Kentucky coach is Hooked on Fishing!

StevenIt was 15 min until weigh in and we needed that last big kicker fish. Steven and his co-angler Corey Stephens have been catching fish all day but needed the last big one of the day to have a chance at placing in the Willisburg Lake Tourney. It was Stevens optimism in his favorite wacky rigged senko worm along a riff-raff wall of rock that got this 6.6 pounder to swing us into 2nd place. As their coach this was one of the coolest moments of the season so far. To watch young men be excited about landing a big one is pretty special. That’s what it’s all about, that’s why I got into this!

Mr. Andrew Black
Biology / Chemistry / Anatomy Room 314
Bass Fishing Coach
Fern Creek Traditional High School

California High School Open sponsored by Vista del Lago High School

Vista del Lago HSMarch 08, 2015

Vista del Lago High School Fishing Club Open Student Angler Federation Tournament

  • Folsom Lake California
  • Blast off-first light after National Anthem
  • Weigh-in-3:00 pm, Hobie Cove parking lot
  • Awards-following weigh-in
  • BBQ-following awards

Launch at Brown’s Ravine, Hobie Cove. Access to Brown’s Ravine is off Green valley Road between Folsom and El Dorado Hills.

The Vista del Lago High School Fishing Club is sponsoring its first-ever high school tournament. This is an open SAF high school tournament.

Folsom Lake is a State of California/Bureau of Land Management Lake. There is camping on the lake at Beals Point, State campground.

For more info contact:

Club Advisor, Jody Johns, 916-390-1075

Club President, Luke Johns, 916-934-3757

Show us your Big Bass!

Enter our High School angler “Big Bass” online contest
Two winners will get a graphite casting rod and a lure pack

big bassWe know many of you high schoolers have caught big bass and here’s the chance to brag about your catch. To enter is easy … simply “LIKE” our High School Facebook page and “COMMENT” your big bass weight on the post for this contest. Include a pic of the bass if you have one. We will draw 2 winners randomly from all who post. Both winners will receive a 7’ graphite casting rod and lure pack. The contest is open now and ends at midnight CT, Sunday, Dec. 21. Please join us for the fun at “HIGH SCHOOL FB!”

Future Fisherman Foundation launches fishing program for junior high school PE classes


PONCA CITY, Okla. (Dec. 15, 2014) - The Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) announces a new program called SUPERFISH that is designed to bring a four-week fishing curriculum into junior high schools and their physical education classes.

SUPERFISH will get its start as a 10-school pilot project, thanks to the BoatU.S. Foundation who is providing initial grant funding to F3 to help schools offset the cost of participation. After the pilot phase, the program will be refined to a final format and then made available to all interested junior highs.

“We have been working on the pieces of this program for a long time, but we now have it ready to go,” said F3 Executive Director Mark Gintert. “We built a program that is aligned to National Standards for Physical Education and condensed it into a four week module for the classroom. Our intent is to teach the fundamentals of fishing, as well as aquatic education and environment stewardship, to our target group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders, and then create a system of multiple fishing opportunities for them.

“We realize that at the end of the class not every student is going to want to continue on with fishing, but for those who do we have a format that leads them into a school fishing club where they can get those additional opportunities that they may otherwise miss out on. The program works well whether fishing from the bank or boats, and for all venues and species of fish. We just want kids to get outside and to the water’s edge where they can learn a host of lessons that can’t be experienced in a gym,” Gintert explained.

Gintert further explained that key partners have helped F3 bring the school fishing program to fruition, such as the BoatU.S. Foundation, and also Zebco and The Bass Federation.

Once the pilot program is completed, SUPERFISH will be made available to schools in a format that will allow them to bring it in at a low and manageable cost instead of having to constantly seek grants for funding.

“We have a unique fundraising feature built into the program that eliminates about 85 percent of the fishing program’s cost if a school is willing to do a little work,” Gintert added. “We’ve made SUPERFISH an exciting program for the kids and something that’s easy for schools to take and run with.”

Junior high schools interested in being one of the 10 schools involved in the pilot or wanting more information on SUPERFISH can contact Gintert at or by visiting


About the Future Fisherman Foundation

Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups, youth organizations and other educators dedicated to introducing America’s youth to angling, conservation and the outdoors lifestyle. F3 operates under The Bass Federation (TBF) umbrella of companies and is the official education arm of TBF. F3 is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Hunter Gadd and Jackson Williams win Bartow High School’s Bobby Lane Cup!

Winning an event like the Bobby Lane Cup once is hard enough but to repeat the feat in back to back years is even tougher!  But that is exactly what Hunter Gadd and his partner Jackson Williams did as they brought a 6 fish limit of 19lbs 1oz to the Camp Mack scales to win the 4th annual Bobby Lane Cup on Kissimmee Lake in central Florida. Last year Gadd teamed with Ryan Thomas to win the event. This year Williams joined him in the boat but the result was the same for Gadd, another victory to add to his impressive resume’.

Bobby Lane CupJust 5 ounces behind them with 18lbs 12oz the team of Harry Linsinbigler & Jason Wladyka from Strawberry Crest High School secured the runner-up spot in the event that drew anglers from across the state of Florida and a strong contingent from Central Kentucky who escaped the cold for a few days to enjoy the terrific fishing in the Kissimmee chain of lakes.

Finishing in 3rd Place was Forest High School’s Beau Clymer & Kyle Tomlinson 16lbs 15oz. They narrowly edged out the 4th place finishers from Lake Wales H.S. Steven Coleman JR & Riley Williams 16lbs 2oz. rounding out the top 5 was the team from Ft. Myers High School Travis Conrad & Ryan Burns 15lbs 12oz.

This event features the great combination of the Lane family and a host of volunteers as well as the team from Bartow High School who have worked diligently to build High School Fishing in the state of Florida. It also serves as a great warm up for the upcoming Florida SAF High School State Championship coming up on February 28th at Big Toho marina which is also on the same Kissimmee chain of lakes.

Houston Area High School Fishing Conference (HHFC)

November  15, 2014

HHFC top three Twelve schools fished in the second tournament in a series for the inaugural year of the conference.  Forty-two boat teams battled through windy forty degree temperatures to claim be number one.  Fighting through a dramatic change of weather twenty teams weighed in fish.  Despite boat problems which limited their time to fish, Michael Mahony and Braxton Benoit (boat captain Ken Mahony) of College Park won with four bass weighing 10.5 pounds.  HHFC continues to grow with additional high schools from Willis, Magnolia, Cy-Woods, Hargrave, Shepherd, and Huffman.   In their first tournament at Lake Conroe 33 boats from six different schools represent the field.  Chris Talley and Stephen Davis of Splendora brought the first place trophy home with an astonishing 19.5 pounds.  Chris Tally also landed the big bass of the day with 6.98 lbs.  Following up in second place from The Woodlands High School Grant Davis and Connor Whisenant brought in five fish weighing 13.85 pounds.  Find official results or to join check out their website

houston HHFC







HHFC Schedule

October 11th

Lake Conroe

StowAway Marina

November 15th

Lake Livingston

Waterfront Lodge

February 28th

Lake Conroe

StowAway Marina

March 28th

Lake Houston

Lake Houston Marina

April 18th (Championship Saturday )

Lake Livingston

Waterfront Lodge


SETX breaks High School Tournament Record with 371 boat field!

Jasper TX- Unseasonably warm temperatures, light winds, and fog greeted over 370 teams from 41 different high schools across the region last Saturday morning for the first event of the 2014-2015 SETX HS Fishing Association season at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. While the morning fog may have hampered travel times to prime fishing spots, the warmer temperatures had no one complaining.

At the Friday night safety meeting, tournament coordinator Clint Fountain said “We have over prepared for this tournament to make sure it goes off without a hitch, we know we have a challenge ahead of us tomorrow in making sure we provide as much for our kids and captains as possible”. With a record number of teams registered (372), SETX President Bryan Thomas said, “we know what is ahead of us tomorrow. Getting the kids back here safely, across the stage, and the fish back into the water are priorities for us. We are prepared and our volunteers have been an incredible help, we can’t thank them enough.”

SETX tournamentThe big question before the tournament was what kind of weight would it take to bring home 1st place on Saturday? Only time would tell. After sitting atop the Gopher Industry hot seat in front of over 2000 spectators for what seemed like forever, the team of Dawson Wainwright and Kyle Lewis were able to win by over one full lb to emerge victorious. Their stories and others below

First Place- 15.32 LBS -  Dawson Wainwright/Kyle Lewis- Woodville HS- “Perfect weather conditions were the key for us today” said Boat Captain Bryan Wainwright. “Everything just fell into place and we happened to be at the right time and place”. A late morning flurry that lasted about 15-20 minutes was the key in getting over 15 lbs of bass into the boat. The team from Woodville threw ¾ oz rattletraps to 10-15 feet depths in upper lake grass beds and edges to fill their live wells. The team wished to thank the following sponsors for their support of the Woodville HS fishing team: J. Michael Risinger (Attorney at Law), Dr Charles Spurlock DDS, Sitco Services, First Natl. Bank of Woodville, Rawling Signs, Tyler County Tractor Supply, Travis Weaver, Magnolia Appliances, Mike Thomas Trucking, Troy Carrell, Crystal Wainwright, the Woodville ISD Administration, and the entire SETX staff, sponsors, and volunteers.

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High School Fishing picks Alabama and Pickwick for 2015 World Finals

PONCA CITY, Okla. (Dec. 3, 2014) – The Bass Federation (TBF) and affiliated Student Angler Federation (SAF) announce that the prestigious High School Fishing World Finals will make a venue change in 2015 to Florence, Ala., on the legendary Pickwick Reservoir, following a successful five-year inaugural run for the event at Arkansas’ Lake Dardanelle.
The 2015 championship, July 6 – 11, is expected to again draw more than 100 teams from as many as 25 states, bringing together the best of the best in high school fishing.


HIgh school anglers from as many as 25 states are expected to be among the more than 100 teams competing in the 2015 High School Fishing World Finals, with the July 6-11 event to be hosted for the first time by Florence, Ala., and PIckwick Lake. (Click to view/download image)

HIgh school anglers from as many as 25 states are expected to be among the more than 100 teams competing in the 2015 High School Fishing World Finals, with the July 6-11 event to be hosted for the first time by Florence, Ala., and PIckwick Lake. (Click to view/download image)

“Florence/Lauderdale Tourism is very excited to bring the Student Angler Federation and its World Finals event to our area,” said Suzie Shoemaker, sports marketing coordinator for the tourism group. “The education and experience these young people receive through bass fishing is helping to shape them into incredible young adults. We are thrilled to have them and their families coming to our great city, and the summer event can’t get here fast enough for us!”
TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert agrees that Florence offers a great new venue for the SAF event.
“First, I’d like to recognize Russellville, Ark., for the their wonderful role in helping us build our High

School Fishing program into what it has become; they were terrific hosts,” said Gintert. “We see Florence continuing the momentum, serving up the ideal middle-of-the-country location and the iconic fishing setting of Pickwick Lake. The tourism team has been a great group to work with and they are genuinely interested in bringing family-oriented events to their city. Our family-focused event is a perfect fit.”

High School Fishing’s World Finals present one of the most unique and fair formats found in competitive fishing today. It is designed to give every team an equal chance to advance to Saturday’s final round of 21 teams.
Competition begins with anglers competing over the first two days against others from their own states. The top

two teams from each state then advance on to the semi-final round on day three.
Those who did not qualify for the semi-finals are placed

in a consolation round with yet another chance to still make it to the final day, much like how double elimination baseball tournaments work.
“Our kids are coming here to fish and we’re giving them a couple of different ways to make it all the way. Regardless of where a team finishes, everybody enjoys their time during championship week,” Gintert added.
Online registration for the 2015 championship opens January 15 at Additional details about the event and future updates can also be found on the same web site.


2nd Annual Pulaski County/ Southwestern High Schools Winter Tournament

High School Fishing LogoDate: January 10th

Location: Lake Cumberland, Kentucky

Launch: Burnside Island

Entry fee: $25

Tournament hours: 8:00-2:00

5 fish Limit

Trophies for 1st 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded.


This is a fundraiser for Southwestern and Pulaski County Schools.

For questions call or text:

Barry Strunk 606-305-7885

Mark Morgan 606-275-9867

Future Fisherman Fundraiser Benefits Youth Programs and Holiday Shoppers

F3PONCA CITY, Okla. (Nov. 13. 2014) – The Future Fisherman Foundation announces its annual online auction is scheduled for Dec. 1 – 8, and once again boasts an impressive lineup of outdoor products and guided fishing trips, fresh and saltwater, with the door still open for more to be added.

The important fundraiser for the non-profit organization is managed on eBay and helps support Future Fisherman’s “Ensuring the Future of Fishing” mission and its legendary programs like “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” and “Physh Ed.”

The auction opens at 8 a.m. CST, Dec. 1. Participation is easy, requiring only an online visit to, clicking on the “F3 Auctions” tab, and following the links to the eBay non-profit auction site for viewing and bidding on Future Fisherman’s list of items.

A top prize repeating from last year’s successful event is a lunch outing with Ranger Boats’ icons Forrest and Nina Wood in Flippin, Ark. Accompanying the lunch package is a half-day fishing trip on nearby Bull Shoals Lake, with the guide handpicked by the Ranger founder.

“The number and quality of fishing trips from all across the country on the auction list are amazing, with many being hosted by top professional anglers and fishing celebrities,” said Future Fisherman’s Mark Gintert. “The donated products are equally impressive, ranging from lure assortments to rod and reel outfits to foul weather gear to top-of-the-line electronics. With holiday season gift-buying top of mind for many right now, this is definitely a put-it-on-the-calendar activity.”

The Future Fisherman auction closes at 5 p.m. CST, Dec. 8. Gintert said the prizes are awarded in a timely manner after the auction’s end so that those who have purchased them as gifts will have them in time for Christmas.

Gintert also said the Foundation is still accepting donations for the auction too. Those interested in providing fishing trips, products and memorabilia can make contact by e-mailing

All proceeds from the auction help the Future Fisherman Foundation’s efforts to engage youth in positive lifestyle programs such as fishing and getting them involved in the great outdoors.

Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups and youth organizations.

Although youth focused, the efforts help people of all ages have safe and enjoyable fishing experiences while also fostering conservation ethics.

The Future Fisherman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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