Braving what was to be a cold and wet day, 26 High School Anglers hit the water as they competed in the second of four qualifying events sponsored by the Central Texas High School Tournament Trail. At the conclusion of the National Anthem, on Sunday the 8th of March, 13 teams were launched into a cold, rainy morning in the hopes of putting together a pattern that would put a limit of fish in their livewells. With low lake levels, and a colder then normal spring, the bite on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir was sure to be tough. As weigh-in time approached and teams heading to the scales with their days catch, 7 of the 13 managed to put fish in their boat. After all the fish had been weighed the team of Cole Laxon and Zack Wilson of Belton High School topped the field with a 3 fish sack totaling 5.16lbs. Coming in 2nd was the team of Hunter Garrett and Justin Tatum from Salado High School, with a 2 fish sack totaling 5.08lbs. The teams big bass was a nice 3.10lbs Smallmouth. Holding on to take the 3rd spot was the team of Cody Barchenger and Ethan Ochoa from Thrall High School with a 2 fish sack weighting 4.24lbs. This is Cody’s and Ethan’s second top 3 finishes. Big Bass honors went the Nathan Price from Ellison High School with a nice 3.38lbs Largemouth. All of the days catches were released alive to fight again another day. The Central Texas High School Tournament Trail’s next event will be on the 4th of April and will have these young anglers once again putting their skills to the test on Lake Belton. The Central Texas High School Tournament Trail staff would like to thank all it’s sponsors, the boat captains and the anglers that make this all possible.
Keller & Nocilla win Louisiana High School State Championship Hunter Keller and Nick Nocilla from Barbe High School put together a very consistent 5 bass limit of 11 pounds and 7 ounces to win the 2015 Louisiana State Championship on Sunday at Sibley Lake in Natchitoches, La. “We are just thrilled to have won this …View full post
Tragic Accident Claims the Life of a SAF Angler It is with the deepest sorrow and sympathy that I write this article to inform all in our High School Fishing community of a terrible accident that has claimed the life of one and critically injured another of our former anglers. Tara Miller and Austen Cathcart …View full post
Veteran and Newcomer Team up to win Georgia State Championship! In previous years Tyler Mathews would have been watching from the dock as High School anglers from across the state of Georgia would have been taking part in the 2015 Georgia High School State Championship. But with the expanded SAF rules that now allow 7th …View full post
Marble Falls, Texas and LBJ Reservoir welcomed 70 eager Texas High School teams to their area on Saturday, March 21st to compete in the Texas High School Championship. Mother Nature even had a hand in the event as it rained steadily on Friday and Saturday. But even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirit and enthusiasm …View full post
The TN Bass Federation is hosting a High School Student Angler Federation tournament on Ky Lake on April 11, 2015. The tournament is OPEN to ONLY Tennessee (9-12 grade) Student Angler Federation Teams who are active members of TBF/SAF. Entry fee is $40.00 per boat $20.00 per angler (entry fees to be collected at registration or at tournament sight morning …View full post
Eight College teams and two area High Schools participated in the IFA College/High School Red Fish tournament in Punta Gorda Florida. The weather conditions and wily Red Fish proved to be quite a challenge for the 10 teams as no one was able to bring a slot limit Red to the scales in the second event offered by the IFA and SAF.
With a stiff 25 mph NE wind and unfavorable tides blowing most of the water out of Charlotte Harbor teams found themselves scrambling to get into the shallow pockets and then trying to get out before the tide left them stranded with low water conditions. Saturday’s IFA Pro Tournament had the same issues with only 25% of the 100 boat field weighing in fish for the day.
All ten interscholastic teams reported catching fish that included good reports of Snook which are a terrific game fish in their own right, but finding Red’s in the 18” to 27” slot proved to be a mystery for the teams.
The IFA treated all of the participating teams with a great selection of merchandise as they continue with their mission of working with the Student Angler Federation to build the saltwater side of High School and College Fishing.
Special thanks goes out to IFA Tournament Director Eric Shelby and his staff for once again putting on a great show for these up and coming teams.
Different Partner….Same result!
Hunter McPherson and Laramy Strickland Win the 2015 Florida Open
For Immediate Release – March 1, 2015. Ponca City, Ok.
Hunter McPherson from Citrus High School In South Central Florida had one of the best years a High School angler could have in 2014 as he and his partner won the Florida High School State Championship, qualified and fished in the 2014 High School Regional Conference Championship and won the prestigious High School World Finals in Russellville Arkansas. For 2015 he replaced graduated partner Brandon Branch but kept right on his winning ways by teaming with Laramy Strickland to bring a monster sack of 29lbs. 3 oz. of Lake Toho Bass to the scales to win back to back state championships for their school.
“We had a spot that we found in our pre-fishing yesterday that we thought was holding some good fish stated McPherson.” We started our morning there and caught our biggest fish a 9lb 12 oz toad right off the bat on Chatter bait. That fish proved to be the biggest of the day and captured the Lew’s Reels Big bass of the day for the soaking wet duo. “A light went off right then, stated McPherson a junior this year, we knew the fish had moved up a little and we soon picked up an 8lb 10oz beauty on a jig just a short time later”. Green Pumpkin was the color of the day added Strickland who is a senior this year at Citrus High School. He also cited that the key to their winning catch today was realizing that the fish had moved up into shallow water from where they had been earlier in the week.
Forty Eight teams braved the elements that saw the temperature drop 25 degrees and pound the anglers with rain the entire day. Thirty three of those teams brought fish to the scales in the newly remodeled Kissimmee Waterfront Park and Big Toho Marina which promises to be one of the finest tournament facilities in the country now that it is complete.
Coming in second and also gaining a berth in the SE Conference Regional Championship was the team of Jackson Williams and Bryce Goff of Auburndale High School. They had 4 Toho bass that weighed in at 14lbs 6oz to claim the runner-up spot. They narrowly edged out the team of Colby Cowart and Cody Hadden from the Callahan/ Hilliard High School team to finish third with a very respectable 4 fish sack that weighed 14lb 1oz. They also claimed a berth in the SE Conference Regional which will take place in September on Lake Lanier in Gainesville Georgia. Rounding out the regional qualifiers which takes the top 10% of the field from each state championship was the team of Jeremy Morgan and Steven Singletary from Bartow High School who caught 12lbs 10 oz in the soggy weather to claim the fourth place finish
Just missing the regional qualifying berth but finishing a very respectable fifth place with 11lbs 8 oz was the team of Travis Conrad and Bailey Hines who fished under the Florida SAF banner for this event.
Special thanks go out to Big Toho Marina, Experience Kissimmee, the FLW staff and all of the boat captains who braved the elements to create a first class event for the 48 teams registered for the event.
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Based on the current weather forecast calling for freezing rain, Friday night and into Saturday. With near freezing temperatures and winds out of the north at around 10 to 15 mph on Saturday, the CTHSTT tournament scheduled for Saturday the 28th on Lake Belton will be rescheduled. The safety of our anglers is and will always be our primary concern. We will update everyone, once a determination has been made as to the new date for the Lake Belton tournament. In the mean time we look forward to see you the following weekend, 8 March on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir. Were we will once again be using the Stillhouse Hollow Marina ramps. And as always let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
The Central Texas High School Tournament Trail will be holding the 2nd of 4 qualifying events this Saturday the 28th of February. Fishing Lake Belton in Central Texas will be a challenge to these young anglers. Not only is Lake Belton known for being a tough lake to fish, the weather this weekend is going to be a key factor in finding fish. Area fishing reports has Lake Belton giving up some nice fish over the past couple weeks. Both Largemouth and Smallmouth bass in the 4 to 7 pound range have been reported being caught. Low water levels and a water temperature in the mid 50’s has this angler predicting that fish will be in their pre-spawn pattern and it’s going to take a limit of fish to win this event. Good Luck to all these anglers this weekend.
Registration will begin at 6:00AM with an expected launch time of 7:00AM. The ramp will be the Arrowhead ramp which is located close to the dam in a protected cove. Weigh-In will be at 2:00PM
Purpose: Club Trail
Entry Fee: $20 per boat
When: Trail Dates:
March 28th and May30th., Lake Cumberland, Conley Bottom Ramp. Time 8am-2:30pm Contact Rick Jones-859-661-2186
June 20th.,Wilgreen Lake, Wilgreen Ramp. Time 8am-2pm. Contact Chris Daus-859-661-1922
July 25th.,Willisburg Lake, Willisburg Ramp. Time 7:30am-2pm.Contact Troy Blankenship 859-314-5936
Aug.22nd., Herrington Lake, Bryants Ramp. Time 7:30am-2pm Contact Troy Blankenship 859-314-5936
Oct.24th.,Barren River Lake,State Park Ramp. Time 8am-3pm. Contact Rick Jones 859-661-2186
Registration deadline: Check-in is 30 minutes before takeoff at each location
Registration Contact: Troy Blankenship 859-314-5936 Rick Jones 859-661-2186
Trophies to 1st thru 3rd places plus Big Fish.
Optional Captains Pot
Three Ohio Ranger Dealers are offering High School Anglers a chance to expand their Fishing Opportunities by participating in a three event trail across the state of Ohio. The events are open to all SAF members (regardless of state) and participants can register by going to highschoolfishing.org and click on the Tournaments Tab. Click on Ohio Ranger Trail when the drop down box appears. Entry Fee for each of these Ranger Trail events is $25 per boat and can be paid at the onsite registration meeting at each location.
Vic’s Sport Shop in Kent Ohio will host the first event on April 11th at Portage Lakes State Park in Akron Ohio. Anglers will be using the Old State Park Facility off of State Park Drive adjacent to Rt 619 in Akron. On-site registration/rules meeting for the event will be on Friday April 10th at 6:00pm at Vic’s Sport Shop located at 2039 Tallmadge Rd. Kent Ohio. Contact person for the event is FLW Tour Pro Vic Vatalaro and he can be reached at 330-730-8765.
Knox Marine in Fredericktown Ohio will host the second event on May 16th at Clearfork Lake. Registration /rules meeting will take place on Friday May 15th at Knox Marine located at 13285 Netherland Rd Fredericktown Ohio at 5:00pm. Contact person for this event is Mike Steel and he can be reached at 740-694-7774.
Dixie Marine in Fairfield Ohio will host the third event on Sunday May 31st at Tanners Creek Boat launch on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg Indiana. Registration/rules meeting will be at Dixie Marine on Saturday May 30th. Dixie Marine is located on Route 4, 5739 Dixie Highway in Fairfield Ohio. The registration/rule meeting will start at 3:00pm. Contact person for the event is John Duwel and he can be reached at 513-253-2707.
All Ohio SAF anglers are also invited to fish the Ohio SAF State Championship on May 9th at Alum Creek State Park. This is a no entry fee event for all SAF anglers across the state with potential advancement to the TBF/FLW Conference Regional Championships for the top 10% of the field. Registration/Rule meeting for that event will be on Friday May 8th at the Cabela’s Store at 1650 Gemini Place in Columbus Ohio.
At the end of the three event trail the top overall team who has fished all three events will win a travel/lodging stipend to attend the High School Fishing World Finals in Florence Alabama the Week of July 7th-11th.
“The Bass Federation and Ranger Boats have always had a terrific partnership” stated TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert. “These three individual dealerships exemplify the willingness of all Ranger dealers to get involved and help us grow the Sport of High School Fishing” added Gintert.
For more information on High School Fishing, go to highschoolfishing.org to start your school team and register for these great events.