The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW and The Anderson County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today it will host the 2013 Student Angler Federation (SAF) South Carolina High School Fishing State Championship on Saturday, March 16. The event will be held in Anderson County on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C., launching out of Portman Marina.

The state 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 takes place from 6:30-8pm EST on Friday, March 15 at The Quality Inn in Anderson, S.C., with a mandatory rules briefing to follow at 8pm EST. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.

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 benefits, including FLW Magazine e-Edition and insurance coverage for students and their club. The state champions from each state will advance to an FLW/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship. Conference winners will advance to the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held in conjunction with the FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2014. All SAF members nationwide and all state championship participants automatically qualify for the largest event in high school fishing, the 2013 High School Fishing World Finals.  At these events, students will compete for thousands in college scholarships and prizes. Each team qualifying for a conference and/or national championship will receive a travel allowance to help offset expenses. The National Champions will also receive a $5,000 scholarship each to use at the university of their choice.“The Anderson CVB is please to host the 2013 South Carolina High School Fishing State Championship,” Jennifer Norman, Executive Director for Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau, stated. “This tournament will bring the best high school anglers and their families from across the state to fish Lake Hartwell. The economic impact that these types of events have on our community are immense!”

If you’re not a current 2013 SAF member, there’s a one-time $25/per angler fee.  This includes full TBF & FLW 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. “Angler testing and education is an industry first by TBF,” 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. The Bass Federation of South Carolina offers these young anglers and their parents a home to participate in the sport of fishing locally and year round.  Our partnership with FLW provides more benefits and opportunities for them to take advantage of too,” Gintert continued.  “For only $25 per year 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: Friday, March 15, 6:30-8pm EST at The Quality Inn located at 3025 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29261; rules briefing to follow at 8pm EST.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Saturday, March 16 at Portman Marina, 1629 Marina Rd, Anderson, SC 29625. Takeoff is at first light and weigh-in times will be announced at the Mandatory rules briefing. Questions? 580-765-9031

Host Hotel: Quality Inn, 3025 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621 Call 864-375-1999 for reservations and ask for the Bass Federation group rate of $65.

Image courtesy The Bass Federation

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