The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, and the West Virginia Bass Federation announced it will host the 2012 Student Angler Federation (SAF) West Virginia High School Fishing State Championship. The event will be held Saturday, June 30 and will return to Marion County and the Monogahela River in Fairmont, W.Va., launching out of Pricket’s Fort State Park.
The championship is a two person team event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their “coach,” who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Check-in begins at 5:30pm EST on Friday, June 29 at the Clarion Inn, in Fairmont, W.Va., with a mandatory rules briefing to follow at 7pm. We highly encourage all teams to preregister online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.
“Marion County is absolutely thrilled to be hosting the 2nd annual West Virginia High School Fishing State Championship!” Group Sales Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Marion County, Leisha Elliott, said. “This is a great opportunity for us to draw families from around the state to our area and show them once again what a great vacation destination we have to offer.”
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 Conference Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Conference Championship. Those winners will advance to the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2013. 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 of dollars in college scholarships and prizes. Each team that qualifies for a conference and/or national championship will receive a travel allowance to help offset expenses. The National Champions 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, which includes full TBF/FLW Outdoors membership benefits for the year, as well as, free entry to ALL SAF sanctioned events!
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,” TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, commented. “The Federation is driven by our desire to promote education through fishing and the testing component is designed to do exactly that. We also offer all TBF/SAF members 11 free online training courses in our member’s only online store with Faculty of Fishing’s angler advantage program. Put this package together with all the programs our affiliated state federations like the West Virginia Bass Federation have to offer, and our partnership with FLW Outdoors, and the sky is the limit,” Gintert continued. “These young anglers and their families have opportunities unlike anything the industry has ever seen.”
State Championship sign-up: PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at HighSchoolFishing.org. Boat numbers are determined by date registered. A $25 late registration fee applies to those registering at check-in. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org.
Mandatory Check-in: Friday, June 29, 5:30-7pm EST, at the Clarion Inn located at 930 E. Grafton Rd., Fairmont, WV 26554; Rules briefing to follow at 7pm.
Takeoff & Weigh-in: Saturday, June 30, at Pricket’s Fort State Park, Rt. 3 Fairmont, WV, 26559; Takeoff is at first light and weigh-in times will be announced at the Mandatory rules briefing. Questions? 580-765-9031
Host Hotel: Clarion Inn, 930 E Grafton Rd., Fairmont, WV 26554. Call 304-366-5500 for reservations and ask for the West Virginia High School Championship group rate of $65.