Florence Alabama Awaits High School Fishing World Finals Anglers

Registration is open and the field continues to grow as the city of Florence Alabama readies itself for the onslaught of High School Anglers from across the country who will be attending the pinnacle of all high school fishing events, the 2015 High School Fishing World Finals!

15-HS-nat-champs-w-fishThe nation’s largest and longest running High School Championship event will converge on Pickwick and Wilson reservoirs for the 2015 version of the annual summer classic which pits two person High School teams from across the country against each other for the chance to be crowned World Champion and claim thousands in scholarship and prizes! ALL SAF members are eligible to attend the week long family event.florence

“The High School World Finals is without a doubt the event that started it all and has led to more high school fishing anglers, teams and trails starting up than any other” stated TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert. “A lot of high school teams and organizations can trace their roots to some member of their group making the trip to the very first world finals held in Russellville Arkansas in 2010. From there the SAF has grown to the industry leader and the largest High School Fishing organization there is.” added Gintert.

The four day HSFWF has a very unique structure that has all of the anglers competing for three days in a format that is designed to keep everyone in the game until the final day. Twenty one teams will advance to Saturday’s final round through either the semi-final or consolation rounds and someone will win the crown of High School Fishing World Finals Champion! Combine that with a great registration meeting banquet and a week ending pizza party/ concert for the anglers and you have the makings of a terrific family vacation.
Registration for the HSFWF is now open and all High School Anglers worldwide can attend.
To register, anglers only need to be a member of the Student Angler Federation (SAF) which is as easy as completing the online registration for the event at Highchoolfishing.org. Click on the link below to register.

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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. 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. Visit Bassfederation.com.

McKay and Therrell Win Mississippi State Championship

Thomas McKay and Chase Therrell outsmarted five nice bass from the Tenn-Tom waterway that weighed in at 9.58lbs to win the Mississippi State Bass Fishing Championship at the Aberdeen Marina. The pair of anglers from the Bulldog Bass Club narrowly edged by the team of Victoria Flynn and James McCain who also had five in their bag that weighed 9.02lbs to finish in the runner-up spot. Rounding out the top three teams who all qualified for the Southeastern Conference Regional Championship in Gainesville GA, were the duo of Garrett McWilliams and Dalton Jones who only had four fish but it was enough to claim the third spot with 7.94lbs.

Austin Bagwell and JR Smith won the Big Bass Award for the event with a 4.30lb toad that claimed the Big Bass Prize of a new Grill provided by the Aberdeen Marina.

Complete Results

All of the participating anglers are also invited to attend the High School World Finals in Florence Alabama in the week of July 7th-11th. This event is open to all SAF Anglers to attend and you can register at the link below.

http://www.highschoolfishing.org/2014-high-school-fishing-world-finals/

Hurricane High School Wins 2015 West Virginia State Championship

Drew Sallada and Bailey Gordon hauled in a five bass limit to the Sutton Lake Scales that tipped in at 9.12lbs to win the West Virginia High School State Championship Saturday.

Drew Sallada and Bailey Gordon

Drew Sallada and Bailey Gordon

They edged out Will Sigmon and Zack Moore of Herbert Hoover High School who were one fish short of a limit but still amassed 7.41lbs to take the runner up spot. Rounding out the top three teams was the duo of Alex Goff and Zach Horrocks who had a limit of bass that weighed 6.21lbs.

Sallada and Gordon will represent the State of West Virginia at the Central Conference Regional Championship at Lake Carlyle Illinois in September with a chance to advance on to the High School National Championship next spring.

Complete Results

All of the teams competing in Saturday’s event are also invited to register and fish in the High School Fishing World Finals the Week of July 7th -11th at Pickwick reservoir in Florence Alabama. This event is open to all SAF members across the country to attend.

Anglers can go to this link to register: http://www.highschoolfishing.org/2014-high-school-fishing-world-finals/

 

Silverdale Baptist Academy Wins Tennessee High School State Championship

Daniel Kennedy and Braden Marshall knew that they had a good sack of fish but the smiling pair from Silverdale Baptist Academy had no idea that they were going over the 20 pound mark. When the scales at the jam packed Dayton Boat Dock read over 21 lbs. the pair appeared to be momentarily stunned! From there the amazement continued as their kicker fish, a 7lb 4 oz. beauty, also claimed them the Lew’s Big Bass award.

“Wow this is really something” stated Daniel who is a junior at Silverdale Baptist. “I just can’t believe that we won”. When asked how they conquered the Lake Chickamauga bass and the rest of the field Braden Marshall, who is also a junior, added “we used a shaky head brown plastic worm and fished primarily in the shallow water”. Both anglers claimed that the key to their success was sticking with their game plan and fishing through the entire 90 degree day was the key to their winning effort.

In addition to being crowned Tennessee State Championship and advancing on to the Southeast Conference Regional Championship the pair also won a $10,000 Scholarship to Bryan College which has one of the fastest growing college bass fishing teams in the country and was located just across the street from the Dayton weigh-in facility.

Kennedy and Marshall will lead a 12 team contingency from the Tennessee event to the Southeast Conference Regional Event on Lake Lanier in Gainesville Georgia in September.

Tennessee Regional Qualifers

Tennessee Regional Qualifers

Coming in second in the 124 boat field was the team of Brandsford Dean and Dustin Osborne from Rhea County High School who also had a huge sack of Chickamauga Bass that weighed in 20lbs 14 oz. to claim the runner-up spot and a berth in the fall regional.

Bradley Central High School’s team of Colton Morton and Chris Wilson claimed the third spot with a very impressive 5 fish limit that weighed in at 19lb 11oz to round out the top three in the event sponsored by the Fish Dayton group at the always popular Dayton Boat dock.

Also qualifying for the September conference championship which advances the top 10% of the field were the following teams from across the state.

4th place AJ Barnes and Gavin Ainslie from Central High School with 18lbs 3oz.

5th place Charles Woody Tristan Lowe from Polk County with 17lb 13oz.

6th place Alyssa Coleman and Erica Abigail Smith with 17lb 11oz.

7th place Landry Cooper and Cameron Kirkland from Sequoya High School with 16lb 13oz

8th place Peyton Gibbs and Condry Hyndman from Creekwood High School with 15lbs 11oz.

9th place Austin and Bryar Goins from Rhea County High School with 15lb 1oz

10th place Elijah Cartwright and Jacob Thomas from Soddy Daisy High School with 14lbs 1oz.

11th place Daniel Cheshire and Christopher Richey from Creekwood High School with 13lbs 13oz.

12th place Dylan Dunnagan and Shader Brown of Dickson County High School with 13lb 6oz.

Complete Results

Special thanks goes out to Dayton City Mayor Gary Louallen, Fish Dayton Director Dennis Tumlin, The Bryan College Bass Fishing team, the Tennessee Bass Federation and the Upper Cumberland High School Bass team for providing a great support team for the event.

 

All of the participating anglers in this event now have an opportunity to compete in the prestigious High School Fishing World Finals which will be held just across the Tennessee line in Florence Alabama the week of July 7th-11th. This event is open to all SAF anglers in the country and you can register by going to:

http://www.highschoolfishing.org/2014-high-school-fishing-world-finals/

Steck and Lorenz Lead Waunakee High School to State Championship

1st Colin Steck and Nathan Lorenzo

1st Colin Steck and Nathan Lorenzo

Colin Steck and his partner Nathan Lorenz were one fish short of a five bass limit but their 9.14lb sack was just enough to carry the Waunakee High School duo to the Wisconsin High School State Championship Sunday at Lake Wisconsin. They narrowly slipped by Kettle Moraine High School duo of Henry Erbo and Josh Schmirler who also had four fish that tipped in at 8.06 lbs. to finish second place in the event. Both of these High School teams will represent the State of Wisconsin at the Central Conference Regional Championship on September 12th at Lake Carlyle in Carlyle Illinois. Bailey Blesser and William Buhler from Catholic Central High School completed the top three with a four fish bag that weighed in at 6.14lbs.

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2nd Josh Schmirler and Henry Erbo

With the High School anglers following two days of competition by the North American Bass Circuit which concluded their event on Saturday afternoon. Twenty teams from across the state competed in the TBF/FLW High School Championship series vying for state bragging rights as well as the two regional Conference births and a shot at advancing to the High School National Championship next spring.

3rd William Buhler and Bailey Blesser

3rd William Buhler and Bailey Blesser

In addition to advancing on to the Regional event all of the participating teams in this event are invited to attend the High School World Finals in Florence Alabama July 7th -11th. No qualification necessary other than being an SAF member and registration details can be found at: http://www.highschoolfishing.org/2014-high-school-fishing-world-finals/

Complete Results

Colorado State Championship Television Coverage

Here is a link to the article.

Salida High School Wins Colorado SAF State Championship

When Morgan Fitzgerald and Kaden Sites originally found their way to Youth Director Sam Heckman’s Colorado Youth Program they were basically trout fisherman only. Now they can officially call themselves “State High School Bass Fishing Champions” as they brought in a five fish limit that weighed in at 10.75 lbs. to win the Colorado State Championship Sunday on Pueblo Reservoir.

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Morgan Fitzgerald, Sam Heckman, Kaden Sites

Finishing second, also with a five bass limit, were the team of Parker Strain and Ryan Bass from Front Range High School who had 9.25 pounds to claim the runner up spot just ahead of the duo of Cooper Brown and Connor Henderson of Pueblo West High School who also brought in a five fish sack that weighed 8.65 lbs. to claim the third position.
In addition to winning bragging rights for the State of Colorado for one year, Fitzgerald and Sites will also represent the State at the Western Conference Regional Championship at Clear Lake in California in October with their sites set up qualifying for the TBF/FLW High School National Championship.

 

For Results CLICK HERE

SOUTHRIDGE HIGH WINS INDIANA STATE HIGH SCHOOL FISHING CHAMPIONSHIP ON PATOKA LAKE

CELESTINE, Ind. (June 1, 2015) – The Southridge High School team of Eli Lubbehusen and Colton O’Brien brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the 2015 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship on Patoka Lake. The win earned the team the title of state champions and qualified the team to compete in the High School Fishing Central Conference championship on Lake Carlyle in September.

The top two teams on Patoka Lake that advanced to the Central Conference Championship were:

1st: Southridge High School – Eli Lubbehusen and Colton O’Brien, five bass, 15-8
2nd: Bloomington High School South/North – Blake Albertson and Adam Puckett, five bass, 14-6

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

3rd: Wabash Valley – Griffen Fernandes and Benjamin Messersmith, four bass, 11-14
4th: Union High School – Austin Tinsman and Evan Patterson, five bass, 11-11
5th: Indiana Student Angler Federation – Jacob Ireland and Travis Miller, two bass, 9-3
6th: Wabash Valley – Beau Ashcraft and Shawn Zellers, four bass, 7-11
7th: Wabash Valley – Trystan Vanderra and Dillan White, two bass, 6-3
8th: Indiana Student Angler Federation – Hunter Light and Avery Eoswick, three bass, 6-0
9th: Perry Central High School – Darrian Craig and Dakota Brewster, two bass, 5-1
10th: Southridge High School – Chad Meyer and Coleman Gerber, two bass, 4-14

Complete results can be found at HERE

The 2015 Indiana State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top three teams from each of the seven TBF/FLW High School Fishing Opens held this season. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2016. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2015 High School Fishing World Finals, held on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama, on July 8-11. At the 2014 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.

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 2008 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and “LIKE US” on Facebook.

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Ohio Ranger Trail Dixie Marine Tournament Wessner and Schnieder Win Dixie Marine Championship

Tanners Creek WinnersCole Wessner and Hunter Schnieder of Colerain High School brought a five bass limit that weighed in at 7.59lbs to the Tanners Creek ramp facility on the Ohio River to win the inaugural event on Sunday morning May 31. With Temperatures in the 60”s and feeling more like fall the duo was able to outdistance Kentucky representatives Hunter Young and Trevor Windgassen who also had a five fish sack that tipped in at 6.45 lbs. to finish second. Jason Short and Matt Schlabuch had the only other limit of the day that weighed 5.17lbs to finish third in the event.
Special thanks goes out to Dixie Marine, John Duwell and Anglea Poling from the Ohio Bass Federation who all worked together to bring the event to life.

 

 

Results  Ohio Ranger Trail Tanners Creek SAF Weigh-In

Riceville Wildcats Win the Iowa State Championship

It may not have been the largest field in the 2015 TBF/FLW High School State Championship Series but there was absolutely no lack of effort on the part of Kaleb Tweite and Kyler Bauer as they tamed the Mighty Mississippi river for a sack of bass that weighed in at 8lb 6oz to win the Iowa SAF State Championship.

2015 Iowa Winners

The pair also qualified for the Central Conference Regional Championship at Lake Carlyle Illinois in September with a chance to advance on to the TBF/FLW High School National Championship.
Fishing on the tail end of the Great Lakes Division of the BFL series the team from Riceville edged out runner-ups Sheldon Spears and Noah Clark of PCM High School who finished second with 7lb 14oz.
All SAF Anglers are invited to attend the High School Fishing World Finals which take place July 7-11th at Florence Alabama. No qualification necessary to attend and no entry fee for SAF members!

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