The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, and the Wisconsin Bass Federation announced it will host the 2012 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Wisconsin High School Fishing State Championship. The event will be Sunday, August 26th on the Chain of Lakes near Madison, Wisc., launching out of the boat landing at Lake Farm 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 5:30 a.m. at the boat landing at Lake Farm Park, with a mandatory rules briefing to immediately follow. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online in advance to avoid late registration fees.

“We’re very excited to have FLW Outdoors and The Bass Federation partner with the Wisconsin Bass Federation to promote the SAF Wisconsin High School Fishing State Championship on the Madison Chain this year,” Wisconsin TBF President, Mike Simonds said. “It will be quite an experience for all the youth anglers and we are thrilled to host this event!”

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. 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 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 Wisconsin 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.”

Event Details:

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, Takeoff & Weigh-in: August 26 – Check-in at 5:30am at the boat landing at Lake Farm State Park, Takeoff at 6:30am. Weigh-in at 2pm at Lake Farm State Park, Shelter #2. Questions? mitch@highschoolfishing.org or 580-765-9031

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