2016 High School Fishing Registration Opens January 1

Lake Okeechobee Open on January 17 is taking registrations Now!

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The 2016 high school fishing schedule is almost finalized and registration for events opens Friday, January 1. The schedule kicks off with the Okeechobee Open in Florida on January 17. Registration for this event is already open and we encourage teams to start registering.

Okeechobee LogoGo to Highschoolfishing.org; tournaments; state championship, or click the link HERE.  Then, click register next to your event.

Once again, for both the State Championships and the five National Opens, the order of registration determines the take-off order for participating teams. So, sign up early and secure an early take off position.

“The opener on lake Okeechobee falls perfectly on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend so a lot of teams can take a trip to south Florida and have an extra travel day to get home,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. “Add a chance to fish one of the most famed bodies of water with an early qualifying spot to the fall Conference Championship and you’ve got an exciting event.”

Anglers are reminded they must fish the State Championship in the state in which they go to school. Also, there’s no qualification necessary for the State Championships, National Opens or the most prestigious of them all, the High School Fishing World Finals; all SAF members are welcome.

The remaining National Open lakes include Lake Hartwell in February, Kentucky Lake in March, Grand Lake in April and Wheeler Lake in May. For other tournament dates and locations visit highschoolfishing.org.

The Student Angler Federation (SAF) continues to lead the high school fishing movement with the largest participation of youth anglers across the country and Canada because of the joint efforts of The Bass Federation and FLW.

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Elite Anglers fishing Club from Oklahoma

Elite Anglers

Club Began :  November 18, 2015

School name & Mascot :  Moss School Pirates

City/State:  Holdenville, OK

Club Email :  liprippers93@gmail.com

Club Advisor :  Johnny Babb & Jay Thompson

Club President :  Colton Thompson

Number of members :  8

How often does your club meet?  Once a week or once every two weeks

How did your club get started?  Several kids wanted to do it & Johnny Babb came & talked to us to set it up

Club’s favorite lake & why?  Eufaula Lake, because there are endless places to fish

Describe TBF tournaments, community service and/or conservation projects your club has or plans to have?

Working with some local people with non-vegetation ponds

Volunteer boat captains?


Tell us something unique about your club?

We are all just a bunch of buddies wanting to do what we love!


Future Fisherman Auction Ends Sunday!

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Terrific Christmas Gifts Await in Future Fisherman Foundation Auction

The Future Fisherman Foundation once again brings a terrific selection of fishing trips and merchandise for the fishing community. But, don’t wait too long to place a bid as the auction ends on Sunday, December 6!
Great fishing experiences include trips with top pros like Fred Rombanis, Larry Nixon, Scott Suggs and reigning Bassmaster Classic Champion, Casey Ashley!
Want to find out how to catch lunker Walleye’s? Try a trip with Berkley Pro Korey Sprengel. Fishing with these top professionals is a once in a lifetime opportunity so don’t miss your chance! Click HERE to bid now!
Interested in top fishing gear and merchandise? See the custom autographed sub-laminate jersey’s from Classic Champion Casey Ashley and Randy Howell, as well as, tackle packages from Wally Marshall and TTI Blakemore.
The Future Fisherman Foundation Auction benefits programs like Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs all while offering a terrific gift opportunity for those who are all hard to buy for!
But remember the auction ends on Sunday, December 6 so don’t hesitate; BID NOW!


Winning team Justin Rusciolelli and Kevin Cardenas, Student Division

Winning team Justin Rusciolelli and Kevin Cardenas

“Blast off” was more like an “Idle off” at the “DELTA TEEN TEAM OPEN” tournament on the California Delta on November 22, 2015 due to cool and foggy conditions. A large field of 76 Junior and Student Anglers in 38 boats, made anticipation and enthusiasm high for the opportunity to compete and the Delta did not disappoint. Teams traveled for this event from Fresno, Folsom, Vacaville, Placerville, Clear Lake, San Jose, and other areas to compete with the local anglers on the Delta. Many anglers had to wait for the fog to lift in the late morning hours to travel to their favorite water. A 1pm weigh-in evened the playing field for local sticks that had to fish secondary waters.

In the Student Angler division, traveling team Justin Rusciolelli and Kevin Cardenas from Vista del Lago High School in Folsom, CA, won first place with a total weight of 13.61 lbs anchored with a GIANT kicker fish of 8.83 lbs to secure the Big Fish honors as well. Delta Teen Team locals Trevor Gillilan and Justin Blevins captured second place with 12.46 lbs. Josh Gonzales and Garrett Bradshaw, also from Delta Teen Team won 3rd place with 12.24 lbs. in what proved to be a very close race.

In the Junior Angler division, Jullian Roa captured First Place and Big Fish with a total weight of 8.51 lbs and a big fish of 3.99 lbs. Miles Kaneko finished in Second Place with 6.38 lbs, and Michael Alaga secured 3rd Place with 5.88 lbs.

Awards ceremony and raffle followed a picnic style BBQ lunch provided for Anglers, Parents, and Boaters.


Border Bass Adult & Youth Tournament

When: December 12th, 2015
Where: Wildwood Boat Landing
Time: Safe Light to 3pm
Who: Any adult willing to participate in taking out one youth angler and any youth angler currently affiliated with a Youth Fishing Team.
Adult Boat Captain Sin-up: Sign-up for this tournament will only be at The Tackle Shop. You may call if you wish to have name and number added to the sign-up list. 706-432-8225
Youth Angler Sign-up: All youth anglers should have adult team representative contact Tournament Director (Joey Bruyninckx) with list of anglers to participate by COB December 9th. Angler entries will be taken on a first come first serve basis, should there not be enough boat captains, the last taken will be the first dropped.
Objective: This tournament was originally designed to pit the SC Youth teams against the GA Youth teams. It has grown over time and is now open to all youth teams within the two states (GA & SC). The purpose is to provide an opportunity for our youth to fish with different adult anglers one on one in hopes to learn more about the sport and Clarks Hill in general. The adult anglers will be participating in a separate pot of money competing only against the other adult anglers. The youth will also be competing against the other youth participants for prizes being provided by each youth team participating and a smaller pot of money. The youth money pot will be awarded to the overall team that finishes with the most aggregate weight. This tournament is only possible with the help from the adult fishing community and is very much appreciated by the youth and teams alike.
Adult entry fee: $40
Youth entry fee: $10
Adult Payout: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Big Fish
Youth Payout: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Big Fish
– An additional $100 will be awarded to the boat captain whom has the youth angler that finishes in 1st place.
Boat Pairings: On Thursday evening December 10th @ 6 pm at The Tackle Shop a random draw will be held to pair one adult angler up with one youth angler. The draw will also dictate the blast off order. It is highly encouraged that all youth anglers be prepared to compensate the boat captain with fuel money in the amount of $30.
Tournament Rules: Clark Hill Committee rules will be followed
Tournament Director: Joey Bruyninckx 706-564-9583/ joey.bruyninckx@pcsnitrogen.com
• All entry fees will not be collected until Thursday December 10th and or the morning of the tournament.
• Phone numbers of the youth angler and the adult captain will be shared on December 10th at the draw. It is the responsibility of these two anglers to make arrangements with each other.
• Signing the attached sheet represents your commitment to participating in taking out one of our youth anglers.
• It is very possible that there will end up being a couple adult anglers that will be competing in the adult side of the tournament that will not have a youth angler. This is done to ensure we have a few extra boat captains to cover each of our youth anglers, should a boat captain not show the morning of or have an emergency. This is done to ensure fairness to all the boat captains that have committed to volunteering their time. The draw will dictate whom these extra captains will be.
• Adult boat captain sign-up for this tournament will end at COB on December 9th.

Noah Pescitelli Signs National Letter of Intent with SCAD

Noah Signing PictureCoach Isaac Payne from the Savannah College of Art and Design continues to build his collegiate team with the addition of Noah Pescitelli from Mill Creek High School in Buford, Ga.

“The addition of Noah to our team is a very exciting” Payne said. “He’s a very creative guy, accomplished angler and has already become an entrepreneur with his KickinTheirBassTV.com site. He has a very big following and our Advertising/Marketing program should be a perfect fit for him.”

SAF’s partner’s in fishing at FLW recently published an article on Pescitelli citing, “with more than 188,000 combined likes, followers and subscribers gained through Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, which he accumulated in about two and a half years, Pescitelli’s social media reach is comparable to that of seasoned bass fishing pros and other industry media. His reach is also appealing to sponsors, including the likes of Ranger Boats, Ridged Industries, Abu Garcia and Under Armour.”

“I’m really looking forward to getting started with SCAD,” high school senior, Pescitelli said. “My scholarship is a combination of athletics and academics which I’m very proud. I plan to major in Advertising and Marketing and I think the fact they have that major in a school that specializes in art and design is going to be very exciting,” Pescitelli continued. “I want to continue to grow my small business centered around the fishing industry while getting my college education and this opportunity gives me the platform to do that; I can’t wait to get started!”

Pescitelli has racked up several accomplishments in both the fishing industry and beyond, including starting his own high school fishing team and finishing 17th out of 180 anglers at SAF’s High School Fishing World Finals, among several other fishing titles.

SAF is proud to have played a little part in his journey and excited for how high school fishing continues to pave the way towards better educations and futures for young anglers.

2016 TBF/FLW High School National Championship to run alongside TBF’s Federation National Championship and FLW Tour event for second year in a row

Queen and BlackPONCA CITY, Okla. (Nov. 19, 2015) – The Bass Federation, FLW and the Student Angler Federation are pleased to announce the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce and Kimberling City, Mo., will host the 2016 High School Fishing National Championship on April 16-17.

“We’re thrilled The Bass Federation, FLW and the Student Angler Federation have chosen Kimberling City on Table Rock Lake to host its National Championship events,” Executive Director of Table Rock Chamber of Commerce, Sheila Thomas, stated. “Our community is very excited to welcome these great organizations and all of their anglers next April.”

The High School National Championship is two full days of competition between the top twelve qualified high school anglers in the country and will run alongside two of the industry’s premier events. The full field will fish on Saturday, April 16 and the weigh in will be on the same stage as the final day of the largest grassroots fishing event in the nation, the 2016 TBF Federation National Championship. Both events will be held on Table Rock Lake launching out of Port of Kimberling in downtown Kimberling City. Then, the field will be cut for Sunday’s final round. The finalist will share the stage with the top pros in the nation at the nearby Walmart FLW Tour event and weigh-in at the FLW Expo at Prairie Creek Recreation Area in Rogers, Ark.

“Table Rock is unique in that it has something for everyone no matter what part of the US they call home,” TBF National President, Robert Cartlidge, said. “The nearby attractions are second to none; it’s a great place to host these championship events.”

High School Fishing National Championship qualifiers have fished through a state championship and one of five conference regional championships to earn the opportunity to compete for a $10,000 college scholarship. Last year was the first year to harness the excitement, glitz and glamour of the TBF’s Federation National Championship, an FLW Tour event and the High School National Championship all at once and it was a great success.

“We’re very excited to once again be partnering with FLW and Ranger boats to provide our SAF anglers with a unequaled and terrific championship event,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, said. “Our success with last years’ event was unprecedented as all of our championship high school teams were provided matching Ranger boats to fish from and weighed in alongside two world class events. That’s something a high school angler could have only dreamed about a few short years ago!”

For more information about the Student Angler Federation, (SAF), visit highschoolfishing.org or call 580-765-9031. Look for SAF on Facebook at Facebook.com/hsfishing and on twitter at @hsfishing

For more information about the Table Rock area, contact Sheila Thomas, Table Rock Chamber, 417-739-2564. If you plan to travel in the months leading up to the event to practice, visit visittablerocklake.com for accommodation info. More information will be provided by TBF on lodging for the event itself.


About TBF
The Bass Federation Inc. is the oldest and largest, organized grassroots angling organization in America. TBF is 100 percent owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. 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 the foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for nearly 45 years. For more information about TBF or High School Fishing visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and look for us on Facebook and YouTube.

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.

2015 Future Fisherman Auction to include legendary Forrest L. Wood, Forrest Wood Cup Winner, Scott Suggs, and Classic Champion, Casey Ashley

SuggsPONCA CITY, Okla. (November 17, 2015) – The Future Fisherman Foundation announced today its annual online auction is scheduled for November 30-December 7. The auction will once again boast an impressive lineup of outdoor products and guided fresh and saltwater fishing trips.

This year’s event is headlined by a half day fishing trip with Forrest Wood Cup $Million Dollar Winner, Scott Suggs and reigning Classic Champion and Quantum Pro, Casey Ashley, plus lunch with Ranger Boats founder, Forrest L. Wood. They all offered to support the event that powers programs like Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, and now interested bidders have a chance at once in a lifetime trips with fishing royalty!ashley_casey_1

“The number and quality of fishing trips from across the country on this year’s list are amazing, with many being hosted by top professional anglers and fishing celebrities,” Future Fisherman’s, Mark Gintert, said. “The thought of winning a trip with reigning Scott Suggs or Casey Ashley is unbelievable. Add in a potential lunch date with Forrest Wood and you have the making of a very special event for the F3 Foundation,” Gintert 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.

The auction opens at 8am CST, November 30 and runs for seven days.. Participation is easy; visit www.futurefisherman.org and click on the “F3 Auctions” tab. Then, follow the links to the eBay non-profit auction site for viewing and bidding on the items.

The prizes are awarded after the auction’s end so those who have purchased them as gifts will have them in time for Christmas.

woodThe Foundation is still accepting donations for the auction. Those interested in providing fishing trips, products and memorabilia or who have questions can email info@futurefisherman.org or call 580-765-9031.

All proceeds from the auction help the Future Fisherman Foundation’s efforts to engage today’s youth in positive lifestyle activities like fishing and 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.

Like us on Facebook for the latest updates on listed items and all things, F3!

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

Berkley High School Fishing Club! Sign up today!

IT’S time to get your fish on with the Berkley High School Fishing Club.

Run to the nearest computer or cell phone and sign up today.
All junior and senior high students, ages 13 to 19, are invited to join. You do not have to be on a fishing team.
Here is your chance to participate in an online interactive fishing program, earn points and redeem for great rewards.
The prizes are bigger and better this year including .

Student Angler of the Year: (Student who earns most individual points) win $500 in fishing product from Berkley® and/or Abu Garcia®
Senior Angler Scholarship: $500 college scholarship from Berkley® to the top graduating senior
Best Student Angler (per region): The student with the most individual points in their region will win a Custom Berkley® Jersey with your name on it from Gemini Sports.
Student Angler of the Month: Each month the student with the most individual points will earn an Abu Garcia® Revo Toro® Reel.
Best Recruiter: One Berkley® Spinning or Casting Rod – The student in each region who brings the most new members (referrals) to the program will win the Berkley E-Motion spinning or casting rod.

Coaches – we have not left you out. You can earn rewards for your team AND for yourself.
Let the Berkley High School Fishing Challenge begin.

To Get Started CLICK HERE

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