The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW, TBF of Kansas and Russell County Economic Development and Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the 2013 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Kansas High School Fishing State Championship on Sunday, May 19. The event will be held in Lincoln County on Wilson Lake in Sylvan Grove, Kan., launching out of Hell Creek Ramp.

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 Check-in is at 3pm CST on Saturday, May 18 at Hell Creek Ramp in Sylvan Grove, Kan., with a mandatory rules briefing to follow. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online in advance to avoid late registration fees.

“TBF of Kansas and the Russell County Convention and Visitors Bureau are thrilled to be hosting the 2013 SAF Kansas High School Fishing State Championship,” TBF of Kansas President, Larry Freesemann, stated. “We’re eager to bring these young anglers and their families to an awesome fishery at Wilson Lake and what promises to be another great SAF event!”

Students and parents can go to 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 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. TBF of Kansas 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  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

Mandatory Check-in: Saturday, May 18, 3pm CST at Hell Creek Ramp located at #3 State Park Rd. Sylvan Grove, KS 67481; rules briefing to follow at 4pm CST.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, May 19 at Hell Creek Ramp, #3 State Park Rd. Sylvan Grove, KS 67481. Takeoff is at first light and weigh-in times will be announced at the Mandatory rules briefing. Questions? 580-765-9031

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