Ponca City, Okla. (Feb. 2, 2011) – The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, announced it will be hosting the inaugural Student Angler Federation Arkansas High School Fishing State Championship, May 7 at Riverfront Park in North Little Rock, Ark. 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, opens online at HighSchoolFishing.org or by calling 580.765.9031 beginning Jan. 28. Registration is at 4:00pm on Fri., May 6 at Riverfront Park, Locust Street Pavilion, North Little Rock, Ark., with a mandatory rules briefing to follow at 6pm.
“The city of North Little Rock is thrilled to be hosting the Inaugural Arkansas Student Angler Federation High School State Bass Fishing Championship in April,” Sport and Special Events Coordinator, Shannon Harris, commented. “Bringing High School students from across the state to our city to compete is going to be a tremendous event for our city and the entire downtown area.”
Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioner, Ron Duncan, stated, “The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is extremely excited to be involved in bringing the Student Angler Federation State High School Bass Fishing Championship to North Little Rock. We think this is a wonderful opportunity to get students involved with the great sport of fishing and the enjoyment of the wonderful outdoor opportunities that our state has to offer.”
Students and parents can go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on joining the Student Angler Federation (SAF) and signing up for an event. Cost is only $25 a year and includes full TBF and FLW Outdoors member benefits, including unlimited 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. Ranger boats will be provided for the high school anglers to fish from at each regional championship, and 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 automatically qualify to fish the largest event in high school fishing, the 2011 High School Fishing World Finals, July 20-23 in Russellville, Ark., to compete for thousands in college scholarships and prizes. Start planning your vacation now! Each team that qualifies for a regional championship and the 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 entry fee for the state championship, which includes full TBF and FLW Outdoors membership benefits. Also, it’s a onetime fee, so you won’t have to pay to fish another SAF sanctioned event all year!
“We’re very excited to be working with the fine people in North Little Rock, commissioners from the Arkansas Fish and Game commission, as well as, the Arkansas TBF Federation to help bring this event to a state so rich in bass fishing history,” TBF National President, Robert Cartlidge, said. “It’s groups like these and our affiliated state federations that are the backbone of the industry; they’re on the ground doing the work to put on this event and give high school anglers in Arkansas a chance to grow their skills, have some fun, compete to advance, and get involved with other programs the Arkansas TBF Federation has to offer.”
High School anglers in Arkansas are fortunate to have the Arkansas TBF 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 this state with several Arkansas students participating last year in our High School Fishing World Finals held right down the road 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. All participants 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,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, said. “The Federation is driven by our desire to promote education through fishing. The testing component is designed to do exactly that. When you put this package together with our partnership with FLW Outdoors, the sky is the limit for these young anglers. They’ll have opportunities unlike anything the industry has ever seen.”
Event Specific Details:
- State Championship sign-up: rules & details at Highchoolfishing.org, call 580.765.9031 or contact the TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mandatory Check-in: Friday, May 6, 4-6 p.m. Central time, Riverfront Park, Locust Street Pavilion, North Little Rock, Ark. Rules briefing 6:00 p.m.
- Takeoff & Weigh-in: Saturday, May 7, Riverfront Park, North Little Rock, Ark., 6am take-off; weigh-in begins at 2:30pm.
About FLW Outdoors
FLW Outdoors is the largest fishing tournament 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 presented by Straight Talk, where competitors can play for free, as well as, sign up for Player’s Advantage to gain an edge. For more information about FLW Outdoors and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com.
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.