The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, and the Milledgeville Convention & Visitors Bureau announced it will host the 2012 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Georgia High School Fishing State Championship. The event will be Sunday, April 22 on Lake Sinclair launching out of Little River Park in Milledgeville, Ga. A unique element of this event is that it will follow the FLW Bass Fishing League event, held Saturday on Lake Sinclair.

The 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 begins at 3:30pm EST on Saturday, April 21, at the FLW Outdoor’s BFL weigh-in trailer at Little River Park, with a mandatory rules briefing following the conclusion of the FLW BFL weigh-in. We highly encourage all teams to preregister online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.

“Milledgeville is looking forward to hosting the 2012 Georgia High School Fishing State Championship and welcoming all of the participants and their sponsors,” Executive Director of the Milledgeville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jane Sowell, stated. “Tournaments and events of this caliber are an asset to our community and tourism sustainability. We assure you, as our guests, you’ll have a warm and enjoyable experience in Georgia’s Antebellum Capital!”

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 Outdoors benefits, including access to the all-new FLW Outdoors Magazine e-Edition and insurance coverage for students and their club. The winning two-person team from each state championship will advance to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing Conference Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Conference Championship. Those winners will advance to the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the spring of 2013. All SAF members and state championship participants qualify for the largest event in high school fishing, the 2012 High School Fishing World Finals to compete for thousands of dollars in college scholarships and prizes. Each team that qualifies for a conference and/or national championship will receive a travel allowance to help offset expenses. The National Champions will also each receive a $5,000 scholarship to use at the university of their choice.

If you’re not an SAF member, there’s a $25/per angler fee, which includes full TBF/FLW Outdoors 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. “It’s an industry first by TBF and a tremendous way to emphasize the importance of education to these student anglers,” SAF Program Manager, Alex Craw, commented. “The Federation is driven by our desire to promote education through fishing and the testing component is designed to do exactly that. We also offer all TBF/SAF members 11 free online training courses in our member’s only online store with Faculty of Fishing’s angler advantage program. Put this package together with all the programs our affiliated state federations like the Georgia Bass Federation have to offer, and our partnership with FLW Outdoors, and the sky is the limit,” Craw continued. “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, April 21, 3:30-4:30pm EST, at the FLW BFL Weigh-In Trailer located at Little River Park, 3069 North Columbia Street, Milledgeville, GA, 31061; Mandatory rules briefing to follow immediately after the conclusion of the FLW BFL Weigh-In.

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, April 22, at Little River Park on Lake Sinclair, 3069 North Columbia Street, Milledgeville, GA, 31061. Takeoff is at 7am EST and weigh-in times will be announced at the mandatory rules briefing. Questions? alex@highschoolfishing.org or 580-765-9031

Host Hotel: Comfort Suites of Milledgeville, 2621 N. Columbia St., Milledgeville, GA, 31061; King and double queen suite rooms will be discounted at $64 plus tax. Rooms include a sleeper sofa, microwave, fridge, and a complimentary hot deluxe breakfast. They also provide boat parking with electrical plugs. Call the Comfort Suites at 478.453.2212 and ask for the SAF High School Fishing Tournament group rate.

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