Ellison High School Fishing Teams First Tournament.

ehs firstThe Ellison High School Fishing Team competed in their first fishing tournament on Saturday, the 8th November. It was a little chilly at launch time and windy in the afternoon, but all in all, a great learning experience and a lot of fun for the teams that participated. Fishing the newly formed Central Texas High School Tournament Trail, the teams fish Lake Belton. They launched at 6:30AM and Lake Belton being true to its reputation proved to be a challenge for these anglers. The tournament ended at 2:00PM and each team presented their days catch, it was the Team of Christian Almandoz and Nathan Price from Ellison High School taking first place. The Team of Ahmad Holt and Terrell McDade also from Ellison took second place. Rounding out the top 3, the Team of Shawn Carver and Harlen Carver from Killeen High School took third.  The Teams next tournament will be on the 13th of December and will have the Teams once again putting their skills to the test on Lake Belton. Congratulations to all teams that participated in Saturdays Event.

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SETX HS Fishing Association gearing up for 2014-2015 season

When the Southeast Texas High School Fishing Association hosted its first tournament on Dec. 7 of 2013, no one could have seen this coming. “I arrived at the ramp that morning at about 3:45 am and there were already 70 boats in the parking lot” said SETX President and Lumberton HS advisor Bryan Thomas. “We had to grow up real fast that day and we learned an awful lot throughout the 2013 season” he continued. While no one could have prophesized 262 HS fishing teams on that cold windy day at Sam Rayburn, it is not hard to predict where the sport is headed in the future. Thomas went on to say “We are absolutely thrilled with what we accomplished in our first year, but we know we can do even better for our kids in the upcoming season”.

“The most interesting thing we learned last year is that while we quickly became the largest HS fishing trail in the country, we know that HS fishing in our area is still in its infancy and that we must keep preparing for what the future will bring in this sport” said SETX VP Tom Selman, who is also the advisor at Port Neches High School. “One of our goals is to give every kid in SE Texas the opportunity to fish competitively for their respective high school” Selman continued. Last year, 28 SETX schools took part in that December tournament on Rayburn. This year, the group expects to see at least 40 SE Texas high schools take part in the 2014-2015 season opener at Rayburn on Dec. 6th. Selman goes on to say “The tournaments are the fun part, but keeping up with the growth requires all of us to work months ahead in order to provide the best opportunities for the kids of SE Texas”.

“Our primary focus as an organization last year was to provide our kids with an end of year championship that the world of HS fishing had never seen before, and we did that” said SETX Treasurer Ted O’Dell, who is also the team advisor at Buna High School. The season ending championship paid out $60,000.00 in scholarships to the young anglers of SE Texas. “Some of those kids are in college now and are using that money to help them further their education and better their lives, that is what this is all about” continued O’Dell. The inaugural season was obviously a huge success for SETX, but do not expect the same in the upcoming season, expect more! “We know we must work even harder to provide more opportunities for our young anglers this season and we aim to do that” said O’Dell.

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FAN High School Fishing Series Kicks Off Nov. 8th

Faith Angler Network High School Fishing Series kicks off the first qualifying tournament for the 2014/15th season November 8, 2014 on Lake Travis
Brad Marshall Home and Designer Pool and Outdoor Living Present “The Take Down on Travis at West Beach Marina,
This will be the first of four qualifying events in the FAN High School Series where qualifying student anglers will compete to qualify for the 2015 FAN High School Championship with over $5000 in scholarships and prizes. In addition the top 12 anglers will qualify for the Skeeter Boats Super Six Tournament on Lake Fork next summer.
To qualify for the 2015 FAN High School Championship student anglers must have competed in at least two qualifying tournaments. There are two methods to qualify once you have met the minimum number of events.
  • #1 Top 10%-Student Anglers that finishing in the top 10% of any qualifying tournament
  • #2- Top 50% of your designated High School fishing program that meets the minimum number of events will earn a berth to the championship.

Captains will also be recognized with the Academy Captains Awards including (2) $100 Academy gift cards, and the SuperNova Navigation drawing.

Who is eligible.
Registration is open to all 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. The entry fee for each tournament is $40 a boat with no more than two team members and each team member must be a TBF Student Angler Federation (SAF) member, in addition to the one time FAN High School Fishing Series Membership of $10.00 per individual. Contestants must also have the signature of a parent or legal guardian in the provided space on the liability form.

How to Register
Registration deadline will be the Thursday, two days prior to the tournament, at which time the
FAN High School Fishing Series Rules and Regulations entry fee will be $40 per team. After that time, a $10 late registration fee will be assessed until the start of the tournament and at that time no more registrations will be accepted. Late registrations will not affect the number of places awarded for the tournament.

  • Registration can be made online at http://www.faithanglernetwork.com
  • All members will receive a membership bag with a FAN HS T-Shirt, Decal, and a FAN-Academy hand towel.

Hosting the weigh in location is West Beach Marina located at 17317 West Beach Road Austin, Texas 78734 (512) 266-2277      http://www.westbeachmarina.com/

Check in will start at 4:30am, there will be a boat safety check and we will release boats in numerical order at safe light approximately 6:30


East Gaston Bass Warriors Open – Belmont, NC

East Gaston Bass Warriors

 Bass Tournament

 Date: November 8, 2014

 Location: Lake Wylie

 Boat Landing: South Point   199 Boat Launch Rd  Belmont, NC 28012

Tournament Hours: Safe Light until 3:00 pm

Check in begins at 6:15 am Pre-tournament meeting at 6:45

This will be a tournament for both student anglers and boat captains!

1st,2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded along with optional big fish

Entry fee $20/ boat $10/boat is optional for big fish prize

This is a fund raiser for East Gaston Bass Warriors

For questions concerning the tournament call or text:

Shane Hawkins 704-747-0005

Tommy Lambert 704-524-5119

Jason Jones 704-674-0909

Two Wayne County High School Bass tournaments coming up!

The Wayne County Casting Cardinals School Bass Fishing Team will be hosting a bass tournament on Dale Hollow Lake and this is a fund raiser for the Wayne County Casting Cardinals. to enter you must be a student angler and a member of the T.B.F. Student Angler Federation to fish.

When: 11-08-14
Where: Dale Hollow Lake at the Kentucky State Park Ramp
Time:  8:00 am to 4:00 pm EST
Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Big Fish Trophies
Entry Fee: $25.00 per boat

Contact:     Ricky Kempton             Dewayne Hardwick
606-307-7401              606-307-0675


The Wayne County Casting Cardinals School Bass Fishing Team will be hosting a bass tournament on Lake Cumberland and this is a fund raiser for the Wayne County Casting Cardinals. To enter you must be a student angler and a member of the T.B.F. Student Angler Federation to fish.

When: 11-15-14
Where: Lake Cumberland at Grider Hill Marina Albany Ky
Time:  8:00 am to 4:00 pm EST
Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Big Fish Trophies
Entry Fee: $25.00 per boat

Contact:     Ricky Kempton             Dewayne Hardwick
606-307-7401              606-307-0675

Oklahoma’s Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum win the Southern Conference Regional in Shreveport Louisiana

1st place Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum

1st place Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum

Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum put together a nice five bass limit that weighed 12llbs even to win the TBF/FLW Southern Conference Regional Championship on the Red River in Shreveport over the weekend. The win propelled the Oklahoma duo to the TBF/FLW High School National Championship next spring at Grand Lake in their home state of Oklahoma.

Thirty Four teams representing 7 states qualified for the event which launched out of the beautiful facilities of Red River South Marina which has also hosted numerous other prestigious events like the Forrest Wood Cup in years past. Although the bite on the historic river was less than perfect, the young anglers from across the south central part of the country managed to catch fish when many adult events in the area were struggling to produce a single limit of fish.

2nd place Chase Meyers and Cole Swede

2nd place Chase Meyers and Cole Swede

Finishing second and also advancing on to the National Championship was the team of Chase Meyers and Cole Swede from Arkansas who also caught a five fish limit that weighed 11lbs 13oz. They were able to outdistance Kansas angler Cameron Pappan who competed by himself to finish third with a limit of Red River bass that weighed 10lbs 10oz to grab the final qualifying spot.

3rd place Cameron Pappan

3rd place Cameron Pappan

The top 10% of the field from five conference Regional events have now advanced on the High School National Championship at Oklahoma’s always productive Grand Lake. The event will be run in conjunction with the TBF Adult National Championship where the top weekend anglers in the country will be vying for a shot at the Forrest Wood Cup and the TBF “Living the Dream Package” which puts an amateur angler on the FLW Pro Tour for one year to test their skills against the best in the world in the sport of fishing.

Stay tuned to an upcoming article highlighting the ten teams who have qualified for the National Championship.

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Czosnyka and Cundiff Win Western Conference Championship

High School Fishing LogoOctober 12, 2014

In a very closely contested tournament on Clear Lake out of Lakeport, California the Colorado team of Bradley Czosnyka and Josh Cundiff won the 2014 SAF Western Conference Championship.  The Colorado teammates landed 4 fish weighing 12 pounds 14 ounces.  Right behind them in 2nd place was the team from California of Luke Johns and Brandon Burkey with a 5 fish limit weighing 12 pounds 13 ounces.  The Idaho team of Loren Torok and Kyler Fugate had 5 fish weighing 12 pounds 10 ounces for 3rd place, Carl Jackson and Brodie Trapp from Oregon finished 4th with 12 pounds 9 ounces, Shane Edgar and Hunter Rackley finished in 5th with 11 pounds 5 ounces and Logan Degree and Isaac Steigman were in 6th place with 9 pounds 12 ounces.

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Vermont Senior Ben Seaman is dedicated to fishing!


Ben SeamanColchester High School Senior Ben Seaman showed his SAF Team spirit by having his senior pictures taken wearing his Bass Fishing Team Jersey!  Ben helped found the Colchester High School fishing team in Vermont and he showed is dedication to the sport by posing on the shores of Lake Champlain in his team jersey.  Great work Ben!



Watch the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals on NBC Sports

The 2014 High School Fishing World Finals are set to air at the following times.

Tuesday Oct. 14th at 1:00pmHSFWF Promo

Tuesday Nov. 11th at 1:00pm

Set your DVR’s for all the action!

Checkout www.federationangler.com for the full TV schedule!

KJ Queen and Tyler Black Conquer Lake Nickajack to win the SE Conference Regional Championship

1stKJ Queen and his partner Tyler Black put on an impressive display of fishing as they conquered a very tough 41 boat field as well as a very stingy Lake Nickajack with a 5 bass limit that weighed 17lb 8oz to win the SE Conference Regional Championship and a qualifying berth in the 2015 High School National Championship. Fishing directly after the Tennessee TBF Adult Eastern State Championship which saw well over 130 of the top adults in the state struggle for two days, Queen and Black put together a winning strategy that found them throwing a lightly weighted brown worm and fishing it slow to medium speed through the grass to catch their impressive sack. “It was just a grind all day” stated Queen who is in his freshman year at Bethel University. “We probably caught 25 fish today and we caught them all day long. We just had to weed through the small ones and find the right size” added the smiling angler who is no stranger to winning regional championships having won two years ago with his sister Chelsea who is also on the fishing team at Bethel University. “We caught our last fish across the bay from the check-in point with about 30 minutes to go and we are really excited to be advancing on” cited Black who is a junior at Bandys High School in North Carolina. “When this is over I have to go back to school and find a new partner and it’s certainly not going to be easy to find one to replace KJ”.

2ndFinishing second with a very respectable 5 fish sack that weighed 15lb 3oz was the talented due of Ryan Shields and Zeke Gossett from Alabama. These two veteran anglers who have fished about every possible circuit a pair of young anglers could fish this year also brought in a limit that would have also toppled the adult field of the previous two days. “We fished hard all day stated Shields and we are really happy to be advancing on”.

The top 10% from each of five regional championships advance on to the TBF/FLW High School National Championship April 25th and 26th at Grand Lake Oklahoma.

3rdFinishing third and advancing on to the Oklahoma Championship from the home State of Tennessee was Triston Crowder and Saxton Long who also had five nice Nickajack bass that weighed 12lb 6oz. “It was tough” stated the smiling pair! “We were just happy to get the bites we got today and get the chance to advance” added the duo.

The battle for the fourth qualifying spot was about as close as it could get as Jake Lee and Corey Brooks from the Karns Fishing Team edged out Luke Slayton and Branson Marks of Georgia by one ounce to finish fourth. The pair also had a 5 fish limit that weighed 11lb 11oz to claim the final spot.4th

“This was just an incredible field of young anglers” stated TBF Youth Director Mark Gintert.  Each of these 41 teams were excellent anglers and I felt that with the right decisions and a little luck any of the teams here could have taken the crown” added GIntert. High School Fishing has come a long way in the last 4 years and these anglers represented themselves and their schools very well”.

With only the Southern and Western Conference Championships left, all qualifying teams will be turning their attention to the National Championship which will be run in conjunction with the TBF Adult National Championship in April at the always productive Grand Lake in NE Oklahoma. Good luck to all of the qualifying teams!

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