The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW, is excited to host the 2013 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland High School Fishing State Championships on Saturday, July 27. The event will be held on the Chesapeake Bay launching out of Elkneck State 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 at 6:30pm EST on Friday, July 26 at the Comfort Inn in North East, Md. We highly encourage all teams to pre-register online in advance to avoid late registration fees.
“The Chesapeake Bay is one of the premier fisheries in the entire eastern US,” Pennsylvania TBF Vice President Mike Sabbi, said. “We are excited to bring together high school anglers from all four states to experience all the Chesapeake 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 TBF state federations in these four states offer 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.”
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, July 26 at 6:30-7:30pm EST at the Comfort Inn located at 1 Center Drive, North East, MD 21901; Rules meeting to immediately follow.
Takeoff & Weigh-in: Takeoff is at safe light, Saturday, July 27 at Elkneck State Park, 4395 Turkey Point Rd North East, MD 21901. Weigh-in to start at 2pm. Questions? 580-765-9031
Lodging: Comfort Inn located at 1 Center Drive, North East MD 21901 (Ask for the High School Fishing Tournament rate of $82.99 while the rooms last.)
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