. The final day weigh-in will take place on the FLW main stage in front of a live FLW Tour stop!

Go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation and to sign up for events. If you’re not a 2016 SAF member, annual cost is $25 year.  Pay in advance or register for an event online and pay then.  There are no entry fees as long as you enter your active/paid SAF membership number at the time of registration!

SAF membership includes full TBF and FLW competitor membership benefits, FLW Magazine e- Edition, online training programs and full insurance coverage for clubs, officers and student members.

In addition to State Championships, SAF National OPENs and other events held across the nation will advance the top 3 teams to their Conference Regional Championships. All SAF members automatically qualify to compete in the pinnacle of all high school events, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes each year.  The World Finals format allows anglers to test their skills against high school anglers from across the nation at a week-long family vacation event, which will be held in Florence, Alabama on Pickwick Reservoir, June 28-July 2.  This no entry fee, come one, come all mega event gives every high school team a shot at the sports top prizes and honors.

State Championship Event Details:  

Sign-up: Pre-register online at HighSchoolFishing.org or a $25 late registration fee can apply to those registering onsite. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org. Just enter your active SAF membership number during online SAF event registration.

Mandatory Check-in: Sunday, June 26 at 6am at the Sugarloaf Boat Ramp at Cascade Lake, Idaho.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, June 26 at the Sugarloaf Boat Ramp. Take-off at 6:30am with weigh-in at 2:30pm.  Questions? 580-765-9031

Tournament Waters: Cascade Lake

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.

About The Bass Federation:  The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 45 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2007 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and “LIKE US” on Facebook!

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