Arizona High School Fishing Championship set For April 7 at Lake Pleasant

The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, and the Arizona Bass Federation are hosting the 2012 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Arizona High School Fishing State Championship on Saturday, April 7 on Lake Pleasant.

The young anglers will be launching out of the South Ramp near Hook Up Outfitters in Peoria.

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

Check-in begins at 6 p.m. MST on Friday, April 6, at the Hampton Inn in Anthem, Ariz., with a mandatory rules briefing at 7 p.m. MST. They highly encourage all teams to preregister online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees.

“Both the Arizona Bass Federation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are thrilled to be hosting the 2012 SAF Arizona High School Fishing State Championship,” Tournament Director, Keith Espe, stated. “We’re eager to bring these young anglers and their families to an awesome fishery in Lake Pleasant in 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 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 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.

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