PONCA CITY, Okla. — The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, announced it will be hosting the inaugural, joint Student Angler Federation Colorado and New Mexico High School Fishing State Championship on Saturday, Oct. 8, at South Shore Marina in Lake Pueblo State Park, Pueblo, Co. The state championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12.
Registration for high school anglers and their “coach,” who will provide the boat they compete in, is open online at HighSchoolFishing.org or by calling (580) 765-9031. Check-in is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at Pueblo State Park Visitors Center in Pueblo, Co. Mandatory rules briefing will follow at 6 p.m. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online or by phone in advance. The event winners from each state will advance to a regional event.
“The Colorado Bass Federation is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the growing movement to bring High School Fishing to the forefront in this state,” Colorado TBF Youth Director Sam Heckman commented. “We want to invite every high school angler in both Colorado and New Mexico to participate and find out how much fun this is. Also, to learn how to get a school club started when they get back home to their local schools.”
Students and parents can go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation (SAF) and to sign up. Cost is only $25/ year and includes full TBF and FLW Outdoors benefits, including access to the all-new FLW Outdoors Magazine e-Edition and insurance coverage for students and their club. The winning two-person team from each state championship will advance to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing Regional Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championship hosted on a college campus this fall. The winners from each regional will advance to the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held on a college campus in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2012. All SAF members and state championship participants qualify for the largest event in high school fishing, the 2012 High School Fishing World Finals to compete for thousands in college scholarships and prizes. Each team that qualifies for a regional and/or national championship will receive a travel allowance to help offset expenses. The High School Fishing National Championship winner’s will also each receive a $5,000 scholarship to use at the university of their choice.
If you’re not an SAF member, there’s a $25/per angler fee for the state championship, which includes full TBF/FLW Outdoors membership benefits, and the onetime fee covers all SAF-sanctioned events all year!
“We’re very excited to be working with the Colorado Bass Federation and Lake Pueblo State Park Visitors Center to bring this dual state event to the Lake Pueblo State Park,” TBF National President Robert Cartlidge said. “Our affiliated state federations are the backbone of the industry; they’re on the ground doing the work to put on these types of events and give high school anglers a chance to grow their skills, have some fun, compete to advance, and get involved with other programs the Colorado Bass Federation has to offer.”
“High School anglers in are fortunate to have the Colorado Bass Federation well established in this state and eager to help with this event, which promises to be a great one,” TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert commented. “Our Student Angler Federation has a great start in Colorado with several state students participating in our High School Fishing World Finals this year held in Russellville, Arkansas. I’m sure they’re ready to show everyone in the state how far they’ve come as anglers.”
Another unique feature of an SAF sanctioned event is the “angler testing” component. Anglers can take a free online test at HighSchoolFishing.org about boater safety, conservation and angler ethics, which makes them eligible for contingency awards at their state championship. “It’s an industry first by TBF and a tremendous way to emphasize the importance of education to these student anglers,” Gintert commented. “The Federation is driven by our desire to promote education through fishing and the testing component is designed to do exactly that. Put this package together with our partnership with FLW Outdoors and the sky is the limit. These young anglers will have opportunities unlike anything the industry has ever seen.”
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 40 years. Visit Bassfederation.com.
About FLW Outdoors
FLW Outdoors is the largest tournament-fishing organization in the world, offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 191 tournaments in 2011. FLW Outdoors has taken fishing mainstream with the world’s richest fantasy sports game, FLW Fantasy Fishing at FantasyFishing.com, where competitors can play for free as well as sign up for Player's Advantage to gain an edge.