FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PONCA CITY, Okla. (March 13, 2014) – The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW is pleased to host the 2014 Student Angler Federation, (SAF) Illinois High School Fishing State Championship on Clinton Lake on Saturday, April 5. The SAF state championship will be a joint event with the Argenta Oreana Bomber Invitational.
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 6am Saturday, April 5 at the Boondocks Grill at Mascoutin Access Area. A mandatory rules briefing will follow at 7am. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.
Any team interested in fishing the SAF State Championship portion of the event can register on-line at highschoolfishing.org by clicking the “state championships” tab and then scrolling down to the Illinois event. All anglers present can also support the “Bomber Invitational,” which is a fundraising event for their school’s fishing team. The invitational event has a $50 entry fee per team and awards additional prizes and trophies for those participating.
“We are thrilled to partner with the SAF on the 2014 Bomber Invitational,” Tournament Organizer and Ranger Boat Regional Representative, Jason Parsons, stated. “Having the SAF Illinois State Championship and the FLW Outdoors providing the weigh-in trailer creates a great experience for our anglers with expanded opportunities for all the teams, including the chance to advance on to the TBF/FLW regional events taking place this fall along with a shot at the High School National Championship,” added Parsons.
“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.”
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, April 5 at 6am at Boondocks Grill located at 6649 Shelter Rd. De Witt, IL with the rules meeting immediately following.
Takeoff & Weigh-in: Saturday, April 5at Clinton Lake, Illinois. Take Off following the 7am rules meeting at Boondocks Grill and the weigh-in is at 2:30pm. Questions? 580-765-9031
Tournament Waters: Clinton Lake
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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