The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW and The Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce announced today it will host the 2013 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Missouri High School Fishing State Championship on Sunday, May 5. The event will be held in Henry County on Truman Reservoir in Clinton, Mo., launching out of Bucksaw Resort & 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 is from 6:30-8pm CST on Saturday, May 4 at Bucksaw Resort & Marina in Clinton, Mo., with a mandatory rules briefing to follow. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.

“We are very pleased to have Truman Lake hosting the 2013 SAF Missouri High School Fishing State Championship,” Tourism Director at Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Diane Hannah, stated. “We hope those attending will take advantage of the many recreational activities Clinton has 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 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.

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 Missouri TBF 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: Saturday, May 4, 6:30-8pm CST at Bucksaw Resort & Marina located at 670 SE 803 Rd  Clinton, MO 64735; rules briefing to follow at 8pm.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, May 5 at Bucksaw Resort & Marina, 670 SE 803 Rd  Clinton, MO 64735. Takeoff is at first light and weigh-in times will be announced at the Mandatory rules briefing. Questions? 580-765-9031

Host Hotel: Bucksaw Resort & Marina, 670 Southeast 803 Road, Clinton, MO 64735. Call (660) 477-3900 for reservations and ask for the Student Angler Federation group rate of $64 plus tax.

Logo courtesy Student Angler Federation

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