The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW, North Carolina Bass Federation and Vance County Tourism Development Authority announced today it will host the 2013 Student Angler Federation (SAF) North Carolina High School Fishing State Championship on Saturday, April 20. The event will be held in Vance County on Kerr Lake in Henderson, N.C., launching out of Nutbush Park.

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 is from 6:30am to 8pm EST on Friday, April 19 at the Quality Inn in Henderson, N.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 Vance County Tourism Development Authority is excited about hosting the North Carolina High School Fishing State Championship at The New Nutbush Ramp on Kerr Lake,” Executive Director at Vance County Tourism Development Authority, Nancy Wilson, stated. “April is a perfect time of the year to fish Kerr. We welcome the opportunity to host the tournament and look forward to meeting high school anglers from all over the state.”

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 North Carolina Bass Federation 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, April 19, 6:30am to 8pm EST at Quality Inn located at 197 Parham Rd, Henderson, NC 27536; rules briefing to follow at 8pm EST.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Saturday, April 20 at Nutbush Park, 115 Jackwade Farm Lane, Henderson, NC 27537. Takeoff is at first light and weigh-in times will be announced at the Mandatory rules briefing. Questions? 580-765-9031

Host HotelThe Quality Inn, 197 Parham Rd, Henderson, NC 27536; 252-430-6501, $65 for King, $59 for Queen, and $69 for Double rooms.

Image courtesy The Bass Federation

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