South Carolina High School Fishing Championship March 25 on Lake Keowee

The Bass Federation, in partnership with FLW Outdoors, will be
hosting the inaugural Student Angler Federation (SAF) South
Carolina High School Fishing State Championship, at Lake Keowee
just outside of Seneca.

The state championship is a two person team event for students
in grades 9-12. Registration for high school anglers and their
“coach,” who will provide the boat they compete in, is now open
online at HighSchoolFishing.org or by calling (580) 765-9031.
Check-in starts at 4 p.m. on Fri., March 25 at the Gignilliat
Community Center in Seneca, with a mandatory rules briefing to
follow at 6 p.m. The event is being supported locally by the City
of Seneca and the Clemson University Collegiate Bass Fishing Team.
If you’re not an SAF member, there’s a $25 per angler entry fee for
the state championship, which includes full FLW Outdoors and The
Bass Federation (TBF) membership benefits.

The winning two-person team will be offered a $1000 scholarship
to attend Clemson; $500.00 for each angler if they choose to attend
Clemson University, advancement to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School
Fishing Regional Championship held in conjunction with a National
Guard FLW College Fishing Regional

Championship hosted on a college campus this fall. All SAF
members and state championship participants automatically qualify
to fish the largest event in high school fishing, the 2011 High
School Fishing World Finals, July 20-23 in Russellville, Ark., to
compete for thousands in college scholarships and prizes.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently
partnered with The Bass Federation to form Youth Bass Fishing
League Clubs at middle and high schools around South Carolina.
Contact DNR Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin at (803)
737-8483 or RigginL@dnr.sc.gov to find out more about the Bass
Fishing Clubs and their tournaments.

It’s more than just the thrill of reeling in the big one and
enjoying time with friends, fishing club members also learn
information about fisheries management, artificial lures,
attractants and more. There are currently five high schools and two
middle schools.

Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school and
becoming a part of the Youth Bass Fishing League? All you need to
do is get a minimum of six students (within the 11-18 year old
range) with dues paid and you can have a Youth Bass Fishing League
Club. You’ll also need an adult at your school to help lead the
Youth Bass Federation Club, provide advice and help arrange at
least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other
learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings.

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