The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW, has announced that the 2012 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Illinois High School Fishing State Championship will be held Sunday, June 24 on Lake Shelbyville at the 9th Street Ramp in Shelbyville, Ill.

The tournament is open to all Illinois ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, including home schooled students, that are Student Angler Federation members. SAF membership cost $25 per year and includes a digital subscription to FLW Bass Fishing magazine, insurance coverage while competing in SAF events (including the option to add a school as additionally insured), an exclusive online fishing education program, discounts on Coast Guard approved boater safety courses and many other benefits. Students 16 and older are also eligible to win great prizes in the monthly FLW Giveaway.

The Illinois High School Fishing State Championship is a two-person team event. Multiple teams representing the same school are encouraged. Registration for teams and their “coach,” who will provide a boat and accompany the team on the water, is open online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Join FLW for the Walmart Bass Fishing League weigh-in at the 9th Street Ramp in Shelbyville at 2:30 p.m. on June 23. Onsite registration for the Illinois High School Fishing State Championship will begin immediately following weigh-in at approximately 5 p.m. followed by the rules meeting at approximately 5:30 p.m. All teams are encouraged to register online in advance to avoid late onsite registration fees.

The winning team will advance to a High School Fishing Conference Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Conference Championship this fall. Conference Championship winners then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2013. Each member of the winning team at the High School Fishing National Championship will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Each team that qualifies for a conference and/or national championship will receive a travel allowance to help offset expenses.

All SAF members and state championship participants also qualify for the largest event in High School Fishing, the 2012 High School Fishing World Finals, where they will compete for thousands of dollars in college scholarships and prizes.

2012 Illinois High School Fishing State Championship Details:

Online Registration: Register online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Boat numbers are determined by registration date, so don’t delay. A $25 late registration fee applies to those registering onsite.

Onsite Registration: All teams must check-in Saturday, June 23 following the Walmart BFL weigh-in at approximately 5 p.m. at the BFL Trailer located at the 9th Street Ramp,Shelbyville,IL62565. A mandatory rules briefing will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, June 24 at the 9th Street Ramp,Shelbyville,IL62565. Takeoff is at 7 a.m. and weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m.

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