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Texas High School Fishing State Championship Set For March 25

PONCA CITY, Okla. (Mar. 5, 2012) – The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, and the Allen Convention & Visitors Bureau announced it will host the 2012 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Texas High School Fishing State Championship. The event will be Sunday, March 25 on Lake Lavon launching out of the Collin Park Marina Ramp near Allen, Texas. A unique element of the event is it will follow the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash, held on Lake Lavon Friday and Saturday.

The 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 begins at 5:30pm CST on Saturday, March 24, at the Cabela’s Store in Allen, Texas with a mandatory rules briefing at 7pm CST. We highly encourage all teams to preregister online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.

“The city of Allen is thrilled to be hosting the 2012 SAF Texas High School Fishing State Championship,” Tourism Director, Karen Cromwell, stated. “We’re eager to bring these young anglers and their families back to Allen and Lake Lavon for what promises to be another great event!”

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 and includes full TBF and FLW Outdoors benefits, including access to the all-new FLW Outdoors Magazine e-Edition and insurance coverage for students and their club. The winning two-person team from each state championship will advance to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Conference Championship. Those winners will advance to the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2013. All SAF members and state championship participants qualify for the largest event in high school fishing, the 2012 High School Fishing World Finals to compete for thousands of dollars in college scholarships and prizes. Each team that qualifies for a conference and/or national championship will receive a travel allowance to help offset expenses. The National Champions will also each receive a $5,000 scholarship to use at the university of their choice.

If you’re not an SAF member, there’s a $25/per angler fee, which includes full TBF/FLW Outdoors membership benefits for the year, as well as, free entry to ALL SAF sanctioned events!

Another unique feature of an SAF sanctioned event is the “angler testing” component. Anglers can take a free online test at HighSchoolFishing.org about boater safety, conservation and angler ethics, which makes them eligible for contingency awards at their state championship. “It’s an industry first by TBF and a tremendous way to emphasize the importance of education to these student anglers,” SAF Program Manager, Alex Craw, commented. “The Federation is driven by our desire to promote education through fishing and the testing component is designed to do exactly that. We also offer all TBF/SAF members 11 free online training courses in our member’s only online store with Faculty of Fishing’s angler advantage program. Put this package together with all the programs our affiliated state federations like TBF of Texas have to offer, and our partnership with FLW Outdoors, and the sky is the limit,” Craw continued.  “These young anglers and their families have opportunities unlike anything the industry has ever seen.”

Event Details:

State Championship sign-up: PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at HighSchoolFishing.org.  Boat numbers are determined by date registered.  A $25 late registration fee applies to those registering at check-in. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org.

Mandatory Check-in: Saturday, March 24, 5-6:30pm CST, at the Cabela’s Store, 1 Cabela Drive, Allen, TX, 75002; Mandatory rules briefing to follow at 6:30pm. Cabela’s will offer all participants a goodie bag and a discount on tackle purchases between 5-8pm.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, March 25, at Collin Park Marina on Lake Lavon, 2200 Saint Paul Rd., Wylie, TX, 75098. Takeoff is at 7am and weigh-in times will be announced at the Mandatory rules briefing. Questions? alex@highschoolfishing.org or 580-765-9031

Host Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn of Dallas/Allen, 705 Central Expressway South, Allen, TX, 75013; King and double rooms will be discounted at $79 plus tax, March 22-25.  Call 214.547.1700 and ask for the SAF/TBF group rate or go online at www.dallasallen.hgi.com. The hotel is less than two miles from Cabela’s.  It will offer a cook-to-order breakfast for $5.95 at 5am on Sunday. Rooms must be reserved by March 12 to lock in the discounted room and breakfast rate!

About FLW Outdoors

FLW Outdoors is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 191 tournaments in 2011. FLW Outdoors has taken fishing mainstream with the world’s richest fantasy sports game, FLW Fantasy Fishing presented by Straight Talk, where competitors can play for free, as well as, sign up for Player’s Advantage to gain an edge. For more information about FLW Outdoors and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com.

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. 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 40 years. Visit bassfederation.com.