TBF Youth

TBF Junior Anglers Program


One of the oldest and most productive programs that the Bass Federation has ever had is the TBF Junior Angler Program it was started by 4 state federations in 1994 and has grown into a nationwide program. Reformatted by popular demand, all TBF Junior events are 2 person TEAM tournaments and the TBF Junior World Championship (JWC) has be expanded to 2 days of competition before the cut day to the day 3 finals

Young anglers who are in the 8th grade or less on the day of their LAST state federation Junior qualifier (The day they qualify) can join as a TBF Junior members and fish as a team with a buddy from their own boats with their own boat captains! We have active state Junior Programs in almost every state across the country and 1 team advances to the Junior World Championship for every 10 unique teams that fish any State Federation junior program. (so (1) for 1-10, (2) for 20, (3) for 30 etc.) AND – 1 team advances for every 20 unique teams from any other (non-state federation) TBF sanctioned (by national office) JUNIOR trail. Any junior program must have a minimum of 6 active Junior members to participate.

These junior anglers fish in local club & state tournaments and participate in fundraising and conservation projects just like the adults do.

The competitive branch of this program allows the anglers to attend their sanctioned Junior State events and attempt to qualify for the annual TBF Junior World Championship (JWC) out of their own boat with their own boat captain for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes! The bigger your program is the more teams can advance.

If you’re interested in getting involved, see our “FAQ info” page on how to start a Junior Club, or contact us for more information on the Junior Angler Program in your state.

For a copy of the Official Junior World Championship Rules Click Here

Reel Kids

The Bass Federation and its member states have implemented a casting skills accuracy challenge for young anglers across the country!

“The Reel Kids Program” is in many cases the first opportunity that many kids have to be introduced to the great sport of fishing. At events like sport and outdoor shows across the country and in many schools these programs are giving kids the chance to experience what it is really like to handle a fishing rod and reel. They test their skills in the art of Casting, Flipping, and Pitching a plastic jig to a very colorful target.

This program is organized and operated at the state level only. By a vote of the Federation Presidents each state decides at what level they wish to advance the program. Many states advance kids from individual events to a State Championship while others choose only to run the event at the local level and put more emphasis on just getting as many kids as possible involved!

Regardless of what level each state chooses, this program consistently achieves its goal of exposing kids from 8 to 15 years of age to the great sport of fishing!!

If you’re interested in bringing one of these events to your area please contact the TBF National Office, 580-765-9031.

Student Angler Federation (SAF) – High School Fishing Program

This program utilizes a high action YouTube video with some outstanding underwater footage to get students excited about fishing. Educators like this program because it highlights how the basic elements of education, math, science and language arts, are used by anglers out on the water every day. We also show some of the ever increasing career opportunities being created through the sport of fishing.

The great thing about this portion of the program is that it is absolutely free to any school or youth group that wants to participate.

Our end result is that we want to encourage students to form a school fishing club so they can experience this sport first hand.

For more information, email info@highschoolfishing.org or  visit HighSchoolFishing.org

Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA)

BoatUS_Cabelas_CBF_Series_logo_RGBIt just takes 6 members of your college student body to form a club and fish at the collegiate level! There are hundreds of clubs across the country already. Contact us to see if you can join one, or start one! Visit the ACA tournament series site.

For any information regarding youth activities within your state, please contact your state’s youth director – listed at the top of this page.