Arizona State Championship

Arizona State Championship was held in Yuma Arizona, Martinez lake. 17 teams from around the state fished the event and the fish were plentiful for the student anglers. All 17 teams weighed in fish. Topping the scales from Yuma High Schools were Jonathan Parrish/ Brett Edington weighing in 17.71 pounds. Jaysen Brooks/ Brian Valasquez also of Yuma, weighed in 13.46 to claim second place. Aaron Cadena/ Ben Jackson, Yuma, brought to the scales 13.28 pounds. Big Fish of the tournament was 6.5 pounds caught by the Tristan Casaus/Matthew Jimenez team.

Great weather, great sponsors and great fishing made this an awesome day on the water for everyone.


Republic Wins Teen Anglers Event at Stockton

Courtesy of Lews –
Stockton, Mo.—Two of Republic High Schools neophyte anglers became emerging stars on their team by winning the Teen Anglers tournament April 11 at Stockton Lake.
Gerald Snook and Josh Perkins teamed up with boat captain Jerry Hamilton to win the high school event with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds. They also earned first big bass honors with a 6.49-pound largemouth.
“I am really proud of both of those kids because when they started they were rank amateurs,” said Republic Coach Jim Huson. “Not to say that they are experts at this point but they have developed in the program for the last two years and both of them have worked hard and their skills finally paid off for them.”
Both anglers caught all of their fish on a 1/4-ounce shaky head and a green pumpkin Strike King Zero that they retrieved with a lift-and-drop presentation. “We kind of stuck with rock ledges and stayed within 25 feet of water,” Snook said. “We would throw to the bank and let it fall off the rock ledges.”
Perkins claimed his partner carried their team. “He caught all of the keepers and I caught a bunch of 14-inchers and other shorts,” said Perkins.
Snook and Perkins were unable to practice for the tournament so they relied on tips from other Republic teammates who got on the water during the week. “We just came down this morning and fished,” Snook said. “We just kind of went off what everybody else was catching them on during the week.”
Coach Huson’s strategy of stressing teamwork at every tournament paid off for Snook and Perkins. “We try to share information throughout our whole team as far as what the bite is and then we kind of work from there,” Huson said. “So everybody is on the same page when we hit the water.”
Spokane High School’s Austin “Chase” Horton and Bradley Cloud took second place with a 12.70-limit and had third big bass with a 4.45-pounder. Horton said they caught all of their fish about 8 feet deep on sexy shad jerkbaits that they worked with a 15-second pause.
Third place went to the Nixa High team of Brett Linville and Evan Ouellette with a limit weighing 12.67 pounds. Fishing a jig and a tube bait “slow and steady,” they caught all of their fish keying on chunk rocks in dirty water about 5 to 8 feet deep, according to Ouellette.
Ozark High’s Dalton Combs and Joe Satterly placed fourth with an 11.14-limit. Combs noted they fished a Wiggle Wart crankbait and shaky head in the morning and switched to a jerkbait when the wind picked up later in the day. “We caught a lot in the morning and then it just died off after that,” he said.
Teen Angler Lake of the Ozarks champions Bryce Soske and Kaleb Lenhert finished fifth in this event with a 10.83 limit. “We were fishing jigs all day along riprap and about halfway back in the coves on windblown points,” Lenhert said. The Park Hill South High anglers found most of their fish in the 5- to 10-foot range.
The Ozark High team of Sawyer Collins and Brennan Banks weighed in a 5.87-pound largemouth that earned them second big bass honors.
The tournament drew 83 teams from 21 Missouri high schools. For the full results of the Stockton tournament, visit
The final regular season tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit will be held May 16 at Table Rock Lake.

Snook  Perkins 1st Place
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Republic High School anglers Gerald Snook (left) and Josh Perkins won the second tournament of the Teen Anglers circuit April 11 at Stockton Lake with a five-fish limit weighing 14.13 pounds.

Kentucky High School Athletic Association Region 2 Bass Fishing Regional Moved to Lake Cumberland

KHSAAFor additional information, please contact: Mark Gintert at 580.716.4251 or

or Allie Gibbs at 270.252.1594 or

April 14, 2015

Due to high water on Herrington Lake, the KHSAA Region 2 Regional has been moved to Lake Cumberland and will launch out of Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Tournament dates and times will remain the same. Below is the revised information:

Mandatory Registration & Check-in:

  • Friday, April 17, 6-7:30 p.m Central Time.
  • Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
    Launch Ramp (4 miles off US 127)
    6365 State Park Road
    Jamestown, KY 42629
  • Anglers, coaches and captains must attend.
  • Pretournament meeting immediately following registration.


Takeoff and Weigh-in:

  • Saturday, April 18
  • Takeoff: 8:00 a.m.
  • Weigh-in: 4:00 p.m.
  • Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
    Launch Ramp (4 miles off US 127)
    6365 State Park Road
    Jamestown, KY 42629

To view additional details and lodging information please click here.

Contact Mark Gintert at, Allie Gibbs at or Darren Bilberry at with any questions.

Texas Open has Venue Change

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Due to a scheduling conflict with one of the two venues planned for the two day, two lake, Texas Open event, both days of this year’s event will be held at Cassel Boykin Pavilion on Sam Rayburn reservoir in East Texas.

Anglers will have registration on Friday night at Jackson Hill Marina from 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Take off each day will be from Cassel Boykin Park at 6:00am with the weigh-in starting at 2:00pm each day. The two day cumulative total weight will determine the top three teams who will earn qualifying berths in the Southern Conference Regional Championship held in October in Pine Bluff Arkansas.

Complete details of this event are available at:

High School National Championship Contenders Converge on Grand Lake, Oklahoma April 25-26

High School National Championship Contenders
Converge on Grand Lake, Oklahoma April 25-26

High School Fishing LogoTen teams qualified from five High School Regional Conference Championships and are making their way to Grove Oklahoma next week to fish on the always productive Grand Lake. The lake should be in prime form for the young anglers at the 2015 High School National Championship as they compete for the grand prize of $10,000 in Scholarships to the college of their choice as well as national bragging rights!
For these teams and their coaches this process started in the spring of 2014 where each of them participated in either their respective state championships or one of the official TBF/FLW Open Championships. From each State Championship the top 10% of the field advanced to a Regional Conference Championship as well as the top three teams from each of the official Open events. At the Regional Conference level the top 10% of each conference advanced on to the National Championship at Grand Lake for the two day event April 25-26.
The full field will compete on Saturday April 25 and weigh in lakeside at Wolf Creek park, then the field will cut to the top five teams for Sunday’s final day and these teams will weigh-in live in front of the always big crowd of the FLW Beaver Lake Open just across the state line in nearby Rogers Arkansas.
Another perk of advancing to the National Championship is that all ten teams will be assigned a brand new Ranger Z520 Boat with the latest and greatest of electronics and equipment to use for both days compliments of Ranger Boats.
“Ranger was one of the first companies to recognize the positive values of High School Fishing and they had the foresight to see what this could do for the sport of fishing” stated TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert. “They have been in our corner every step of the way and putting these teams in the finest piece of boating equipment in the country is a very fitting way to cap off the journey for these anglers” added Gintert.
From the Northern Conference Regional the team of Kyle Harnack and Matthew Christopulos captured the Regional competition by taming a limit of bass from the Nanticoke and Wicomico Rives in Bethel Delaware last September.
Qualifying from the Central Conference Regional was the team of Chase Serafin and Anthony Gilmore from Michigan who pulled their win from the always demanding but highly rewarding waters of Lake Erie to win the event held in Huron Ohio.
The Southeastern Conference Regional was the largest by participation from across the Southern portion of the country and these anglers converged on Nickajack Lake in Tennessee. Four qualifying teams were led by the duo from North Carolina’s Bandy High School of KJ Queen and his partner Tyler Black who captured the title of conference champs at that event. Following close behind were Zeke Gossett and Ryan Shields from Alabama who are no strangers to the High School Tournament trail. Rounding out the field from the Southeastern Conference is the team of Saxton Long and Triston Crowder who will be carrying the banner for the State of Tennessee along with Jake Lee and Corey Brooks who also hale from the Volunteer state.
The Southern Conference program carries heavyweight states like Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma where High School fishing has soared in popularity. Leading the charge from that group is the team of Trevor Yates and Jacob Keenum who figured out the Red River in Shreveport Louisiana to advance on. This Oklahoma pair would have to be considered the hometown favorites since Grand Lake is in their state abet on the other side of it, so it is not exactly in their back yard. Also advancing was the team of Chase Meyers and Cole Swede from Arkansas. This team knows a thing or two about big events as well having competed in the always popular High School Fishing World Finals which was held in Russellville Arkansas for several years before heading to Florence Alabama for the 2015 summer classic. Rounding out the Southern Conference qualifier’s is another interesting story as Kansas’s own Cameron Pappan fished by himself to capture the third qualifying spot when his partner could not make the trip to Shreveport. He is no stranger to Grand Lake and would have to be considered an odd on favorite as well.
Rounding out the field is the Western Conference qualifier’s from Colorado the team of Josh Cundiff and Bradley Czosnyka who captured the western regional title at Clear Lake in California to advance on to Grand Lake. This team will join the club leader Sam Heckman who has qualified for the Adult TBF National Championship which will be held during the same week as the High School event.
On behalf of the TBF and FLW National Offices and staff we would like to wish all of these teams the very best of luck in their quest to be crowned NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!


You can follow the Saturday’s lakeside weigh in right here LIVE on the internet!

Sundays final day weigh in will be on

The Tennessee Bass Federation hosted its first statewide High School tournament, Petitt and Dyer take top honers

The Tennessee Bass Federation hosted its first statewide High School tournament on Ky Lake Saturday April 11.

The Ky Lake High School Open was held out of Pebble Isle Marina at New Johnsonville, TN. There were twenty four teams representing ten different schools. These angler were competing for first place awards of two $1000.00 scholarship stiffens to the school of their chose as well as plaques and rod and reels thru ten places.

1st Place Team Logan Petitt = Morgan DyerThe team of Logan Petitt and Morgan Dyer from the White House High School Bass Assassins took first place with 17.12 lbs, In second place with 14.07 lbs was the team of Condry Hyndman and Peyton Gibbs from Creek Wood High School. Third place went to Shannon Adikins and Blake Stephens with 13.15 lbs also from Creek Wood High School. Big Fish of the tournament 5.09 lbs went to Riley Hunter from White House High School.

For the full tournament results go to the TN Bass Federation web page


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Gabbard Brothers Lead Madison Central to Kentucky State Championship

Gabbard Brothers Lead Madison Central to State Championship

2015 KY Champions
Logan and Ethan Gabbard understand how the SAF High School Fishing program works and for the second year in a row they were the first team to register for the Kentucky SAF State Championship thus giving them boat position number one and first crack at their favorite fishing spots for the day. Since boat take off position is determined by registration date the two brothers and their boat captain (dad) led the 86 boat field out of Conley Bottom Marina on beautiful Lake Cumberland and they never looked back as they brought in a five fish limit that weighed in at 18lbs 3oz to win the Kentucky SAF State Championship and a trip to the Southeast Conference Regional at Lake Lanier in Georgia later this fall.
“We caught most of our fish on a combination of shaky heads and crank baits today” stated Logan, a senior who is the elder statesman of the brother duo. “We made a 30 minute run toward the dam first thing this morning trying to find a little cleaner water” added Logan. Ethan, who is a freshman, caught their largest fish in the bag, a 6lb 3oz largemouth which also happened to be the Lew’s Big Bass winner of the day on a shaky head.

KY Lew's Big Bass WinnerThe duo then took advantage of a size limit exemption that was granted to the event by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife which allowed the high school anglers to weigh-in both smallmouth and largemouth bass at the 15” size limit. The pair added a nice mix of both species to complete their winning bag. “We really want to thank Kentucky fish and Wildlife for doing that for us” stated Ethan. “We might not have won had that exemption not been in place”.

Finishing second was Logan Martin and Kyler Petrey from South Laurel High School who also put together a nice limit of fish that weighed in at 14lb 6oz to claim the runner-up spot and an invitation to the fall regional event in Georgia. Marcus Davis and Dalton Wooten from Corbin High School took the third spot with four nice Lake Cumberland Bass that weighed in at 12lb 13oz. The fourth place slot was also secured Corbin High School teammates Tanner Jordan and Christian Warren who had a limit of five that weighed in at 11lb 4oz to narrowly edge out the Madison Central duo of Ronald Neal and Ashton Glasscock who had 11lb 3oz to claim the fifth position. Sixth place went to Logan Lakes and Tristan Turner of Madison Southern High School who had four fish that weighed in at 11lbs, while the number seven spot went to another Corbin team of Tristan Jordan and Don Taylor who were right behind them with a 4 fish bag that weighed 10lb 10oz.
The eighth and final qualifying turned out to be an interesting situation in itself as the team of Will Blakenship and Brandon Huntzinger from Madison Central and Jeremy and Jordon Elliot from Corbin High School tied with 10lbs even. Both of those teams will advance to the regional completion with that fine effort.

Ky Regional Qualifers
The TBF/FLW State Championship Series advances the top 10% of each state championship field to the Regional Conference Championships. The top 10% of those regional fields will advance to the 2016 High School National Championship.
A special thanks goes out to Conley Bottom Marina and the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for their efforts to work with High School anglers and help in the effort to grow high school fishing across the state.


for full results check out the results page CLICK HERE

New Educational Fundraiser and Fun Times for High School Anglers!

Mud-H-blue-225x225The Student Angler Federation and Mudhole Custom Tackle has joined together to develop a NEW fun, educational and profitable fundraiser to offer all SAF, High School and Junior Clubs.
The opportunity to build and sell your very own HIGH quality custom rods as a club project and make BIG $$ for your club!

Properly completed rods from these kits should easily sell for $100-120 each.  (or keep the rods and fish with them yourselves!)

Just make a minimum order of 6 pieces and get started with FREE shipping! Send your order forms along with a check to TBF for processing and we will get your kits out to your door step!

Everything you need is available on the new order form listed under JOIN US and member forms and downloads link on the website site at
or ( CLICK HERE)  to download your order form and get started taking orders.


Park Hill South team wins first Teen Anglers tournament

Osage Beach, Mo. – Park Hill South High School anglers Bryce Soske (left) and Kaleb Lenhert won the inaugural event of the Teen Anglers Tournament Series by catching a 16.58-pound limit Saturday, March 28 at Lake of the Ozarks.

MO Teen AnglersMaking a 20-mile run on Lake of the Ozarks in snow and frigid temperatures paid off in a victory for Park Hill South High School anglers Bryce Soske and Kaleb Lenhert Saturday, March 28 at the Teen Anglers Tournament Series season opener.

Soske and Lenhert sacked up a five-fish limit weighing 16.58 pounds to top a field of  162 student anglers from across the state.  The duo’s winning pattern consisted of jerking suspending stickbaits along wind-blown secondary points from the 36- to 39-mile mark of the Osage arm.  Soske threw a Luck “E” Strike RC Stick in a black shadow hue and Lenhert jerked a black-and-silver Rapala suspending stickbait.

Park Hill South Co-Coach Gary Soske served as the boat captain for the winning anglers.  “I thought they did a fine job,” Gary Soske said. “They stayed focused and fished the entire time. Obviously the weather was brutal but they are experienced so they were prepared for it with the proper clothes.  The hands got cold a few times but that was about it.”

Lenhert said he likes fishing this time of year despite the cold weather. “It was the first tournament I had ever fished in the snow,” he said.  Catching fish all day helped the teen anglers forget about the cold.

Both anglers fish Lake of the Ozarks frequently since their families own lake houses there. They had fished the lake during their spring break and the weekend before the tournament. “It wasn’t our first day on the lake in that area,” said Coach Soske.  “We felt pretty confident going in. We knew where the fish were biting.”

The other top five teams winning trophies at Lake of the Ozarks were: Ross Thompson and Collin Kemp of Nixa High School in second place with a 16.34-pound limit; Ashley Ruggles and Garrett Moeller, Hillcrest High, third, three fish, 13.33; Cody Tumlin and Cameron Smith, Ozark High, fourth, 12.96 limit; and Corbin Mertgen and Heath Renno, Lincoln High, fifth, four fish, 12.65.

Winning big bass gift certificates from Sportsmans Warehouse were Dakota Pierce and Derrick Bushong of Ava High with the first big bass weighing 6.98 pounds; Mertgen and Renno, second big bass, 6.30; and Ruggles and Moeller, third big bass, 5.93.

The tournament was the inaugural event of the Teen Anglers Tournament Series and Tournament Director Randy Conlon said he was “ecstatic” about the turnout. “I thought it went excellent,” he said. “We had 22 school districts show up.  We were up close to 50 boats (before the tournament) and we took a lot more entries at the ramp.  We had put out a deadline, but we had some calls after that and we ended up taking 30-something teams at the boat ramp.”

The tournament director did have to solve a unique dilemma for one of the contestants before the takeoff.  Conlon said he “got tickled” by one girl who asked if he could stop the tournament at noon so she could leave and make it home in time for her prom.  He solved the problem by telling her she could either weigh in her fish early or leave early and let her partner continue to fish the rest of the day  “In 20 years (of holding tournaments) that is one question I have never been asked,” Conlon said.

For the full results of the tournament and more information on the Teen Anglers Tournament Series, visit

High School Anglers Fish for Their Future at Murray State Open

High School Anglers Fish for Their Future
Scholarships and conference tournament berths up for grabs at Kentucky Lake event
By Dominick Schenewerk

MURRAY, Ky. — High school anglers from across the Midwest braved chilly temperatures at Kentucky Lake Saturday in hopes of finding hot spots that would help advance them to the Southeastern Conference Championship on Lake Lanier this fall as well as help fund their college education.
The 150 high school anglers and their coaches awoke to an unusually cold spring morning to compete in the 2015 Murray State High School Fishing Open. Frost-covered decks, gear and tackle, frozen live wells and outboards reluctant to start were among the first challenges those aboard the 75 boats had to deal with at Kentucky Dam Marina.
The event honored the memory of Murray State University’s Dr. Jim Carter, one of the earliest proponents of High School Fishing as a state-sanctioned high school sport. Teams competed for a grand prize of $4,000 in scholarships to Murray State. The scholarships were provided by Independence Bank of Murray and FLW in partnership with the Murray State Bass Anglers.
Winning Team, Pattern and Lures
It’s said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but the month didn’t follow the script in its exit this year. High skies and a bitterly cold southeast wind challenged anglers to give it their best throughout the day. In the end three teams advanced to the conference championship, with two fortunate anglers going home with $2,000 each in scholarships.
Nathan Flener and Brandon Payne of Muhlenberg County High School were the top team with an 18-pound, 6-ounce limit. Flener and Payne are both juniors at MCHS, and were among six squads that represented the high school. Muhlenburg County High School Bass Fishing is in its third year as a sanctioned varsity sports team, and is the defending Kentucky High School Athletic Association Bass Fishing State Champion. Flener and Payne will fish the Southeastern Conference Championship on Lake Lanier Sept. 26 along with Alex Tomblinson and Hunter Purdy Madisonville of North Hopkins, who finished second Saturday with 17-14 (5 fish), and Billy Hardison and Alex Taylor of Muhlenberg County, who took third with 16-13 (5 fish).
Having a few years of experience fishing the north side of Kentucky Lake, Flener made clear what his plan for the tournament was the night before at the pre-tournament meeting. It took into account the cold snap, and included an umbrella rig and covering as much water as possible. The pair figured that bass would be cruising the banks in anticipation of the spawn, and that a presentation paralleling the shoreline would be their best bet. The only question was how close to the bank they would need to fish, and how deep brilliant sunshine would position the fish.
The two had a promising start with Payne boating a keeper on his second cast with the umbrella rig. Payne ran gold blades on his rig and Flener silver, with both using Reaction Innovation’s Skinny Dippers. The two soon caught two more keepers before a seeming disaster stuck.
Not a Bad Break After All
Their boat developed minor engine problems that their coach and boat driver was unable to remedy. Left without the means to hit various spots on Flener’s itinerary, the two had no choice but to idle to the nearest bay and grind it out. Flener and Payne spent the rest of the day fishing for bigger bass in the small cove not too far from the launch. As it turned out, the motor trouble wasn’t fatal to their plans. Not only did they finish up their limit, but they were able to cull in the early afternoon, then idle a full 30 minutes to reach the weigh-in.
“The boat trouble helped us because we then had to slow down and actually fish what we could that was close,” Flener says. “We couldn’t just run all over the place, and it made us slow down and focus on what we were doing.”
The bass they caught almost exclusively hit the gold-bladed rigs in the morning and the silver blades in the afternoon. Even so, the anglers were surprised that fish bit as early as they did – three keepers on the first spot.
“After we developed problems with the outboard, I just kept telling Brandon, ‘We can do it. We can do it,” Flener recalled. As it turned out, he was right.

Remembering Jim Carter
Until he died of cancer on Feb. 13, Dr. Jim Carter was a long-time administrator at Murray State University, most recently serving as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Carter was an iconic figure at Murray State and his roots at the university extend back to his years as an undergraduate there. Carter was a vigorous supporter of collegiate and high school fishing. He played an enormous role in the early stages of sanctioning high school fishing through the KHSAA. He also was instrumental in the formation of the Murray State Bass Anglers. Throughout his years of dedicated service to the surrounding community and undergraduate fishing, he deeply impacted the lives of countless students.
“Jim was one of our biggest supporters from the very beginning,” says Dave Washburn, FLW Vice President of Operations. “He immediately saw how college fishing and high school fishing could benefit schools, athletic associations, sponsors, host communities and, most importantly, students. We could not think of a better way to honor his contributions than to award a scholarship in his honor to the winners of the Murray State High School Fishing Open.”

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